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Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BEER AVG
4.01/5
Based on:
76 Beers
12,691 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 63
Visits: 340
Avg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-2953
United States
phone: (773) 248-4038 | map
www.halfacrebeer.com

Notes:
Place added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

Taproom
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Store hours
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 63 | Visits: 340
Reviews by MelissaJ:
Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a very small brewery with about 8 employees. I went for the tour on New Years Eve Saturday. The $10 tour fee included a free pint glass, and 3 full pints of beer--any of their year round stuff to choose from [daisy cutter, over ale and gossamer] and the day I went they had two of the seasonal brews to sample as well: callow knife and alpenglo. The folks with free reservations from the old system didn't have to wait in line (this way of honoring old reservations seemed absolutely fair to me) but got smaller, plastic cups to drink beer from. They are very strict about the 60 person limit, so if you don't have a reservation get there early.

The atmosphere is awesome for a small, young brewery, the shop is very small, but it seemed like they made it very nice and comfortable for what they were given with the space. Further, the tour I was on had an impromptu live band performing (they wanted to do something special for New Year's Eve). The tour guide showed up in a tux (again a New Years Eve surprise) and was very encouraging of questions and speaking with the tour goers individually. Although the group seemed a bit big, he made sure to project his voice so everyone could hear.

For what you get with the tour, and by the sheer fact that their beer is so good, the price and quality is spot on.

One of the older people in my group got a bit over heated and faint from standing for most of the tour (about 1.5 hours) on top of standing in line for the tour (about 1 hour), and the staff was very gracious about getting her a chair, and some water. The crowd is definitely younger, but it is very reassuring that the staff is welcoming and considerate of all customers. It might be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you and have a good meal beforehand.

Selection got a 4.5 because they do have a limited selection at any time. However, because of the quality of their beer, and the fact that it is a small brewery and the just don't have the capacity for a larger selection, the limited selection is understandable. They are very good about having seasonal beers come out quite frequently, beyond their year round selection.

The beer is a must try and the tour can be a really fun way to spend a Saturday.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mgm54
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The taproom was closed on the day of my visit (1/12/16), as they are remodeling to make room for a new kitchen. But the store was open for samples & growler fills, and the staff was very friendly & knowledgeable. The beers, of course, speak for themselves. This place is a must stop whenever you are in Chicago. Can't wait to check out the kitchen & taproom on my next visit.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of adamgnoth
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NickyPogs
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went there for the Big Hugs release this year so naturally things were a little crowded and crazy. The staff did a great job getting us through the lines and I thought everything ran smoothly.

The taproom itself is really cool. I like that there are no tvs. Just a place to have a good beer and chat with your friends. The bear hanging over the bar is awesome. Lots of little details that made this tap room very cool. I highly recommend this place to any out of town visitor looking for a good place for a beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I stopped at Half Acre before meeting a friend at the nearby Fountainhead. This neighborhood is full of bars and things and I will have to come back to peruse and imbibe.

The Half Acre taproom is small and loud but fun, manned by friendly bearded hipster folks, playing cool music and with awesome artsy décor (wooden walls that look like sculptures, an angry bear behind the bar and a Tom-of-Finland-meets-Neo-Rauch oversized painting.

10 taps behind the bar, all Half Acre. Cool beer menu, too, leather-bound and Bible-like.

You know the Half Acre pale ales. They don’t disappoint. Akari, Daisy, Miller, Tuna, Lead Feather, Hefe, GoneAway… I would say they are not the world-class, unique pale ales we thought they were five years ago, but they are still plenty delicious. Served in 8-16-21 oz, ranging from 3 dollars to six. They are expanding, adding a chef and a food menu and opening a second location.

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Photo of chitowntink
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2

Photo of einman
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jeffrotell
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of wdberkley
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great spot, it's just TINY. They don't serve food, but they'll hook you up with some solid take out menus. Beers are fantastic.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Karst32
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Half Acre has a fun little taproom on the trendy Lincoln Avenue. Fun place with a funky vibe that seems friendly, open and inviting. Wood benches and tables are pretty minimalist but do the job.
Service is pub-style, at the bar but seemed fairly quick even with a decent Sunday evening crowd.
The beers are great with a nice variety even though the number of taps is rather limited.
Price are reasonable with the inexpensive half-pints a nice option for trying several beers. Great store next door as well with growler fills and excellent service.

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Photo of myuncle
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of petermethot
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MarkFrankosek
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Boilerup
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of amano_h
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half Acre's Tap Room, much like the neighborhood it inhabits, is pretty much a mix of everything geared for, well... everyone.

During the day, Half Acre is a mecca for Mid-West beer geeks in search of its fabled nectar (a.k.a. Daisy Cutter) -- during the afternoon, it turns into a drinking hole for the locals and the college students getting out of class; at night, it turns into a classy lounge for the young and hip elite of Northern Chicago.

No matter what time of the day you set your foot into Half Acre, the beer is always flowing and delicious; the knowledgeable wait staff are nice and friendly, but of course in the urban Mid-Western kind of way. They don't serve food, but they're very laissez-faire about letting patrons order/bring food in -- they also don't seem to set limits on the amount of beer you can take home, in case the draft offerings weren't quite enough.

Now if only Double Daisy Cutter was available year round...

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.