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Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BEER AVG
4.05/5
Based on:
71 Beers
2,536 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 57
Visits: 314
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-2953
United States
phone: (773) 248-4038

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @halfacrebeer

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
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Reviews: 57 | Visits: 314
Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Half Acre currently only has a storefront and taproom, but I visit it every so often to grab the latest from them. Every time I go in to buy beer, they literally offer me tastes of other stuff. Last time I visted, the guy at the growler filling station gave me sample of 3 different beers just because he wanted me to try them. I hate when places make it seem weird to ask to sample stuff before buying it. The taproom is pretty nice, I love the artwork. Half Acre makes some pretty kick ass beers, and they frequently have a few taproom only beers. They always have lots of glassware, t shirts, stickers and some other stuff to buy.

Id probably go to hang out more if they served food, but they are currently working on opening up a small place next door to serve food. If you're ever in Chicago, definitely stop by and try some of their taproom only beers. It will be worth the visit. (888 characters)

Photo of ms333
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

A- cool place. a little too hipsterish, but these days, hey, this is the world we are in. gaming available and encouraged.

Q- i really like half acre beers. i put them in the outstanding category, but barely. i will say i haven't had a LOT of there beers. so i may not be giving them enough credit w.r.t. their reputation.

S- kinda weak service. a little weird, actually. i think they want you to go to the counter to get your beer. but they do have servers on the floor. last time, i think they gave me the wrong beer, but to my own fault i couldn't say for sure from the taste and appearance of the brew.

Selection- very good. they have about 7-10 tappers of their current stuff.

F- NONE. bring your own, which can be totally fine.

Value- average. (754 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited Brewery and spent the afternoon at taproom. Very friendly staff and the bouncer is a nice guy, not rude. Beer is delish and they give 10% for IMBIBE members. I recommend Wild Goose next door for grub. Prices are extremely reasonable. All in all Half Acre is a great place to have a few beers and BS with a friend. (321 characters)

Photo of Rainblows
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half acre is one of my favorite beer spots in the city whether I'm looking to sit down for a a pint or just grab a quick growler from the bottle shop. The taproom has plenty of seating and great decor, no food but they do allow you to bring or order in food! Cheers. (266 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Recently took a trip with my wife and another couple to Chicago for a long weekend and stopped by Half Acre for their tour before going to the Cubs game. It was probably the best decision that was made that trip with out a doubt!

The tour was awesome. They limit it to 60 people so it's not over crowded and $10 gets you in the door with 3 beers and a pint glass to take home with you. I am a huge beer nerd, my wife loves craft, my friend enjoys trying new beers and his wife is a miller lite die hard. So we had the whole spectrum covered in our group and every one had a great time and enjoyed their beers.

Outside of the tour they have a retail store on one side of the brewery and a tap room on the other. We visited both for souvenirs and to have some post tour beers to sample the other beers they had to offer. Everyone that worked there was super friendly and helpful with any questions we had.

Overall, we had a blast and I would definitely do it again on my next trip to Chicago. (995 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

While Half Acre doesn't have a food menu, they allow you to order your own, and even have menus available if you want something local.

In terms of their beer menu, while it isn't the largest in the world, they've always got a bunch of beers you can only have on tap, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The staff is nice, and the location is extremely informal (it's basically a small room adjacent to their store that they added a few tables and a 5 or 6 person bar to).

Highly recommended! (496 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Probably my favorite local brewery tasting room. All beer. No food. Tables to congregate across other tables with. Woody, natural decor.. I felt flashbacks to nature exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum when I was a child in the 80's. I had Annica. Oh boy. I wish that was bottled. A mosaic IPA brewed in collaboration with Three Floyd's. I forgot what other beers were there after that. I think I had a chocolate stout that same night. Who knows. And I usually go straight for the stouts. I have yet to try Big Hugs. They keep selling out on me. Hopefully I'll get a chance soon. (585 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This taproom is a MUST visit. Half Acre has been my favorite Chicagoland brewery for quite a while. The people are really great. The new taproom is BEAUTIFUL. They always have a lot of special things in the taproom, and they have Firken Fridays! Visit this brewery if you visit Chicago. (286 characters)

Photo of KVota
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Half acre is local for us but I'd never been because their beers are a little hoppy for me. Had an afternoon off on a Sunday and, favorite haunts closed, decided to head over with my girlfriend. The place was fairly rustic and sparse interior wise. Didn't have to wait to get a seat. Had a set of flights first-- $2 for a 5oz taster is a great deal. Talked to the bartenders a bit, they were super knowledgeable and friendly. Had a second beer. Biked home in a leisurely fashion.

I'd definitely do that again. (511 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited for a quick pint later in the evening. The retail store was closed.

Nice place. Had a bit of a hipster feel to it. Not a huge place, but since we were only having a pint we were happy to stand. The selection was pretty good both in terms of quantity and styles. Had a pint of the Space IPA, which we both really enjoyed. Would definitely head back here for some pints on a future trip to Chicago. (406 characters)

Photo of YogiBeer
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great beers, Great service, Great selection. Love their half growlers (and the prices)! Was very very impressed, as I went to my first brewery only release here for Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. Waited in line for about a half hour (after showing up right when they opened, we didn't even really do any planning). Crew was extremely helpful and good natured, even while having to deal with a bunch of beer dorks. They were passing out samples while we were waiting in line, which was nice. GREAT change of pace from FFF, where they basically treat you like a scumsucking plebian at their bottle purchasing station. Half Acre has always been nice on the phone whenever I call, even though they probably get about 700 calls for double daisy cutter every day. Definitely worth a stop if you're coming through Chicago. (814 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by the taproom the other week when I was in Chicago. Very nice place. The bear head behind the bar is cool. There is an anvil in the wall as well. The tap list is done on what seem to be small whiteboards with each white board having the name of a beer (and a cool design). No food but the beer menu comes in these leather-y "notebooks" it just looks real classy. It was dead when I went (Tuesday within an hour of opening) so service was good but I was one of a hand few of people there. They had a beer on nitro, not sure if it is always an option, but it was available that day. If I recall there were 10 total tap lines. A nice place. Worth a stop in if the area. (675 characters)

Photo of RyFikes
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went for a tour while visiting a friend in Chicago. Luckily my buddy knew the drill and got there and hour early, because they only take 60 people and the line forms quick.

The tour was perfect (only $10). They bring you in, give you a glass, talk about the beers they have to offer, and then you can fill up with whatever. The guy giving the tour was great and somehow he knew just when to call a break so that we could fill our glasses again. By the third beer its less of a tour and more just people mingling and having a good time.

The beers were super fresh. They didn't have a huge selection but they are still a relatively small brewery.

The fact that I did not have breakfast before this tour might have contributed to an inflated sense of euphoria during my visit, but it was a legit good time. (809 characters)

Photo of shadytony
4.59/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Simply put, I live in Chicago and this is probably my favorite place to drink with friends. The taproom has a very communal traditional German beer hall feel and is entirely unpretentious. There is a lot of attention to detail for such a small space and it is located directly next to the actual production facility. There are no "guest" beers availabe and no food is served on the premises so find a good pizza or Italian beef somewhere else prior to visiting. Growlers and "howlers" (1L) are available for takeout. This is absolutely an obligatory stop for beer nerds visiting the Windy City (make sure you visit Bad Apple and Fountainhead while in the neighborhood) (668 characters)

Photo of CesarLopes
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Great taproom. Nice atmosphere, with both private and also communal tables. Plus the bar seats. It's the Half Acre taproom, so don't expect to find other brewers there. However, their selection is very good, with a good variety of their quality drafts. No food available, but plenty of restaurants in the area deliver there, just ask for their binder with menus. (362 characters)

Photo of AlyssaW
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Recently went on the brewery tour. It's $10 you get to try 3 beers from the tap and get to keep the pint glass. You can get any of their beer in a growler to go. The tour itself wasn't that great. Basically drink, listen to music, and hear 2 guys talk about how great the owner is. It's a great price and I had a good time, but next time ill skip the tour and grab a growler to go. (381 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is pretty easy to find and parking never seems to be a problem. Then again, I tend to frequent Half Acre in the early afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays. Not sure what its like later in the evening.

I love the atmosphere in this place. Really unique and beautifully designed interior. White tile, concrete bar, dark wood booths and seating and an amazing weathered wood wall opposite the bar that a server informed me was salvaged from a 100 year old grain mill in Wisconsin. A really awesome and stylish touch. They spared no expense with this tap room.

The bartenders are all pretty cool guys: friendly, knowledgeable, and not averse to talking beer. Their house brew, a bold and juicy IPA called Space, is amazing. They can't seem to make enough because there's been a couple of times they've tapped out, to my extreme disappointment. They usually have between 8 and 10 different beers on tap. What really makes this place worth visiting, aside from the atmosphere, is the fact that most of the beers aren't available anywhere else. Their Space IPA being one of them, which that alone is reason enough to visit.

They have a store next door to the tap room where you can buy merchandise and fill growlers with both their year-round beers and their specialty brews. Overall, a great little place and probably my favorite place in the city to relax with some friends and grab a few beers. (1,403 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Have been past this place to go to bars in the area many times. I decided to stop in to see what specialty beers they had. They had a selection of about 4 specialty beers that were growler only and they were very interesting. The staff was very friendly and helped out with the tasting. Free tasting even without a tour. Simple store front with just there beer and merch. No food or anything else to take away from the beer that they are very serious about. There year round beers are available to buy or you can get one of the special taps in a growler.
Overall a great brewery. (580 characters)

Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (2,243 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

We stopped here in hopes of making the tour cut. Surprisingly we made it. According to the owner/head brewer this was his smallest tour group ever. So there's hope for people looking to catch the tour.

The tour itself was by far the longest tour I've been on and I've been on 50+. This isn't a complaint at all. With 6 pints to drink (my buddy doesn't drink so I got his tokens) Gabrielle was super thorough with his information.

The tiny store wasn't much but the people working there were super friendly and helpful. I asked about some shirts and the guy dug through looking for my size. He also hooked me up with some labels from there bottles after i inquired about stickers.

Overall every brewery tour is the same. So it usually comes down to how much I get to drink. I drank a lot. Thumbs up! (804 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Half Acre only offers up tours on saturdays and you need to really plan and make reservations.

Since I haven't taken a tour, I can only comment on what you can buy on a visit. It's not a fancy room and is only for growler fills and tastes. There are t-shirts to buy along with plenty of daisy cutter and gossamer in can in a fridge. The room is small, but they do their best not to have it get over crowded.

They usually have about 4 or 5 taps going depending on what is available. The staff is always laid back and more than willing to give out tastes of what's on tap.

The prices vary on the growlers depending on the release, but it's a rare release that you are paying over $20 on a growler if you are buying a new growler on top of the beer.

I usually only buy the special releases here as I can get their year round stuff easily at a lot of places. They are always nice and ready to answer questions (913 characters)

Photo of cratez
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First of two breweries that my girl and visited on a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: clean, simple, and attractive retail store has lots of Half Acre gear like tees, long-sleeve shirts, and glassware. Beer and merchandise prices are listed on two chalkboards. They also sell coffee and guest beers. Growler station had the three year-round offerings (Daisy Cutter, Gossamer, Over Ale) and one seasonal (Captain Fantasy Saison) when we came. The brewery itself is quite small, basically just a large room with a dozen tanks.

SERVICE: the employee at the front was exceptionally welcoming. He gave us a quick tour of the brewery, explaining the brief history of the company and the reasons behind their limited distribution (city and area only). He asked us about our trip and did a commendable job of engaging my non-beer-drinking girlfriend while I tried a t-shirt on. Great service.

SELECTION: I enjoyed samples of the Over Ale and Captain Fantasy and bought a half case each of the Daisy Cutter and Gossamer. Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Southern Tier Inequity, and Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss were serving as the guest brews. A tiny beer lineup, no doubt, but the quality is undeniable and I would definitely frequent the store on a regular basis if I lived in the neighbourhood. Prices for the 4-packs ($8.99) and growler re-fills ($12) are reasonable in my books.

OVERALL: we had a pleasant time here helped along by the gracious store employee. Half Acre is well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area or going to Bad Apple (like we were). Nice brewery with cool people running the place. Check it out. (1,615 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A-Decent atmosphere. Really just a place to buy half acre stuff. So if you really like HA, you will prolly like it here!

Q-They don't mess around. you know everything is going to be good. Well except if the cap is coming loose...

S-Good service. Always a smiling face to answer any questions

S-Just half acre stuff. In bottles and a few select beers on tap for growler fills Didn't really know how to rate this...

V-A little cheaper than in the stores and their growler fills are always reasonably priced (508 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went here for the first time for the release of Double Daisy Cutter on 19 Aug 2011.

I arrived at about 1430 and found easy parking on a side street about a block away. Waited in line outside for about 30 min, it wasn't too hot but full sun and no shade, then another 15 min inside wait. They were passing out thimble sized shots of the Double Daisy Cutter for people to try; even the most hard core tickers would be hard pressed to judge a sample that size. Apologies to Phil for failing to pick him up a bottle, mea culpa.

Fairly small footprint inside. Medium sized fridge with bombers and four packs, a small counter with schwag, four or five taps for growler fills and a small island with one register. The process was pretty smooth but bottlenecked by the single register.

Not a bad experience in the least but I would not likely go back unless it was for a brewery only release. (888 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

this must be some sort of a beerfly loophole...

I love Half Acre - the place, the cans, the people, the creativity, the Ween-ness, everything. I could survive on cans of Daisy Cutter for years on end.

I love stopping at Half Acre, but be aware of what you are walking in to...This place is not a brewpub or a bar - they wont sell you a pint but rather will offer very small samples of whats on tap. The taps are pretty consistent with usually one specialty flowing at a time. They will fill growlers, which arent particularly cheap, but are handy.

The store component is minimal - almost always cans of daisy cutter and gossamer, specialty bottles, and guest bottles.

That said, I can't think of one visit to Chicago in the past 2 years that I havent been to Half Acre (large sample size there...). Bad Apple is right across the street and Fountainhead aint much further. Parking is free and easy and who doesnt need fresh daisy cutter cans?

the people are great - always a fun stop. (989 characters)

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
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