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Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
Based on:
75 Beers
12,293 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 60
Visits: 331
Avg: 4.26
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

Place added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

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: 60 | Visits: 331
Photo of Fluffheady
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of JArt
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Chicago has A LOT of great breweries and beer bars. However, in addition to having fantastic beer, what really sets Half Acre apart from the other is its staff and customer service mentality. Great beers, great people.

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Photo of 98green
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Place was packed at 6 on a Tuesday. Came here as part of a beer vacation to Chicago. Best stop of the trip by far. Awesome and knowledgeable bartenders. Awesome selection. Every beer I had was impressive. They deserve all the accolades and ratings they get on BA

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Photo of LANDRY
4.94/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a review of the Brewery store I have not had the pleasure of the brewpub as of yet a review of that to follow.

It may intimidate the uninitiated but please feel free to come in and taste and hopefully buy some of the best beers being brewed in Chicago. A very eclectic and knowledgeable staff will help guide you to the correct beer for you. Stock up on some growlers and get them refilled on Tuesdays for $2off each growler, I'm sure most people coming in if they have heard or drank anything from Half Acre it would be the Daisy Cutter which is an excellent brew but just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to beer selection here, if they have Double Daisy Cutter on draft make sure to buy as much as you can carry. Great place, great service, great beer, shitty parking. (park at Jewel and walk) also Bad Apple bar at least used to serve a lot of Half Acre beers(this was before the brewpub) and have an amazing Poutine (actually the only poutine ive had but still)

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Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of davidbowers13
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Half Acre is the place I frequent most to pickup fresh beer.

A - The tasting room has a great decor and the staff are friendly and up-beat.

Q - The beers offered are all high quality in my opinion, both draft and bottled/canned.

S - Depending on the amount of people that stop in, it can get a little backed up. However, the atmosphere and community feel more than make up for a small tasting room.

S - 3 year-round beers on tap for growler fills or cans. The seasonal/special release beers are what makes Half Acre exceptional. They never cease to amaze. They even have a nice selection of guest brews for you to indulge in as well.

F - No food available.

V - Standard pricing for a 22oz bottle or growler.

Definately worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood. Be sure to check out the brew house in the back as well. A great place and a great group of people.

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Photo of Dinobambam
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place to go and try everything they are offering. Cool staff, cool merchandise, and cheap growlers. Love going on a Saturday evening, getting a growler and cracking it open on football Sunday. Oh and they give you a free growler for every ten you buy, or something like that.

Can't beat fresh daisy cutter

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Photo of YogiBeer
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ZS881107
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I am mixed about half acre. I love the tap room so much. You can get many awesome beers there. I drank a Mean Old Marty with my brewing partner after picking up brewing supplies. The barleywine had been aging for at least 2 years and was awesome. What puts me on the fence though is that I wish more of their stuff were available to buy at a store.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of shadytony
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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)

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Photo of eppCOS
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Maybe (maybe) my favorite brewery and taproom combination of all time. The beers are certainly of a kind, more on the hop trail than the malt road, but there's very few beers they make that I cannot drink with pleasure. Daisy cutter was the conversion point, but Space IPA is my end point. If they have Golden Tuna, Vallejo, Tundra, or Big Hugs on tap, try those too. Great place, definitely "men with beards" country but the 20-somethings are tolerant of us older-timers, too.

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Photo of stercomm
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Nothing fancy about their taproom, but who really cares when the beer is good. Visited here with my son on an early Friday afternoon. By the time we left at 4 PM the place was full. Wait staff very friendly and engaging, more than willing to pour us a number of tastes before we made our selection.

Beer selection was good with a slant toward the dark and toasty fall beers. Ample selection of beers. After an enjoyable couple of hours hit the storefront to get a growler filled. Once again very friendly crew here as well.

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Photo of JNbeerded
4.56/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Such a kickass place. Taproom is so cool. Great selection of beers on draught. I also like how the retail space and tasting room are separate, it really expedites things.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Went there when they opened on Saturday September 6th, 2014.

Space is clean and attractive, service is good, friendly, and knowledgeable and excited about beer. Selection is not huge, but apparently everything they make is to notch. Sat there for a couple hours with my wife and father in law and we had nearly every beer they offered.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Such a cool spot! Super friendly and knowledgeable staff with a great atmosphere. Sat at the bar, easy going vibe even when things got a little busy. Bartender suggested ordering Lou Malnati's from down the street and having it delivered (best deep dish in Chicago) so that was great. Lots of different beers available, some bottles to go....overall, the coolest brewery in Chicago imo.

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Photo of AlyssaW
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere- Pretty damn good for what it is. This is a small space that they basically carved out of the front of the brewery/offices to serve as their retail area. It is pretty small but bright and clean.

Quality- The beers are always good. About once a month they put one of their limited brews on tap and it always packs the place out with people waiting for growler fills, the long line is no accident.

Service- Nicest people around. If you come regularly they will remember you and may just throw an extra in your bag.

Selection- They run about 4-5 tap lines and three are always Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer so never a ton of choices but always good.

Come on Tuesday for 2 growler fills for $20

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Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Love Half Acre so much. The brewery can get very crowded and loud, especially during peak hours, but if you are able to grab a table, make a day/night of it.

~ Warm feel to the bar
~ Bring your own food...they offer up some great suggestions on places to grab some good stuff from to enjoy while you're taking in some fantastic brews
~ The friendliest staff in Chicago
~ Firkin Fridays...always some great small batch brews worth checking out

~ Can be a bit too cramped and loud during peak hours on Fridays and Saturdays
~ While I love Half Acre, I wish they'd offer up a bit more than only eight or so beers at a time...then again, with their current production facility they can't do much more, so I don't fault them.

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Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Half Acre has two seperate entrances on Lincoln Ave. The north entrance is to the storefront. A tasting table, unique art and swag decorate the walls. Growlers are for sale, t-shirts, glassware, etc. The south entrance is the taproom. The interior is modern with concrete floor, long block communal seating, and exposed brick. A crazy bear head hangs behind the bar and some art (both Half Acre and Ween) prints hang along the back wall.

10 house beers pour from the taps, most of which are draft only. The draft list is kept updated online. On Fridays they throw a firkin up on the counter until it's gone.Everything is fresh and there are three seperate serving sizes available so you can easily sample everything. The service is and always has been some of the best in the biz. This place has some of the most all around friendly people you'll find anywhere.

Half Acre has been a favorite of mine since day one. I can't comment enough on how great everybody has always been that's worked there over the years. It was and remains a great addition to a bustling neighborhood and while it certainly gets its fair share of visitors from everywhere it's still a neighborhood spot. I cannot recommend Half Acre highly enough.

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Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The storefront at Half Acre has been open since October 2009. It's the primary source for growlers of extra fresh Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, Gossamer, and rotating small batch specialties on tap. Funky decor, accented by a painted woodcut Sticky Fat sign, vintage skate decks, and industrial metalworks hanging along the back wall. A large painted chalkboard lists the beers available on tap & to-go.

It's tiny inside, but packed full of fun stuff... shelves of swag, locally roasted Dark Star coffee, glassware, apparel, etc. There's a freestanding cooler of beer, with maybe a dozen beers that rotate weekly. These have ranged from the obscure and esoteric Belgian 750's (Fantome, Manten) to limited American seasonals (Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkin, SN wet hop Harvest, etc.) this stopped in 2012 or so though. HA cans are available by the 4-pack or case.

Service is laid-back and friendly, they do a good job of taking care of everyone when it gets crowded. Expect to wait a bit on a special release day or saturdays. Tours have to be arranged in advance. They do a great job keeping current info on their blog, so check that out to see what's happening with Half Acre.

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.