Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BEER AVG
4.05/5
Based on:
70 Beers
2,496 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 56
Visits: 304
rAvg: 4.34
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: 56 | Visits: 304
Photo of mulder1010
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

In a good location in Chicago and easy to get to. Always a plus.

Very small site and limited to about 3-4 taps plus their usual beers in cans. Was there the day they released their Saison, so got to watch a procession of people with growlers getting the Saison for the weekend.

No real area to sit and try beers. they use Dixie Cups for samples? Kidding me right?

Helpful staff but wanted the owl t-shirt but was out. Bummer.

Cheap growler prices and their canned beers are really good as well.

Good solid brewery and worth getting a growler fill, shirt, or a few beers from them. Otherwise it was disappointing to see a tasting room with no place to sit and have a beer. Most disappointing tap room I was at on my trip back. (739 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
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 ms333
3.69/5  rDev -15%
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 htomsirveaux
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
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 RayYanks23
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

We went for the Saturday brewery tour before the ballgame...Be warned, they only have one tour a week and only 60 are allowed in. We were 30 back in line an hour early, but then all of the people who had reservations back when they were taking them showed up and took preference. We were #'s 59 and 60 literally otherwise this review might be taking a different turn, haha. So if you are in the back of the line, you might want to ask in front before you wast an hour in line.

For 10 bucks you get a pint glass and 3 pints, but they only had 2 beers on tap. The Daisy Cutter was good and the Gossimer was solid. They were out of their seasonal, but the Bad Apple across the street had it on tap...if you miss the tour (or even after) you should definitley head in there.

The brewers were very cool and knowledgeable and they have a very impressive set up for such a small operation. Being one of the local breweries in town I recommend that you try to get in for the tour, but definitely get some of their beer! (1,013 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The place is a relatively small store front that's been given a lodge feel with bizarre (but cool) artwork, and a good music selection - every once in a while it's a live, acoustic-type act. Unfortunately, this place is a weekend destination that gets crowded just before and after dinner, either plan on getting there early, or around the 6-8pm range to be able to get a seat. There's a dozen or so stools around the bar and another dozen or so park bench-style tables to choose from. Even though there is a bro-ey vibe sneaking into, it's still dominates by hipsters, yuppies, and dinks (and I use all those terms endearingly, because anything is better than bro-ey). They almost always have 8 to 12 taps rolling of their beers which typically include 3-4 from their primary lineupe, 3-4 seasonals or limited, then the rest are filled out by experimental type brews. Every friday, they tap a firkin that's usually an off-beat brew (pale ale with fruit peel or spice, for example) and goes until it runs out. They serve full pints, and half pints at roughly $5 /pint $3 /half. They can be a bit hit or miss on their seasonals, limiteds, and experiments, but their mainstays are pretty solid. The staff is generally chill, knowledgeable, and friendly. (1,251 characters)

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of Half Acre and all of their offerings. Their brewery and store are located in Lincoln Square. There isn't a lot for visitors but street parking isn't too difficult to find around the area. When you walk in there is a wall of merchandise in front of you, a cooler to the left and the taps to the right. They usually have all their cans in the cooler and some bombers from their limited/seasonal releases. You can usually get their year round offerings in growlers and on Tuesday they do 2 for 1 growler fills so that's a good time to re-stock the DC. (566 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Finally getting around to reviewing Half Acre, and their new(ish) tap room next door.

The vibe at the Taproom is always great, upbeat and fun music, typically of the indie rock variety, not too loud, but not just background noise either. The mood is always fun, usually a younger crowd, 20s - 40s, full of people having a good time. The walls are adorned by weird and interesting art and the giant bear head at the bar is amazing. The contrast of the brick walls on the interior and the drift wood on one wall is smartly done and the lighting is appropriate for the scene. The quality of the beers is always good, you can't go wrong with any of the staples, Daisy Cutter, Space, Pony and Akari Shogun are personal favorites, but beers like Over Ale and Gossamer are not to be overlooked, and the relatively new canned IPA, Heyoka, is fantastic. In addition to the usual suspects, there are often some tap room only exclusives that almost always hit the mark, and they almost always put their seasonal bottle/can releases on tap as well, which is a big plus. The service is their lone slip up, occasionally there is a server of sorts to help bus table and refill empty glasses though most of the ordering is done at the bar and it isn't always the easiest thing to flag down a bartender, despite the bar being so small. The selection is another small knock, they run about 8-10 lines at once and with many of those lines dedicated to their staple beers, there isn't always a ton of new or interesting things to try. That being said, over in the shop, there are often more beers that are available for growlers with small samples offered at the filling station.

Verdict: One of my favorite spots in town for sure, mostly because of the vibe and ambiance and its a sure bet to get some fresh Daisy Cutter. I wish a little more was offered in terms of variety of beers, but all in all, a great place to hang out. A side note, you can bring in your own food or have it delivered there, which doesn't pigeonhole you into a small menu, a plus in my book. (2,051 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Rainblows
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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 robobor
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Half Acre is one of my favorite brewery's in the US, and I am so proud to live as close to them as I do. I have enjoyed every beer that I have tried from them, and Daisy Cutter is definitely in my top three go to beers.

I got tickets for a June 18 tour of Half Acre's brewing facility way back in November. I was super pumped about the tour. As a lot of people reading this may know, the high demand for brewery tours forced Half Acre to change their tour policy. I was running a hair late to my tour and was really worried that my ticket would not be honored if I arrived late. I called up to let then know that my friend and I were on our way, and the employee who answered the phone (whose name I really wish I could remember) was incredibly nice and helpful. We showed up a few minutes after the tour officially begun, but we did not miss much.

I was really impressed with the ambiance of the facilities and taproom; I found both to be warm and inviting. I was treated like a friend of the brewery and thought the service excellent.

My sole complaint would be the selection of beers available. They only had Daisy Cutter and Gossamer on tap for growler fills, having sold out of their seasonal in record time. They had a few guest six packs and bombers available. I left with a bomber of New Holland Farmhouse Hatter and a growler of Daisy Cutter.

To sum it up, this is an excellent small business that is very local to me, and I have been encouraging my friends to give them business as well. I love Half Acre!

Update: Biked to Half Acre a few weeks after the visit my initial review was based on. Not only was my experience in the storefront great, the employees let me borrow some tools to fix my bike! (1,718 characters)

Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Half Acre Side Pub.
The only real problem with this place is the crowds it gets do to it's popularity.
Located just outside the heart of Lincoln Square, minutes away from the Brown Line L, it rests in the friendly confines of the neighborhood.
The Taps vary as would be expected for a Brewery and the atmosphere is always friendly and clean. They always have a collaborative effort on tap that is rarely packaged outside of the brewery.
Worth a visit if in or around the neighborhood. (489 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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 brew3crew
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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 cratez
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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 RamboII
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Good place to visit in Chicago. The people that work there are very friendly and like to talk beer. The are doing some very good stouts, IPAs, and Pale ales. The vibe in the tasting room is very good. I would definitely go again. I do not believe they had food. (265 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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)

Photo of dexterk1
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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 TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A small brewery and storefront on the general North Side. Easy to get to, and there's some pretty nice street parking nearby. The brewery is pretty minimalistic, with few bells and whistles, but the tour is entertaining (and they provide pitchers of the house beers for your free enjoyment). The storefront is kinda hip-ish, but they don't overdo it. Everyone we've encountered there has been laid-back and helpful. They've got their three staples on-tap for growler fills at all times (that's Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer), along with a rotating tap that allows for fills of seasonals and one-offs. There's also a cooler that not only allows for their cans to be purchased, but also certain bottles from other breweries (this is how I got my hands on the initial run of Bitches Brew). All-in-all, good times whenever we jet on down for a growler. (855 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Half Acre is located in a good area, easy street parking and right across from a nice play to eat lunch and grab some good beer at Bad Apple. The inside is pretty small but nice wood panels with a new feel. There is draft station, a cooler with half acre and other beers for sale, and some more beer and memorabilia against the back wall. They usually have good stuff on draft if you randomly stop by. Not a place to hang out, its 15 minute stop. The brewery is on the side and you are allowed to walk in and see what's going, a very cool feature. The staff is nice and helpful. They often have new growler only releases so theres lot of occasion to stop by. If you're out of town this place is worth stopping by, also worth coming by for a quick growler feel. (760 characters)

Photo of uberez8
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A wonderful small brewery of Chicago. Granted they don't have food and just a simple shop it still goes to say they have, literally, the nicest people working there and generally an amazing staff that can answer any question and get you the beer you need quick. Their merch selection is also somewhat small but really nice and well designed. Plus free samples of anything on tap whenever you walk in and a small rotating batch of unique bottled beers from unique breweries you can pick up at a good price. I try to make almost every new release now. (549 characters)

Photo of april333
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small selection. I think the line may have had issues when I was there as none of my beers had any carbonation happening. I missed my bubbles. Over all their beer is good, and I know it. (186 characters)

Photo of RyFikes
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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 KDawg
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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)

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
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