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Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BA SCORE
98
world-class

203 Ratings
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.48%
Active Beers: 88
Beer Ratings: 8,993
Beer Avg: 3.94
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:
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 added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008)
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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

emerge077, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

dirtylou, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

greenspointexas, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -18.7%

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!

beerwolf77, Oct 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

spointon, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -9%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

TMoney2591, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

jrallen34, Feb 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

TheRealPour, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

joe1510, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

NJBeer265, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Dicers, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of cratez
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

cratez, Sep 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BeerBucks, Oct 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

MSandahl23, Nov 11, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

htomsirveaux, Aug 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

BUNZILLA, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

birdsellam, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Fluffheady
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

stouts4me, Aug 24, 2014
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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.