Half Acre Beer Company
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4.36/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-21-2011 17:53:05 | More by emerge077
4.16/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-27-2011 00:40:07 | More by dirtylou
3.6/5 rDev -18.6%
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!
10-16-2011 19:38:19 | More by beerwolf77
4.03/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
07-22-2013 13:15:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
02-22-2011 22:15:22 | More by jrallen34
4.16/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
03-15-2011 05:48:13 | More by TMoney2591
Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.