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 emerge077
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,169 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

this place is awesome, one of my favorite spots in chicago (a city that i am only beginning to become familiar with). smallish taproom, but very comfortable. amazing art adorns the walls, sparking more questions than resolutions, with a lot of wood on the walls, a cool bear sculpture behind the bar, a chalkboard menu, and plenty of beer on tap. a wonderful atmosphere to drink beer in cold weather. all of the beer here is outstanding, i just expected the place to be bigger given the proliferation of their product. the shrub tundra coffee brown is among the best beers ive ever had, but all were enjoyable. people could not have been nicer from the crew that works there to the other patrons, we were welcomed into a busy spot, treated well, served promptly, and made to feel very at home. the brewhouse is sick too, just a 15 barrel system feeds 19, yes 19 fermenters, which i think is pretty cool. i love the heavy workload for the system, and the brewers obviously have it dialed. blue collar meets hip, i really dig that mesh. fairly priced with a cool little shop attached. one of my favorite brewery visits in a long time, these guys are doing it up right! (1,166 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 joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,226 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 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 Fluffheady
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of JArt
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of 98green
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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 (262 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Brewery Tour is awesome! Went with a big group for my 30th bday, one straggler showed up after the tour was full, and they were cool enough to let him in. Get there early though! They serve 3 full glasses of beer for the tour and you get to keep a glass, so quite the deal for $10. (281 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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. (357 characters)

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 cadaugherty
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (712 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 Vdubb86
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I've been here on several occasions usually on days of release, or when I want to be damn sure that I get one of their products. I really truly enjoyed my first visit to this location when I went on a tour back in Sept. of 2010 and it's caused me to come back ever since. The beer the brew doesn't get much fresher then when you get it there. The atmosphere is a funky style urban chic. They've got swag on the back wall with some cool trinkets. The storefront also has it's own 4 taps for growler fills right in the wall with someone always operating it. The quality of the products here are second to none in regards to their Half Acre stuff. If it's hop heavy get in on growler, you'll never regret that decision. The guys who work there are always really cool, and are more than helpful when you're looking for something. They are amicable and will answer questions as best they can about the goings on of their brewery. The selection for growlers is usually the 3 main beers (Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer) but usually a rotating yearly release beer as well (which is mostly what I go for). Also they have some Belgian bombers in their fridge as well for sale. There aren't too many things to pick from, but usually you're only there to get Half Acre stuff anyway, in which case, it won't get any better than straight from the source. Overall, I love coming to this place, simple as that. (1,400 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 stercomm
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (525 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)

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
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