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Half Acre Tap Room -- opening summer 2012

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by danimalarkey, May 3, 2012.

  1. Per the Tribune:
    ... In August, the five-year-old North Center brewery plans to open a tap room that will accommodate close to 100 people on the south end of its building at 4257 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Pretty excited to find out the additional details as mentioned in the article. I'm not a huge fan of growlers so being able to try more than 1-2oz. of some of their other beers will be great. The news about Over Ale and Gossamer is pretty interesting, too. Gossamer is my go to beer when I'm going to doing a lot of drinking -- as with Revolution's Workingman Mild, I'd love to see more of it but c'est la vie.
  2. I will definitely be a regular at that tap room. Can't wait. At first I was going to say that I was upset about Gossamer and Over Ale, but then I thought about it and I rarely buy those anyway. I love both beers, especially Over Ale, but they come out with new beers every month and I usually drink the new beer for a month and then move on to the next month's. If Over Ale becomes a seasonal, I'll probably end up drinking it more, because I'll be looking forward to its release.
  3. trbergman

    trbergman Savant (485) Illinois Nov 17, 2006 Verified

    Exciting news! I'm glad the licensing came through.

    Does anyone know whether they're going to be brewing stuff on the 15bbl brewhouse, or a separate system? 10 taps seems like a lot to maintain in addition to cranking out Daisy Cutter and all the special releases.
  4. Askchucky

    Askchucky Savant (285) Illinois May 2, 2011 Verified

    Wow, I will be a member of the mug club for sure!
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  5. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (685) Illinois Nov 26, 2011 Verified

    Mug club member here as well!!! Stocked!
  6. thetomG

    thetomG Savant (440) Illinois Feb 17, 2010

    I'm sure I'm just overlooking something but where did you find details of their mug club? I'd definitely be interested in such a thing, but can't find any mention of it... - or is this just the reasonable assumption that they'll have one?
  7. Askchucky

    Askchucky Savant (285) Illinois May 2, 2011 Verified

    There was no mention, was just stating that I'll be parked in that taproom every weekend.
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  8. This is awesome, can't wait til it opens. No food isn't a big deal, you can just grab a burger at the Bad Apple across the street.
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  9. It'd be nice if they could expand North and take over the Wild Goose. They'd already have a kitchen and a nice bar set up. I guessthe people from Wild Goose probably wouldn't be too happy about that.
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  10. thereal

    thereal Aficionado (225) Illinois Apr 20, 2010

    If Half Acre would continue to make Wild Goose wings, I could get behind this.

    Otherwise, leave my wings alone.

    Here's hoping for year round Double Daisy....
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  11. stephenieman

    stephenieman Savant (275) Illinois Oct 14, 2011

    [quote="thereal, post: 196348, member: 450656"

    Here's hoping for year round Double Daisy....[/quote]

    I second this!
    Year-round Callow Knife would be a great runner-up as well.
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  12. Callow Knife is on tap at Green Lady now.
  13. Reviving an old thread to ask if there is any date set for the tap room's opening. All my searching yielded "August." Is this still the case?
  14. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (685) Illinois Nov 26, 2011 Verified

    According to the tweets and pictures of it today seems to be around then.
  15. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    They tweeted earlier that the tap room was almost complete. Posted a couple of pics. Time line looks good. After all it could be ends of August so that's another month.
  16. BFro

    BFro Aficionado (245) Illinois Feb 1, 2012

    I think you mean "stoked", yeah? Haha. ;)
  17. Hoping by August 10 when I descend on your fair city. If I miss it, is the half acre tour worth taking?
  18. Yes, the Half Acre tour is good. Nothing crazy but a good time The brewery is very small and the tour is basically self-guided. You kind of walk around and check stuff out and then someone gives s little schtick and answers questions. It's $10 and you get a pint glass and 3 pints while on the tour.
  19. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

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  20. Slayer32

    Slayer32 Zealot (90) Indiana Jan 26, 2012

    Any news about the taproom? We missed the august date and september is ending. Were the plans scrapped?
  21. Monsone

    Monsone Savant (370) Illinois Jun 5, 2006

    It is getting close. I though I heard early October.
  22. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Savant (365) Colorado Jan 13, 2012

  23. Slayer32

    Slayer32 Zealot (90) Indiana Jan 26, 2012

    "They said on the tour yesterday that in about 2 weeks is when the tap room will open. The guys were really excited about it and talked about it a lot. They plan to have 10 (yes TEN) taps going the whole time, all of them only their beer."

    Ah, thank you very much. I love Half Acre but they are so vague about events and beer descriptions. Sometimes it seems like they would rather write haikus then actually provide useful information.
  24. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    They were really fired up about it and kept referring to it. I only wish they gave us a sneak peak.
  25. zieglemt

    zieglemt Aficionado (205) Illinois Apr 25, 2011 Verified

    The doors were open during construction a month or so ago. It actually looks really small. I wonder if there is any room for expansion (doubt it).
  26. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Advocate (560) Illinois Apr 23, 2010 Verified

    Stopped by today for some DDC and took a peak in. It is definitely a little small but is looking pretty nice inside.
  27. AdamU726

    AdamU726 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 5, 2010

    they still have DDC cans?
  28. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Advocate (560) Illinois Apr 23, 2010 Verified

    As of yesterday at 3pm they did. As well a ton of Sticky Fat
  29. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (640) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Verified

    I think the title of this post need to be changed to "Half Acre Tap Room---Opening Fall, maybe?"
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  30. I was just quoting the Tribune's article! :D
  31. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    went by today for some double daisy cutter. unfortunately, they were out. picked up a few bottles of sticky fat. bummed about daisy cutter.if anyone has some double they want to let go, holler at me.

    i asked the dude about the opening, i'm sure i'm the first person to ask this but they said beginning or mid october. it'll be a silent opening, when it's ready it's ready. looks like the license for max capacity is 99 people. doesn't include seating.
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  32. I went in today and was also told mid to late October. The guy said that they're just waiting on some glassware and seats to come in, followed by a final inspection. I would normally think a city of Chicago inspection could take months and some under the table money but I know their alderman has their back.
  33. jrallen34

    jrallen34 Advocate (555) Illinois Jul 2, 2009 Verified

    They make no good beers anyway so who cares...
  34. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

  35. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008


    Saw this on another forum! Pretty stoked, it looks amazing!
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  36. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

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  37. DROOO

    DROOO Aficionado (205) Illinois May 5, 2009

  38. PopnLoads

    PopnLoads Savant (450) Illinois Jun 1, 2012 Verified

    FINALLY! When it does open, expect it to be packed for months to come.
  39. DruckusB

    DruckusB Aficionado (130) Kentucky Feb 27, 2012

    Awesome, hopefully it'll be open by the time I visit Chicago next month!
  40. stephenieman

    stephenieman Savant (275) Illinois Oct 14, 2011


    "The new tap room is set to open any day now (start sniffing around this weekend) and will feature 10 drafts and one cask beer, all of which will be by Half Acre. They will feature all three of their year-round beers, as well as seasonal releases and even some brews that you'll only be able to find at the tap room. They plan to stay open until 11 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and all the way until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday."
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