Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-2953
United States

(773) 248-4038 | map

Notes: Taproom
Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am-11pm
Thursday: 11am-12am
Friday-Saturday: 11am-1am
Sunday: 11am-11pm
Closed Mondays.
Store hours
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
View: Beers | Place Reviews
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I’ve been going to the Lincoln tap room/store for about 8 years as part of my annual holiday road trip. I really enjoyed my trip there a few days ago. The tap room was warm and cozy in a modern way. Service was prompt and helpful. Love that they can have some brewery only offerings now too since their flagships are made at a different site. Really love what they’ve grown into at this location

Dec 23, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

6/16/18: Have picked up bottles from the adjacent store in the past, sat down to have a 20 ounce Beer Hates Astronauts. Small room, I sat at the bar, tables are spread in the tight room. Nice crowd for early Saturday evening. Excellent service despite the crowd, about a dozen draft offerings available in a sample and also in a small or large beer size. Very good selections, beer reasonably priced. Overall nice taproom and looking forward to a few more pours down the road.

Jun 27, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Half Acre is in a tiny shop with a few long tables and an oddly shallow bar table. Concrete floors, push-pin signs, and live edge tables give this place a "hipster" feel. The high ceiling helps deaden some of the noise inside this tiny space. Finding a place to sit, especially as a solo adventurer was tough. The staff was helpful and friendly. Beer selection spans their flagships with a few limited beers both on tap and served from the bottle. Selection was mostly hoppy offerings, so for those seeking darker beers, they may want to visit somewhere else. An adjacent store sells 4 packs and large format wild ales to go, along with some growlers, and general merchandise. It's all located in a cool and hip part of town. Maybe a 10 minute walk from the Brown line for the L. Nice stop.

Apr 10, 2018
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swenny916 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

V- Nice taproom feel. They are very strict on how many people can be in the taproom at a time, so you never feel crowded.

Q- Always have the regulars and usually at least one specialty beer. Beer is always fresh and I enjoy the house yeast.

S- You can sit at the bar and be served by the bartender or a table and have a server. Either way the service is fast and helpful.

Selection- On top of whatever they have on tap, you can head next door to the growler fill station and have samples of everything. It helps you decide what you want in the taproom and helps prevent duds.

F- Haven't had it so can't comment. It's gourmet burritos which definitely look good.

Aug 28, 2017
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Went before a Cubs game. Killer selection and great knowledgeable bar tenders. Plenty of samples, super fresh, awesome selection. Great location and neighborhood. Cant beat a place like this!

Aug 20, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you're in Chicago, Half Acre is a MUST. Not only does this place serve great beer but they sell it at a great price. The vibe is casual and the staff is laid back (in a good way). I think the best thing they have going for them is their growler station. They have around 12 different beers on tap to fill up your vessel and the cool part is a lot of the beers here aren't made in large quantities so they always have something new to try. I came in with my cousin one time and the guy behind the bar let him sample EVERY single beer on tap, super nice. Their taproom is cool but a little small, it gets packed at night which is great for business but sometimes can get annoying to be so cramped. Over all this place rocks and their beer is super dope so definitely check it out.

Jul 23, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Small tap room with tables and a bar. Several taps, cans and bottles available for consumption. Service was friendly and attentive. The burritos are good and the side of smashed red potatoes were tasty too. There is a store next door for grower fills, glasses and t-shirts. I'll go back for sure.

Apr 29, 2017
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Beer was delicious and spot on...albeit a bit heavy on the hoppy side of things. Big Hugs, Vintage 2015, was on the menu but stamped as sold out...BUMMER. Music was a tad loud, but Im getting close to 40 FWIW. It was packed but a Saturday afternoon...would love to stop in here during a more chill time period...if there is one? Def a must stop if on the North Side of Chi-town. BTW, the food was awesome.

Apr 17, 2017
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool spot, on the small side though. I was there ahead of a concert at the Aragon, and it was packed. We were relegated to a spot along the wall crowding some diners on a bench. Great beer, great vibe though. 12 or so tap selections.

Apr 06, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A very nice place with a good selection of beers on tap and very friendly service. They also sell beer to go and have a decent selection of glassware, etc..

Mar 24, 2017
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Very small location NW of Wrigleyville, smaller than you'd expect for the predominance of Half Acre beer in Chicagoland. Lots of beers on draft, and of the 10 I sampled, only 1 was a miss. I didn't try a burrito (half of their food menu is dedicated to burritos), but the hush puppies were truly awe-inspiring. A signature dish. Nachos and house chips were just OK. Overall quite affordable.

Growler fills are a bit tricky here. Even though they advertise filling non-HA growlers, you're better off just buying/using theirs. I was 0-fer with the 2 I brought, and the kid at the filling station was a bit condescending.

Jan 19, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice taproom. Clean, comfortable. I sat at the bar and ate a burrito. Good selection of their brews on tap and a few bottle and can options.

They have high quality beer available in small or large pours. The food is presented nicely and is good quality.

Service was great, attentive and informative. Great vibe.

Dec 20, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on a Thursday night, it was crowded but we were able to get a table after a few minutes of standing around. The taproom is a bit on the small side and probably could stand to be bigger based on the crowd we encountered. The service was surprisingly good, especially considering how busy they were. The beer selection is good with quite a bit of variety on tap and it seems like they rotate through many of them. The beer quality is good, but not exceptional, everything I had was solid but nothing was memorable, daisy cutter is still the best thing I have had from them. The food was excellent, very nice neauveau gastropub fare. Definitely worth a stop and not far from several other worthy Chicago beer spots.

Jun 27, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As the final stop on a tour of transit geeks drawn nationwide to analyze developments on Chicago's Brown Line, we came in after a bone-jarring ridiculously cold day for November. And of course, the brewers were not expecting this early Arctic Vortex either... and all the darks on tap were gone.

This was last year. Everything about the bar was good except one... we had to go get food and bring it in (which has its benefits of great variety in this neighborhood, but also inconveniences.) Half Acre now has an impressive menu and I should go back and check out their food.

While I've rated only a few Half Acre Beers, I like them. They have used their unbelievably successful cash cow recipe, Daisy Cutter, and have as many experiments as a much larger brewer and added food and soon will have another production facility and taproom. In many ways, I find them to be one of the pioneers in Chicago's 3rd Generation of brewers. Most of these are not more than a decade old and are keen on experimenting and keen, now, on complementing food.

May 16, 2016
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JMFP from Delaware

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The taproom was closed on the day of my visit (1/12/16), as they are remodeling to make room for a new kitchen. But the store was open for samples & growler fills, and the staff was very friendly & knowledgeable. The beers, of course, speak for themselves. This place is a must stop whenever you are in Chicago. Can't wait to check out the kitchen & taproom on my next visit.

Jan 12, 2016
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NickyPogs from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went there for the Big Hugs release this year so naturally things were a little crowded and crazy. The staff did a great job getting us through the lines and I thought everything ran smoothly.

The taproom itself is really cool. I like that there are no tvs. Just a place to have a good beer and chat with your friends. The bear hanging over the bar is awesome. Lots of little details that made this tap room very cool. I highly recommend this place to any out of town visitor looking for a good place for a beer.

Dec 21, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I stopped at Half Acre before meeting a friend at the nearby Fountainhead. This neighborhood is full of bars and things and I will have to come back to peruse and imbibe.

The Half Acre taproom is small and loud but fun, manned by friendly bearded hipster folks, playing cool music and with awesome artsy décor (wooden walls that look like sculptures, an angry bear behind the bar and a Tom-of-Finland-meets-Neo-Rauch oversized painting.

10 taps behind the bar, all Half Acre. Cool beer menu, too, leather-bound and Bible-like.

You know the Half Acre pale ales. They don’t disappoint. Akari, Daisy, Miller, Tuna, Lead Feather, Hefe, GoneAway… I would say they are not the world-class, unique pale ales we thought they were five years ago, but they are still plenty delicious. Served in 8-16-21 oz, ranging from 3 dollars to six. They are expanding, adding a chef and a food menu and opening a second location.

Dec 18, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Half Acre has a fun little taproom on the trendy Lincoln Avenue. Fun place with a funky vibe that seems friendly, open and inviting. Wood benches and tables are pretty minimalist but do the job.
Service is pub-style, at the bar but seemed fairly quick even with a decent Sunday evening crowd.
The beers are great with a nice variety even though the number of taps is rather limited.
Price are reasonable with the inexpensive half-pints a nice option for trying several beers. Great store next door as well with growler fills and excellent service.

Oct 14, 2015
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amano_h from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half Acre's Tap Room, much like the neighborhood it inhabits, is pretty much a mix of everything geared for, well... everyone.

During the day, Half Acre is a mecca for Mid-West beer geeks in search of its fabled nectar (a.k.a. Daisy Cutter) -- during the afternoon, it turns into a drinking hole for the locals and the college students getting out of class; at night, it turns into a classy lounge for the young and hip elite of Northern Chicago.

No matter what time of the day you set your foot into Half Acre, the beer is always flowing and delicious; the knowledgeable wait staff are nice and friendly, but of course in the urban Mid-Western kind of way. They don't serve food, but they're very laissez-faire about letting patrons order/bring food in -- they also don't seem to set limits on the amount of beer you can take home, in case the draft offerings weren't quite enough.

Now if only Double Daisy Cutter was available year round...

Sep 15, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Really nice space north of downtown. Not so easy to get to by train, so you may have to use Uber. Large tasting room is adjacent to the brewhouse and brewery store. They don't have food, but they encourage you to order in from area restaurants (they even provide menus, which is a nice touch).

Sep 05, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

First of all, my three favorite animals are: bears, owls, and octopuses. What animals does this establishment feature prominently? Bears, everywhere, and owls and octopuses on the coasters. Major points won already.
-Beyond that, the decor is pretty nice. Wood and concrete mostly, with cool indigo/pink stalactites. Clean, well lit with natural light.
-No food is available, but they let you bring in your own grub. They also have a selection of nearby vendors for your convenience.
-Service was good. It was busy when I visited, with only two bartenders and maybe a busser or two, but they kept up with the pace and were perfectly friendly, even outgoing.
-Unless my memory fails me, selection is exclusively their own beers. No other liquor available. I'll let you decide if that is a good or a bad thing.
-Growler/howler fills available. Didn't get one, I assume they do a fine job.
-They also have a gift shop, which doesn't feature even close to enough shirts with bears, owls, and octopuses on them.

All in all, a cool venue to sit down with friends or solo and grab a beer. ('Quality' score reflects my opinion on those beers.)

Aug 28, 2015
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Maybe (maybe) my favorite brewery and taproom combination of all time. The beers are certainly of a kind, more on the hop trail than the malt road, but there's very few beers they make that I cannot drink with pleasure. Daisy cutter was the conversion point, but Space IPA is my end point. If they have Golden Tuna, Vallejo, Tundra, or Big Hugs on tap, try those too. Great place, definitely "men with beards" country but the 20-somethings are tolerant of us older-timers, too.

Jul 25, 2015
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jul 13, 2015
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Dinobambam from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place to go and try everything they are offering. Cool staff, cool merchandise, and cheap growlers. Love going on a Saturday evening, getting a growler and cracking it open on football Sunday. Oh and they give you a free growler for every ten you buy, or something like that.

Can't beat fresh daisy cutter

Jul 11, 2015
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JArt from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Jul 07, 2015
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