Half Acre Beer Company

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4.01/5
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 248-4038 | map
www.halfacrebeer.com

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

Added by rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
96
Reviews:
2,919
Ratings:
14,203
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
361
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
3.28%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 361
Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of NickyPogs
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of amano_h
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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).

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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.)

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Photo of eppCOS
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Dinobambam
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of JArt
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of 98green
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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Photo of JNbeerded
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Such a kickass place. Taproom is so cool. Great selection of beers on draught. I also like how the retail space and tasting room are separate, it really expedites things.

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Photo of ARoman
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The place is a relatively small store front that's been given a lodge feel with bizarre (but cool) artwork, and a good music selection - every once in a while it's a live, acoustic-type act. Unfortunately, this place is a weekend destination that gets crowded just before and after dinner, either plan on getting there early, or around the 6-8pm range to be able to get a seat. There's a dozen or so stools around the bar and another dozen or so park bench-style tables to choose from. Even though there is a bro-ey vibe sneaking into, it's still dominates by hipsters, yuppies, and dinks (and I use all those terms endearingly, because anything is better than bro-ey). They almost always have 8 to 12 taps rolling of their beers which typically include 3-4 from their primary lineupe, 3-4 seasonals or limited, then the rest are filled out by experimental type brews. Every friday, they tap a firkin that's usually an off-beat brew (pale ale with fruit peel or spice, for example) and goes until it runs out. They serve full pints, and half pints at roughly $5 /pint $3 /half. They can be a bit hit or miss on their seasonals, limiteds, and experiments, but their mainstays are pretty solid. The staff is generally chill, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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Photo of april333
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small selection. I think the line may have had issues when I was there as none of my beers had any carbonation happening. I missed my bubbles. Over all their beer is good, and I know it.

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Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Love Half Acre so much. The brewery can get very crowded and loud, especially during peak hours, but if you are able to grab a table, make a day/night of it.

PROS:
~ Warm feel to the bar
~ Bring your own food...they offer up some great suggestions on places to grab some good stuff from to enjoy while you're taking in some fantastic brews
~ The friendliest staff in Chicago
~ Firkin Fridays...always some great small batch brews worth checking out

CONS:
~ Can be a bit too cramped and loud during peak hours on Fridays and Saturdays
~ While I love Half Acre, I wish they'd offer up a bit more than only eight or so beers at a time...then again, with their current production facility they can't do much more, so I don't fault them.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Finally getting around to reviewing Half Acre, and their new(ish) tap room next door.

The vibe at the Taproom is always great, upbeat and fun music, typically of the indie rock variety, not too loud, but not just background noise either. The mood is always fun, usually a younger crowd, 20s - 40s, full of people having a good time. The walls are adorned by weird and interesting art and the giant bear head at the bar is amazing. The contrast of the brick walls on the interior and the drift wood on one wall is smartly done and the lighting is appropriate for the scene. The quality of the beers is always good, you can't go wrong with any of the staples, Daisy Cutter, Space, Pony and Akari Shogun are personal favorites, but beers like Over Ale and Gossamer are not to be overlooked, and the relatively new canned IPA, Heyoka, is fantastic. In addition to the usual suspects, there are often some tap room only exclusives that almost always hit the mark, and they almost always put their seasonal bottle/can releases on tap as well, which is a big plus. The service is their lone slip up, occasionally there is a server of sorts to help bus table and refill empty glasses though most of the ordering is done at the bar and it isn't always the easiest thing to flag down a bartender, despite the bar being so small. The selection is another small knock, they run about 8-10 lines at once and with many of those lines dedicated to their staple beers, there isn't always a ton of new or interesting things to try. That being said, over in the shop, there are often more beers that are available for growlers with small samples offered at the filling station.

Verdict: One of my favorite spots in town for sure, mostly because of the vibe and ambiance and its a sure bet to get some fresh Daisy Cutter. I wish a little more was offered in terms of variety of beers, but all in all, a great place to hang out. A side note, you can bring in your own food or have it delivered there, which doesn't pigeonhole you into a small menu, a plus in my book.

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Photo of RamboII
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Good place to visit in Chicago. The people that work there are very friendly and like to talk beer. The are doing some very good stouts, IPAs, and Pale ales. The vibe in the tasting room is very good. I would definitely go again. I do not believe they had food.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Half Acre Side Pub.
The only real problem with this place is the crowds it gets do to it's popularity.
Located just outside the heart of Lincoln Square, minutes away from the Brown Line L, it rests in the friendly confines of the neighborhood.
The Taps vary as would be expected for a Brewery and the atmosphere is always friendly and clean. They always have a collaborative effort on tap that is rarely packaged outside of the brewery.
Worth a visit if in or around the neighborhood.

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Photo of ZS881107
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I am mixed about half acre. I love the tap room so much. You can get many awesome beers there. I drank a Mean Old Marty with my brewing partner after picking up brewing supplies. The barleywine had been aging for at least 2 years and was awesome. What puts me on the fence though is that I wish more of their stuff were available to buy at a store.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a review of the Brewery store I have not had the pleasure of the brewpub as of yet a review of that to follow.

It may intimidate the uninitiated but please feel free to come in and taste and hopefully buy some of the best beers being brewed in Chicago. A very eclectic and knowledgeable staff will help guide you to the correct beer for you. Stock up on some growlers and get them refilled on Tuesdays for $2off each growler, I'm sure most people coming in if they have heard or drank anything from Half Acre it would be the Daisy Cutter which is an excellent brew but just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to beer selection here, if they have Double Daisy Cutter on draft make sure to buy as much as you can carry. Great place, great service, great beer, shitty parking. (park at Jewel and walk) also Bad Apple bar at least used to serve a lot of Half Acre beers(this was before the brewpub) and have an amazing Poutine (actually the only poutine ive had but still)

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