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:
97
Reviews:
2,916
Ratings:
14,183
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
360
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
3.28%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 360
Reviews by MelissaJ:
Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a very small brewery with about 8 employees. I went for the tour on New Years Eve Saturday. The $10 tour fee included a free pint glass, and 3 full pints of beer--any of their year round stuff to choose from [daisy cutter, over ale and gossamer] and the day I went they had two of the seasonal brews to sample as well: callow knife and alpenglo. The folks with free reservations from the old system didn't have to wait in line (this way of honoring old reservations seemed absolutely fair to me) but got smaller, plastic cups to drink beer from. They are very strict about the 60 person limit, so if you don't have a reservation get there early.

The atmosphere is awesome for a small, young brewery, the shop is very small, but it seemed like they made it very nice and comfortable for what they were given with the space. Further, the tour I was on had an impromptu live band performing (they wanted to do something special for New Year's Eve). The tour guide showed up in a tux (again a New Years Eve surprise) and was very encouraging of questions and speaking with the tour goers individually. Although the group seemed a bit big, he made sure to project his voice so everyone could hear.

For what you get with the tour, and by the sheer fact that their beer is so good, the price and quality is spot on.

One of the older people in my group got a bit over heated and faint from standing for most of the tour (about 1.5 hours) on top of standing in line for the tour (about 1 hour), and the staff was very gracious about getting her a chair, and some water. The crowd is definitely younger, but it is very reassuring that the staff is welcoming and considerate of all customers. It might be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you and have a good meal beforehand.

Selection got a 4.5 because they do have a limited selection at any time. However, because of the quality of their beer, and the fact that it is a small brewery and the just don't have the capacity for a larger selection, the limited selection is understandable. They are very good about having seasonal beers come out quite frequently, beyond their year round selection.

The beer is a must try and the tour can be a really fun way to spend a Saturday.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of psoriasaurus
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

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 Powderhornphil
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of FlaviusG
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 Highbury09
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of tbeckett
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Loved this unassuming brewery in a neighborhood setting. Stellar beer and relaxed atmosphere.

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Photo of aasher
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of NJNYC732
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Chris912
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of egrace84
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Mgm54
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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 Gorf_Minor
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of adamgnoth
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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