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Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BA SCORE
3.96/5
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15,993 Ratings
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(773) 248-4038 | map
halfacrebeer.com

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

Added by rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
150
Reviews:
3,390
Ratings:
15,993
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.39/5
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
390
pDev:
8.88%
 
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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by MelissaJ:
Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
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 freshbeer7
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MTKATL
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of swenny916
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of zkoehn
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of mkyer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Adamplus4000
3.56/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of vande
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Small tap room with tables and a bar. I did not eat but the food looked good. Several taps, cans and bottles available for consumption. Service was friendly and attentive. There is a store next door for grower fills, glasses and t-shirts. I'll go back for sure.

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Photo of atone315
4.61/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of brights
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kreg02
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jordanbj
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Such great beers at this place. They really need more space for those 'weekend' crowds.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Timtac
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.04/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 15,993 ratings
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