Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BA SCORE
88.1%
Liked Their Beers
3.97 w/ 16,180 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:
145
Reviews:
3,375
Ratings:
16,180
Liked:
14,256
Average:
3.97/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
96.4%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
389
Liked:
375
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by Vdubb86:
Photo of Vdubb86
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I've been here on several occasions usually on days of release, or when I want to be damn sure that I get one of their products. I really truly enjoyed my first visit to this location when I went on a tour back in Sept. of 2010 and it's caused me to come back ever since. The beer the brew doesn't get much fresher then when you get it there. The atmosphere is a funky style urban chic. They've got swag on the back wall with some cool trinkets. The storefront also has it's own 4 taps for growler fills right in the wall with someone always operating it. The quality of the products here are second to none in regards to their Half Acre stuff. If it's hop heavy get in on growler, you'll never regret that decision. The guys who work there are always really cool, and are more than helpful when you're looking for something. They are amicable and will answer questions as best they can about the goings on of their brewery. The selection for growlers is usually the 3 main beers (Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer) but usually a rotating yearly release beer as well (which is mostly what I go for). Also they have some Belgian bombers in their fridge as well for sale. There aren't too many things to pick from, but usually you're only there to get Half Acre stuff anyway, in which case, it won't get any better than straight from the source. Overall, I love coming to this place, simple as that.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of jhavs
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 16,180 ratings
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