Half Acre Beer Company

BEER AVG
3.97/5
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
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:
112
Reviews:
3,080
Ratings:
14,976
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
375
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
3.28%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 375
Reviews by WolfsbaneBloom:
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is pretty easy to find and parking never seems to be a problem. Then again, I tend to frequent Half Acre in the early afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays. Not sure what its like later in the evening.

I love the atmosphere in this place. Really unique and beautifully designed interior. White tile, concrete bar, dark wood booths and seating and an amazing weathered wood wall opposite the bar that a server informed me was salvaged from a 100 year old grain mill in Wisconsin. A really awesome and stylish touch. They spared no expense with this tap room.

The bartenders are all pretty cool guys: friendly, knowledgeable, and not averse to talking beer. Their house brew, a bold and juicy IPA called Space, is amazing. They can't seem to make enough because there's been a couple of times they've tapped out, to my extreme disappointment. They usually have between 8 and 10 different beers on tap. What really makes this place worth visiting, aside from the atmosphere, is the fact that most of the beers aren't available anywhere else. Their Space IPA being one of them, which that alone is reason enough to visit.

They have a store next door to the tap room where you can buy merchandise and fill growlers with both their year-round beers and their specialty brews. Overall, a great little place and probably my favorite place in the city to relax with some friends and grab a few beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of brights
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kreg02
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jordanbj
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of johunnic
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
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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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
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