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Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 248-4038 | map

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

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 358
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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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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Photo of maxcoinage
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Brewery Tour is awesome! Went with a big group for my 30th bday, one straggler showed up after the tour was full, and they were cool enough to let him in. Get there early though! They serve 3 full glasses of beer for the tour and you get to keep a glass, so quite the deal for $10.

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Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Half Acre has two seperate entrances on Lincoln Ave. The north entrance is to the storefront. A tasting table, unique art and swag decorate the walls. Growlers are for sale, t-shirts, glassware, etc. The south entrance is the taproom. The interior is modern with concrete floor, long block communal seating, and exposed brick. A crazy bear head hangs behind the bar and some art (both Half Acre and Ween) prints hang along the back wall.

10 house beers pour from the taps, most of which are draft only. The draft list is kept updated online. On Fridays they throw a firkin up on the counter until it's gone.Everything is fresh and there are three seperate serving sizes available so you can easily sample everything. The service is and always has been some of the best in the biz. This place has some of the most all around friendly people you'll find anywhere.

Half Acre has been a favorite of mine since day one. I can't comment enough on how great everybody has always been that's worked there over the years. It was and remains a great addition to a bustling neighborhood and while it certainly gets its fair share of visitors from everywhere it's still a neighborhood spot. I cannot recommend Half Acre highly enough.

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Photo of stercomm
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Nothing fancy about their taproom, but who really cares when the beer is good. Visited here with my son on an early Friday afternoon. By the time we left at 4 PM the place was full. Wait staff very friendly and engaging, more than willing to pour us a number of tastes before we made our selection.

Beer selection was good with a slant toward the dark and toasty fall beers. Ample selection of beers. After an enjoyable couple of hours hit the storefront to get a growler filled. Once again very friendly crew here as well.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Half Acre currently only has a storefront and taproom, but I visit it every so often to grab the latest from them. Every time I go in to buy beer, they literally offer me tastes of other stuff. Last time I visted, the guy at the growler filling station gave me sample of 3 different beers just because he wanted me to try them. I hate when places make it seem weird to ask to sample stuff before buying it. The taproom is pretty nice, I love the artwork. Half Acre makes some pretty kick ass beers, and they frequently have a few taproom only beers. They always have lots of glassware, t shirts, stickers and some other stuff to buy.

Id probably go to hang out more if they served food, but they are currently working on opening up a small place next door to serve food. If you're ever in Chicago, definitely stop by and try some of their taproom only beers. It will be worth the visit.

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Photo of ms333
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

A- cool place. a little too hipsterish, but these days, hey, this is the world we are in. gaming available and encouraged.

Q- i really like half acre beers. i put them in the outstanding category, but barely. i will say i haven't had a LOT of there beers. so i may not be giving them enough credit w.r.t. their reputation.

S- kinda weak service. a little weird, actually. i think they want you to go to the counter to get your beer. but they do have servers on the floor. last time, i think they gave me the wrong beer, but to my own fault i couldn't say for sure from the taste and appearance of the brew.

Selection- very good. they have about 7-10 tappers of their current stuff.

F- NONE. bring your own, which can be totally fine.

Value- average.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited Brewery and spent the afternoon at taproom. Very friendly staff and the bouncer is a nice guy, not rude. Beer is delish and they give 10% for IMBIBE members. I recommend Wild Goose next door for grub. Prices are extremely reasonable. All in all Half Acre is a great place to have a few beers and BS with a friend.

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Photo of Rainblows
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half acre is one of my favorite beer spots in the city whether I'm looking to sit down for a a pint or just grab a quick growler from the bottle shop. The taproom has plenty of seating and great decor, no food but they do allow you to bring or order in food! Cheers.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Recently took a trip with my wife and another couple to Chicago for a long weekend and stopped by Half Acre for their tour before going to the Cubs game. It was probably the best decision that was made that trip with out a doubt!

The tour was awesome. They limit it to 60 people so it's not over crowded and $10 gets you in the door with 3 beers and a pint glass to take home with you. I am a huge beer nerd, my wife loves craft, my friend enjoys trying new beers and his wife is a miller lite die hard. So we had the whole spectrum covered in our group and every one had a great time and enjoyed their beers.

Outside of the tour they have a retail store on one side of the brewery and a tap room on the other. We visited both for souvenirs and to have some post tour beers to sample the other beers they had to offer. Everyone that worked there was super friendly and helpful with any questions we had.

Overall, we had a blast and I would definitely do it again on my next trip to Chicago.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

While Half Acre doesn't have a food menu, they allow you to order your own, and even have menus available if you want something local.

In terms of their beer menu, while it isn't the largest in the world, they've always got a bunch of beers you can only have on tap, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The staff is nice, and the location is extremely informal (it's basically a small room adjacent to their store that they added a few tables and a 5 or 6 person bar to).

Highly recommended!

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Probably my favorite local brewery tasting room. All beer. No food. Tables to congregate across other tables with. Woody, natural decor.. I felt flashbacks to nature exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum when I was a child in the 80's. I had Annica. Oh boy. I wish that was bottled. A mosaic IPA brewed in collaboration with Three Floyd's. I forgot what other beers were there after that. I think I had a chocolate stout that same night. Who knows. And I usually go straight for the stouts. I have yet to try Big Hugs. They keep selling out on me. Hopefully I'll get a chance soon.

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

This taproom is a MUST visit. Half Acre has been my favorite Chicagoland brewery for quite a while. The people are really great. The new taproom is BEAUTIFUL. They always have a lot of special things in the taproom, and they have Firken Fridays! Visit this brewery if you visit Chicago.

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Photo of KVota
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Half acre is local for us but I'd never been because their beers are a little hoppy for me. Had an afternoon off on a Sunday and, favorite haunts closed, decided to head over with my girlfriend. The place was fairly rustic and sparse interior wise. Didn't have to wait to get a seat. Had a set of flights first-- $2 for a 5oz taster is a great deal. Talked to the bartenders a bit, they were super knowledgeable and friendly. Had a second beer. Biked home in a leisurely fashion.

I'd definitely do that again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited for a quick pint later in the evening. The retail store was closed.

Nice place. Had a bit of a hipster feel to it. Not a huge place, but since we were only having a pint we were happy to stand. The selection was pretty good both in terms of quantity and styles. Had a pint of the Space IPA, which we both really enjoyed. Would definitely head back here for some pints on a future trip to Chicago.

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Photo of YogiBeer
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great beers, Great service, Great selection. Love their half growlers (and the prices)! Was very very impressed, as I went to my first brewery only release here for Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. Waited in line for about a half hour (after showing up right when they opened, we didn't even really do any planning). Crew was extremely helpful and good natured, even while having to deal with a bunch of beer dorks. They were passing out samples while we were waiting in line, which was nice. GREAT change of pace from FFF, where they basically treat you like a scumsucking plebian at their bottle purchasing station. Half Acre has always been nice on the phone whenever I call, even though they probably get about 700 calls for double daisy cutter every day. Definitely worth a stop if you're coming through Chicago.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by the taproom the other week when I was in Chicago. Very nice place. The bear head behind the bar is cool. There is an anvil in the wall as well. The tap list is done on what seem to be small whiteboards with each white board having the name of a beer (and a cool design). No food but the beer menu comes in these leather-y "notebooks" it just looks real classy. It was dead when I went (Tuesday within an hour of opening) so service was good but I was one of a hand few of people there. They had a beer on nitro, not sure if it is always an option, but it was available that day. If I recall there were 10 total tap lines. A nice place. Worth a stop in if the area.

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Photo of RyFikes
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went for a tour while visiting a friend in Chicago. Luckily my buddy knew the drill and got there and hour early, because they only take 60 people and the line forms quick.

The tour was perfect (only $10). They bring you in, give you a glass, talk about the beers they have to offer, and then you can fill up with whatever. The guy giving the tour was great and somehow he knew just when to call a break so that we could fill our glasses again. By the third beer its less of a tour and more just people mingling and having a good time.

The beers were super fresh. They didn't have a huge selection but they are still a relatively small brewery.

The fact that I did not have breakfast before this tour might have contributed to an inflated sense of euphoria during my visit, but it was a legit good time.

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Photo of shadytony
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Simply put, I live in Chicago and this is probably my favorite place to drink with friends. The taproom has a very communal traditional German beer hall feel and is entirely unpretentious. There is a lot of attention to detail for such a small space and it is located directly next to the actual production facility. There are no "guest" beers availabe and no food is served on the premises so find a good pizza or Italian beef somewhere else prior to visiting. Growlers and "howlers" (1L) are available for takeout. This is absolutely an obligatory stop for beer nerds visiting the Windy City (make sure you visit Bad Apple and Fountainhead while in the neighborhood)

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

Great taproom. Nice atmosphere, with both private and also communal tables. Plus the bar seats. It's the Half Acre taproom, so don't expect to find other brewers there. However, their selection is very good, with a good variety of their quality drafts. No food available, but plenty of restaurants in the area deliver there, just ask for their binder with menus.

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Photo of AlyssaW
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Recently went on the brewery tour. It's $10 you get to try 3 beers from the tap and get to keep the pint glass. You can get any of their beer in a growler to go. The tour itself wasn't that great. Basically drink, listen to music, and hear 2 guys talk about how great the owner is. It's a great price and I had a good time, but next time ill skip the tour and grab a growler to go.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
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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