Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
16,380 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:
159
Reviews:
3,494
Ratings:
16,380
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.39/5
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
398
pDev:
8.88%
 
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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of sendbeer
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of psoriasaurus
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of FlaviusG
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.95/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of jenrhart
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Gambyt20
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Chris912
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of egrace84
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Mgm54
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of adamgnoth
4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of NickyPogs
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went there for the Big Hugs release this year so naturally things were a little crowded and crazy. The staff did a great job getting us through the lines and I thought everything ran smoothly.

The taproom itself is really cool. I like that there are no tvs. Just a place to have a good beer and chat with your friends. The bear hanging over the bar is awesome. Lots of little details that made this tap room very cool. I highly recommend this place to any out of town visitor looking for a good place for a beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I stopped at Half Acre before meeting a friend at the nearby Fountainhead. This neighborhood is full of bars and things and I will have to come back to peruse and imbibe.

The Half Acre taproom is small and loud but fun, manned by friendly bearded hipster folks, playing cool music and with awesome artsy décor (wooden walls that look like sculptures, an angry bear behind the bar and a Tom-of-Finland-meets-Neo-Rauch oversized painting.

10 taps behind the bar, all Half Acre. Cool beer menu, too, leather-bound and Bible-like.

You know the Half Acre pale ales. They don’t disappoint. Akari, Daisy, Miller, Tuna, Lead Feather, Hefe, GoneAway… I would say they are not the world-class, unique pale ales we thought they were five years ago, but they are still plenty delicious. Served in 8-16-21 oz, ranging from 3 dollars to six. They are expanding, adding a chef and a food menu and opening a second location.

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 16,380 ratings