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-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

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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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Photo of dexterk1
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Have been past this place to go to bars in the area many times. I decided to stop in to see what specialty beers they had. They had a selection of about 4 specialty beers that were growler only and they were very interesting. The staff was very friendly and helped out with the tasting. Free tasting even without a tour. Simple store front with just there beer and merch. No food or anything else to take away from the beer that they are very serious about. There year round beers are available to buy or you can get one of the special taps in a growler.
Overall a great brewery.

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Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

We stopped here in hopes of making the tour cut. Surprisingly we made it. According to the owner/head brewer this was his smallest tour group ever. So there's hope for people looking to catch the tour.

The tour itself was by far the longest tour I've been on and I've been on 50+. This isn't a complaint at all. With 6 pints to drink (my buddy doesn't drink so I got his tokens) Gabrielle was super thorough with his information.

The tiny store wasn't much but the people working there were super friendly and helpful. I asked about some shirts and the guy dug through looking for my size. He also hooked me up with some labels from there bottles after i inquired about stickers.

Overall every brewery tour is the same. So it usually comes down to how much I get to drink. I drank a lot. Thumbs up!

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Photo of KDawg
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Half Acre only offers up tours on saturdays and you need to really plan and make reservations.

Since I haven't taken a tour, I can only comment on what you can buy on a visit. It's not a fancy room and is only for growler fills and tastes. There are t-shirts to buy along with plenty of daisy cutter and gossamer in can in a fridge. The room is small, but they do their best not to have it get over crowded.

They usually have about 4 or 5 taps going depending on what is available. The staff is always laid back and more than willing to give out tastes of what's on tap.

The prices vary on the growlers depending on the release, but it's a rare release that you are paying over $20 on a growler if you are buying a new growler on top of the beer.

I usually only buy the special releases here as I can get their year round stuff easily at a lot of places. They are always nice and ready to answer questions

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Photo of cratez
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First of two breweries that my girl and visited on a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: clean, simple, and attractive retail store has lots of Half Acre gear like tees, long-sleeve shirts, and glassware. Beer and merchandise prices are listed on two chalkboards. They also sell coffee and guest beers. Growler station had the three year-round offerings (Daisy Cutter, Gossamer, Over Ale) and one seasonal (Captain Fantasy Saison) when we came. The brewery itself is quite small, basically just a large room with a dozen tanks.

SERVICE: the employee at the front was exceptionally welcoming. He gave us a quick tour of the brewery, explaining the brief history of the company and the reasons behind their limited distribution (city and area only). He asked us about our trip and did a commendable job of engaging my non-beer-drinking girlfriend while I tried a t-shirt on. Great service.

SELECTION: I enjoyed samples of the Over Ale and Captain Fantasy and bought a half case each of the Daisy Cutter and Gossamer. Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Southern Tier Inequity, and Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss were serving as the guest brews. A tiny beer lineup, no doubt, but the quality is undeniable and I would definitely frequent the store on a regular basis if I lived in the neighbourhood. Prices for the 4-packs ($8.99) and growler re-fills ($12) are reasonable in my books.

OVERALL: we had a pleasant time here helped along by the gracious store employee. Half Acre is well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area or going to Bad Apple (like we were). Nice brewery with cool people running the place. Check it out.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A-Decent atmosphere. Really just a place to buy half acre stuff. So if you really like HA, you will prolly like it here!

Q-They don't mess around. you know everything is going to be good. Well except if the cap is coming loose...

S-Good service. Always a smiling face to answer any questions

S-Just half acre stuff. In bottles and a few select beers on tap for growler fills Didn't really know how to rate this...

V-A little cheaper than in the stores and their growler fills are always reasonably priced

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went here for the first time for the release of Double Daisy Cutter on 19 Aug 2011.

I arrived at about 1430 and found easy parking on a side street about a block away. Waited in line outside for about 30 min, it wasn't too hot but full sun and no shade, then another 15 min inside wait. They were passing out thimble sized shots of the Double Daisy Cutter for people to try; even the most hard core tickers would be hard pressed to judge a sample that size. Apologies to Phil for failing to pick him up a bottle, mea culpa.

Fairly small footprint inside. Medium sized fridge with bombers and four packs, a small counter with schwag, four or five taps for growler fills and a small island with one register. The process was pretty smooth but bottlenecked by the single register.

Not a bad experience in the least but I would not likely go back unless it was for a brewery only release.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

this must be some sort of a beerfly loophole...

I love Half Acre - the place, the cans, the people, the creativity, the Ween-ness, everything. I could survive on cans of Daisy Cutter for years on end.

I love stopping at Half Acre, but be aware of what you are walking in to...This place is not a brewpub or a bar - they wont sell you a pint but rather will offer very small samples of whats on tap. The taps are pretty consistent with usually one specialty flowing at a time. They will fill growlers, which arent particularly cheap, but are handy.

The store component is minimal - almost always cans of daisy cutter and gossamer, specialty bottles, and guest bottles.

That said, I can't think of one visit to Chicago in the past 2 years that I havent been to Half Acre (large sample size there...). Bad Apple is right across the street and Fountainhead aint much further. Parking is free and easy and who doesnt need fresh daisy cutter cans?

the people are great - always a fun stop.

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Photo of RayYanks23
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

We went for the Saturday brewery tour before the ballgame...Be warned, they only have one tour a week and only 60 are allowed in. We were 30 back in line an hour early, but then all of the people who had reservations back when they were taking them showed up and took preference. We were #'s 59 and 60 literally otherwise this review might be taking a different turn, haha. So if you are in the back of the line, you might want to ask in front before you wast an hour in line.

For 10 bucks you get a pint glass and 3 pints, but they only had 2 beers on tap. The Daisy Cutter was good and the Gossimer was solid. They were out of their seasonal, but the Bad Apple across the street had it on tap...if you miss the tour (or even after) you should definitley head in there.

The brewers were very cool and knowledgeable and they have a very impressive set up for such a small operation. Being one of the local breweries in town I recommend that you try to get in for the tour, but definitely get some of their beer!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

In a good location in Chicago and easy to get to. Always a plus.

Very small site and limited to about 3-4 taps plus their usual beers in cans. Was there the day they released their Saison, so got to watch a procession of people with growlers getting the Saison for the weekend.

No real area to sit and try beers. they use Dixie Cups for samples? Kidding me right?

Helpful staff but wanted the owl t-shirt but was out. Bummer.

Cheap growler prices and their canned beers are really good as well.

Good solid brewery and worth getting a growler fill, shirt, or a few beers from them. Otherwise it was disappointing to see a tasting room with no place to sit and have a beer. Most disappointing tap room I was at on my trip back.

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Photo of robobor
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Half Acre is one of my favorite brewery's in the US, and I am so proud to live as close to them as I do. I have enjoyed every beer that I have tried from them, and Daisy Cutter is definitely in my top three go to beers.

I got tickets for a June 18 tour of Half Acre's brewing facility way back in November. I was super pumped about the tour. As a lot of people reading this may know, the high demand for brewery tours forced Half Acre to change their tour policy. I was running a hair late to my tour and was really worried that my ticket would not be honored if I arrived late. I called up to let then know that my friend and I were on our way, and the employee who answered the phone (whose name I really wish I could remember) was incredibly nice and helpful. We showed up a few minutes after the tour officially begun, but we did not miss much.

I was really impressed with the ambiance of the facilities and taproom; I found both to be warm and inviting. I was treated like a friend of the brewery and thought the service excellent.

My sole complaint would be the selection of beers available. They only had Daisy Cutter and Gossamer on tap for growler fills, having sold out of their seasonal in record time. They had a few guest six packs and bombers available. I left with a bomber of New Holland Farmhouse Hatter and a growler of Daisy Cutter.

To sum it up, this is an excellent small business that is very local to me, and I have been encouraging my friends to give them business as well. I love Half Acre!

Update: Biked to Half Acre a few weeks after the visit my initial review was based on. Not only was my experience in the storefront great, the employees let me borrow some tools to fix my bike!

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Photo of lmdengis
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I don't get down to the brewery as much as I would like, but the location is great. Not too far off the brown line, and parking is ample on that stretch of Lincoln. The store front is small - a cooler filled with beer to the left as you walk in the door, a wall of merchandise ahead and taps to the right. The service is great. Everyone is nice, and likes to talk about their beer.

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the brewery months ago with the girlfriend, and it was very informative. They took the group around the rather small facility and had bottomless pitchers of Daisy Cutter, Over Ale and Gossamer to sample.

Anyways, the three beers mentioned above are always on tap, as well as another one or two limited releases.

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Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of Half Acre and all of their offerings. Their brewery and store are located in Lincoln Square. There isn't a lot for visitors but street parking isn't too difficult to find around the area. When you walk in there is a wall of merchandise in front of you, a cooler to the left and the taps to the right. They usually have all their cans in the cooler and some bombers from their limited/seasonal releases. You can usually get their year round offerings in growlers and on Tuesday they do 2 for 1 growler fills so that's a good time to re-stock the DC.

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Photo of davidbowers13
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Half Acre is the place I frequent most to pickup fresh beer.

A - The tasting room has a great decor and the staff are friendly and up-beat.

Q - The beers offered are all high quality in my opinion, both draft and bottled/canned.

S - Depending on the amount of people that stop in, it can get a little backed up. However, the atmosphere and community feel more than make up for a small tasting room.

S - 3 year-round beers on tap for growler fills or cans. The seasonal/special release beers are what makes Half Acre exceptional. They never cease to amaze. They even have a nice selection of guest brews for you to indulge in as well.

F - No food available.

V - Standard pricing for a 22oz bottle or growler.

Definately worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood. Be sure to check out the brew house in the back as well. A great place and a great group of people.

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

Atmosphere- Pretty damn good for what it is. This is a small space that they basically carved out of the front of the brewery/offices to serve as their retail area. It is pretty small but bright and clean.

Quality- The beers are always good. About once a month they put one of their limited brews on tap and it always packs the place out with people waiting for growler fills, the long line is no accident.

Service- Nicest people around. If you come regularly they will remember you and may just throw an extra in your bag.

Selection- They run about 4-5 tap lines and three are always Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer so never a ton of choices but always good.

Come on Tuesday for 2 growler fills for $20

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Photo of uberez8
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A wonderful small brewery of Chicago. Granted they don't have food and just a simple shop it still goes to say they have, literally, the nicest people working there and generally an amazing staff that can answer any question and get you the beer you need quick. Their merch selection is also somewhat small but really nice and well designed. Plus free samples of anything on tap whenever you walk in and a small rotating batch of unique bottled beers from unique breweries you can pick up at a good price. I try to make almost every new release now.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A small brewery and storefront on the general North Side. Easy to get to, and there's some pretty nice street parking nearby. The brewery is pretty minimalistic, with few bells and whistles, but the tour is entertaining (and they provide pitchers of the house beers for your free enjoyment). The storefront is kinda hip-ish, but they don't overdo it. Everyone we've encountered there has been laid-back and helpful. They've got their three staples on-tap for growler fills at all times (that's Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer), along with a rotating tap that allows for fills of seasonals and one-offs. There's also a cooler that not only allows for their cans to be purchased, but also certain bottles from other breweries (this is how I got my hands on the initial run of Bitches Brew). All-in-all, good times whenever we jet on down for a growler.

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