Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Store on the left, taproom to the right.

The storefront at Half Acre has been open since October 2009. It's the primary source for growlers of extra fresh rotating small-batch specialties. Funky decor, accented by a painted woodcut Sticky Fat sign, vintage skate decks, and industrial metalworks hanging along the back wall. A large painted chalkboard lists the beers available on tap & to-go.

It's tiny inside, but packed full of fun stuff... shelves of swag, locally roasted Dark Star coffee, glassware, apparel, etc. There's a freestanding cooler of beer, with maybe a dozen beers that rotate weekly. These have ranged from the obscure and esoteric Belgian 750's (Fantome, Manten) to limited American seasonals (Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkin, SN wet hop Harvest, etc.) this stopped in 2012 or so though. HA cans are available by the 4-pack or case. BYO growler & howler fills.

Service is laid-back and friendly, they do a good job of taking care of everyone when it gets crowded. Expect to wait a bit on a special release day or saturdays. Tours have to be arranged in advance. They do a great job keeping current info on their blog, so check that out to see what's happening with Half Acre.

Taproom review, 2012 and beyond:
When it opened, the taproom was snug yet comfortable. After the kitchen opened in late 2015, it started getting packed almost every night with the local hangry crowd, weekends it fills with throngs of bros and tour groups. It's a small, loud place with communal seating, and is often SRO when at capacity. Plan accordingly. HA works best as an early evening stop to try the latest seasonals, then move on to a more relaxed place nearby to chill out. The staff is friendly and do their best to accommodate, but you really have to go at off hours to enjoy yourself as of 2016-2017. Once the Bowmanville location opens, it should hopefully ease the crowd, but who knows.

Taproom 2018: Always great service, avoid peak times as the taproom is always crowded. Be sure to try the latest rotating seasonals and wild ales that they've been slowly rolling out over the last year. Skip the burritos. Some of the small plates are pretty good, like the fried veggies and meatballs, but the burritos are kind of skimpy on the protein and are mostly filler for $13. Dovetail, Begyle, Bottles & Cans, and Bad Apple are all a short walk from here. Check out Laschet's & Resi's for great German food and a rare glimpse at what the area used to look like decades ago.

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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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3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A very nice place with a good selection of beers on tap and very friendly service. They also sell beer to go and have a decent selection of glassware, etc..

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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