Half Acre Beer Company
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 6,283
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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5/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This taproom is a MUST visit. Half Acre has been my favorite Chicagoland brewery for quite a while. The people are really great. The new taproom is BEAUTIFUL. They always have a lot of special things in the taproom, and they have Firken Fridays! Visit this brewery if you visit Chicago.
08-05-2013 03:20:32 | More by Fluffheady
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
05-25-2011 01:11:13 | More by davidbowers13
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-31-2011 23:15:24 | More by MelissaJ
4.69/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-05-2013 07:06:36 | More by YogiBeer
4.69/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Half Acre has two seperate entrances on Lincoln Ave. The north entrance is to the storefront. A tasting table, unique art and swag decorate the walls. Growlers are for sale, t-shirts, glassware, etc. The south entrance is the taproom. The interior is modern with concrete floor, long block communal seating, and exposed brick. A crazy bear head hangs behind the bar and some art (both Half Acre and Ween) prints hang along the back wall.
10 house beers pour from the taps, most of which are draft only. The draft list is kept updated online. On Fridays they throw a firkin up on the counter until it's gone.Everything is fresh and there are three seperate serving sizes available so you can easily sample everything. The service is and always has been some of the best in the biz. This place has some of the most all around friendly people you'll find anywhere.
Half Acre has been a favorite of mine since day one. I can't comment enough on how great everybody has always been that's worked there over the years. It was and remains a great addition to a bustling neighborhood and while it certainly gets its fair share of visitors from everywhere it's still a neighborhood spot. I cannot recommend Half Acre highly enough.
11-14-2013 23:03:05 | More by joe1510
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-10-2013 18:29:30 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-03-2013 18:44:11 | More by dcloeren
4.61/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-24-2013 21:23:45 | More by CesarLopes
4.59/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Simply put, I live in Chicago and this is probably my favorite place to drink with friends. The taproom has a very communal traditional German beer hall feel and is entirely unpretentious. There is a lot of attention to detail for such a small space and it is located directly next to the actual production facility. There are no "guest" beers availabe and no food is served on the premises so find a good pizza or Italian beef somewhere else prior to visiting. Growlers and "howlers" (1L) are available for takeout. This is absolutely an obligatory stop for beer nerds visiting the Windy City (make sure you visit Bad Apple and Fountainhead while in the neighborhood)
05-29-2013 17:49:09 | More by shadytony
4.57/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-09-2013 17:42:26 | More by stercomm
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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
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