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Half Acre Beer Company
Active Beers: 84
Beer Ratings: 6,210
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
4257 N Lincoln Ave
phone: (773) 248-4038
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
(Place added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
A-Decent atmosphere. Really just a place to buy half acre stuff. So if you really like HA, you will prolly like it here!
Q-They don't mess around. you know everything is going to be good. Well except if the cap is coming loose...
S-Good service. Always a smiling face to answer any questions
S-Just half acre stuff. In bottles and a few select beers on tap for growler fills Didn't really know how to rate this...
V-A little cheaper than in the stores and their growler fills are always reasonably priced
08-23-2011 03:52:56 |
More by brew3crew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
09-12-2011 21:44:14 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
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.
04-07-2012 01:49:27 |
More by dexterk1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A small brewery and storefront on the general North Side. Easy to get to, and there's some pretty nice street parking nearby. The brewery is pretty minimalistic, with few bells and whistles, but the tour is entertaining (and they provide pitchers of the house beers for your free enjoyment). The storefront is kinda hip-ish, but they don't overdo it. Everyone we've encountered there has been laid-back and helpful. They've got their three staples on-tap for growler fills at all times (that's Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, and Gossamer), along with a rotating tap that allows for fills of seasonals and one-offs. There's also a cooler that not only allows for their cans to be purchased, but also certain bottles from other breweries (this is how I got my hands on the initial run of Bitches Brew). All-in-all, good times whenever we jet on down for a growler.
03-15-2011 05:48:13 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
07-27-2011 00:40:07 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Half Acre is located in a good area, easy street parking and right across from a nice play to eat lunch and grab some good beer at Bad Apple. The inside is pretty small but nice wood panels with a new feel. There is draft station, a cooler with half acre and other beers for sale, and some more beer and memorabilia against the back wall. They usually have good stuff on draft if you randomly stop by. Not a place to hang out, its 15 minute stop. The brewery is on the side and you are allowed to walk in and see what's going, a very cool feature. The staff is nice and helpful. They often have new growler only releases so theres lot of occasion to stop by. If you're out of town this place is worth stopping by, also worth coming by for a quick growler feel.
02-22-2011 22:15:22 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-03-2011 04:30:53 |
More by uberez8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went for a tour while visiting a friend in Chicago. Luckily my buddy knew the drill and got there and hour early, because they only take 60 people and the line forms quick.
The tour was perfect (only $10). They bring you in, give you a glass, talk about the beers they have to offer, and then you can fill up with whatever. The guy giving the tour was great and somehow he knew just when to call a break so that we could fill our glasses again. By the third beer its less of a tour and more just people mingling and having a good time.
The beers were super fresh. They didn't have a huge selection but they are still a relatively small brewery.
The fact that I did not have breakfast before this tour might have contributed to an inflated sense of euphoria during my visit, but it was a legit good time.
06-03-2013 15:32:57 |
More by RyFikes
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
10-05-2011 20:33:12 |
More by KDawg
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.
07-04-2013 13:03:37 |
More by rlee1390
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