Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom

4.5/5.0 58 reviews
4257 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618

773 248 4038 halfacrebeer.com
12pm-11pm Monday-Thursday; 12pm-2am Friday; 11am-2am Saturday; 11am-5pm Sunday

Mayor: ryecatcher (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 4-12
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Beer entered at Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom

NameABV
Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout10%1/2/2016
Half Acre GoneAway IPA7%1/1/2016
Half Acre Taco Day (Equinox)0%12/31/2015
Half Acre Chub Step6%12/29/2015
Half Acre / Upslope Lychee IPA7%12/29/2015
Half Acre Golden Tuna4.7%12/15/2015
Half Acre Mila6%12/15/2015
Half Acre Jamesway5.1%12/7/2015
Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner0%12/7/2015
Half Acre Woolpack0%10/28/2015
Half Acre Space IPA7%10/28/2015
Half Acre Vicious Pet0%10/28/2015
Half Acre Wooden Teeth5.5%10/28/2015
Half Acre Aqua Fur4.7%10/28/2015
Half Acre Power Steering10.7%9/29/2015
Half Acre Mr. Miller Saison5%9/29/2015
Half Acre / Tired Hands American Youth5.5%9/6/2015
Half Acre Taco Day6.7%8/22/2015
Half Acre / Shorts Freedom Of ’787%7/26/2015
Half Acre Vallejo IPA6.7%7/26/2015
Half Acre Akari Mist / Akari Zest5.5%7/11/2015
Half Acre Beer Hates Astronauts7%6/15/2015
Half Acre Summer Rules! No Rules.5.3%6/5/2015
Half Acre Lead Feather6%6/5/2015
Half Acre Cuda6.1%5/19/2015
Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter8.5%5/19/2015
Half Acre Callow Knife4.5%4/22/2015
Half Acre Tasty Waves Pale Ale5%4/12/2015
Half Acre Alpenglow5%4/12/2015
Half Acre Baumé7%3/15/2015
Half Acre Doublehead0%3/7/2015
Half Acre Ghost Parade6%3/7/2015
Half Acre Chocolate Camaro5.8%2/15/2015
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter8%2/15/2015
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 19, 2013
Visited on my first trip to Chicago with a guy named Joe1510.

The people working this place were great and they had all the Daisy Cutter you could handle for about $8/4pack. They didnt offer tasters of anything but who cares, just get a case of Daisy Cutter and drink that for a week or two. What I did find odd was the check out counters; I guess they are prepared for large releases.

Not much to say about this place really. Decent neighborhood, great beer, nice people. Now that they’re serving beer I’ll have to stop in again.
60
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
3fourths  (1496) Boulder, Colorado | January 6, 2010| Updated January 21, 2013
a "taproom" in this case means shelves of merchandise to buy and a checkout counter and then a few taps sticking out of the wall for growler fills and samples. beer quality was seriously lacking. good for them for trying lagers but so far I wouldn’t say they’ve succeeded.
34
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
Braudog  (798) Phoenix, Arizona | May 9, 2010
May 2010. Not sure what I expected, but this wasn’t it ... This place is essentially a little glass-fronted storefront with a brewery behind it. A couple almost-cocky guys stand around and offer 1 oz samples of their beers, and they offer growlers, a couple house bottled beers, and a few guest bottles to sell. That’s it. I’m not sure how they make money. The beers were OK, but were nothing noteworthy enough to really stand out, IMHO. They did have a cucumber soda that was actually pretty good and unique. I wish them well, but not sure of the concept here ... Brewery #512.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (700) Kansas | April 10, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited early afternoon on a Thursday. Small entry area where they do growler fills, sell their cans and offer up 1 oz samples in a plastic cup of their beer (legal max they can do). When I visited they had their 3 regular beers, though it sounded like a barley wine and Kolsch were on their way. You can also wander into the small and compact brewery that was buzzing with activity when I visited. Not much to see here, but nice vibe, cool people.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (573) Plymouth, Minnesota | November 5, 2014
Really good beers. Parking can be a bear. Free wifi. 10 beers on today. Smallest size is 8 oz, but they are $3-$4 bucks. No flights offered, which is bullshit. No food.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (508) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated November 4, 2012
The new tap room is awesome, cool set up, great service. The beers are 100times better than any fresh growler I’ve had. Bumps this place up considerably. Half Acre is located in a good area, easy street parking and right across from a nice play to eat lunch and grab some good beer at Bad Apple. The inside is pretty small but nice wood panels with a new feel. There is draft station, a cooler with half acre and other beers for sale, and some more beer and memorabilia against the back wall. They usually have good stuff on draft if you randomly stop by. Not a place to hang out, its 15 minute stop. The brewery is on the side and you are allowed to walk in and see what’s going, a very cool feature. The staff is nice and helpful. They often have new growler only releases so theres lot of occasion to stop by. If you’re out of town this place is worth stopping by, also worth coming by for a quick growler feel.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere  (470) Ottawa, Ontario | December 21, 2013
A great brewery for sure. The brewery has on one side the store where growlers are filled, and they have shirts and other tchotckas. The tasting room is really cool with 2$ samples, 10 taps of goodness, and good service. The seating is communal and the wall is recycled wood with interesting patterns. A must go place.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (420) Kyoto, Japan | September 4, 2014
From the outside this bland brick building doesn’t look like much but on the left you have a cool taproom filled with locals, friendly helpful staff(we got a recommendation for one of the best Chicago hot dogs in town Murphy’s from the bartender who even called to check how late they were open - now that is service!), well priced samples and an all-around cool friendly vibe. On the right you have their gift shop+growler station full of cool Half Acre artwork all over the walls, nice looking goods and equally friendly staff. A must visit for anyone doing the round of breweries in Chicago.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ben4321  (381) Hoboken, New Jersey | October 29, 2015
Thought this place was a great visit. Nice looking tap room with a bunch of tables and a small bar as well. Definitely had a nice selection of beers at reasonable prices ($3-4 for 8 oz pours, $5-6 for 16oz pours, and $6-7 for 21oz pours). Great prices as far as I’m concerned. Had some cans available as well for on-site consumption. Store next door had stuff for sale as well, though I didn’t get to check it out. Fairly busy for a Wednesday night, but we were able to grab a table. Bartenders were both really good, never took us more than a minute to order a brew. Great spot. I could see bring food in here an chilling for a while.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley  (367) Trois-Rivičres, Quebec | July 24, 2011
We were in town and pantanap suggested we visit this place because they were releasing Captain Fantasy, the saison the brewed with Shorts. It really is a brewery with only a small room you can get growler fills and bottles in. The guy who was doing growler fills did pour us samplers of everything he had on tap though, which was nice. They also had some bottles from other breweries for sale (why I do not know) and they were decently priced too.

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