Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom | Chicago, Illinois
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Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom
Excellent based on 42 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

4257 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618 [ print map ]
773 248 4038

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Hours: 12pm-11pm Monday-Thursday; 12pm-2am Friday; 11am-2am Saturday; 11am-5pm Sunday


Mayor: rubbishystuff (9) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 4-12


Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom

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Beer Available At Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Half Acre Daisy Cutter 99, Half Acre / Tired Hands Geodesic , Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner 65, Half Acre / Maine Beer Great Plain Jane 82, Half Acre Vallejo IPA 97, Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter 99, Half Acre / Tired Hands American Youth , Half Acre / Piece Frank , Half Acre Mikkeller Guest Lager 92, Half Acre Akari Shogun 96, Half Acre Pineapple Vallejo IPA , Half Acre Bone Storm , Half Acre Get Right KŲlsch , Half Acre Choppers , Half Acre Crystal Norde 86, Half Acre Ginger Twin India Red Ale 94, Half Acre Space IPA 97, Half Acre Pony Pilsner 79, Half Acre Gossamer 85, Bells Expedition Stout 100
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42 reviews for Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  80%
 Selection  68%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  88%
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70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones  (9) Georgia | August 26, 2012
Very nice little space. Stop in for a few free tastings of their fantastic beer. Wish this beer could make it down to Georgia! Staff is extremely friendly.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino  (50) Toronto, Ontario | July 20, 2012
Tasted all available beers with a detailed explanation of the nuances of them. Lots of locals dropped by for growlers.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
haveahoppyday  (2) Holiday Hills, Illinois | April 3, 2012
Gyus were friendly and showed us around. Clean pleace and I canít belieive how small it is! The beer was good and even better when paired with the right food!
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
toffsbury  (5) Toronto, Ontario | March 25, 2012
I have to give it an overall high number because of the quality of their beers. The woman at the till and giving samples is friendly and knowledgeable. Iím told they do tours, but so far theyíve never been on when I was there. On and off for availability of their one-offs and seasonals; their stock of the specialty stuff depletes quickly, and then youíre better off going to Binnyís. Sometimes carry stuff from other great brewers. I love this place, and visit whenever Iím in Chicago (which isnít often enough).
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
RudiNicole  (77) Michigan | December 6, 2011
I wish they had a brewpub! I stopped in on a trip to Chicago, parking was easy and safe because they are close to a residential area. The tasting room is nice and welcoming, and the guy working the taps was very friendly. I talked to him about the Shortís/Half Acre collaboration and he hooked me up with a Half Acre-Captain Fantasy bottle label sticker! Worth a visit if they are open and you are in the area!
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
cratez  (198) Toronto, Ontario | September 12, 2011
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 (inner city 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.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314  (26) Connecticut | August 30, 2011
Cool place to stop on my trip to Chicago. Upon entering the front room we were kindly greeted by an employee who quickly asked if we would like to sample the beers. We tried the 3 standard beers; pale ale, brown ale, blonde. All beers were very high quality and I particularly enjoyed the daisy cutter pale. Some of the brewery employees came out and answered a few questions about the hop additions that I had. Great little tasting room with a gift shop of shwag. Wish they had at least one of their one off beers available but apparently they sell out fast. Stop by if youre in the area to try some good stuff.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
JoePeesie  (68) Long Lake, Illinois | August 29, 2011
Big fan of Half Acre. They brew a solid regular line up and offer many creative 1 offs throughout the year. Growler fill pricing is fair at or below for any other comps. in the city or outlying burbs. I have only ever had 2 problems and both were remedied beyond what was fair and far beyond my expectations. The only thing I donít like about Half Acre is that I live an hour away!
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley  (198) Hilversum, Netherlands | 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.
24
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 2/20
HawtDawg  (1) Chicago, Illinois | May 24, 2011
First of all I do like some of their beers. This being said I think they charge too much for their growler fills of the new releases. I accounted for a 1 gallon spilloff and theyíre charging 435 for a keg! ....oh wait.......unlike most bars they tack on the "city/state/county" tax so figure that out. You end up paying $4.11 for a pint of growlerED beer. Also the abv on the most recent MEATWAVE is 6.5 .....not that impressive......I guess my "free bratwurst" cost me $3 because of the 3 dollar per growler difference between new release and regular on tap. Incorporated into the costs of meatwave were the staff doting some meat costumes......it was cute.....but didnít make me forget about the overpriced beer. The punchcard system is a good Idea and I quantify those punches to be worth 1.20 and 1.50 so basically itís like a "we charged you tax so here is your tax back when youíre loyal" ........Still pissed off paul

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