Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom | Chicago, Illinois
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Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom
Excellent based on 45 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: HonkeyBra (7) | 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 Ghost Parade , Half Acre Over Ale 78, Half Acre Lager Town 76, Half Acre The Grotto 72, Half Acre Heyoka IPA 97, Half Acre Norde , Half Acre Golden Tuna 88, Half Acre Akari Shogun 96, Half Acre Daisy Cutter 99, Half Acre Space IPA 97, Half Acre Navaja 95, Half Acre Zadar Nights , Half Acre Gossamer 85, Half Acre Pony Pilsner 81, Half Acre Beer Hates Astronauts 98, Half Acre / Tired Hands Geodesic , Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner 69, Half Acre / Maine Beer Great Plain Jane 87, Half Acre Vallejo IPA 98, Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter 99
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45 reviews for Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  81%
 Selection  67%
 Food N/A 
 Value  78%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  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!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley  (271) 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.
  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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo  (101) Chicago, Illinois | May 24, 2011| Updated November 7, 2011
Stopped by for the Meat Wave release on friday. Did not see the brewerey area (October tour, will re-rate). Small shop with growler fill area, about 5 taps, cooler with some regulars and some seasonals. They also sell merchandise, like shirts, sweaters, key chanis, coffee, and other things. That they they had free brats to go with the meat wave theme. Pretty good location, lots of potential in this brewery. Love it! Update 10/29/11 Brewery Tour Took the free tour (signed up last January) on a aturday afternoon led by Gabriel himself. The place is small but well organized, they really make use of their space. Gabriel is a really nice guy, answered sevral of my questions. A really nice tour and a great place to buy beer from. Came out of there liking Half Acre even more.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Atom  (109) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2011
Really nice location in Chicago, has a neighborhood feel with bars and restaurants on the same block. The brewery itself looks like it used to be an old auto-mechanic garage. Basically a little store front with taps for small samples, growler fills, and merchandise. They do have a cooler with cans and bottles with a few guest selections. Everyone there was super friendly. Didnít do a tour but the brewing area was open to look around. You can tell itís still a small operation.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper  (39) Iowa | April 25, 2011
Right now itís pretty much just a room with some merchandise and 4-5 taps for growler fills. Since there was previously an online reservation system for tours, and people booked up through sometime in 2012, getting on the tour is a bit of a craps shoot now. You basically have to wait in line, and if there are no-shows from the online reservation system, itís first-come first-served. I didnít bother sticking around to wait in line, so canít comment on the tour, but I guess the current system is the only workaround until the online reservations expire. In summary, basically a bottle/growler stop and not much reason to hang around long, but they are friendly and there are some good beers to be had.
theisti  (525) Leawood, 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (438) 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 Iíve 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 whatís 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 youíre out of town this place is worth stopping by, also worth coming by for a quick growler feel.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Vir4030  (22) Chicago, Illinois | February 19, 2011
Nice and friendly. Samples available. Light selection plus guest beers. Merchandise. Growlers available. Open brewery like visiting a zoo.
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | January 5, 2011
I was a little bummed that they only had Daisy, Gossamer, and Overale on tap when we stopped in, and just the two canned beers for sale. maybe I hit an unusually bad day, but besides a few cool merch options, there was really nothing special that would make the trip worth it. Paper cups for sampling is just bad form as well. The brewery was open and they let us wander around all we wanted, which was cool. I seem to be in the minority that doesnít really like and of their standard beers, and I had daisy cutter at least a half dozen times while in town.

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