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Beer Available At Half Acre Beer Company & Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Half Acre Beer Hates Astronauts 98, Half Acre Bone Storm , Half Acre Torus , Half Acre Golden Tuna 90, Half Acre Sticky Fat American Dark Ale 96, Half Acre Chub Step 90, Half Acre Heyoka IPA 97, Half Acre Space IPA 97, Half Acre Ghost Parade , Half Acre Over Ale 78, Half Acre Lager Town 80, Half Acre The Grotto 72, Half Acre Norde , Half Acre Akari Shogun 96, Half Acre Daisy Cutter 99, Half Acre Navaja 95, Half Acre Zadar Nights 58, Half Acre Gossamer 84, Half Acre Pony Pilsner 82, Half Acre / Tired Hands Geodesic
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cratez (230) Toronto, Ontario | September 12, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Reynolds314 (26) Connecticut | August 30, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JoePeesie (68) Long Lake, Illinois | August 29, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
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!
JulienHuxley (277) Hilversum, Netherlands | July 24, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
HawtDawg (1) Chicago, Illinois | May 24, 2011
24 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 2/20
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
hombrepalo (101) Chicago, Illinois | May 24, 2011| Updated November 7, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Atom (109) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ekoerper (39) Iowa | April 25, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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 (536) Leawood, Kansas | April 10, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
jrallen34 (438) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated November 4, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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