3fourths (1569) 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.
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.
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.
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.
This was may favorite brewery on my latest trip to Chicago. I had some of their beer around town before visiting the taproom and it got my expectations high. Half Acre delivered. The tasting room is on the smaller side, but not tiny. I’d say during peak hours it gets nuts in here though. There is some really cool artwork on the walls. I like the beer drinking bear and trouble on the farm paintings. The beer is absolutely stellar. This is an example of well-executed, painstakingly created beer. Every detail is given attention from appearance to mouthfeel. Next to the taproom is a large storefront selling to go beer and schwag.
A Saturday evening and the area around the Half Acre taproom was bustling. I walked in and I was in a small room with shirts, merchandise, taps and a fridge. People were having small samples of the beers and filling their growlers. I was a bit confused... is this all they have here? 14 beers on tap. I had a small sample of Juice Man. Really tasty. I bought couple of bombers and went back to my car. I told my wife that I couldn’t have a beer there. She asked what’s the restaurant looking place next to it is? Well, there it was, the taproom. How stupid was I? Maybe next time then...
A really nice taproom with a good feel to the place although it is almost always packed. Bartenders are friendly and know the beers well. The taps seem to rotate pretty regularly. Prices are on the better end for Chicago. One of the better Chicago taprooms.
chibuck (588) 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.
Visited in early July 2015. Big Garage. 8 oz pour is the smallest, but they’re mostly $3 each so leaving half isn’t a big deal. No food so they encourage you to bring in from any of the many local places, and even have a list of local food places within the immediate proximity. Beers are good, service staff is friendly. Worth a quick visit.