A small place... Quite small, & packed, but still able to find a nice spot to stand next to a shelf to hold my beer. Good service for being so busy. Selection might seem small compared to other places, usually around 8 to 10 beers on tap? However, this is a quality over quantity issue, because the beers I had on tap here ended up being the best beers of my entire trip to Chicago. The cellared 2012 Big Hugs was great & the fresh Space IPA was even better. So I have to bump up the selection a point for that. I wanted to buy a tulip but they said they were sold out... It’s the same tulip they serve the in-house beers in, but sadly I could not convince them to sell me one of those :( Very nice prices, all beers available in an array of sizes. No food, but the beer is great. Despite the small size & smaller than average number of taps, this ended up being one of my favorite places to stop in Chicago. Check it out!
ARH (99) Chicago, Illinois | April 6, 2014| Updated January 5, 2015
Definitely a chill little drinking haven. Unfortunately, they’re starting to grow outta of this location - it got to standing room only fairly early on a Sunday fairly quickly (rumor has it they’re expanding). Kinda a lodge-like feeling with lots of wood panel, quirky decor (to match their label art), and picnic bench seating. The staff is fairly knowledgeable regarding their beer, and beer in general, and friendly - even when they’re packed. Of course the selection loses a few points because they only have ten beers on tap; but they are, of course, all Half Acre - they do also have a special Firkin tap of, typically, some crazy experimental brew (like their gin-barrel aged pilsner). They don’t serve food here, but they invite people to bring in whatever food they like (Bad Apple is right across the street and they do take out!). 5oz samplers are $2-$3 dollars (at least what I’ve seen) which is good for Chicago. All in all, these guys set the bar for me as far as what a tap room should be.
A great brewery for sure. The brewery has on one side the store where growlers are filled, and they have shirts and other tchotckas. The tasting room is really cool with 2$ 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.
The tap room is clean and modern and has a really great neighborhood feel to it. The bartenders were very friendly and chatting about beer with us for nearly the entire time we spent at the bar. About seven wooden tables scattered around with one real long community table running along the brick wall. To borrow a tried old New England Saying, this bar feels like after a few visits… “Everybody will know your name.” And that’s what I really dig about it!
Everything offered on draft was available in a 4 oz. taster for a real reasonable price. If I’m ever back in Chicago I will make it a point to revisit and stay longer. Cool place for sure.
Stopped in briefly to sample some beers and get some beer to go. I love the design of this place. so cool and hip looking, beers on tap were all good and the staff really took their time to chat with us. Prices were very fair. they gave me a sticker which was listed as a 50 cent cost.
We attended the tour at half acre and really enjoyed it. Much different than other tours in that you don't do much walking around, but rather it's focused on learning about the brewery, etc and sampling the beers. The guide was excellent and very entertaining... Made it worthwhile. Beer was very good and for 10$ you get three pints and a glass. Well done half acre ... Keep it up
Low key tap room wooden tables and a decent selection on tap. Bartender was great and the beer was pretty good too. Spun some great tunes while I enjoyed my sampler.
kermis (551) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | October 18, 2013
Small taproom by the side of the brewery. 10 drafts of their own beer and available in any size. Service was fast and friendly and food could be taken in from outside as they didn’t have their own facilities.
A small half brick half wood tap room. There were ten Half Acre beers on tap when I came and no guests as far as I could see. Their own beers were pretty decent though. I recommend this place highly. The wifi worked flawlessly and they allow you to bring in your own food too.
Absolutely cool tap room next to brewery. Had four or five beers not bottled or canned (to my knowledge) on tap. One 22 ounce bottle available in both taproom and brewery (no variety there). Very nice looking inside. Took the train from River North/Loop area and arrived a few blocks away. Friendly service. At 1pm on a weekday, plenty of room to sit with the kids and have a few beers. I want to go back!
I thought this was a pretty sweet place. New feel, but at the same time a comfortable feel. I sat at the bar and the service was great. They offer samples of everything. The selection was good, I guess the downside would be only 10 offerings. Wish they had food, but not a deal breaker for me.