Had a nice time drinking a couple pints here on a Sunday morning. It is just a small tap room attached to the brewery, no food and nothing fancy. It’s clean, well lit and the staff is friendly. There are ten or so Half Acre beers on draft which includes most of what they can and then also a few of their draft only brews. Everything was available as single samples and as half pints, which is nice. I might complain there’s no guest taps but, really, I am visiting Half Acre to drink Half Acre so no big deal. The store next door offers growler (and half growler) fills and samples as well. This is a popular and small spot so try to come at an off time to avoid lines and crowds.
Half Acre is on Lincoln Ave. up in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (Montrose stop on the Brown Line). The operation seems to occupy a few storefronts sandwiched together, with a shop on the left, brewing operation in the middle stretching backward, and tap room on the right. There's a smallish food menu, and I would not recommend getting one of the burritos in bowl form; it was a pretty sad little bowl of ingredients plopped next to one another, bland and unsatisfying and overpriced. The service was good, though, and the beer is excellent. I got a couple flights and there were no losers in the bunch. There are so many Chicago breweries now, it's hard to say whether this one is still a strong recommendation above others, but if you're in the neighborhood, definitely visit. Just eat somewhere else.
Sammy (807) Toronto, Ontario | August 5, 2018| Updated August 10, 2018
they have gained and not lost a step in brewing. huge place. solid hoppy beers and some other styles.
6/16/18: Have picked up bottles from the adjacent store in the past, sat down to have a 20 ounce Beer Hates Astronauts. Small room, I sat at the bar, tables are spread in the tight room. Nice crowd for early Saturday evening. Excellent service despite the crowd, about a dozen draft offerings available in a sample and also in a small or large beer size. Very good selections, beer reasonably priced. Overall nice taproom and looking forward to a few more pours down the road.
Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon as a pit stop during our german pub crawl. Medium sized taproom. Sampler flights available. Around 12-16 beers on tap when we visited. The five beers I tried were all good quality. Overall, a really nice stop - good quality beer, nice atmosphere, nice location. If we weren't hellbent on keeping our german pub crawl going, I would have liked to have stayed here for a couple hours. Definitely worth a stop.
We ordered some food from the menu, this may be a new feature- pretty good food considering this. We went on a busy Sunday after the Cubs game, so it was a full house, the service was a bit busy. But the beers were solid and the bartender was helpful with beer selections. Worth a visit
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.
A slow Tuesday and friendly staff and friendly customers. Best thing- some of the tastiest fresh beers. Walked into the taproom first and thought the brewery was a bit small. Was pointed in the right direction. Worth going back and I hope I do soon.
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...