Orin bottles will be released this Friday, October 21st.  

Orin was brewed to pound on the ceiling of lush character and opulence. Its recipe was an opportunity to introduce the richest raw materials without the confusion of elements you’d find in black beers of similar scale. The grist bill leans exclusively on fermentables that create soft, decadent flavors and a comprehensive mouth feel. 
An original gravity of 25º Plato begins its cellar course to a terminal 7º Plato.  Its total size and depth is amplified by 9 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. The sum is a 13.7% molasses colored ale that’s gigantic in impact and experience.

Amplified, big and full of weight — you should let this beer take you down for a while, its a killer.


  • release date: 10/21 at 11am
  • 22oz bomber: $19.99 (limit 2 per person) 
  • no growler/howler fills

Barrel Aged Bombers

Since the early days of Half Acre we’ve been resting beer in wood, but it’s only since building our second brewery on Balmoral that we've been dedicating space and time to the development of a program that truly expands the approach and intention of our brewery. 

The focus of our barrel aging cellar is to create distinct releases that will vary in quantity and creative slant, broaden the range and depth of our in-house offering and bring new tools into an ever evolving relationship with materials that impact our beer .

We’ll be releasing two beers in the coming weeks, Benthic Imperial Coconut Coffee Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and Orin, a decadent ale also aged in Bourbon Barrels. Both releases will be packaged in waxed 22oz bombers and limited in overall quantity.  Both of these beers have been touched by the keepers of yeast and time, emboldened by spirit makers and rounded to be formidable potions we’re pleased to share.


  • Orin / Friday, October 21st 
  • Benthic / TBA 

Sticky Fat

On Friday, we turn the dial to Sticky Fat, our annual wet hopped dark ale. 

Just as in years' past, the hands and machines at Hop Head farms picked 450lbs of Chinook one morning, trucked them into Chicago and by early afternoon they were in our brewhouse. This year, we decided to dry hop Sticky Fat with additional Chinook poundage in order to further emphasize the beer's connectedness to the green gold that makes things tick. The result is upfront in cedar and citrus, with smoothing chocolate covered caramel and overall piney spice. Drink it and be grateful for all the men and women who have their hands on the bines long before beer hits your glass.  

Sticky Fat is the chant of the bear.  The bear’s lore has been recounted before. As in all places where acreage is king, the quiet creates voices. If you haven’t gotten off the pavement in a while, wander out past the lights and listen for yourself. Bring bombers of the Fat if you want to hear them more clearly.  To Darkness~


  • release date: 10/7 at 11am
  • 22oz bomber: $8.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $19 
  • 32oz howler refill: $10 
  • 16oz pour: $7 

Chub Step Porter

Now the sun sets earlier and sleeves and hats creep back onto our bodies. The cycle is unchanging. Like leaving your dog to go to work every day just to be greeted when you get home like they weren't sure you'd ever return. 

Our annual releases function in much the same way. They follow the calendar and the seasons, arriving with anticipation each time. Chub Step Porter seems to carry this comfort most concretely. Maybe it's because there's something just right about an english porter to set you towards autumn or maybe it's because dogs and loyalty are just about synonymous - but the silky roast and balanced sweetness of this beer pats us in all the right places. 

Chub Step Porter comes out a week from Friday. Take it in alongside the appreciation of the elements in life that are set to cruise whether or not anyone is watching the track. 


  • release date: 9/30 at 11am
  • 6% ABV
  • 22oz bomber: $6.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $15
  • 32oz howler refill: $8 
  • 16oz pour: $6 


Tasty Waves

We brew boat loads of pale ales, they’re the core of our volume.  You knew that.  Why have three different ones at any given time? Because they’re delicious.  As brewers and people that deeply appreciate the role of beer, we can, should and do complicate that, but let’s not forget to check our cerebral baggage at the gate and simply take in volumes of easily translatable enjoyment.  Take moments to dissect, go on safari and mount the exotic, push for flavors only accessible through time and esoteric process, but remember to take off your bush coat, put down your spyglass and suck down pale ales simply because they’re fucking delicious.

This Pale Ale, Tasty Waves, gathers its tour de force via simple base malts, an easy dose of Rye and Munich, then charges of Columbus, Amarillo and some of the modern lusts, Galaxy & Citra.  All said, everyday pleasure fit for kings. 


  • release: 9/2 
  • 22oz bomber: $6.99
  • 32 oz howler refill: $8
  • 64oz growler refill: $15
  • 16oz pour: $6


Lager Town

As the days begin to recoil and the sun turns us away, we offer you this seasonal splice: Lager Town Octoberfest.

We pass Lager Town through the innards of our brewery because of its time honored place in the culture of the everyman odyssey. A 6% herald of cool weather, Lager Town is touched with rye spice and holds firm to its roots with the strict use of noble hop varieties. Satin and depth arm in arm in amber glory. Poured in liters, Lager Town thumps the ancient tradition of communing in groups under the fuzz of autumn beers. 


  • release date: 9/1
  • 22oz bomber: $6.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $15
  • 32oz howler refill: $8
  • 16oz pour: $6


We met Ed a while ago.  We quickly appreciated his intensity and willingness to dive into everything.

Lumpen, for us, has purity in its intent. It exists to communicate things that they feel should be discussed ~ whether they be political, cultural, artistic, or just plain strange.  A 25 year mission that would’ve ended if not for a basic connection with the process and goal.  

Brewing a beer with Ed for the 20th was a treat, now he has a brewery, too, so here comes the collab in celebration of putting out weird things for people to consume.


A.J. Liebling once said: that the ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.’ So it’s a good thing we do.
- Ed Marszewski, Publisher of Lumpen Magazine

Lumpen is a long running magazine that chronicles the countercultures. The scathing and hilarious arts culture and politics magazine has been recognized and celebrated for its editorial that is poignant and thought-provoking to marginalized and irreverent.

For 25 years Lumpen has been a champion of independent culture showcasing the literary and visual arts, culinary culture, innovative music, start up businesses, progressive politics and irreverent humor. We started with Lumpen magazine, branched out to the web, started more publications, events, festivals and now, an FM radio station for the City of Chicago on the dial at 105.5fm

To celebrate and mark the 25th anniversary of Lumpen Magazine, fellow arts and culture supporters Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher, of Half Acre Beer collaborated with Lead Brewer Tim Lange and Lumpen publisher, Ed Marszewski of Marz Community Brewing, to brew an Imperial Red Lager, with an ABV of 7.5%.

This is the second time Half Acre has made a commemorative beer for Lumpen . On it’s 20th anniversary in 2011, Half Acre brewed the Imperial Red Ale called The Chairman and that experience probably foolishly inspired the Lumpens to get into brewing.

In poking fun at the left wing publication, Magliaro suggested that. “It could be fun to bend the name of the beer around the idea of a giant, all encompassing organization that aims to pull the life from anything pure and successful.” and suggested the name of the beer Omnolith. It was unanimously endorsed by all.

To bring the collaboration to another level the design of the label was worked on by both breweries’ lead designers.

Phineas Jones, from Half Acre worked with Marz Community Brewing’s Creative Director, Michael Freimuth, to capture the spirit of Lumpen’s Omnolithic irreverence by using inspiration from the architecture of Brutalist east european monuments. By examining the shapes and geometry of those 60’s era structures the two were able to design a simple minimalist icon to adorn the label.

On Friday, August 12, Omnolith will be released at Half Acre Beer Company's Lincoln facility at 11 am. Lumpen Magazine will be giving away various back issues of the publications at the bottle release event.

That night Lumpen will take over Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st St) for the south-side bottle release and celebration.

Starting at 5pm , attendees can either get a bottle to go or enjoy a draft pour in the bar. Kimski will be creating a special to pair with the beer and more back issues of the Lumpen magazine will be given away.


adjective lum·pen \ˈlu̇m-pən

Definition of lumpen:
of or relating to dispossessed and uprooted individuals cut off from the economic and social class with which they might normally be identified

Lumpens: a member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society

Description of Lumpen from the Chicago Reader:

First published in 1991, Lumpen stays on top of the liberal underground with quality articles, reviews, interviews, and essays about art, politics, and everything we should be pissed off about, such as privatization, militarism, and corporate power. Even better, the publication goes beyond bitching about everything wrong in the world and actually offers resources for social activism and community transformation. Issues are published irregularly, and the website is a fascinating mess, but that just puts Lumpen squarely in the long tradition of the underground media.


  • Release Date: 8/12/16 at 11am
  • 7.5% ABV 
  • 22oz bomber: $8.99
  • 32oz howler refill: $9
  • 64oz growler refill: $17
  • 16oz pour: $7

The Big North - SOLD OUT

On August 20th, we're hosting The Big North, the first real kicker at our production facility. 

If you're joining us and have questions, check out the FAQ

As part of the celebration, we're partnering with the Chicago Rowing Foundation.

Chicago Rowing Foundation is home to a nationally ranked high school program, a growing middle school program, a recreational program for adults, a nationally ranked adult Masters competitive team and they also provide low-cost community programs to broaden access. Through introductory programs, CRF offers new rowers the tools to live a healthier life, and the chance to gain confidence through strength and focus.  You can learn more about them by visiting



-Musical Guests: Twin Peaks + more TBA
-Cold Ones
-Wyld Beers
-One Offs
-Hoss Brews
-Beer Garden
-And more

21+. Valid ID required at door.
Event will be held rain or shine. Hot or cold. 
Use of public transportation highly encouraged. 
Free bike parking available on-site and free car parking available in Tempel Steel parking lot (just east of the event). Parking is first come, first serve.



1. Daisy Cutter - Pale Ale

2. Pony - Pilsner

3. Vallejo- IPA

4. Space- IPA

5. Akari Shogun - USA Wheat

6. Mythic- Wild Ale fermented in wine barrels

7. The Big North - Lacto pulsed Peach Pale Ale

8. Benthic - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

9. Benthic - with coconut + coffee added

10. Benthic - with cacao, vanilla bean + smoked paprika

11. Plura - Brettanomyces Saison

12. Tahitian Vanilla Big Hugs -Imperial Coffee Stout

13. Gin Barrel AgedPony Pilsner

14. Deep Space - IIPA

15. Juice Man- Killer IPA

16. Rainbow Never Ends - IIPA w/ Other Half Brewing

17. Smoked Wyld Agave Heart Daisy Cutter - Psychedelic Pale Ale

18. Vigoda - Saison with Brett Brux

19. Vigoda - Saison with Brett Claussenii

20. Vigoda - Saison with Brett Brux, Amarillo + Simcoe

21. Vigoda - Saison with Brett Brux + blueberries

22. Orin - Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale

23. Orin - Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale with maple syrup

24. Akari Mist - Lemon & Lime USA Wheat

25. Navaja - IIPA

27. Western Automatic - Experimental Hop Pale Ale

28. Vexor - Heffe

29. Omnolith - Red Lager w/ März Brewing

30. Get Right - Kölsch

31. White Noise - Mild

32. Summer Rules - Pale Ale

33. Tuna - Pale Ale

34. Felis Paradox - Session Dark

Daisy Cutter Cans

Before the month of July comes to an end, you'll notice a new Daisy Cutter can on your local shelf.  It's a stab toward its original design with a tightening of its imagery and greater emphasis placed on the essential elements.

The biggest difference is the addition of the words Balmoral and Lincoln around the neck, a nod to what this beer and its fans have allowed us to accomplish. We operate two breweries, employ over 70 people and get to drink our beer with more people than ever before. In a lot of ways, Daisy Cutter held the key to all of that, and it feels good to give its vessel a scrub. 

Rainbow Never Ends

A few months back, Half Acre started distributing small amounts of beer to New York City. Our owners are easterners so they wanted to head in and spend time. 

As you know, Other Half and Half Acre share a mutual affinity for brewing hoppy beers in urban megaplexes, so we decided to host them in Chicago and conjure liquids. 

Rainbow Never Ends is a frankenstein of empiricism. A permablaze of tropical dankness, this 8.5% double IPA has it all: Idaho 7, Equinox, Citra, oats, toasted rice flakes, rice syrup solids, and a blend of American ale and German kölsch yeast. Please exhale through dryer sheets with this one, we’re not responsible for crooked looks from your neighbors.


  • Chicago release: 7/15 at 11am
  • 22oz bomber: $9.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $20
  • 32oz howler refill: $11
  • 16oz pour: $7


New York City RELEASE events

  • 7/20 at As Is ~ Rainbow Never Ends + 6 Half Acre beers + 6 Other Half beers. 6pm.
  • 7/21 at Goldstar ~ 7pm.


Freedom of '78

There's a home in Logan Square that has housed Half Acrens for the last 8 years. Our owner and his wife lived there first, then our head brewer and the woman who would become his wife, then another brewer and his wife and now a couple that met at Half Acre and got married. When they move out, someone else will sign the lease and continue the custom, making sure to preserve the Half Acre lineage. 

Last year we brought Freedom of '78 back from a 5 year absence. Originally brewed with Short's Brewing, this beer is outlandish and crushable, channeling the effect of Ween on the brain.  

The return of Freedom supplied a new tradition for the Half Acre house. In honor of the chill vibes emitted here, we gather as a company and squeeze onto the porch for a Half Acre Family Photo. Then we hang out, drink beers, and watch the dogs tear it up, because that's the whole point. 


  • release date: 7/1/16 
  • 22oz bomber: $8.99 
  • 64oz growler refill: $20
  • 32oz howler refill: $11
  • 16oz pour: $7

Half Acre // Horween

For Father’s Day we worked on a project with one of Chicago’s most time honored makers, Horween Leather. 
We’re big on what it means to function in the city.  The process of making things in modern times can be at odds with city existence. Cities are expensive, packed with humans and logistically difficult. Horween has been making leather in the thick of it on Ashland Ave since 1905.
By any measure, our brewery is young and still earning its place as an entity making things in the City Of Chicago, so it’s an honor to work with a group that has navigated life in our city all this time.

We’re offering a run of Half Acre belts made with genuine Horween Leather. Each belt is made with heavy leather in three different colors, each with two different solid brass buckle options. Each belt is imprinted with the Half Acre mug shot logo. 

There’s nothing more fundamental than a solid piece of leather that keeps your pants up.

Vicious Pet

Tomorrow, we release Vicious Pet Rye IPA. This beer was brewed for the first time last fall as a sticky, juice-forward IPA defended by the spice of rye malt. Citra, Chinook, Galaxy and experimental hop 7270 give this beer fangs.  


  • release date: 6/10/16
  • 22oz bomber: $8.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $19
  • 32oz howler refill: $10
  • 16oz pour: $7

Beer Hates Astronauts

Last year, Ryan Browne completed a 10 issue God Hates Astronauts series. If you are still unfamiliar with minternets and kugg-gees, you should stop being a marg and get to reading

While you're at it, drink a pint or two of Beer Hates Astronauts, the unofficial beer of the God Hates Astronauts franchise - your mind finger will thank you. Stripped of all but the necessary concentrations of Vienna malt and Citra hops, it is sure to bring forth your time giraffe fantasies and inhibit your interest in slamming letters together in the proper order. 

Go ahead and turn that cow brain impulse controller off, you're not going to need it. 


  • release date: 6/3/16 
  • 22oz bomber: $8.99 (limit 4 per person) 
  • 64oz growler refill: $20 (limit 64oz per person) 
  • 32oz howler refill: $11 (limit 64oz per person) 
  • 16oz pour: $7 

Pipeline 5

We're not activists, but as a brewery and as residents of Chicago we depend on Lake Michigan for personal and professional purposes. We recently got together with Hop Head Farms and The Hopleaf to brew a beer for Chicago Craft Beer Week, a pale ale we're calling Pipeline 5.

The ingredients for this beer came entirely from Michigan, and after being made aware of Line 5, a 645-mile petroleum pipeline that moves nearly 23 million gallons of oil daily in the Straits of Mackinac, we thought people should know about the issue. You can read more about it here

Drink Pipeline 5 in our tap room or at the Hopleaf on May 19th. 


  • 4.5% ABV
  • 32oz refill: $9
  • 64oz refill: $17
  • 16oz pour: $7


Galactic Double Daisy Cutter

At Half Acre, Chicago Craft Beer Week signifies the start of our sweat season. All industries have one, the winter holidays, back to school, the rotation of playoff runs. As temps rise, people peel out of their homes and we push ourselves to match the collective thirst. 

To ring the bell, we brew Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. A war cry in honor of easy  enjoyment and basic pleasure. Our flagship pale ale, tactfully swoll and layered in testament to the Galaxy hop. 

In the end, we're all working towards the same thing; to hang tuff with our favorite creatures and have flowing access to the beers that make us feel most at home.  


  • release date: 5/20
  • 22oz bomber: $9.99 (limit 4 per person)
  • 32oz howler refill: $11 (limit 64oz per person)
  • 64oz growler refill: $20 (limit 64oz per person) 
  • 16oz draft pour: $7

If you come out on Friday, we'll be having a brewery open house from
$8 (cash only) gets you two pours and a pork belly slider from Half Acre Head Chef, Nick Lacasse. 

We hope to see you in there. 



On Friday we release Coven Maibock.

This is a beer we brewed with Oxbow out of Maine.  We were fortunate to meet Tim before Oxbow was born and since then they’ve built a brewery rooted in authentic beers that personally align with their culture.  If you haven’t been to Maine to check out their brewing oasis split between the woods of Newcastle and Portland, you should leave your job and go.

Oxbow brews Farmhouse beers that typically hit wood, are often blended and take skillful advantage of creative additions, bugs and time.  We brew micro ales and lagers that often see generous hopping programs.  When setting out to brew beer together, we quickly landed on a Maibock. Neither of our breweries have made the style and we're both hitting an upcoming brewing conference in Philadelphia where we felt it would be nice to drink Maibock together.

A traditional spring lager beer with elements from both our breweries. Go outside, drink beer and commune with each other.


  • 22oz bomber: $7.99
  • 32oz howler refill: $9
  • 64oz growler refill: $17
  • 16oz pour: $7

Deep Space

Space, an IPA named for an old friend of Half Acre, rarely leaves the walls of our brewery. There’s a stiff group of Space enthusiasts that frequently visit Half Acre. Whether it's by spending time in the shop or along the bar in the tap room, they've become pieces of our brewery. It’s fitting that a beer named for one of our first regulars has encouraged the proliferation of those that spend time with us.

So, to echo the cycle and layer the positive with additional rings, we made Deep Space.  A chasm of pits and peaks, swollen with caramel and sap.  The water is chummed, here come the sharks.


  • on draft only 
  • 10% ABV
  • release date: 4/13/16
  • 32oz howler refill: $12
  • 64oz growler refill: $22
  • 16oz pour: $8

Grimalkin Amorphotron

In a dark corner of the Uniplex there’s lies a region where disparate forces fold into and quarrel with one another; A place where energies blend into a deformity of unknown quantity...

Gigantic and Half Acre Present A Ginormous and Big Hugs Saga:  GRIMALKIN AMORPHOTRON

A melded, single skinned war creature, half Mecha, half Kaiju, that lives to walk the dark lands. We offer you its liquid rite:

Some parts imperial stout, some features Double IPA.
A black beer north of the 10% ABV equatorial dividing line.
Munich, Pale and Roasted Malts mix with Naked Oats to embolden its torso.
Crystal, Mosaic and Simcoe hops empower its limbs.
A warrior’s brewhouse schedule paves the way for a time honored cellar regime.
A secondary layer of dry hops combs its coat to realize its exterior sheen.

Its yours now. Tame its wild nature and live within its power.

Half Acre // Gigantic


  • release date: 4/1/16
  • 10.5% ABV
  • 22oz bomber: $10.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $22
  • 32oz howler refill: $12 
  • 16oz pour: $8

Powder Blue

We've been brewing beers with Short's since 2010, when we discovered at a conference that we both hold a deep respect for the boognish. Powder Blue is a new one, an IPA featuring Mosaic, El Dorado and 130 gallons of pureed blueberry, drink it and set the course.

The following are some excerpts from Ween's tour diaries. Nothing overtly special, just an investment in the oddity of everyday.  


2003-07-25 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Laga - arrived the night before, back in old pittsburgh. aaron swears that i promised we'd never play pittsburgh again but i recall saying we'd never play club metropol again. either way, this club was better for sure, nice folks and a sold out show. experienced the backlash from our all request concert a few nights before, people were calling out for "where'd the cheese go" most of the night. i thought we played a little sloppy, but it was actually a pretty eventful show for opening night. topless girls all over the stage during lmlyp to close the show, a few fights, and some dude literally broke thru a wall to get into our dressing room before getting tossed from the club and pummeled by bouncers. ironically enough, me and glenn and this same guy (the wallbreaker) went down the street for hot dogs and french fries like 15 minutes after this incident. ween is all about pleasing the kids, everyone knows that.

2002-04-23 Lexington, KY - Kentucky Theatre - This was our first time in Lexington and I was impressed by how clean the city was---also, there wasn't a soul on the street after dark. Mick Preston and I generally will walk or drive as far as we have to go to find a Waffle House when we're on tour, but we ended up settling for a Huddle House instead, which to my surprise was every bit as delicious--even though it's an obvious rip-off of the real thing, right down to the pecan waffles and scattered and smothered hash browns and shit. This was a really cool old theater, and directly adjacent to the concert was the Miss Gay Kentucky drag queen paegant. I don't remember much about this show, except I thought we played pretty solid and we hit some bar afterwards and then some house party, and then a second trip to the Huddle House.

2003-10-08 Missoula, MT – MT University Theater - i don't remember much about this one either except that it was a good gig. some kids printed up counterfeit tickets and it caused a bit of a stir. i thought it was pretty punk rock and was honored in a way. we have been hearing about this town for awhile and finally made it there. unfortunately i didn't get to see any of it except for the hotel bar where i watched the yankees with some homeless guy who had a plate in his head.


  • release date: 3/18 
  • 7.6% ABV
  • 22oz bottle: $9.99
  • 32 oz howler refill: $11
  • 64oz growler refill: $20
  • 16oz pour: $7