4:00 AM04:00

The Big North IV

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What: THE BIG NORTH: YEAR 4.  Our annual Balmoral brewery party. Tickets get you access to a deep slice of new, cellared and never before seen Half Acre beers, live performances, food, activities, and an all around good time.

When: Saturday August 17th, from 4-9pm *last call will be at 8:30*

Where: The Half Acre Beer Company production facility. (2050 W. Balmoral Avenue)

Free Bike Parking: We are providing bike racks in the street on Rascher Avenue. Bring your own lock. We will not be responsible for anything that may happen to your bike while it's parked for the party. 

Public Transportation: The Half Acre production brewery is easily accessible via the Damen and Foster buses, as well as the Bryn Mawr redline stop and the Ravenswood UPN Metra stop. We highly recommend you take public transportation to this event. 

Entry: You will enter the party through the garage door on Rascher Avenue, on the east side of the building. We will begin letting people in the door at 3:30. There will be signs pointing you to where you need to go. 

You must be 21 years or older to enter, valid ID will be required. 

The Beer: All of the beer at this event is first come first serve. Some of it, especially the barrel aged and wyld beers, is limited and when it's gone it's gone. We will do our best to make it last. 

The Tunes: Skip Church, ALLAH-LAS, The Cowboys

The Weather: We are hosting this party rain or shine, hot or cold. The emphasis here is on hot. It's summer, there's no a/c. Dress, or don't, accordingly. (Half Acre Beer Company does not officially endorse public nudity). 

The Food: Sausages from Chef Martin - there will be a vegan option.

The Merch: There will be merch for sale at this event, in addition to the glass and coozie included with your ticket.

Tickets are on sale now!

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1:00 PM13:00

Wyld Cove Tour


Tour includes:

-In depth look at the history, philosophy and ethos of Half Acre Beer Company.
-A special focus on a specific topic with a Half Acre expert. July's topic is wyld beer creation, led by our Barrel Program Manager, Lee McComb.
-A souvenir glass to keep.
-Pours from a bevy of creations from the Wyld Cove cellar, with some clean fermentation beers to balance it out.

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7:00 PM19:00

Beer Hates Astronauts Launch with Ryan Browne


Join us, along side Logan Arcade, & Ryan Browne for a party celebrating the 2019 launch of BEER HATES ASTRONAUTS, Half Acre's collaboration with Ryan Browne 's sensory overload comic book, God Hates Astronauts!

Beer Hates Astronauts will be available as well as a free pinball tournament with Half Acre & God Hates Astronauts-related prizes, AND the amazing Ryan Browne himself will be hanging out with copies of "God Hates Astronauts" for sale!

Come by-- drink this delicious beer, win some prizes, chat with Ryan, and get your comics signed!

Beer Hates Astronauts: A Citra hop Vienna malt ruler. Strawberry hard candies with a potent liquid center. 7.7% ABV

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1:00 PM13:00

Balmoral Brewery Tour: Sensory & Off Flavors

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Tour includes:

-In depth look at the history, philosophy and ethos of Half Acre Beer Company.
-A special focus on a specific topic with a Half Acre expert. May's topic is Sensory + Off Flavors, led by our Quality Manager, Bennett Thompson.
-A souvenir pint glass to keep.
-Three full pours of beer, and samples of other relevant beers.

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6:00 PM18:00

Music Box Theater Garden Party


Join us in celebrating Spring at this year's Music Box Garden Party! Come celebrate the weather in the beautiful Music Box Garden, and enjoy free tastings from Half Acre Beer Co, Whiner Beer Co, Dogfish Head Brewery, Virtue Cider & Treaty Oak Distillery!

Grab a drink from the sangria bar, brought to you by Dablon Winery, a bite from Cheesie’s Food Truck, or have a seat in the Lounge and play along with Music Box Bingo, free to play, free to win!

We're also being joined by Lush Handmade Cosmetics who will be bringing a build-your-own-bath-bomb station, first come first serve.

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to May 12

Renegade Craft Fair - Pilsen

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Shop from over 180 local and national Makers and Designers on May 11th & 12th.

South Halsted Street between West 18th St and South Canalport Ave in Pilsen Arts District (Chicago IL 60608).

Beers available for purchase: Daisy Cutter, Pony Pilsner, Tuna Session IPA, and Bodem IPA.

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8:00 AM08:00

CHIRP Record Fair



It's the 17th year of the CHIRP Record Fair! Join us at Plumbers Hall to dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, as well as DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. It's a music collector's paradise! 


Early Admission ($25) begins at 8am and allows readmission all day long. General Admission ($8) begins at 10am.

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1:00 PM13:00

Brewery Tour: Production Brewing Edition


For the new year, we're changing the format of our brewery tours at Balmoral. Held once a month, still on Sundays and still at 1pm, most will focus on specific areas of our endeavor and we will sell tickets in advance, online and in our Balmoral taproom. April’s tour will be held on the 28th and includes a focused look at Production Brewing + Raw Materials, led by our Head Balmoral Brewer, Ryan O’Doherty.

Get tickets at the link or in person in our Balmoral taproom.

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to Apr 20

DECADES of Daisy Cutter



This April we celebrate a decade of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. 10 years is a long time to do anything and we're honored that this beer of ours continues to ring the bell. We're celebrating this milestone in a pretty big way. Daisy Cutter packaging (12 and 16oz) has been redesigned to denote the 10 Year Anniversary and in April we'll be hosting a DECADES party at our brewery and at bars throughout Chicago and the country.

4/19 : AT OUR BREWERIES: You can grab a mixed 4pack that contains Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy Cutter + never before seen variants Fully Saturated Galactic Double Daisy Cutter + Quad Cutter.

4/20: DRINK ALL FOUR variants on draft at any of the bars listed below. There will be an additional draft option called Smoking Daisy, a mashup of new house favorite Smoking Gull and the Daisy Cutter we all know and love. 

A decade of Daisy Cutter is as much about Half Acre as it is about the bars and restaurants that support us, so we’re grateful for these partners helping us mark the occasion:


Links Taproom (4:20pm start)
HopLeaf (5:00pm start)
Sleeping Village (7:00pm start)
The Harp & Fiddle (11:00am start)

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5:00 PM17:00

Burrito Battle: Half Acre vs. Cruz Blanca


Burrito Battle - Half Acre vs. Cruz Blanca

The Brewery Burrito Battle: food from two brewery kitchens, beers from the same two breweries and a little friendly wager for major bragging rights.

For this gathering, the Half Acre team will roll a brand new burrito variety and duke it out with the Cruz Blanca crew, as they bring their culinary talents up to our neck of the woods.

You'll receive a plate that has 1/2 of Half Acre's burrito and 1/2 of the Cruz Blanca burrito, along with a side. A scoring card to vote for your favorite burrito will also be provided. The winning team gets treated to lunch at the other team's restaurant. The losing team will wash dishes.

Four ten ounce pours of beer will also be included in the ticket price.

-Please email with any dietary or food restrictions, but be advised that for this event we will not be able to provide a vegetarian or vegan substitution.
- We will be serving food continuously from 6 to 9 PM.
- We'll be rolling on a first come-first served basis, so you might have to wait for a table depending on when you arrive to the taproom. That's not such a bad thing though, as we'll be pouring beer inside the brewery until a table pops up.
- Gratuity is included.

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