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

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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7:00 PM19:00

It is The Office Trivia at Reed's Local

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There will be three rounds, each exponentially more difficult than the last. There may be up to 6 members per team. If anyone is caught using electronic devices to find answers to questions, your entire team will be terminated, and you will be allowed to stay and drink at the bar. Also you are welcome to date Toby. Half Acre will be providing prizes to the three smartest teams. That is all. Get back to work!

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2:00 PM14:00

Beer Larp @ Logan Arcade

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BEER LARP is an extremely exciting beer & gaming event in which Brewery teams (including Half Acre) participate in a bracket-style tournament, over an array of games, competing for the highly-coveted BEER LARP CUP: aka, the "Grail of Ninkasi," aka, the Stanley Cup of BEER LARP!

Spectators may be asked to "LARP" as one of the breweries in order to help boost their scores, in exchange for an assortment of bribes and/or gifts (ie: cool swag, FREE drinks, etc.).

Brewery team check-in is at 2pm, tournament starts at 3. Patrons/spectators who are wanting to take part should swing by around this time, but can still swing by throughout the day to be bribed onto a team.

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1:00 PM13:00

Brewery Tour: Barrel Aged 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. March’s tour will be held on the 24th and includes a focused look at our clean beer production and spirits barrel aging with our Directory of Brewing Ops.

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

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7:30 PM19:30

Beyond the Gate: featuring Huerco S. & Joshua Abrams & Natural Information / Brent Heyl (DJ Set)

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Beyond The Gate featuring... HUERCO S. / Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society / Brent Heyl (DJ set)

Look for Half Acre beers on site - cash only!

INFO ON BANDS (curtesy of Empty Bottle)
Born in Kansas City but based in Brooklyn, HUERCO S. (Brian Leeds) was one of the most celebrated producers of the 2010s lo-fi house underground. His offbeat, abstract dance tracks, often featuring smudged textures and erratic beats as well as ambient synth pads and mysterious samples, first surfaced online around 2011. Following 2012's No Jack EP on the Ukrainian label Wicked Bass, an untitled cassette appeared on Basic House's tastemaking experimental techno label Opal Tapes. The tape helped gain HUERCO S. a cult following, and Boomkat Editions later reissued it on vinyl. Following the R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. EP under the pseudonym Royal Crown of Sweden, issued by Anthony Naples' Proibito label in April of 2013, Future Times issued HUERCO S.'s Apheleia's Theme.

His acclaimed debut full-length, Colonial Patterns, appeared on Oneohtrix Point Never's Software imprint at the end of that summer. The EP A Verdigris Reader (simply credited to H.S.) was issued by Proibito in 2014, followed by Railroad Blues in 2015. The label also issued his second full-length, 2016's For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have), a stunning excursion into ambient music. He followed the album with an EP titled QTT4.

Since 2010 JOSHUA ABRAMS has toured North America & Europe with a shifting-line up of musicians as 'NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY’. The group uses traditional & electric instrumentation to build long-form intricately psychedelic environments, composed & improvised, joining the hypnotic qualities of the Gnawan guimbri to a wide range of contemporary musics & methodologies including jazz, minimalism & krautrock.

Brent Heyl is a former DJ on WLUW and CHIRP. He is also the co-founder of the Beyond the Gate series. He'll be bringing an eclectic mix of experimental electronic, field recordings, and other surprises.

21+ // $20


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6:00 PM18:00

Paradise Park: Tuesday Brewsday with Half Acre!

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Paradise Park is teaming up with Half Acre Tuesday March 19th to present Tuesday Brewsday!

This ticket will get you admission, 2 drink tickets, and access to a pizza buffet. Half Acre will be here from 6-8pm giving away prizes and sampling some of their favorite brews.

Come listen to live music and enjoy some brews on our heated, covered patio!


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to Mar 31

Brewery of the Month at Sheffields Beer & Wine!

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Lookin’ for solid hangs, fresh local drafts, great food, and all at a great price?

Join us at Sheffield’s the ENTIRE month of March for $5 drafts (select Half Acre brews) and a bunch of events to bring the party to our pals place down the street!


Friday, March 1 - Kick off Event with Half Acre GiveAways!

Wednesday, March 6 - Guided Beer & Food Pairing! LINK TO TIX

Tuesday, March 19 - Trivia Night & Rare Beer Tappings!

Thursday, March 28 - Swag Raffle!


2934 N Sheffield Ave

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