Saturday plans? Try a tour of Half Acre Brewery

  • Half Acre Beer Company

    Half Acre Beer Company

  • Pitcher of Daisy Cutter

    Pitcher of Daisy Cutter

  • Owner Gabriel Magliaro talks about beer

    Owner Gabriel Magliaro talks about beer

  • Slayer Notice

    Slayer Notice

  • Grain Storage

    Grain Storage

  • Malted grain used in beer production

    Malted grain used in beer production

  • Fermenting Tanks

    Fermenting Tanks

  • Canning Machine

    Canning Machine

  • Store


  • Beer taps

    Beer taps

  • Stickers donated by beer tourists

    Stickers donated by beer tourists

If you’re curious about what sets Half Acre Brewery’s beer apart from other microbreweries, then spend a few hours with owner and brewer Gabriel Magliaro. On any given Saturday, he walks small groups through the basics of making beer (steep cereal grains in water, then ferment with yeast), answers questions for home brewers, and drops tidbits about how he got started in the business.

You can quaff free samples of Half Acre brews like Daisy Cutter, Gossamer Golden Ale and Over Ale as Magliaro walks and talks through their new, but already overgrown space. He even stops and encourages refills at various points. Easter eggs lie hidden in this otherwise sleek and functional site — a Slayer sign here, a logo in wet concrete there, a goat head coat-of-arms overlooking the operation. Personality abounds in both the space and the brew, and discovering both is a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.

Tours are free, but remember to bring a sticker for their fermentation tank and leave a little personality of your own. Register here. Also remember to save a little time and extra cash to spend in their storefront where you can purchase everything from growlers of beer to t-shirts to truffles made with stout brew.

Half Acre Beer Company
4257 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-4038

  1. Jenny left a comment on February 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Too bad there aren’t any available dates until 2012. I’m glad I took the tour already. 🙂

  2. Tammy left a comment on February 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The dates on the registration are screwy. They’re off by a day and a year, I let them know but they haven’t fixed it on the site yet. Besides, they weren’t that much about the tickets.

    What did you think of the tour?

  3. Jenny left a comment on February 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I really enjoyed the tour. It was very informative and fun at the same time, and they sure kept the beer coming. Gabe answered any and all questions people had, and there were a lot of them. After the tour we walked across the street to the Bad Apple for lunch–the perfect combination.

    They just had a blog post about the tours on their site not that long ago:

  4. Tammy left a comment on February 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Oops, I guess their dates weren’t messed up! Hehehehe, I just walked into the tour then. That’s too funny.

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