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Half Acre Balmoral Brewery


Half Acre Beer Company


2050 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


Buildout of kitchen and taproom next to a production facility and a later kitchen reconfiguration.


60,000 SF


2017, 2021


SPACE Architects (2017)
Vertu Architecture + Design (2021)


Cartland Kraus Engineering, Ltd. (2017) (MEP)
Calor Design Group (2021) (MEP)
Goodfriend Magruder Structure, LLC (2021) (Structural)

In 2008, Half Acre opened as one of Chicago’s first production breweries before the craft brewery scene took off, and it quickly became one of the city’s most successful breweries. By 2015, their growth spurred them to open a second brewing facility on Balmoral Avenue, including a taproom and outdoor beer garden.

Helios has worked closely with the Half Acre Balmoral team to complete various renovations to their 60,000 SF facility. We were first contracted in 2017 to build a new taproom and kitchen next to their production facility. Our work consisted of all new MEP/FP systems, floor and wall finishes, masonry work, and new windows. We closely coordinated with the client to ensure that all MEP provisions were adequately laid out for the new kitchen and taproom equipment.

In 2021, Half Acre brought Helios back in to reconfigure Half Acre’s kitchen. A brand-new Type 1 kitchen exhaust hood was installed, along with a new kitchen exhaust fan and make-up air unit. We reconfigured the underground plumbing and existing electrical to allow for the new kitchen layout. The team installed all new fiberglass reinforced panels, acoustic ceiling tile, and an anti-slip epoxy floor. Helios worked closely with Trimark to confirm all equipment requirements were met and establish timely delivery/installation of the kitchen equipment.



Helios has been a trusted partner for years. Their team is timely, talented, and detailed in ensuring that our needs and timelines are met. The transparency and quality they deliver from inception to completion has been a highlight when expanding our business.

Gabriel Magliaro, Founder – Half Acre Brewing

Key Features

  New MEP/FP systems, floor and wall finishes, masonry work, and new windows

  New Type 1 kitchen exhaust hood, exhaust fan, and make-up air unit

  Reconfigured underground plumbing and electrical

  Newly installed fiberglass reinforced panels, acoustic ceiling tile, and anti-slip epoxy flooring