Revolution Brewing Company
Active Beers: 95
Beer Ratings: 9,144
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Yetiman420:
4.7/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop number 178 on my quest to visit every quality brewpub and brewery...in the world...a lot of work left.
Revolution hits a home run in my book for atmosphere and beer and food quality - the three most important criteria for a brewpub in my book.
My visit was around 5:00 on a Wednesday evening. The beautiful bar in the center of the space was empty upon my arrival and gradually filled by the time of my departure around 6:30.
House beers were...
Workingman Mild - English luncheon beer
Cross of Gold - golden ale
Bottom up Wit
Iron Fist Pale Ale
Best Coast IPA
Eugene - porter
Mad Cow - stout (on cask)
Coup de Grace - saison
You can order beers in a ~4 oz pour which I did for all house beers. The beers were all excellent representations of their respective styles. Great flavor, finish, and mouthfeel across the board. The only downside was they were out of the IPA and the saison was a bit sweet for a beer that should achieve (a challenging level of) dryness. I really enjoyed the chocolate flavor of the porter and the mild and gold were very drinkable for styles I don't care much for.
Guest taps, which do not come in small pours, were: Allagash Curieux, Dark Horse Raspberry, DFH Immort Ale, Duchesse, Great Lakes Erie Monster, Goose Island Sofie, New Belgium Eric's Ale, Stiegl Pils, Tripel Karmelit, Urthel Hop-it. If this was just a beer bar, this tap list would qualify as exceptional in my book. Maybe a bit more balance to roasted malt beers but the extensive bottle list has you covered.
As a home made sausage maker, I couldn't turn down the home made sausage and ham plate and wasn't disappointed.
The service at the bar consisted of younger ladies who took time explaining beers to those around me.
They had a big screen tv at the bar which was not turned on but I didn't mind people watching and taking in the wonderfully-restored architectural features of the interior.
After one stop, Revolution has become my new go-to brew pub for frequent trips to Chicago. GI Clybourn may have more ambitious house beers. Piece has solid house beers with good guest taps. Revolution has great house beers and a guest tap list that makes me want to come back just for guest taps and more of the locally sourced and "hand crafted" menu items (it's a tired word but I had to use it).
06-24-2010 22:31:21 | More by Yetiman420
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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.