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Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
106 Beers
17,497 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 117
Visits: 474
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2924
United States
phone: (773) 227-2739 | map
revbrew.com

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Place added by: weatherdog on 02-04-2010

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Reviews: 117 | Visits: 474
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LeeeMare
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of soxfan02
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DMcGirr
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fun beer bar and brewery to visit. They always have a good selection of their beers available and are pretty knowledgeable. Only downside is the location which can be a bit tough to get to.

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Photo of JJH1018
4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Purp1eOne
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Chuckrutter
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of LMeyer12
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Came here for lunch on 1/12/16 (prelude to Haymarket Anniversary Party). Great spot! In addition to 16 (one on cask) of their own beers on tap, they had lots of other local brews available (including Pipeworks Lizard King). And the menu listed all the other competitors brews first, which takes balls & earns my respect. The food was INCREDIBLE, and the service sublime. Definitely a must stop when in Chicago!

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RajaSTL
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cool spot...big, loud with rock music, fun to hang out at overall. The quality of their beer was decent, but they had some cool guest taps including a GI stout I never had before that they didn't even have on at GI Clybourn. Food was above average bar food, would definitely go back.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of KAP72
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

The gods smiled upon me and I got one entire week off work. The wife was working in Chicago so there I went! Cheap flight, rental car, beer places all mapped out…

Revolution was my first stop. The space is big and beautiful, with that cool industrial-chic look that has become de rigueur in American brewpubs. Large wraparound bar, beautiful tap handles. 15 brews on taps, plus one cask, and decent prices (five or six dollars per glass). 5-oz samples are offered for two bucks, and that was choice. From a Mild to an 11.5% Wit aged in gin barrels for 8.5 months (“Queequess Coffin), Revolution has a bit of everything for everyone.

Heavy on the German styles and pale ales, with some excellent examples like Citra Hero, Double Fist and Fist City. They also have a pricey menu of bottles and cans.

Service at the bar was good until the bartender got busy and went AWOL. Not groundbreaking, but a good stop in Chicago.

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Photo of chitowntink
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

First time at the brew pub even though I've wanted to come for a long time. Atmosphere is as expected: very industrial feel with a visual of some brewing equipment through some large windows. 16 beers on tap along with some bottled and canned offerings that seems to focus on local brewing. I did not try the food today, but the guy next to me ordered a pizza that looked amazing! Friendly and helpful employees. I'd come back again for sure!

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of danoble1
3.91/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.