Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
106
Reviews:
2,357
Ratings:
18,269
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
482
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
4%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2924
United States

(773) 227-2739 | map
revbrew.com

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Added by weatherdog on 02-04-2010

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 482
Reviews by Yetiman420:
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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 tbeckett
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of pkeating59
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Delicious food, great setup and layout. Always enjoy stopping into my neighbor hood brewery for some fresh beer on tap and irresistible food. Definitely a must for anyone to check out.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Long, long ago when Revolution was an infant and I was middle-aged,
I talked my wife, a wine-drinker, into going to eat where, she calls, “your people” eat. (She means that kiddingly, maybe even lovingly… it’s just that my wife is a confirmed princess who, some think, married someone who remained something of a frog.) At any rate, she went into Revolution open-minded and samples my beer. (She is warming up to this brewpub stuff.)

While the evening was going better than expected, I’m actually not thrilled with my flight. It was a summer day; so, I got IPAs which I rarely drank because I can be somewhat hop-adverse… and I love my malts. After the hoppy flight, I got a food-friendly flight that had two real Belgians which my wife really liked. Unfortunately, the food was less than average. Never went back. But, beer won the day.
A decade later, I've learned to approach new brewers with a more open-mind that they are trying their best to learn how to blend malts better. And my wife? Much to her credit, she increasingly samples my ales (sometimes she won’t even have a glass of wine with dinner.)

Moral of the fable: Things change for the better with age … and an open-mind. Make sure they work together harmoniously.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LeeeMare
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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

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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
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