Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
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101 Beers
15,539 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 417
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.4
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @revbrewchicago

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

First and foremost, if you're going on a Friday or Saturday night, expect to wait a bit, this place gets packed. But if its always this busy, they must be doing something right.

Atmosphere is kind of hipster - grunge. Overall, the furnishings are pretty upscale for a place that looks like and is similarly lit to most garages. The service has always been solid, nothing stellar, but nothing terrible, and typically very friendly. Revolution typically has their current releases on draft, as well a few brewpub only beers. Beer prices are reasonable, and they offer small glasses and flights if you want to try a few things.

Food is outstanding. The menu is mostly typical bar food (wings, pizza, burgers, fish and chips), but everything they make is great. The food is usually more of a highlight than the beer IMO.

Overall Revolution is reasonably priced, has good service, good beer and great food. If you're in the north side of Chicago, check out the brewpub, its worth the visit. They also sell glassware, apparel and other branded warez in the front.


Photo of HopsingKangabrew
4.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I went into Revolution for the first time last week with one of my buddies. I really enjoyed the experience. We each had three drinks a piece. The bar was packed, so we had to take a temporary seat at a table before we were able to snag a spot closer to the taps. This didn't bother us, however, since we were able to get a closer extended view of the beautiful small scale brewery displayed behind a large class wall in the back. Shortly after we sat down we were able to glance at the menu, though didn't get around to ordering any food. It all looked delicious however, and many of the dishes on the menu suggested beer pairings.

When we were finally able to move to the bar, the experience got even better. The center island is held up by 4 wooden columns shaped like 'power fists' (if you are familiar with Revolution you will know this is their logo). The bartenders were great, and I never had a bad pour. At the end, we decided to get a growler for the road. It was filled on foam and heat sealed.

All in all I will definitely be going back. I'm sure I'll be bringing back more than just the one growler I left with!

Photo of guityler83
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

After a trip to Wreck-less on record store day and and a mega burger from Kumas a friend and I stopped into Revolution for a couple pints. The place was busy on a Saturday afternoon with the bar being full and tables filled up. After grabbing a beer menu a few spots opened up at the bar so we sat quickly and ordered our first round. They had a cask of double fist dry hopped w/ crystal so of course I had to go with that. Very bright and flavorful, couldn't have asked for a better beer at that moment.

The place didn't have much character to it, you could see there fist logo all over and there brewing system in the back of the building behind a glass wall. Other then that it was kind of generic. The service was prompt and courteous. after our first round we got another. this time a Belgian pale ale dry hopped with citra (tastey but it got better as it warmed up).

The selection was about 13 deep with all of there main stays and a few I've never seen before. In all that beer was fresh and tasty the prices where average but the atmosphere was meh. Good place to stop if you're in the neighborhood.

Photo of bensanderson
2.8/5  rDev -36.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Not understanding the check amount. For that amount of money I should have been full. Kinda loud. I'm old and don't like that amount of noise. Server could care less about waiting on us. Expected more than got. We will try it again and will leave another review.

Photo of BrewClint
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Well, we tried to go to the BrewPub but the wait was about 45min. No problem, it was Sunday at 1:30pm. We took the 1.5mi cruise to their Brewery/Brew Room. This was perfect! Its a fairly hidden location, just a small sign on a warehouse door. We walked in and I felt a breeze of heaven! They have a huge Tasting Room next to their Brew Room. Long bar with a wall filled with tappers, and a cooler filled with their brews(great prices too)
We sat down and tried their brand new BBA Barleywine as well as their Stout, Red Ale, Black IPA, and Smoked Lager. We also bought bottles of the BBA BW and their BBA Porter for enjoyment at home!
I am probably nit-picking at this point, but I would've liked to see some of their Special BBA brews on tap aside from just the Barleywine. Also, again nit-picking(and Im sure its a LAW) but you're not allowed to open the bottles they sell there. No problem.
This is a spot I will definitely visit again!
Seems like they allow you to bring in your own food, as we saw a table of people with outside food, as they don't serve food at the brewery.
They do tours here, but we just enjoyed some brews and left!

Photo of 3fdread
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Good beer, great food. A hipster, metro kind of vibe, but don't let let stop you from grabbing an anti hero and a great plate of food. Place is always crowded and parking sucks but that's Chicago. If you have any money left over after parking your car, and are in the Logan square neighborhood, it's definitely worth a session or two.

Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great place to sit down and have one of there outstanding in-house brews or some excellent food from there hand crafted menu and they also offer vegetarian fair. Love all the wood and architectural detail and the fireplace is a nice touch on a cold winter night. I always enjoy its homelike atmosphere.

Photo of robwestcott
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Final stop of a long weekend in Chicago. So glad we delayed the drive home in favor of brunch at Revolution. I'm not sure how it could have been a better experience.

Arrived at 11:30a, and were greeted with an incredibly short wait of maybe 5 minutes or so.

15 or 16 beers on tap, plus a cask, three of which were bourbon barrel aged.

Modest prices for pints - 5 to 8 bucks, and 2$ for 5oz samples for standard offerings and another buck or two for the barrel aged variation samples.

Wide variety of styles, pils, wit, IPA, porter, dubbel, wheat wine. Damn, I wish I'd have had another couple hours to sit at the bar.

And the food ? Seriously ? Wow ! Crazy good menu, again at a modest price point.

In front of me was an Hombre Burger - fresh beef with chihuahua cheese, smoked poblano pepper, red pepper crema, avacado, and tortilla strips w/ bleu cheese potato salad for 12$.

Great service - prompt, friendly, informative and knowledgable.

A must stop.

Photo of JVB
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The first time I went to Revolution Brewery was for the release of Deth's Tar. I vaguely remember the night as I had one too many of the limited release Stout. I recall a live folk band that was tearing the place up, with a tuba player that drank like a fish. Not to mention that episode 4-6 of the original Star Wars was playing.... I did escape with a whole case of Deth's Tar, shirts, and a revolution Brewery sign.

Photo of matjack85
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this brewpub 3 times now and every time I've found the service friendly and professional. Everyone on the staff was knowledgeable about the beers they offer and helpful with recommendations as to what beers pair well with each food choice.

They've made well over 75 beers now, so there's lots to choose from, although some are seasonals and therefore not available year round. I've had a few clunkers, but for the most part they are well made and good examples of the style they represent - often with a new or interesting twist.

The food here is a bit on the pricey side, but never boring. Many of their offerings are made with their beers as part of the recipe. Even their soup and ice cream are made with beer (and both are delicious, by the way). The beer battered fish & chips is my favorite entree, but the flemish ale stew was not bad either. Their bacon fat popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese is probably their most popular appetizer, but to me it was only so-so. The only thing I would not order from here again is their reuben. Absolute must tries are the cheddar beer soup, the Eugene porter ice cream, and the warmed pecan brownie dessert plate that comes with bourbon ice cream and pears drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

If there is one complaint I have it's that their web site needs serious updating and correcting. The menu and beer selections change often and the web site never keeps up with the changes.

I can't comment on how crowded they are for dinner as I've only been here for lunches, but I've never found seating a problem at that time. There is no parking lot if you drive, so I recommend public transportation. Both the Milwaukee Ave. and California Ave buses stop just ½ block from the front door and the CTA blue line is just a few blocks away.

It's a nice looking place with dark brown wooden tables and chairs and a centrally located bar if you're just there to drink. You can also see several of the beer tanks thru a glass window in the back. It's a little classier than you average brewpub with green linen napkins, real silverware, and interesting plate presentations.

Photo of briiguy
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off, the food is above average at the brewpub, just ask around!

The beer, well the beer is good. My favorites are their limited releases.

Atmosphere is FUN. You actually have to be social instead of staring into a tv, because they RARELY turn it on. Well, unless someone says, "PUT THE HAWKS ON!"

Photo of smartassboiler
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first of the two Revolution Brewery visits was to the brewpub to get a few pints and some grub before a nearby concert.

The Atmosphere was great inside. I liked the layout of the brewpub down on the main floor where we waited for a table while enjoying a few pints, and then we were seated upstairs to eat, which was a spacious area that sat plenty of people.

The Quality was amazing. Their beer is top-notch, and their food was really good.

The Service was friendly, helpful, and the bartenders knew their beer. He had a great knowledge of their beer, the guest taps, and the guest bottles.

The Selection was fantastic. They had their normal line of beers, a couple barrel-aged versions, some tap-only offerings, and then guest taps as well. I wish we had been able to spend more time there.

The Food was great as well. We of course tried their famous bacon popcorn, and then I got a reuben sandwich that features swiss cheese fondue. Absolutely delicious.

A good value plus great selection of food and beer. Revolution was a treat, and I can't wait to go back.

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

i went here on labor day with a party of eight thinking we would be able to get right in...but it was an hour wait. But it was worth the wait.

Revolution has a great space and they have really put time and care into making feel great. It was very busy, but we didn't feel rushed or ignored at all. The quality of the food and beer was stellar, and everything on the menu looked awesome. The service was outstanding as well. Our server never ignored us, never left an empty glass, and was knowledgeable about everything on both the food menu as well as the beer menu. It is worth it to wait for a table at this fine establishment. Another plus is that they are extremely kid friendly.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

September 6th, 4:15 - 6:00pm

Winding down our Chicago visit, killing some time before heading to OHare. I knew of Revolution's reputation but had yet to try any of their beer; we remedied that on a congested (early rush hour) drive up city streets until we came upon this mid-block bastion of beer along N Milwaukee. Neighborhood has a bit of grittiness (which we both liked in daylight hours) and a welcome parking spot right out front helped to make a favorable first impression. The TGIF crowd was starting to file in at just after 4 on a Friday, but we had no problem finding two seats at the acute angle of the central U-shaped bar. The interior is spacious and shows off varying texture: exposed brick, pressed tin ceilings, blond hardwoods, undulating walls finished with disassembled barrel staves and chandeliers made of orange glass clusters, like gigantic salmon roe. Friendly, good noise level, well daylit with afternoon sun. An open kitchen towards the back and windows into a subterranean brewing area showcase an equal reliance on good food and good beer in driving the place.

Not the promptest service in the first few minutes, but a trio of generally happy and liberally tattooed bartending folk kept us supplied with food and drink going forward. We picked food before beer and both burgers we chose (the "Farm" -topped with spinach, beets, horseradish and egg- and the "Hombre" -poblano peppers, avocado & semi-crisp tortilla strips) were EXCELLENT. Each was sided with delicious chips and bore a $12-13 price tag. The beer choices are mostly Revolution beers with a handful of guests. We tried several (including A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold and Double Fist) before choosing the "What the...?" Helles and the freshly-tapped Oktoberfest as our pints ($5 each); damn, that Oktoberfest was tasty! Later we finished off with a tulip of Thee Destroyer, their Citra-loaded DIPA - quite good, too!

All in all, a very good experience - with excellent food and good service and tasty beer. As we were about to leave, I asked if I could buy a 22 oz bottle of a Begyle beer I'd spotted in the under-counter fridge behind the bar; "no" was the unfortunate reply, as they do not have a "package" license. But the bartender made a great recommendation to check out Vas Foremost, a liquor store across the street, where there were PLENTY of bottle options. Thanks, bearded bartender (whose name I didn't catch)!

A place we'll definitely revisit on our next Chicago visit!

Photo of Fluffheady
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is an extremely good brewpub representing an extremely good brewery. Food is upscale brewpub food. Pretty much what you would expect, but the best of what you could expect. They only serve (I think, for some reason my head keeps saying they had guest drafts but their website doesn’t say so) their own beer, but their beer is great, so that’s not really a problem. This place gets freaking packed and stays packed for a long time on the weekends, but that’s expected in that neighborhood.

You guys need one thing: a doorman. Sheesh. The bartenders are slammed, yet they spending half their time checking everyone's IDs.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

One of my Chicago native friends favorite brewery and restaurant.
After making the trip in, I can see why.
Good food, fantastic beer crowd, good service.
People were lined up to fill growlers the whole time we were eating. Always a good sign.
My only complaint is that they bottle/brew way more beers than what they had available at the brewpub. Even though the selection was good, I thought it could be better.
Will definitely visit again and love many of their beers.

Photo of Amberluvsbeer
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I really love the look of the brewpub. It is hard to describe to someone without them seeing it but it's sort of a modern and old mashup. The food is really really excellent. I am impresed by the beers but the first time I went to the pub in Chicago I was surprised. It seems like they focus a lot on both the beer and the food. Some of it really is the stuff you would see in fancier restaurants and the burgers are just as excellent. The only issue is that they charge higher prices than people probably expect to pay for their food at a brewpub. Service is spotty. Altogehter I have been about 7 times. Sometimes the wait staff is cheerful but tired, sometimes they seem angry, and sometimes they really are nice though it can be slow. The beer of course is awesome. You have to stop this place to really get a feel for it.

Photo of Tommyblocks
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Revolution brewpub is one of my favorite places to go, it actually turned me on to craft beer. The design of the place is really cool, their attention to detail and there are lots of things they incorporated in their pub that were reused materials. It really made me appreciate it more once these things were pointed out. For instance, some sections of the wall have a wall covering that is actually pieces of wooden barrels taken apart and zipped to the wall to give it a 3-dimensional look. Then the metal hoops from those barrels were taken and made into the light fixtures. The interior design really is cool, got a good vibe.

Food and Beer - I like their beer, but in particular I love the beers that they can and distribute. Bottom Up Wit is my personal favorite out of the bunch. Which brings me to food, I have tried about 75% of their menu and it is to die for. Even though their beer is good, I think that their food is even better. A few faves are the pork belly egg sandwich, bacon fat popcorn, cheddar ale soup and smokehouse pizza( I think it got replaced by the smokestack though).

I would most definitely check this place out, Their Kedzie facility is also really cool but I'd go here first and try the food. You wont be disappointed.

Photo of bschinelli
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Outstanding brew pub. We've eaten here approximately 15 times with groups of 4 to 15, and we haven't had bad service or a bad meal yet.

Frequently, we go to brunch on a Sunday morning. When they have them, the Cherry Porter Pancakes are a decadent pleasure, or better yet go for the Eggs in a hole - the beer cheese soup is delicious and figures prominently in the dish.

The beer is always good as well.

Go here, you won't regret it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is great. Has a somewhat upscale feeling compared to many bars/breweries. Tap list was decent in terms of quality and quantity. Two minor complaints: first there was nothing on cask at 3:00 pm (apparently it was blown already) and there was nothing on tap of the rarer variety. Would have been nice to see something barrel aged on tap given the number of great barrel aged beers that Rev puts out.

Service was quite slow, despite the place not being very busy.

Had some apps and the food was quite good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

what a happening place this is! and how cool to be at the spot where the cover of BA was shot for the current month, a pleasant surprise upon our arrival. its in a swanky younger neighborhood of Chicago, and it was absolutely packed to the gills on a sunday afternoon. an expansive bar room with a central bar and the brew house in the back. standing room only as we walked in, not greeted by employees who seemed to care we were there, and had trouble with the service all day, but that's not why we came there. some ten beers on tap, all their own, and an impressive bottle list. drafts fairly priced, big markups on the packaged offerings, but they did have some rarities on the list. the ipas were nice, the hibiscus beer was a treat, and the strong ales were interestingly malted. all of very good quality, none that knocked me over with a big WOW! food looked solid, but we didn't eat. the décor is minimal, so sound bounces off the high ceilings when its full, and I found myself almost shouting to be heard by my table, but that's a testament to how successful this place is getting, not a knock. id love to see some outside seating, additional bar staff, and perhaps some wall treatments for sound, but other than that, we had a great time, and enjoyed the beer thoroughly. I would be happy to go back anytime.

Photo of DanforthPewter
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Sunday around "brunch" time. Sorry i hate that term... After a long weekend. Enjoyed many 4oz tastings. Found every one of them to be carefully crafted and delicious. Each variety of IPA was different yet well within the realm of a tasty, bitter, creamy, piney IPA. Like I said it was an end to a long weekend and I waited too long to review. Double Fist is delicious. Think HT without the creamy finish. Dos Osos danced on the tongue with a two step of carbonation and light bitterness. My favorite surprise of the day was Rosa Hibuscus. I was blown away by the balanced flavor of this one. Sweet yet not overpowering. It tasted like it looked. RED. Any questions...just ask a 3 year old.

Photo of YogiBeer
3.15/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Some people absolutely love going here... I, on the other hand, Do not.

I want to, believe me. Anti-Hero is one of my absolute favorite beers, and I dig a lot of the other beers that they make. However, there are some things that really bother me.

Small portions, coupled with high prices. Yes, I get that you're painting sauces on my plate and arranging shit on top of it, but this is a brewpub. I don't want to pay twenty dollars for three ounces of meat and some veg, with three different sauces. Id you're going to charge 11 dollars for a burger, please make it larger than 8 ounces. Food does taste good, though.

The service SUCKS. Think super ultra angry combat boot hipster ladies hating every second that they're there. Ughhhh. Sorry for offending you with my existence.

Any of the non-distro beers that I've had from their brewpub, save the ten dollar 8 oz pour of some bourbon quad a long time ago, have been crap. Like, undrinkable crap. Had a few people on either side of us, plus us, decide to not finish the beers they ordered. Blech.

SO many better places to go in chicago.

Photo of jplopez21
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The very first thing you notice when you enter the revolution brewpub is the atmosphere. Very nice place. The food selection and quality are outstanding. Their beer selection is quite extensive, however they did not have very many barrel aged or limited stuff on tap on my visit. For the most part their beers were good, with a couple of so so beers. They usually have some cask conditioned stuff if u ask. Overall if you are into craft beer, you should definitely hit this place up. Nice experience.

Photo of sbxx
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love coming by the Brewpub for a few drafts or a growler to go. I have yet to eat there, hopefully soon. Service is usually pretty good. The beer is always nice and fresh. They have a nice full service bar, in case you're with people who aren't the biggest beer fans. Seems like there's a little something for everyone here. One of my current favorite places to go in the city.

Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.