Revolution Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 7,354
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
4.95/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Loved the place, very cool feeling atmosphere with cool, staff. Had much of an indie feel too it, but I like that stuff, so I very much enjoyed it. GREAT BEER! the beer they brew is great and fresh, also with a good selection of bottles from other places. Had some barrel-aged, lambics, the whole shibang. Go if you get the chance.
Also, the food is GREAT, real tasty, highly recommend for dinner (but it was a long wait when we went, but can order all the food to the bar).
Beer recommendations: Coup D'etat, reminds me of Duvel
10-29-2012 02:37:39 | More by Mgm54
4.9/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
01-12-2014 20:36:46 | More by robwestcott
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Hit up revolution the the weekend of Dark Lord Day and got lucky. Place was slammed, probably because they were tapping a Barrel Age Sodom (Russian Imperial Stout) that was ABSOLUTELY mind blowing. Had a fairly long wait to get a table but ended up getting a spot at the bar which is where we wanted to be anyways. Food, service and of course the beer were all excellent. Easy to get to as well (off the blue line). Would recommend to anyone and will make sure to hit it again the next time I'm in Chicago. Oh and yeah, try the bacon fat sage popcorn while you wait for a seat, you won't regret it!
05-05-2011 00:22:55 | More by given2flybrewing
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I went here during the Milwaukee arts festival, which was right across the street, so it was extremely busy. However, the wait time for a table only took around five minutes.
The interior had an industrial feeling to it, with a twist of elegance. Very nice place to come with a group and enjoy some conversation. The waitresses were very knowledgeable with their beer and were quick with our beverages and meals. The selection for food was small, but ranged from typical bar food like burgers and pizza, to unique entrees like porkchops sided with purple potatoes and poached peaches. The food was great, even if it was a little pricey. I'd definitely recommend the bacon fat popcorn to side with a few brews.
This place is definitely a must stop place if you're in Chicago with friends. If you're just interest in grabbing brews to go, I'd recommend going to their tap room which is right off the expressway on Kedzie.
12-14-2012 00:30:43 | More by Efay
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$$
The atmosphere is pretty good, however it is quite a bit dark upstairs. I like places that are a little better lit, as I tend to just do some work or write as well.
Quality was fantastic, I don't really have any cons, I just feel that relative to other places I've been the quality wasn't AS high. However, for a brewpub it's definitely exceptional.
Service was great, bartender was very attentive, but mis-placed my samples, at least I hope. The Pale Ale and Bottom Up seemed to not match up to their descriptions.
Selection is very detailed, I was going there mainly for their beer so I didn't take notice of other beers. Food selection is also good, but limited to Burgers/Pizzas, typical brewpub I guess.
Food was amazing. I had the Hombre burger, and it was the right level of spiciness. The burger was huge, and after drinking beer man I was more than full. They also had SOO many fries, and their fries have some spice to them which was fantastic.
Price really reflects me as a college student, Burger was $13, and I generally see sub-$10 prices for burgers. Beer was a bit high for my price but sample prices were suitable.
My first brewpub ever, and it was an awesome experience. I'm pumped to get into the beer game and Revolution was a fantastic start.
Edit: I wasn't happy about the overall score, being my first review I wanted to make sure it reflected that I thought exceptionally of this brewpub.
03-01-2013 10:00:10 | More by Sravan
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
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.
05-31-2013 00:18:27 | More by jplopez21
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The Revolution brewpub is one of my favorite places to go, it actually turned me on to craft beer. The design of the place is really cool, their attention to detail and there are lots of things they incorporated in their pub that were reused materials. It really made me appreciate it more once these things were pointed out. For instance, some sections of the wall have a wall covering that is actually pieces of wooden barrels taken apart and zipped to the wall to give it a 3-dimensional look. Then the metal hoops from those barrels were taken and made into the light fixtures. The interior design really is cool, got a good vibe.
Food and Beer - I like their beer, but in particular I love the beers that they can and distribute. Bottom Up Wit is my personal favorite out of the bunch. Which brings me to food, I have tried about 75% of their menu and it is to die for. Even though their beer is good, I think that their food is even better. A few faves are the pork belly egg sandwich, bacon fat popcorn, cheddar ale soup and smokehouse pizza( I think it got replaced by the smokestack though).
I would most definitely check this place out, Their Kedzie facility is also really cool but I'd go here first and try the food. You wont be disappointed.
07-29-2013 20:50:49 | More by Tommyblocks
4.73/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
12-09-2013 06:13:51 | More by JVB
4.73/5 rDev +9.2%
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!
03-03-2014 13:03:59 | More by BrewClint
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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
Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.