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Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 227-2739 | map

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Added by weatherdog on 02-04-2010

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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 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 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 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 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 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 wdberkley
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Nothing bad to say about Revolution. Awesome joint, cool vibe, even better beers. Rating slipped bc they don't' have food, but you can order in and food trucks are always around.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Delicious food, good beer, good service. My only complaint is the noise level. The metal blasting out of the sound system made it so loud that everyone was practically shouting at each other to carry on a conversation.

The Smoke Stack Pizza, Working Man Burger, and Pesto Chicken Sandwich were all above average. Make sure you try the signature Bacon Fat Popcorn as an appetizer.

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Photo of wapcap
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A great place to check out in Chicago. I loved the beer selection and the focus on local hops, and sought after hops.
The place is family friendly, and I'd recommend going with a group to try most of the beers.
The food was good, and I believe they do some local sourcing.
Definitely worth a visit(s)!

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Photo of 98green
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Place was packed at 7 on a Monday. Got the only seat at the bar. Loud environment from conversation. 16 of their own beers on tap plus a solid selection of bottles and cans. Draft prices started at $5 a pint up to $7 a snifter for the high abv brews

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice place with a long bar and lots of seating. Bartenders were friendly and pretty knowledgeable about the beers. Selection was pretty eclectic and there seemed to be something for everyone.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I always enjoy a trip to Revolution. Well above average food and a great beer selection. The service can be a little spotty, but the vibe is great, particularly at the bar.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Rev is really knocking it out of the park right now with their culinary program. There seriously wasn't one item on the menu I didn't want to try. They keep a solid guest bottle list. While most of Rev's beer is brewed at the Kedzie facility, there are some options that make it onto the tap list which were brewed there at the restaurant. I do wish they had a rotating BA selection on tap, however. The wait here can be maddening on a weekend, but this is a great weeknight dinner spot.

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Photo of ARoman
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I hate to say "this place used to be cool," but, well ... It's not Revolution's fault, it's the crowd that's decided to flock to this place. If you can make it there during "off-hours" it's an awesome place for good beer and good food, but more often than not, the place is crowded with a mix of yuppies, hipsters, and bros. Sadly, as with most gentrification, the bros are starting to take over. They always have a dozen or so beers available with a mix of mainstays, seasonal, limited release, experiments, and usually one, if not two, cask conditioned taps. The food is very high level - not your typical bar food - put together with a culinary touch. The servers are always friendly and knowledgeable. They have two TVs, but are rarely turned on except for important Chicago sporting events. The ambiance is driven primarily by alternative and indie tunes.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fantastic and popular brewpub, have loved seeing these guys expand and develop over time. The food is excellent and their tap lineup is usually stellar - always go in on the Eugene Porter if they have it on.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Great place, though not easy to get to if you're staying in the loop or along the lakeshore. Often very busy. The service is fairly good, the food is fairly good, the ambience is great (if you don't mind crowds) and very Chicago. A number of offerings on tap, usually, but not as many as one might wish.

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Photo of LadyCraft
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Could be in a better location but it once you get inside the brewery is really something else. The taproom is massive with a very high ceiling but still had a homey kind of feel to it. There is tons of seating, lots of beer to choose from, and a shuffleboard table! Staff was very friendly.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This review is for the brewery taproom.
Visited on a Friday night. Lots of people around for a fun and vibrant scene. You enter through a nondescript door on the side of the brewery building that you could miss if you blink at the wrong time. Go up some stairs and around a corner and enter into a massive taproom. Big bar, lots and lots of tables and the full-on industrial vibe. The best part: Those 16 taps of great beer. Bottles and cans and swag available as well.
The service was excellent. No food served at the taproom but the barkeeps are very helpful and provide flyers from nearby places that deliver to the taproom. That led us to some excellent pizza.
I asked for a flight of their limited beers and said a I wasn't afraid to "go big." Three of the 4 beers in my flight were around 10%. All were excellent. Well done.
Lots of nice touches here: Love the water station prominently placed and the cheesy slasher flick on the screens.
The beers were just great. love this place.

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Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Amazing food, some of the best beer Chicago has to offer. They always have some good barrel aged beers. If Revolution isn't your thing they have a good bottle list too.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Another fine brewery to make room for in your pub crawl. Food has been very good each time we have made the journey. Beer is really good, Anti-Hero is outstanding, as it will stand up to many of the crazy hoppy beers.

Very nice atmosphere, selection of the beers, and bottle menu is always very nice. Good merch selection, service has usually been very attentive, one time a worker was a little pre-occupied, but did seem to recognize us, so not a biggy.

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Photo of pijiuhuaxian
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I've visited RevBrew's brewpub every trip to Chicago for the last three years and have always been impressed with the beer selection, food quality and atmosphere. It gets a bit over stuffed at peak hours and the bar design is a bit awkward, but you quickly forget about that once you are seated and the beers start coming. Very cool place.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here a few months ago. Went for the beer of course.... surprised by the food. Simply put, food was great. Apps are awesome as well as main dishes. Would go back here in a heartbeat. The Belgian Anniversary Ale was exceptional. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but this was tough to beat. This place features all the usual Revolution options, plus a few offerings that are hard to find. Well done.

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Photo of shredder83
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I've visited the revolution brewpub only once and here is my 2-cents:

The place itself is very nice, large main bar and the decor and atmosphere are both modern and upbeat. It was very crowded the day that I went (saturday afternoon) but I didn't have to wait too long for a seat at the bar.

I think the quality speaks for itself here, the reason that most locals will say that revolution is a great brewery is because the line up us very good, both year round and seasonal. Besides the year-round and seasonal offerings they had coffee eugene on cask, which was excellent, and boy gene, barrel aged eugene with boysenberries which was also pretty awesome and unexpected.

Service is where this place gets a knock from me. Upon entering I realized how busy it was so I tried to put my name in for a table, there were four of us, but had more coming. They would not seat us at a table large enough even with a wait until everyone in my group was there and wouldn't even put down the table for 8 I needed on the waitlist. I was going to wait at least an hour for the table, by which point we all would have been there but still my explanation fell on deaf ears. In the service and hospitality industry I've come to expect better service than that, and to top it off the hostess was pretty rude about the whole thing. Other than that, the service at the bar was excellent, I didn't have to wait long for a beer and the bartenders were pretty friendly even though they were swamped.

Selection, like I mentioned was good. Their whole year round line up was available, along with seasonals, and a few one offs that you could only get on tap. Imo, thats how it should always be at a brew pub or brewery tap room, I should wait and pay a premium to be able to sample more than just their regular line-up, and revolution delivered that on my visit there.

Didn't end up eating there, so no opinion on the food but I've heard from close friends that it's pretty good.

Value was as expected, the beers were reasonably priced and there was no sticker shock for a pour of the boy gene, which was barrel aged.

Overall, I like revolution beers and I like their brewpub as well. I want to go back and try their food since I've heard good things about it and will certainly go there just for the beer if I'm near there.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.