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Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
Based on:
83 Beers
13,076 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 380
Reviews: 109
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

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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2/5  rDev -54.5%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -31.8%

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3/5  rDev -31.8%

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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.

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3.4/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.51/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Have been here a few times. It is a good place to eat actually and have some beer. The atmosphere is nice as the space inside is set up nicely and seems big and open. The food is good as well. Sandwiches were very good and mash potatoes were awesome! The beer however was good. They have some solid beers. Cross of gold and Iron Fist among them. I would also like to see more selection in beers that they make. They seem a little limited on this front. Overall, a good place to hang out and eat something with decent beer. Not good to checkout new or exciting beers being brewed in house.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Revolution is a fairly average looking place, taking no hard style cues, despite the 'Revolution' moniker. The room is clean and open, manned with a hipster-type staff. Food seemed okay, the Pizza was particularly well-recieved. Some of the beers they were brewing were excellent, others were decent. I liked BA Sodom a lot, and had several glasses. Something tells me BA Sodom is not normally on-tap, however. Overall, I thought this place underacheiving; that said, it is still really solid (just not optimizing its potential.)

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of howardsitko
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I live right by Revolution Brewing and I highly recommend it. Everything about this place is above average, and the food and drink is reasonably priced.

The big problem I have with this brew pub is it's always packed! If it's after 5PM it will be incredibly crowded. If you don't have a table or a spot at the bar things will be uncomfortable.

There is little they can do about it, as there aren't a whole lot more options in this part of Chicago, but it does mean you'll need to plan ahead.

Other than the crowd, this place is a terrific Logan Square option.

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 hawks10
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a late dinner & drinks with my girlfriend on a Tuesday night, waited about 15 minutes for a table at about 9pm...

Very nice looking place, the bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant/brewpub with a couple chalk boards indicating the beers they currently had on tap...Tables were very close together and made it really difficult to have a conversation as you could hear everyone else more than each other, no real sense of privacy and was kind of a large negative about this place...

First beer I tried to order, Anti-Hero IPA, was of course out and had to choose from one of the other 5 house beers they had on tap. I chose the Iron Fist Pale Ale which I actually quite liked, very flavorful, sweet, caramel malt with a bit of a hop presence, but overall very mild, light and easy to drink. My girlfriend had the Bottom Up Wit which we both thought was just a repackaged Blue Moon, not really impressed with that one at all. I finished the night with a Black Power Oatmeal Stout which I found to be very ordinary, just a plain ole stout, not bad, but nothing to rave about...

Menu is not very extensive and features more "gourmet" foods, not your typical bar-fare. My girlfriend ordered a special of the night that was not on the menu, corn beef with cabbage and garlic mash (obviously a St. Patty's Day offering) which was REALLY REALLY good, I ended up eating more of it than she did cause I liked it so much. I ordered the sausage pizza which was decent, nothing special though...

The staff was very nice and our waitress was usually pretty prompt. Very interesting mix of patrons...beer nerds, gay couples, hipsters, etc...

Although we had a nice night, we were not terribly impressed with Revolution overall, my girlfriend and I both decided we would give it a 5-6 out of 10, but we both felt it had the potential to be an 8 or so. The building and setup are very nice, they just need to space out the seating (which will never happen, I'm sure), they need to extend their menu a bit and they need to offer some more beers with unique character. They are good at brewing to style and do craft some tasty beers, but there is really nothing to set them apart. After the place cleared out a bit as the night wore on, we felt the atmosphere improved because it quieted down and we could actually peacefully talk to each other...

2 dinners, 3 beers, Growler + tip came out to $70, kind of pricey in my opinion.

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3.83/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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 ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Walking in around 5 pm on an early winter evening, Revolution is a dimly lit, narrow building with a nice view of the brewery in the back. There is a hostess that seats you to your nice contemporary style table. Nice tall bar.

The quality of the beer was outstanding. We had the barrel-aged Black Power, Rise Oatmeal Stout, and Anti-Hero IPA. All were quite exceptional. The quality of the restaurant itself was pretty nice as well. Clean and well kept.

The service was alright. Our server didnt really know too much about the beers they had on tap and didn't seem to come around our table too often. Probably the only downside to our experience.

The selection was nice as they had many styles to keep everyone satisfied. An interesting menu boasted some tasty sounding selections as well.

The food was pretty damn good. I got a Forest Burger which consisted of a few types of mushrooms, grilled and fried, and a thick 1/2 lb beef patty that tasty pretty quality. The bun was also different than most and added a nice touch to it.

The pricing was reasonable i guess, we paid $8 for the barrel-aged stout but that was expected. I believe my burger was around $11 but was so damn good i couldn't care less.

Overall, another fun stop including bomb brew and equally tasty grub.

Photo of pmbasile06
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of CapitalGains
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited twice during a trip to Chicago. Once solo during a Sunday afternoon and once again the same day (evening) with some friends.

A: Pretty large bar area with a typical edged-U shape. I don't remember the approximate dimensions but it probably sat around 30-40 people. Sat at the bar during my first visit but secured a table towards one of the front windows with friends during the night visit. The windows (doors?) were pulled up during the evening to let some air in as it was pretty humid. A fair amount of seating was available at the bar as well as at the tables, although the tables are apparently for beer AND food, not just beer, at least when we went. We ended up only ordering beer at our table but it's something to be aware of, especially on a crowded night with strict a host(ess).

Q: Pretty good on-the-whole, although nothing outstanding. Most of the responses should be embedded in the other sections.

Serv: This was a weighted average during my two visits. Service at the bar was OK yet the server we had at our table (that same evening) was very friendly and seemed to be interested in our trip, which was primarily beer related. She also knew enough about local beer/beer in general to warrant sufficient satisfaction. We were checked on regularly and the waitress even dealt (amusingly) with one of my friends spilling his beer and brought him another, free of charge.

Selec: Revolution had a pretty good range of beer styles but some were hit or miss. When I visited they had a Porter, IPA, Blonde, English Dark Mild Ale, Witbier, APA, Herbed/Spiced Beer, and a Stout that unfortunately tasted like a cigarette. They might have had some guests' on-tap but I don't recall since we only ordered Revolution beers. A respectable variety that's probably worth visiting as you'll most likely find something you are in the mood for, unless you are craving an Imperial Stout or Barleywine.

All-in-all I enjoyed visiting this place. If I lived around Wicker Park this would probably be a regular.

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Revolution isn't too far off I-90/94. It is in a neighborhood that appears to be re-vitalizing. It is difficult to park near the pub - mostly just parallel parking on the street. The place was packed on a Friday night. I should have expected that. Inside is not very big. The bar is right as you walk in the door. I was able to circle around to near the server's station to try some beers. Anti-Hero and Iron Fist are really good ale. I got a growler of Coup d'Etat (their saison). It was fantastic, but $20 for a growler refill is a bit expensive for my taste (I'm not exactly a big city guy used to big city prices). They had a few other of their beers on tap plus a nice collection of guest taps. I did not eat there. I was their to sample beers and fill a growler for a friend. It was a cool place that I'd go back to, but at lunch time and not on a weekend.

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3.95/5  rDev -10.2%

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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.