Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
77 Beers
12,265 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 355
Reviews: 104
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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(Place added by: weatherdog on 02-04-2010)
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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First impressions of Revolution were positive. I stopped in today for lunch, and to test drive the beers.

Inside the double doors, the space felt very open and warm, with table seating on either side of the rectangular bar in the center. To the right, the seating area was elevated, swathed in a façade of interlocking barrel stave wood. The walls were exposed brick, with a classic silver tin ceiling. Lots of wood accents in varied warm tones. Even the globe lighting incorporated barrel wood staves, which was a cool theme. It felt clean and modern, yet warm and friendly at the same time. The brewing equipment was in the back to the left, with inset stained glass panels. The kitchen was open and visible to the rear also.

They have 16 draft lines on both sides of the bar (5 beers currently), and a cask mild as well. Growlers are $16, and less for refills. The plan is to have 6 staple beers, 4 rotating seasonals, and rotating guest taps focusing on the Midwest. Noticed a Goose Green Line tap resting behind the bar already.

Tried the full range of beers, and had to say the Porter and IPA were great. The others were geared more towards session styles, but the cask Mild was good with lunch. (edit: 2nd visit, cask mild had a 3" head, and they refused to top it off. 12 oz. of beer in a 16 oz. glass. "That's how it's supposed to be." Uh, no?) I guess they charge $2 for 4-6 oz. samples, i'm not sure if that's standard practice, or just until they are brewing at capacity.

Service was very enthusiastic and beer-savvy. Food wise I tried the cheddar ale soup and smoked wings, both of which were solid. The burgers were priced a little on the high side, but they use local and sustainable meats, so it's of high quality. There was a good range of options on the menu, including a few vegetarian items.

A solid addition to Logan Square (easily CTA accessible), this will be an anchor to other beer spots nearby like Foremost, Longman & Eagle, Rocking Horse, etc.

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I liked this place and recommend going out of the way for it. It was fairly busy on an ordinary weeknight, yet we were still able to get a nice table and great service. Though not fancy, the bar is a lovely three sided affair, and several tables are lined up differently to get some privacy. People were hanging out outside. The ceiling had unusual beautiful tiling. Some great guest taps, which only enhance the 60's environment of sharing sportsmanship. Their own brews were very good though nothing Sammy 4 on tap. Good bottle selection. I understand the food is pretty good, and superior to the other bars.Music was pretty loud.

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

This is a really well put together brewpub / restaurant that is easy to get to with public transportation. The blue line California stop is only steps away, an important point when you have this many quality beers available to you.

The restaurant is large with seating for the low hundreds (just a guess), maybe 20-30 tables and also ~20 seats around the U-shaped central bar. The bar itself is cool looking, with an upper portion supported by 4 large fisted forearms from their logo. Wooden atmosphere throughout, including what looks like old and original wooden flooring.

There were a wide variety of house brews, all available in 5oz samples for $2 (except Sodom, a DL-like beer collaboration w/ 3F, $4 for 5oz):
Anti-Hero IPA
Coup D'Etat Saison
Workingman Mild
Iron Fist Pale Ale
Eugene Porter
Bottom Up Belgian Wit
Gomorrah (2nd runnings of Sodom, probably limited to this visit)

Also a lot guest taps and bottles. But the house beers are worth sticking with, Each that I tried was excellent.

The food menu is upscale brewpub fare, low-mid price range, good presentation, lots of fries. This place just passed Goose Island Clybourn for my dinner spot of choice in Chicago.

Photo of sholland119
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is hot stuff. After a day long seminar by the airport, I hopped the Blue Line to California (I think), and walked a half block to the bar. Revolution is located in a cool urban setting with lots of wood finishes, an O-shaped bar and a good amount of tables. Got here early and had no trouble getting a seat.

The beer was very good. I had a quick sampler, then a Eugene (a really nice porter) and a tasty Anti-Hero IPA. There was a nice collection of guest taps as well, but I was not there for that.

Food was quite tasty, highlighted by Bacon Fat Popcorn and a delicious burger.

Service was really outstanding. I hit the shift change and each of the four people who took an order or delivered a beer or food was friendly and competent.

I highly recommend this place.

HV

Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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).

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

stopped into Revolution Brewing Co before dinner this past saturday - location was easily accessible, off Milwaukee just past the Congress Theatre and near Foremost Liquors.

the bar interior was nice and new with their signature clenched fists throughout (tap handles, bar beams, etc)

They had 7 taps going of their own beer of pretty basic styles and also a couple casks (repeats of what was on tap). There was maybe 8 guest taps ranging from goose island to new belgium one-offs.

The service was fine and it was very busy. This is a nice stop and the anti-hero IPA is pretty solid - i'd be interested to see how adventurous they get as they grow.

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

First stop on the recent CTA pub Crawl. I can’t believe I have waited so long for a visit.

The rectangular bar is straight ahead as you enter the brewpub. There is a lounge area to your left and some stairs for the elevated area off to your right. The kitchen is slightly elevated open for viewing. The tanks are visible behind glass.
The interior designer gets a nod in my book. The bar has large wooden forearms & fists holding up the top half. The clenched fist is Revolutions signature. They incorporated wooden barrel staves in one of the walls. In addition, there are some stained glass windows near the brewing area and lots of wood and brick. The front windows open up to the street.

The food is very good and worth a visit in its own right. Try the chili, the pork belly sandwich or order the biscuits & gravy (made with Italian sausage) off the weekend brunch menu.

The beer is the real deal here. Lots of styles and choices. I had a refreshing wit, a well-made Czech Pilsner and a tasty Irish Dry Stout. They also offer a well thought out guest tap list and a pretty massive bottle list. Prices are very fair at $5.00 for house pints.

Service is friendly and has good beer knowledge. I also got to chat with the brewer for 10 minutes or so. He was very enthusiastic about the direction they are heading (expanding the upstairs and a new stand-alone production brewery). I have to agree with him as everything was top-notch during my visit.

I will be returning soon!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of crossovert
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place looks like your standard brewpub on the outside. Inside though it is pretty unique. The bar is massive and tall, it is the centerpiece.

This place just feels huge, I kinda like that. Our party just got a sample of all 10 of their beers. They are pretty well-crafted. The standouts were the IPA, BA stout, and especially the saison, that one was fantastic.

The bartenders were really great here.

Didn't have food. Overall this is one of the better brewpubs I have been to, they are doing a really nice job with this one.

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is in a pretty cool neighborhood that seems to be re-developing nicely. Parking can be a challenge as there is no parking lot and street parking is always a crap shoot, especially on busier days. I visited with friends on a Wednesday evening and we scored a parking spot about 1.5 blocks away. Victory!

The inside of this place is super cool. Seriously, the decor really sets the mood, with lots of dark carved wood on the bar and large windows facing the street that can be opened in nicer weather. The beer selection was impressive to say the least. The Revolution brews were very well made, and they let you buy small pours (which are cheap) so you can try a bunch of different stuff. I really liked the rye stout they had on during my visit. They also have a huge bottle list representing the best of what can be had in Chicago from Belgium, Britain, and Germany as well as the US and Canada. Prices were fair and pretty competitive for being in the City.

Food was totally great. Listen, I am a pudgy cheeseburger eating craft beer loving kind of guy and they served me the best cheeseburger I have ever had, and that is saying something. The bacon fat popcorn appetizer was also a big hit with my group.

Overall this is a totally outstanding place that is worthy of the title beer destination. I will be back often.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on the way to DLD. Pretty much average brew pub feel and look. Nothing worth noting in the atmosphere department.

I had the cask IPA which was awesome. It sat slowly cascading for a solid five minutes. The servers were doing their best with the place being packed to the rafters. It was a Saturday afternoon.

The draft selection was solid. Quite a variety of offerings from their lineup. Plenty of bottles to choose from. Lots of imports and Midwest craft favorites.

We didn't eat but the guy next to me had a burger that looked amazing.

Overall another solid brewpub in Chi-town.

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 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 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.

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a great new hangout. I went on Wednesday night and it was jam packed. Very cool atmosphere, nice tables, very new look. At the back is big glass plane where you can see the brewery.

They had 6 of their own brews, 6 or 7 guest taps and probably 30-40 bottles. Their own brews were all pretty good, I got a tasting flight a very good deal. The guest taps were ok, guest bottles were so-so. Decent amount of bottles but a lot of semi macro's that I'm not a huge fan of, but some trappists too so pretty decent.

The service was really good, server was nice, and sorta knowledgeable. He knew a lot about there beer but I'd venture to say not a ton about beer in general as he commented he thought our table of 3 BA's were in the beer industry based on tableside conversation.

The food was the downside of the place. Bar food galore. A really nice bacon fat popcorn appetizer but everything else was so-so.

Great atmosshere for a local brew pub. There brews were really good and I will be going back soon.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in the night before FoBAB '11, and sampled some Bourbon Barrel Black Power.

The place was packed, and it was going to be an hour wait or so for a table (just like everything else of course), so we just got a round of the BBN Black Power and went upstairs to kind of try and stay out of the way.

Nice crowd inside, lots of young folk enjoying themselves, having a good time. I liked the atmosphere, it was very vibrant.

The beer was really good, I enjoyed it. Can't say that I've had very many BBN aged Oatmeal Stouts, but it was very easy drinking and satisfying, nice flavors. I'll try to make it for a meal next time, but I like what I have seen so far.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

An exhaustive day meandering the downtown Chicago scene concludes with dinner at Pequods and then after dinner drinks at this charming, rustic, and refined brewpub. A touch hard to find, the building with it's flat and faded "Revolution" sign hugs the building and hunkers behind the tree-lined sidewalk. Thankful for gps, I had driven by the brewpub several times and had not seen it until now.

The 9pm Thursday crowd was gearing up downstairs so the hostess pointed us to the newly constructed and more quiet bar upstairs. Low warm lighting begins to portray the old smoky and dimly lit bars of the 20's, but with more chiq and refined architectural class. Modern lighting fixtures, exposed warehouse brick and clean-lined English wood workmanship boldly captures the persona of the open floor plan. The bar straight away and seating seems to house at least 100 customers.

But following the staircase to the right of the entrance is eloquently and modernly molded of slate and wire railing. At the bar upstairs, the smell of polyurethane still wafts in the air. A sparse scattering of customers tell me that no one downstairs know that this space in open to the public. Or perhaps they are just enamored by the band playing downstairs. That suits me just fine as I was more in the mood for a few quite beers.

Top of the stairs, turning left, I'm met by a long linear bar that flanks the left wall of the bar and extends to the tall storefront windows that look out to the streetscape. The bar is dotted with raised-fist tap handles that pridefully proclaim "Revoution beers sold here". A smattering of guest taps are all represented here, but I'm here for the Revo-taste.

Bellying up to the bar, the bartender adequately pointed out the menu and a few items of particular interest. The beer menu adequately show the cost, pour size, and nice descriptions of each beer offered (very nice.) After glasses of Coup D'Etat, Iron Fist, Anti-Hero, and Eugene, the effect of relaxation comes over me and carries me home. The beers were all of good quality although they seem to capture the taste of each style dead-on and without any inflection of individualism or any other "signature" Revolution flavor that stood out to me. $5 for a16oz glass seems to the be the norm and is a worthwhile price- I felt like I payed a fair price for a fair beer.

It seems that each beer that I ordered was served in its very own specially designed glass with proper cleanliness and well headed, each and every one. I can't be easy presenting every beer this way, but It's an essential detail that I appreciate very much. Although I didn't have any beer-savvy conversations with the bartender, I get the impression that she's a beer server first and bartender second- she seemed to really know her stuff just by overhearing sidebar conversations.

With the taste of deep dish pizza lingering on my palate and stomach, I opted out of dinner here. The pub-like fare seems to capture that semi-gourmet experimentation that I yearned for in the beers. Although the price seemed a touch high, I get the impression that the quality and uniqueness of the dishes likely make up for the cost.

Growler fills are available for those who need Revolution at home. And they also offer a rotating cask option which I had intended to close the session, but somehow forgot. These are a few details that I won't easily dismiss the next time I visit Revolution.

I'm not sure if the brewpub has any dedicated parking areas, but even on a fairly busy weeknight, there were plenty of on-street options that are free late night. (I can imagine that the busy Milwaukee Ave. can get packed so be prepared to hunt for parking more than I did if visiting on a more key night.)

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.