Revolution Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 7,334
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-04-2010 19:40:24 | More by emerge077
4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
05-09-2012 20:22:18 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a really well put together brewpub / restaurant that is easy to get to with public transportation. The blue line California stop is only steps away, an important point when you have this many quality beers available to you.
The restaurant is large with seating for the low hundreds (just a guess), maybe 20-30 tables and also ~20 seats around the U-shaped central bar. The bar itself is cool looking, with an upper portion supported by 4 large fisted forearms from their logo. Wooden atmosphere throughout, including what looks like old and original wooden flooring.
There were a wide variety of house brews, all available in 5oz samples for $2 (except Sodom, a DL-like beer collaboration w/ 3F, $4 for 5oz):
Coup D'Etat Saison
Iron Fist Pale Ale
Bottom Up Belgian Wit
Gomorrah (2nd runnings of Sodom, probably limited to this visit)
Also a lot guest taps and bottles. But the house beers are worth sticking with, Each that I tried was excellent.
The food menu is upscale brewpub fare, low-mid price range, good presentation, lots of fries. This place just passed Goose Island Clybourn for my dinner spot of choice in Chicago.
08-26-2010 10:51:12 | More by TurdFurgison
4.16/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-26-2010 14:49:10 | More by dirtylou
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
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
02-11-2011 20:22:00 | More by sholland119
4.33/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
First stop on the recent CTA pub Crawl. I can’t believe I have waited so long for a visit.
The rectangular bar is straight ahead as you enter the brewpub. There is a lounge area to your left and some stairs for the elevated area off to your right. The kitchen is slightly elevated open for viewing. The tanks are visible behind glass.
The interior designer gets a nod in my book. The bar has large wooden forearms & fists holding up the top half. The clenched fist is Revolutions signature. They incorporated wooden barrel staves in one of the walls. In addition, there are some stained glass windows near the brewing area and lots of wood and brick. The front windows open up to the street.
The food is very good and worth a visit in its own right. Try the chili, the pork belly sandwich or order the biscuits & gravy (made with Italian sausage) off the weekend brunch menu.
The beer is the real deal here. Lots of styles and choices. I had a refreshing wit, a well-made Czech Pilsner and a tasty Irish Dry Stout. They also offer a well thought out guest tap list and a pretty massive bottle list. Prices are very fair at $5.00 for house pints.
Service is friendly and has good beer knowledge. I also got to chat with the brewer for 10 minutes or so. He was very enthusiastic about the direction they are heading (expanding the upstairs and a new stand-alone production brewery). I have to agree with him as everything was top-notch during my visit.
I will be returning soon!
04-25-2011 18:16:16 | More by Redrover
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
03-20-2012 16:31:52 | More by crossovert
4/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on the way to DLD. Pretty much average brew pub feel and look. Nothing worth noting in the atmosphere department.
I had the cask IPA which was awesome. It sat slowly cascading for a solid five minutes. The servers were doing their best with the place being packed to the rafters. It was a Saturday afternoon.
The draft selection was solid. Quite a variety of offerings from their lineup. Plenty of bottles to choose from. Lots of imports and Midwest craft favorites.
We didn't eat but the guy next to me had a burger that looked amazing.
Overall another solid brewpub in Chi-town.
05-29-2011 18:33:31 | More by beerwolf77
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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. Both were sided with delicious chips and were in the $12-13 range. 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!
09-10-2013 16:21:59 | More by msubulldog25
Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.