Revolution Brewing Company - Kedzie Brewery

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.51
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

3340 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-5722
United States
phone: (773) 588-CANS

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Place added by: emerge077 on 05-30-2012

Production brewery and tap room.

Tap Room Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from 2pm-10pm

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place is really great. The atmosphere is great and has that lively tavern feel. Bourbon Barrels on rack line the room with long tables, great music and a really big selection of beers on tap. The bartenders are friendly and answered all my questions I had. The merchandise they had available was laid out in a very neat fashion. There were three giant chalk boards, one listing all the merchandise available, one listing all the carry-out beer that was currently available and the final listing all the beer available on tap. The best part is that, any bartender behind the bar will sell you the merchandise, carry-out or on tap beer. The tours are free which is great, but are also first come first serve. I arrived at 3 and got in on the very last tour at 5 I believe it was. Just make sure you show up early, then sit down and have a few beers while you wait! When the tour begins, everyone is given another beer (part of the free tour) and the tour guide walks you around the entire place. Our guide spoke clearly and was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. Once the tour concluded I went up to the nearest bartender and asked for a Willie Wee Heavy on tap, a six pack of Anti-Hero IPA and a t-shirt, and I got it all on one single receipt. Really awesome place worth checking out if you're in the area!

Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Great space for enjoying a few beers, and there are a lot to choose from, bring your own chow.comfortable and spacious, parking can be a challenge.

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Went there after lunch with my wife and farther in law on Saturday September 6th 2014.

Space is huge and open and interesting. They have a large brewing facility just on the other side of the glass, and a large, impressive barrel aging section within the guest area.

Staff was fine, beer was pretty good. I'd be interested in the tour of I had the time zone other time.

Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Great space, shuffleboard, Revolution beer. The events they hold here are great. Can't wait for the 5th year beer party.

Photo of pijiuhuaxian
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Nothing better than drinking a great beer at the source. That's the appeal of brewpubs anyway, but when you get to drink the pint at the production facility while 2nd and 3rd shift brewers are working away, you get a great feeling of connection with product. The big ass fan addition is a bonus, as it can get a bit warm on some occasions, but such a great place to blow the suds off.

Photo of GSThorn
3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for a bite and a flight upon the direction of a local. Very crowded, reeked of the hipster vibe. Not my kinda place but the beer was good and the food enjoyable. Sat at the back side of the bar, conversed with another middle aged guy that didn't fit the scene. His recommendations were more valuable than any help from the staff. They were friendly just very busy. My drinking companion said goodbye and told the Beertender to add my current full beer to his tab. When I got my tab it was on there as well! Overall impression: TOO much Flash not enough substance!

Photo of IPAdams
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere- Really nice. They have a long bar with about 15 of their beers on tap. They have a few long picnic style tables set up if you can't find room at the bar. Relaxed feeling, it was pretty busy when we went but still kept a chill atmosphere.

Quality- Revolution makes some really good beer and you can't go wrong with the beers they have on tap.

Service- The bartenders were very friendly but it did often take a while to get a drink. It was a busy time when we went and their were only two bartenders taking care of 80+ people.

Selection- They only have their beers available but they have a good variety of them and they have a lot of beers that you are only able to get at the brewer.

Food- They don't serve food but I did see a lot of people ordering out and bringing in food from other restaurants.

Value- Price was very reasonable. Most beers were $5-$6 for a pint. Their higher ABV beers were $8 for 10 oz or you could get a sample of 5 oz for $4. Definitely recommend coming to check this out, take the tour and get a free pint.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is the main brewery site on Kedzie Avenue in a manufacturing district on the Northwest side, but they also have a more accessible brewpub site that I will visit on a future trip! Upon arrival from our cab, we were not entirely sure we had found the right place, briefly worried we had been dropped off in The Hood--soon to be found rotting in a dark alley with empty pockets.

The building is in a large warehouse with only a small, difficult to read neon sign above a small entry door to betray its identity. Climbing a set of stairs past a wall mural that indicated we were on the right track, we came to a large open tasting room. We arrived in the early evening and the place was pretty quiet at that point. About half of the room was sectioned off for a private event for cyclists that was just starting, but there was plenty of space for all of us. A large stack of bourbon barrels sat against one wall, filled with beer and awaiting their turn for bottling. We could have just made a guided tour, but had an appointment with friends and couldn't linger too long...I was more interested in getting time to try all their beers than seeing more stainless steel fermenters! From where we settled into the long bar, we had a nice view through glass of the brewery proper. They are a pretty sizable brewery (60 barrel) and keg and can at the facility.

Our servers were very helpful and gave me some light-hearted crap for not bringing them some Surly beers when they found out I was from Minnesota. We were able to try individual sample glasses of all the beers, varying in price depending on the beer. They had about 15 different beers on tap and we did not have the time (or capacity) to try them all...I was very impressed with the variety offered. Beers ranged from Bier de Garde, to rauchbier made with 100% smoked malt, to several bourbon barrel aged concoctions. I really enjoyed the Working Mom: an Imperial brown ale aged on Appleton Rum and Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrels--complex, sweet and boozy! Also quite nice was the Red Skull Imperial Red ale and the Deth's Tar bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout. We were able to pick up a bottle of the latter to take home with us!

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Revolution Brewery space is cavernous. Concrete floor throughout the entire building with handfuls of tables throughout. Large tables, small tables, and a bar that seats about 20. The uniqueness lies in the fact that you are basically relaxing in the middle of the brewery. The tanks and barrels are stacked up on two sides of you and you can catch a look at pretty much anything you'd like. Warehouse lights hang from the high ceiling and throw off just enough to see while keeping it cozy warm and comfortable.

The taplist is written on a big chalkboard behind the bar and all handles in unison just underneath. There are currently 13 selections all at their peak. About half the list consists of their canned/bottled selections while the other half is draft only. A barrel selection can be had here and there. Everything, as you'd expect, is expertly presented and as all Revolution beer seems to be, delicious.

There's no food served at this location but there is a popcorn machine. Prepare accordingly. There are plenty of great carryout options in the surrounding area though and BYOF is no problem. Iprefer going to the brewpub more often than not but if you want to grab some food in the area and have a few no nonsense beers then the brewery is the place to be.

Photo of briiguy
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ready to relax? Well, this is the place! You can have a great time with others, and actually hear each other without having to yell to get your voice heard.

Not much for food, but it's a tap room, bring your own, or enjoy the old fashioned popcorn machine with all of the FRESH beer you can indulge (if that fits) on!

Hard day of work and a local trying to relax? This is the spot!

Photo of smartassboiler
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited the Revolution brewery in the spring of 2013 after a delicious dinner at Kuma's Too.

The Atmosphere was really cool in that there's a long bar to sit at, several tables with comfortable chairs behind the bar chairs, and then some of the brewery equipment in the background. There's a good amount of seats, and plenty of standing area if it's really crowded.

The Quality of beer was great. I enjoy most everything that Revolution brews.

I found the Service to be very good. The bartender was helpful in explaining some of the beers they had for sale that I hadn't seen before, and we received prompt service to order new beers. I also had no problem ordering some swag from their selection on the wall as well.

The Selection of beer was fantastic. They had their normal offerings, a barrel-aged beer (Very Mad Cow), and a collaboration beer as well.

They don't serve Food, but they allow you to order form local places and either have it delivered or bring it in.

I really enjoyed both of my experiences at the Revolution brewpub and the brewery. I would go back to both places without hesitation.

Photo of bodhi185
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Made it here for their 3rd Anniversary party, and a little pissed that I didn't know about these guys during their first two years. Greatest, most impressive brewery in the greater Chicagoland area (Floyd brothers included). Live out-of-state, but couldn't pass on a mug-club membership. Going to log a helluva lotta miles for this stuff.

Photo of Wagon4345
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is my favorite brewpub in Chicago. The place is dark and crowded all the time, but the BEER and the food are worth the wait and the atmosphere. I have been here a total of 8 times and have tried a new beer and new menu item every time and I can say that I have never been disappointed. I live in Chicago so I can find their Bottom-Up Wit, Eugene Porter, and the Anti-Hero IPA at my local liquor store; so I always try a seasonal beer or a barrel aged brew when I go. My favorite so far has been their new released rebellious red, unlike any red that I have had. So far as food goes: their apple-wood smoked wings are a must, and my favorite sandwich is the crispy pork belly & egg sandwich. If you are in Chicago Revolution Brewing Company is worth the trip.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A group of five us stopped by last week to take the brewery tour and I'm glad we did.

The bar area is located inside a large warehouse where they have their new shiny production facility. It's in a fenced off corner of the brewery, with all the good stuff visible to your eye, including a couple nice racks of barrels with goodies aging in them.

The bar is beautiful and seems to go on forever. They can really throw a nice party here. They had about 12-15 beers on tap, with a bit of everything. They brew so close to style, I really like it. They don't do much off the wall stuff (not yet at least), but with the production facility in full go now, I'm sure the brewpub will start to experiment a bit more.

We went on the brewery tour and it was short and sweet. They have a beautiful facility, and I would definitely recommend not only checking out the bar, but going on the tour.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Kedzie brewery is open limited hours (4 days a week) so do plan accordingly if you visit. They do a free tour daily at 6pm.

Currently there isn't much signage outside (edit 2014: there is a neon now), but paper signs on the door direct you to the southernmost door (3340 N Kedzie) and there's a colorful mural inside that says "Taproom" so you know you're in the right place. Once up a few stairs and through a second door, you're in the cavernous brewery and the bar is straight ahead on the lefthand side. The bar itself is very sharp, a deep stained cherry wood with a shiny surface. There is red lighting underneath that casts a glow on the brass rail below. Maybe 20-25 comfy swivel chairs at the bar, and table seating for 50 more. Overhead are globe lamps that incorporate barrel hoops, similar to the ones at the brewpub. To the back is a wall with windows and wood panels, and to the right is chainlink fencing that allows a broad view into the brewery itself. Barrel racks, fermenters, and a "vintage" canning line from the Schlitz brewery are all visible. There was one industrial fan in the bar area, and no a/c (understandable as the space is open and huge, would cost a fortune to have air running).

Paper menus on the bar list descriptions, and a large chalkboard lists the beers and prices. A nice variety of beers on draft, 12 in all. They had just tapped Red Scare, and also had Strange Bird and Barrel Aged Foursome. Rounding out the rest of the list were: Anti Hero, Cross Of Gold, Iron Fist, Bottom Up, Coup D'Etat, Eugene, Double Fist, Rise, and Rosa.

Service was quick at the bar, proper glassware was used, there were bowls of free pretzels on the bar. The bartender later came by our table to ask if we wanted to join the tour, which was nice.

Overall a good spot to grab a pint and a growler if in the area. Definitely less crazy/crowded than the brewpub, in a more industrial setting.

Hope they add a bike rack outside at some point, though i'd bet they're cool with bringing bikes inside.

Revolution Brewing Company - Kedzie Brewery in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.