Revolution Brewing

Revolution BrewingRevolution Brewing

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 eifster82
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The place was crowded with what you could tell were both beer aficionados (mostly at the bar) and causal drinkers as well. Other than it being very loud, there wasn't much of a negative. The place itself is well laid out, with a rectangular bar in the middle and tables spread around it. Place had a good modern feel to it and nothing seemed to be busted up or overly worn, so the quality was good. Service was also very good with the waitress who checked on our table regularly and brought beer and food rather quickly after each order. No complaints there either. The selection was abundant (they had the limited releases Cafe Deth and Deth's Tar available on draft) including many of their seasonal offerings (maybe 15-20 beers available). However, I did not notice any guest taps/beers which, although not necessary, is always nice to have option for trying out. The food was good. My other 2 friends and I all ordered different items (pizza, burger and a chicken sandwich) and everyone was very pleased with the quality and portion side. It's not your typical bar food but more like restaurant quality.

Overall, I enjoyed the place even though I am not the biggest fan of Revolution beers. I would recommend this place to others and I will go back there myself.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The place reminded me more of a restaurant/bar than a brew pub. The service was OK but not great. They had some really good beers and brewery only type stuff I appreciated. I wasn't bad but I wouldn't repeat given the number of other options in the area.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Did not have anything to eat. No flights, but "samples" offered at 2 to 4 dollars per pour. Good music and friendly vibe; neighborhood feeling and lots of friendly folk. Knowledgeable staff. Oh yea, tasty draft beer!

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Photo of beernewbie285
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

The beer was great first time having it. The place had a great garage/factory type feel. The tour guide was new which she pointed out and I've been on several so it wasn't a big deal. The girls behind the counter had plenty of info and wereally very chatty about the beers and it was one of my better brewery experiences.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good food, good beer. Their taproom at the brewery is excellent too. One of my favorite brew pubs/breweries in the Chicago area. Getting a lot better at their barrel program.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -3.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +6.8%
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 -5.4%
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 -7.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +13.9%
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 -11.3%
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 -4.2%
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 +8.7%
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 +2.8%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 -5.9%
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 +2.8%
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 +6.1%

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 +6.1%

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 +6.1%

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 +17.9%

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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