Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
Revolution Brewing CompanyRevolution Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2924
United States

(773) 227-2739 | map
revbrew.com

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Added by weatherdog on 02-04-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
111
Reviews:
2,523
Ratings:
19,073
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
495
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 495
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nater919
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DrBass
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.91/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ears14
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of beernewbie285
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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 seanchai
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djkrause
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of CoryR
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of ChiCubs78
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of basaywhat
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 tbeckett
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of pkeating59
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.3%
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 Gambyt20
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LeeeMare
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of soxfan02
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
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