Revolution Brewing

BEER AVG
3.97/5
Revolution BrewingRevolution Brewing
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:
136
Ratings:
20,688
Reviews:
2,878
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
514
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
4.01%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 514 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of xungmound98
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

We went on a Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. We were seated immediately at a high top table near windows that were open to the street. The interior was clean and comfortable. Our server was friendly and helpful. There are about twenty Revolution beers on tap, some of which were brewpub exclusives. There is a selection of beers and ciders in bottles/cans. The bar also has wine, cocktails and booze. The food menu is not large but the appetizer and pizza we had were both good. I will definitely go back.

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Photo of porters4life
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Jeffsbowen
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ZEB89
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rbrandt22
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of brights
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jordanbj
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of msondel
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mistro
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JollyRoger
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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 zimm421
4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of gspeer711
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Beerisnomnom
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of nater919
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of DrBass
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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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Revolution Brewing in Chicago, IL
3.97 out of 5 based on 20,688 ratings.
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