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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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 509
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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Photo of Mgm54
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Loved the place, very cool feeling atmosphere with cool, staff. Had much of an indie feel too it, but I like that stuff, so I very much enjoyed it. GREAT BEER! the beer they brew is great and fresh, also with a good selection of bottles from other places. Had some barrel-aged, lambics, the whole shibang. Go if you get the chance.

Also, the food is GREAT, real tasty, highly recommend for dinner (but it was a long wait when we went, but can order all the food to the bar).

Beer recommendations: Coup D'etat, reminds me of Duvel

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Photo of HopsingKangabrew
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I went into Revolution for the first time last week with one of my buddies. I really enjoyed the experience. We each had three drinks a piece. The bar was packed, so we had to take a temporary seat at a table before we were able to snag a spot closer to the taps. This didn't bother us, however, since we were able to get a closer extended view of the beautiful small scale brewery displayed behind a large class wall in the back. Shortly after we sat down we were able to glance at the menu, though didn't get around to ordering any food. It all looked delicious however, and many of the dishes on the menu suggested beer pairings.

When we were finally able to move to the bar, the experience got even better. The center island is held up by 4 wooden columns shaped like 'power fists' (if you are familiar with Revolution you will know this is their logo). The bartenders were great, and I never had a bad pour. At the end, we decided to get a growler for the road. It was filled on foam and heat sealed.

All in all I will definitely be going back. I'm sure I'll be bringing back more than just the one growler I left with!

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Photo of robwestcott
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Final stop of a long weekend in Chicago. So glad we delayed the drive home in favor of brunch at Revolution. I'm not sure how it could have been a better experience.

Arrived at 11:30a, and were greeted with an incredibly short wait of maybe 5 minutes or so.

15 or 16 beers on tap, plus a cask, three of which were bourbon barrel aged.

Modest prices for pints - 5 to 8 bucks, and 2$ for 5oz samples for standard offerings and another buck or two for the barrel aged variation samples.

Wide variety of styles, pils, wit, IPA, porter, dubbel, wheat wine. Damn, I wish I'd have had another couple hours to sit at the bar.

And the food ? Seriously ? Wow ! Crazy good menu, again at a modest price point.

In front of me was an Hombre Burger - fresh beef with chihuahua cheese, smoked poblano pepper, red pepper crema, avacado, and tortilla strips w/ bleu cheese potato salad for 12$.

Great service - prompt, friendly, informative and knowledgable.

A must stop.

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Photo of Efay
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I went here during the Milwaukee arts festival, which was right across the street, so it was extremely busy. However, the wait time for a table only took around five minutes.

The interior had an industrial feeling to it, with a twist of elegance. Very nice place to come with a group and enjoy some conversation. The waitresses were very knowledgeable with their beer and were quick with our beverages and meals. The selection for food was small, but ranged from typical bar food like burgers and pizza, to unique entrees like porkchops sided with purple potatoes and poached peaches. The food was great, even if it was a little pricey. I'd definitely recommend the bacon fat popcorn to side with a few brews.

This place is definitely a must stop place if you're in Chicago with friends. If you're just interest in grabbing brews to go, I'd recommend going to their tap room which is right off the expressway on Kedzie.

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Photo of given2flybrewing
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hit up revolution the the weekend of Dark Lord Day and got lucky. Place was slammed, probably because they were tapping a Barrel Age Sodom (Russian Imperial Stout) that was ABSOLUTELY mind blowing. Had a fairly long wait to get a table but ended up getting a spot at the bar which is where we wanted to be anyways. Food, service and of course the beer were all excellent. Easy to get to as well (off the blue line). Would recommend to anyone and will make sure to hit it again the next time I'm in Chicago. Oh and yeah, try the bacon fat sage popcorn while you wait for a seat, you won't regret it!

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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 Sravan
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The atmosphere is pretty good, however it is quite a bit dark upstairs. I like places that are a little better lit, as I tend to just do some work or write as well.

Quality was fantastic, I don't really have any cons, I just feel that relative to other places I've been the quality wasn't AS high. However, for a brewpub it's definitely exceptional.

Service was great, bartender was very attentive, but mis-placed my samples, at least I hope. The Pale Ale and Bottom Up seemed to not match up to their descriptions.

Selection is very detailed, I was going there mainly for their beer so I didn't take notice of other beers. Food selection is also good, but limited to Burgers/Pizzas, typical brewpub I guess.

Food was amazing. I had the Hombre burger, and it was the right level of spiciness. The burger was huge, and after drinking beer man I was more than full. They also had SOO many fries, and their fries have some spice to them which was fantastic.

Price really reflects me as a college student, Burger was $13, and I generally see sub-$10 prices for burgers. Beer was a bit high for my price but sample prices were suitable.

My first brewpub ever, and it was an awesome experience. I'm pumped to get into the beer game and Revolution was a fantastic start.

Edit: I wasn't happy about the overall score, being my first review I wanted to make sure it reflected that I thought exceptionally of this brewpub.

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Photo of jplopez21
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The very first thing you notice when you enter the revolution brewpub is the atmosphere. Very nice place. The food selection and quality are outstanding. Their beer selection is quite extensive, however they did not have very many barrel aged or limited stuff on tap on my visit. For the most part their beers were good, with a couple of so so beers. They usually have some cask conditioned stuff if u ask. Overall if you are into craft beer, you should definitely hit this place up. Nice experience.

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Photo of Tommyblocks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Revolution brewpub is one of my favorite places to go, it actually turned me on to craft beer. The design of the place is really cool, their attention to detail and there are lots of things they incorporated in their pub that were reused materials. It really made me appreciate it more once these things were pointed out. For instance, some sections of the wall have a wall covering that is actually pieces of wooden barrels taken apart and zipped to the wall to give it a 3-dimensional look. Then the metal hoops from those barrels were taken and made into the light fixtures. The interior design really is cool, got a good vibe.

Food and Beer - I like their beer, but in particular I love the beers that they can and distribute. Bottom Up Wit is my personal favorite out of the bunch. Which brings me to food, I have tried about 75% of their menu and it is to die for. Even though their beer is good, I think that their food is even better. A few faves are the pork belly egg sandwich, bacon fat popcorn, cheddar ale soup and smokehouse pizza( I think it got replaced by the smokestack though).

I would most definitely check this place out, Their Kedzie facility is also really cool but I'd go here first and try the food. You wont be disappointed.

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Photo of BrewClint
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Well, we tried to go to the BrewPub but the wait was about 45min. No problem, it was Sunday at 1:30pm. We took the 1.5mi cruise to their Brewery/Brew Room. This was perfect! Its a fairly hidden location, just a small sign on a warehouse door. We walked in and I felt a breeze of heaven! They have a huge Tasting Room next to their Brew Room. Long bar with a wall filled with tappers, and a cooler filled with their brews(great prices too)
We sat down and tried their brand new BBA Barleywine as well as their Stout, Red Ale, Black IPA, and Smoked Lager. We also bought bottles of the BBA BW and their BBA Porter for enjoyment at home!
I am probably nit-picking at this point, but I would've liked to see some of their Special BBA brews on tap aside from just the Barleywine. Also, again nit-picking(and Im sure its a LAW) but you're not allowed to open the bottles they sell there. No problem.
This is a spot I will definitely visit again!
Seems like they allow you to bring in your own food, as we saw a table of people with outside food, as they don't serve food at the brewery.
They do tours here, but we just enjoyed some brews and left!

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Photo of JVB
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The first time I went to Revolution Brewery was for the release of Deth's Tar. I vaguely remember the night as I had one too many of the limited release Stout. I recall a live folk band that was tearing the place up, with a tuba player that drank like a fish. Not to mention that episode 4-6 of the original Star Wars was playing.... I did escape with a whole case of Deth's Tar, shirts, and a revolution Brewery sign.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here a few months ago. Went for the beer of course.... surprised by the food. Simply put, food was great. Apps are awesome as well as main dishes. Would go back here in a heartbeat. The Belgian Anniversary Ale was exceptional. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but this was tough to beat. This place features all the usual Revolution options, plus a few offerings that are hard to find. Well done.

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Photo of briiguy
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off, the food is above average at the brewpub, just ask around!

The beer, well the beer is good. My favorites are their limited releases.

Atmosphere is FUN. You actually have to be social instead of staring into a tv, because they RARELY turn it on. Well, unless someone says, "PUT THE HAWKS ON!"

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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 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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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

One of my Chicago native friends favorite brewery and restaurant.
After making the trip in, I can see why.
Good food, fantastic beer crowd, good service.
People were lined up to fill growlers the whole time we were eating. Always a good sign.
My only complaint is that they bottle/brew way more beers than what they had available at the brewpub. Even though the selection was good, I thought it could be better.
Will definitely visit again and love many of their beers.

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Photo of hops_slut
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Every time I am anywhere near Wicker Park I demand that we go here, and I have so far got numerous people hooked on going here. The food is great, I recommend the pulled pork burger and also the fish and chips. The service here is amazing and this place is huge for a brew pub, it is two floors and is packed every time I go in. As for the beer, whats not to love! I am a anti hero addict and their wheat beer as well as porter are also top notch. Another interesting thing about this place is their mug club rules, I advise looking into it if you can make it there a few times a year, it has a lot of benefits for the price of $20 a year.

You must find your way here it is great, such a great mixed atmosphere but do not be shocked when you are spending around $15 for a burger and $5 a pint.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I stopped by here at noon on a Friday on our first stop of our "brewcation". We walked in and were immediately greeted and seated at a table by the window. Not a minute passed before the server came and greeted us with waters.

I asked about a few of the beers and the server was very knowledgeable and had a few suggestions. I told him we would be trying samples of each of them and he brought them out in the order which he thought was best, and I happened to agree with him. The beer was very good. I honestly hadn't heard of Revolution before I searched out Chicago breweries (I'm not from and do not live in Chicago) but I'm glad we went. Their Cross of Gold is a 2012 World Beer Cup winner. My wife loved the Coup D'Etat saison and I loved the Double Fist Pale Ale. All of the beers were above average to great.

They had 11 of their beers on tap with 5 or 6 other guest brews.

The food was really good! I had a reuben sandwich for lunch and my wife had a pesto chicken sandwich with bleu cheese potato salad. The reuben was excellent.

We tried all 11 beers and both ate lunch for $49! That is an excellent value!

We left and regretted not getting a growler of something so we went back about an hour later (5 pm) and the bar was much busier. It took about 10 minutes to get a growler filled but was happy to sit there by the clenched fists taps and watch the eclectic group of different people at the bar. Lots of mustaches.

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Photo of bunny3
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here the Friday before Dark Lord. Place was packed, but service was still solid. We sipped the BA Sodom and munched on popcorn until a place became available to sit down and eat. I had a great burger and my friend enjoyed his pizza. We tried Anti Hero, Coup d'Etat, and Eugene and felt all were great beers. The BA Sodom was fantastic and one of the best beers I tasted all weekend, which is saying a lot as we tasted some great beers at Dark Lord Day. I'll definitely be stopping back in when in town.

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Photo of lucasbm
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came to rev brewing for lunch. Bartender was very knowledgable about the beers on tap. Had the Iron Fisted Pale Ale, Double Fisted Pale Ale, and Coup D'Etat saison. All were awesome.

For lunch I had the workingman's burger. Very good.

It was busy so the bartender didn't have much time to talk.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and the beers. Wish I had more time to spend here.

I'll definitely make another trip here during a less busy time, however a "less busy time" may be hard to find.

You know you've found a great place when it's filled with locals.

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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 sbxx
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love coming by the Brewpub for a few drafts or a growler to go. I have yet to eat there, hopefully soon. Service is usually pretty good. The beer is always nice and fresh. They have a nice full service bar, in case you're with people who aren't the biggest beer fans. Seems like there's a little something for everyone here. One of my current favorite places to go in the city.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first of the two Revolution Brewery visits was to the brewpub to get a few pints and some grub before a nearby concert.

The Atmosphere was great inside. I liked the layout of the brewpub down on the main floor where we waited for a table while enjoying a few pints, and then we were seated upstairs to eat, which was a spacious area that sat plenty of people.

The Quality was amazing. Their beer is top-notch, and their food was really good.

The Service was friendly, helpful, and the bartenders knew their beer. He had a great knowledge of their beer, the guest taps, and the guest bottles.

The Selection was fantastic. They had their normal line of beers, a couple barrel-aged versions, some tap-only offerings, and then guest taps as well. I wish we had been able to spend more time there.

The Food was great as well. We of course tried their famous bacon popcorn, and then I got a reuben sandwich that features swiss cheese fondue. Absolutely delicious.

A good value plus great selection of food and beer. Revolution was a treat, and I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon around 2pm for lunch/dinner, I don't know what meal you call that, but sampled all the beers and had a lot of food.

Atmosphere: Packed at 2pm, had to wait 15 minutes for a table. A nice crowd of folks drinking beer and enjoying food.

Quality: Very high quality, taps served in appropriate glassware. Tried every beer on tap, all were well crafted, even the ones that aren't my favorite style. Growler was filled to the brim, ensuring nice carbonation.

Service: Friendly and prompt attention at the door. Despite a full bar, we were quickly served our beers to drink while waiting for a table. The waitstaff was great, very knowledgeable, attentive. Overall nothing but great things on the people end.

Selection: 11 taps of their own beer, pretty darn good. Also have a few guest taps, but didn't partake.

Food: Excellent. Pretzel appetizer is wonderful, the cheddar ale dip is amazing, tastes like they use an extra sharp cheddar cheese and the dusseldorf mustard is very good. The polenta fries were also quite good, especially with the smoked tomato aioli. I had the pork belly and egg sandwich...amazing. One of the better food experiences at brew pub I've had.

Price: It seemed reasonable, some of the strong beers were fairly expensive, but it takes a lot of malt to make a 11.8% ABV Quad.

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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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