Revolution Brewing

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Revolution BrewingRevolution Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First impressions of Revolution were positive. I stopped in today for lunch, and to test drive the beers.

Inside the double doors, the space felt very open and warm, with table seating on either side of the rectangular bar in the center. To the right, the seating area was elevated, swathed in a façade of interlocking barrel stave wood. The walls were exposed brick, with a classic silver tin ceiling. Lots of wood accents in varied warm tones. Even the globe lighting incorporated barrel wood staves, which was a cool theme. It felt clean and modern, yet warm and friendly at the same time. The brewing equipment was in the back to the left, with inset stained glass panels. The kitchen was open and visible to the rear also.

They have 16 draft lines on both sides of the bar (5 beers currently), and a cask mild as well. Growlers are $16, and less for refills. The plan is to have 6 staple beers, 4 rotating seasonals, and rotating guest taps focusing on the Midwest. Noticed a Goose Green Line tap resting behind the bar already.

Tried the full range of beers, and had to say the Porter and IPA were great. The others were geared more towards session styles, but the cask Mild was good with lunch. (edit: 2nd visit, cask mild had a 3" head, and they refused to top it off. 12 oz. of beer in a 16 oz. glass. "That's how it's supposed to be." Uh, no?) I guess they charge $2 for 4-6 oz. samples, i'm not sure if that's standard practice, or just until they are brewing at capacity.

Service was very enthusiastic and beer-savvy. Food wise I tried the cheddar ale soup and smoked wings, both of which were solid. The burgers were priced a little on the high side, but they use local and sustainable meats, so it's of high quality. There was a good range of options on the menu, including a few vegetarian items.

A solid addition to Logan Square (easily CTA accessible), this will be an anchor to other beer spots nearby like Foremost, Longman & Eagle, Rocking Horse, etc.

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

I liked this place and recommend going out of the way for it. It was fairly busy on an ordinary weeknight, yet we were still able to get a nice table and great service. Though not fancy, the bar is a lovely three sided affair, and several tables are lined up differently to get some privacy. People were hanging out outside. The ceiling had unusual beautiful tiling. Some great guest taps, which only enhance the 60's environment of sharing sportsmanship. Their own brews were very good though nothing Sammy 4 on tap. Good bottle selection. I understand the food is pretty good, and superior to the other bars.Music was pretty loud.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

what a happening place this is! and how cool to be at the spot where the cover of BA was shot for the current month, a pleasant surprise upon our arrival. its in a swanky younger neighborhood of Chicago, and it was absolutely packed to the gills on a sunday afternoon. an expansive bar room with a central bar and the brew house in the back. standing room only as we walked in, not greeted by employees who seemed to care we were there, and had trouble with the service all day, but that's not why we came there. some ten beers on tap, all their own, and an impressive bottle list. drafts fairly priced, big markups on the packaged offerings, but they did have some rarities on the list. the ipas were nice, the hibiscus beer was a treat, and the strong ales were interestingly malted. all of very good quality, none that knocked me over with a big WOW! food looked solid, but we didn't eat. the décor is minimal, so sound bounces off the high ceilings when its full, and I found myself almost shouting to be heard by my table, but that's a testament to how successful this place is getting, not a knock. id love to see some outside seating, additional bar staff, and perhaps some wall treatments for sound, but other than that, we had a great time, and enjoyed the beer thoroughly. I would be happy to go back anytime.

edit: second visit was a better vibe, like they have grown into their space. the classy holiday decorations helped too, and we were there for brunch, so it wasnt so packed yet. service is still pretty brutal after all this time, friendly as can be, but inattentive to a fault. beers have improved too, and the food was incredibly good, way better than expectations. obviously these folks are maturing nicely, but are still seemingly understaffed. it wont prevent another visit, thats for sure.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of sholland119
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is hot stuff. After a day long seminar by the airport, I hopped the Blue Line to California (I think), and walked a half block to the bar. Revolution is located in a cool urban setting with lots of wood finishes, an O-shaped bar and a good amount of tables. Got here early and had no trouble getting a seat.

The beer was very good. I had a quick sampler, then a Eugene (a really nice porter) and a tasty Anti-Hero IPA. There was a nice collection of guest taps as well, but I was not there for that.

Food was quite tasty, highlighted by Bacon Fat Popcorn and a delicious burger.

Service was really outstanding. I hit the shift change and each of the four people who took an order or delivered a beer or food was friendly and competent.

I highly recommend this place.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really well put together brewpub / restaurant that is easy to get to with public transportation. The blue line California stop is only steps away, an important point when you have this many quality beers available to you.

The restaurant is large with seating for the low hundreds (just a guess), maybe 20-30 tables and also ~20 seats around the U-shaped central bar. The bar itself is cool looking, with an upper portion supported by 4 large fisted forearms from their logo. Wooden atmosphere throughout, including what looks like old and original wooden flooring.

There were a wide variety of house brews, all available in 5oz samples for $2 (except Sodom, a DL-like beer collaboration w/ 3F, $4 for 5oz):
Anti-Hero IPA
Coup D'Etat Saison
Workingman Mild
Iron Fist Pale Ale
Eugene Porter
Bottom Up Belgian Wit
Gomorrah (2nd runnings of Sodom, probably limited to this visit)

Also a lot guest taps and bottles. But the house beers are worth sticking with, Each that I tried was excellent.

The food menu is upscale brewpub fare, low-mid price range, good presentation, lots of fries. This place just passed Goose Island Clybourn for my dinner spot of choice in Chicago.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Redrover
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First stop on the recent CTA pub Crawl. I can’t believe I have waited so long for a visit.

The rectangular bar is straight ahead as you enter the brewpub. There is a lounge area to your left and some stairs for the elevated area off to your right. The kitchen is slightly elevated open for viewing. The tanks are visible behind glass.
The interior designer gets a nod in my book. The bar has large wooden forearms & fists holding up the top half. The clenched fist is Revolutions signature. They incorporated wooden barrel staves in one of the walls. In addition, there are some stained glass windows near the brewing area and lots of wood and brick. The front windows open up to the street.

The food is very good and worth a visit in its own right. Try the chili, the pork belly sandwich or order the biscuits & gravy (made with Italian sausage) off the weekend brunch menu.

The beer is the real deal here. Lots of styles and choices. I had a refreshing wit, a well-made Czech Pilsner and a tasty Irish Dry Stout. They also offer a well thought out guest tap list and a pretty massive bottle list. Prices are very fair at $5.00 for house pints.

Service is friendly and has good beer knowledge. I also got to chat with the brewer for 10 minutes or so. He was very enthusiastic about the direction they are heading (expanding the upstairs and a new stand-alone production brewery). I have to agree with him as everything was top-notch during my visit.

I will be returning soon!

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

stopped into Revolution Brewing Co before dinner this past saturday - location was easily accessible, off Milwaukee just past the Congress Theatre and near Foremost Liquors.

the bar interior was nice and new with their signature clenched fists throughout (tap handles, bar beams, etc)

They had 7 taps going of their own beer of pretty basic styles and also a couple casks (repeats of what was on tap). There was maybe 8 guest taps ranging from goose island to new belgium one-offs.

The service was fine and it was very busy. This is a nice stop and the anti-hero IPA is pretty solid - i'd be interested to see how adventurous they get as they grow.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Revolution isn't too far off I-90/94. It is in a neighborhood that appears to be re-vitalizing. It is difficult to park near the pub - mostly just parallel parking on the street. The place was packed on a Friday night. I should have expected that. Inside is not very big. The bar is right as you walk in the door. I was able to circle around to near the server's station to try some beers. Anti-Hero and Iron Fist are really good ale. I got a growler of Coup d'Etat (their saison). It was fantastic, but $20 for a growler refill is a bit expensive for my taste (I'm not exactly a big city guy used to big city prices). They had a few other of their beers on tap plus a nice collection of guest taps. I did not eat there. I was their to sample beers and fill a growler for a friend. It was a cool place that I'd go back to, but at lunch time and not on a weekend.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is great. Has a somewhat upscale feeling compared to many bars/breweries. Tap list was decent in terms of quality and quantity. Two minor complaints: first there was nothing on cask at 3:00 pm (apparently it was blown already) and there was nothing on tap of the rarer variety. Would have been nice to see something barrel aged on tap given the number of great barrel aged beers that Rev puts out.

Service was quite slow, despite the place not being very busy.

Had some apps and the food was quite good.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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