Revolution Brewing Company - Brewpub
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Active Beers: 87
Beer Ratings: 6,195
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I went here during the Milwaukee arts festival, which was right across the street, so it was extremely busy. However, the wait time for a table only took around five minutes.
The interior had an industrial feeling to it, with a twist of elegance. Very nice place to come with a group and enjoy some conversation. The waitresses were very knowledgeable with their beer and were quick with our beverages and meals. The selection for food was small, but ranged from typical bar food like burgers and pizza, to unique entrees like porkchops sided with purple potatoes and poached peaches. The food was great, even if it was a little pricey. I'd definitely recommend the bacon fat popcorn to side with a few brews.
This place is definitely a must stop place if you're in Chicago with friends. If you're just interest in grabbing brews to go, I'd recommend going to their tap room which is right off the expressway on Kedzie.
12-14-2012 00:30:43 | More by Efay
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here with a buddy back in March of this year and had a great time. It's a good sized place with a large downstairs and a similar space upstairs where there's a smaller bar and more dining tables. Our waiter was awesome. Very knowledgeable and willing to chat, assist with our selections. We thoroughly enjoyed our beers which were served appropriately and accompanied by a very fine dinner. The menu was fairly varied and ranged from sandwiches to more upscale dishes, but generally this is a nice, quality establishment while remaining casual with that brewpub vibe. The atmosphere is fairly dark, relaxed but active with some antiquey looking decor. I really liked the place and would undoubtedly frequent the place if i lived in Chicago. Prices were pretty much what you'd expect in the city for high quality beer and grub. Definitely stop in when you are in town and enjoy good beer, food and a comfortable environment.
11-05-2012 03:12:11 | More by Durge
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Loved the place, very cool feeling atmosphere with cool, staff. Had much of an indie feel too it, but I like that stuff, so I very much enjoyed it. GREAT BEER! the beer they brew is great and fresh, also with a good selection of bottles from other places. Had some barrel-aged, lambics, the whole shibang. Go if you get the chance.
Also, the food is GREAT, real tasty, highly recommend for dinner (but it was a long wait when we went, but can order all the food to the bar).
Beer recommendations: Coup D'etat, reminds me of Duvel
10-29-2012 02:37:39 | More by Mgm54
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here recently for an IP trade with MarkIntihar and some lunch.
The place was supremely crowded at 2pm, but it was Saturday. Nonetheless we didn't have to wait too long (about 15 minutes) to get 2 seats at the bar, and shortly after our name came up for a table. The bartenders were friendly and efficient. You can make your own little flight out of 4oz sampler glasses (4 at a time), for $2 each. The tap list was fine, bottle list looked ok, if a bit pricey.
The food is quite good. The burgers are damn good and not too expensive. The place is nice, with the bar circling around the middle of the room and tables on either side.
Overall, Revolution has some really good beers and good food, it's absolutely worth checking out.
10-23-2012 21:07:42 | More by Etan
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I stopped by here at noon on a Friday on our first stop of our "brewcation". We walked in and were immediately greeted and seated at a table by the window. Not a minute passed before the server came and greeted us with waters.
I asked about a few of the beers and the server was very knowledgeable and had a few suggestions. I told him we would be trying samples of each of them and he brought them out in the order which he thought was best, and I happened to agree with him. The beer was very good. I honestly hadn't heard of Revolution before I searched out Chicago breweries (I'm not from and do not live in Chicago) but I'm glad we went. Their Cross of Gold is a 2012 World Beer Cup winner. My wife loved the Coup D'Etat saison and I loved the Double Fist Pale Ale. All of the beers were above average to great.
They had 11 of their beers on tap with 5 or 6 other guest brews.
The food was really good! I had a reuben sandwich for lunch and my wife had a pesto chicken sandwich with bleu cheese potato salad. The reuben was excellent.
We tried all 11 beers and both ate lunch for $49! That is an excellent value!
We left and regretted not getting a growler of something so we went back about an hour later (5 pm) and the bar was much busier. It took about 10 minutes to get a growler filled but was happy to sit there by the clenched fists taps and watch the eclectic group of different people at the bar. Lots of mustaches.
08-14-2012 05:30:54 | More by NateMac13
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-11-2012 18:21:18 | More by lucasbm
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Came here for lunch at the recommendation of fellow BA'ers. Place was crowded at 1pm for lunch and had a happy hour feel. Plenty of their own beer on tap and my friend and I went for a flight of their stuff. Mostly good, one great (Coup D'Etat), and the Faustenstein I didn't like so much. Also some guest taps for other Chicago locals like Half Acre.
Food was solid and the menu had plenty of pub selections.
Server knew all about the beer and made suggestions. Overall I liked the experience and while a bit pricey I didn't find it unreasonable. Definitely a must stop when in Chicago.
08-01-2012 00:27:10 | More by socon67
4.06/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
An exhaustive day meandering the downtown Chicago scene concludes with dinner at Pequods and then after dinner drinks at this charming, rustic, and refined brewpub. A touch hard to find, the building with it's flat and faded "Revolution" sign hugs the building and hunkers behind the tree-lined sidewalk. Thankful for gps, I had driven by the brewpub several times and had not seen it until now.
The 9pm Thursday crowd was gearing up downstairs so the hostess pointed us to the newly constructed and more quiet bar upstairs. Low warm lighting begins to portray the old smoky and dimly lit bars of the 20's, but with more chiq and refined architectural class. Modern lighting fixtures, exposed warehouse brick and clean-lined English wood workmanship boldly captures the persona of the open floor plan. The bar straight away and seating seems to house at least 100 customers.
But following the staircase to the right of the entrance is eloquently and modernly molded of slate and wire railing. At the bar upstairs, the smell of polyurethane still wafts in the air. A sparse scattering of customers tell me that no one downstairs know that this space in open to the public. Or perhaps they are just enamored by the band playing downstairs. That suits me just fine as I was more in the mood for a few quite beers.
Top of the stairs, turning left, I'm met by a long linear bar that flanks the left wall of the bar and extends to the tall storefront windows that look out to the streetscape. The bar is dotted with raised-fist tap handles that pridefully proclaim "Revoution beers sold here". A smattering of guest taps are all represented here, but I'm here for the Revo-taste.
Bellying up to the bar, the bartender adequately pointed out the menu and a few items of particular interest. The beer menu adequately show the cost, pour size, and nice descriptions of each beer offered (very nice.) After glasses of Coup D'Etat, Iron Fist, Anti-Hero, and Eugene, the effect of relaxation comes over me and carries me home. The beers were all of good quality although they seem to capture the taste of each style dead-on and without any inflection of individualism or any other "signature" Revolution flavor that stood out to me. $5 for a16oz glass seems to the be the norm and is a worthwhile price- I felt like I payed a fair price for a fair beer.
It seems that each beer that I ordered was served in its very own specially designed glass with proper cleanliness and well headed, each and every one. I can't be easy presenting every beer this way, but It's an essential detail that I appreciate very much. Although I didn't have any beer-savvy conversations with the bartender, I get the impression that she's a beer server first and bartender second- she seemed to really know her stuff just by overhearing sidebar conversations.
With the taste of deep dish pizza lingering on my palate and stomach, I opted out of dinner here. The pub-like fare seems to capture that semi-gourmet experimentation that I yearned for in the beers. Although the price seemed a touch high, I get the impression that the quality and uniqueness of the dishes likely make up for the cost.
Growler fills are available for those who need Revolution at home. And they also offer a rotating cask option which I had intended to close the session, but somehow forgot. These are a few details that I won't easily dismiss the next time I visit Revolution.
I'm not sure if the brewpub has any dedicated parking areas, but even on a fairly busy weeknight, there were plenty of on-street options that are free late night. (I can imagine that the busy Milwaukee Ave. can get packed so be prepared to hunt for parking more than I did if visiting on a more key night.)
07-06-2012 16:01:42 | More by BEERchitect
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I liked this place and recommend going out of the way for it. It was fairly busy on an ordinary weeknight, yet we were still able to get a nice table and great service. Though not fancy, the bar is a lovely three sided affair, and several tables are lined up differently to get some privacy. People were hanging out outside. The ceiling had unusual beautiful tiling. Some great guest taps, which only enhance the 60's environment of sharing sportsmanship. Their own brews were very good though nothing Sammy 4 on tap. Good bottle selection. I understand the food is pretty good, and superior to the other bars.Music was pretty loud.
05-09-2012 20:22:18 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Me and JE had Revolution on our short list for quite some time. Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, where all the hipsters reside, we were a bit intimidated as us white colar working class folk lack beards, body paint, and piercings.
Revolution was a positive suprise, and we'd go back. In house brew selections were ample with 6 or 7 tap offerings. The Eugene Porter and Anti Hero IPA were stand outs. Menu offerings were ample, and while the style of the menu is pub grub, there is pleanty to choose from. In addition to burgers, there are several vegitarian selections, duck confit salad, and pork belly and egg sandwich.
Atmosphere is a notch upscale from the average Chicago bar and restaurant. The room is pleasently restored with exposed brick and restored ceiling. Woodwork on the bar incorporates Revolution's signature fist, and there's only 1 TV on each side of the bar so that you can see a game but it is not the focal point.
Revolution brews were solid, and they all had a very polished taste. JE said their beers taste as if they're filtered through silk. Beer is good, but many of their offerings are so smooth, polished, and elegant that they lack distinction.
We're going with Good, not Excellent, and are happy to return.
05-09-2012 14:38:45 | More by innersanctum
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Revolution Brewing Company - Brewpub in Chicago, IL
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