Revolution Brewing Company - Brewpub
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Active Beers: 87
Beer Ratings: 6,194
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.73/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The first time I went to Revolution Brewery was for the release of Deth's Tar. I vaguely remember the night as I had one too many of the limited release Stout. I recall a live folk band that was tearing the place up, with a tuba player that drank like a fish. Not to mention that episode 4-6 of the original Star Wars was playing.... I did escape with a whole case of Deth's Tar, shirts, and a revolution Brewery sign.
12-09-2013 06:13:51 | More by JVB
4.41/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been to this brewpub 3 times now and every time I've found the service friendly and professional. Everyone on the staff was knowledgeable about the beers they offer and helpful with recommendations as to what beers pair well with each food choice.
They've made well over 75 beers now, so there's lots to choose from, although some are seasonals and therefore not available year round. I've had a few clunkers, but for the most part they are well made and good examples of the style they represent - often with a new or interesting twist.
The food here is a bit on the pricey side, but never boring. Many of their offerings are made with their beers as part of the recipe. Even their soup and ice cream are made with beer (and both are delicious, by the way). The beer battered fish & chips is my favorite entree, but the flemish ale stew was not bad either. Their bacon fat popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese is probably their most popular appetizer, but to me it was only so-so. The only thing I would not order from here again is their reuben. Absolute must tries are the cheddar beer soup, the Eugene porter ice cream, and the warmed pecan brownie dessert plate that comes with bourbon ice cream and pears drizzled with butterscotch sauce.
If there is one complaint I have it's that their web site needs serious updating and correcting. The menu and beer selections change often and the web site never keeps up with the changes.
I can't comment on how crowded they are for dinner as I've only been here for lunches, but I've never found seating a problem at that time. There is no parking lot if you drive, so I recommend public transportation. Both the Milwaukee Ave. and California Ave buses stop just ½ block from the front door and the CTA blue line is just a few blocks away.
It's a nice looking place with dark brown wooden tables and chairs and a centrally located bar if you're just there to drink. You can also see several of the beer tanks thru a glass window in the back. It's a little classier than you average brewpub with green linen napkins, real silverware, and interesting plate presentations.
11-07-2013 17:18:14 | More by matjack85
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
First off, the food is above average at the brewpub, just ask around!
The beer, well the beer is good. My favorites are their limited releases.
Atmosphere is FUN. You actually have to be social instead of staring into a tv, because they RARELY turn it on. Well, unless someone says, "PUT THE HAWKS ON!"
10-15-2013 23:41:07 | More by briiguy
4.55/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-23-2013 21:36:13 | More by smartassboiler
4.51/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
i went here on labor day with a party of eight thinking we would be able to get right in...but it was an hour wait. But it was worth the wait.
Revolution has a great space and they have really put time and care into making feel great. It was very busy, but we didn't feel rushed or ignored at all. The quality of the food and beer was stellar, and everything on the menu looked awesome. The service was outstanding as well. Our server never ignored us, never left an empty glass, and was knowledgeable about everything on both the food menu as well as the beer menu. It is worth it to wait for a table at this fine establishment. Another plus is that they are extremely kid friendly.
09-17-2013 21:22:44 | More by Thedaver4220
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
September 6th, 4:15 - 6:00pm
Winding down our Chicago visit, killing some time before heading to OHare. I knew of Revolution's reputation but had yet to try any of their beer; we remedied that on a congested (early rush hour) drive up city streets until we came upon this mid-block bastion of beer along N Milwaukee. Neighborhood has a bit of grittiness (which we both liked in daylight hours) and a welcome parking spot right out front helped to make a favorable first impression. The TGIF crowd was starting to file in at just after 4 on a Friday, but we had no problem finding two seats at the acute angle of the central U-shaped bar. The interior is spacious and shows off varying texture: exposed brick, pressed tin ceilings, blond hardwoods, undulating walls finished with disassembled barrel staves and chandeliers made of orange glass clusters, like gigantic salmon roe. Friendly, good noise level, well daylit with afternoon sun. An open kitchen towards the back and windows into a subterranean brewing area showcase an equal reliance on good food and good beer in driving the place.
Not the promptest service in the first few minutes, but a trio of generally happy and liberally tattooed bartending folk kept us supplied with food and drink going forward. We picked food before beer and both burgers we chose (the "Farm" -topped with spinach, beets, horseradish and egg- and the "Hombre" -poblano peppers, avocado & semi-crisp tortilla strips) were EXCELLENT. Both were sided with delicious chips and were in the $12-13 range. The beer choices are mostly Revolution beers with a handful of guests. We tried several (including A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold and Double Fist) before choosing the "What the...?" Helles and the freshly-tapped Oktoberfest as our pints ($5 each); damn, that Oktoberfest was tasty! Later we finished off with a tulip of Thee Destroyer, their Citra-loaded DIPA - quite good, too!
All in all, a very good experience - with excellent food and good service and tasty beer. As we were about to leave, I asked if I could buy a 22 oz bottle of a Begyle beer I'd spotted in the under-counter fridge behind the bar; "no" was the unfortunate reply, as they do not have a "package" license. But the bartender made a great recommendation to check out Vas Foremost, a liquor store across the street, where there were PLENTY of bottle options. Thanks, bearded bartender (whose name I didn't catch)!
A place we'll definitely revisit on our next Chicago visit!
09-10-2013 16:21:59 | More by msubulldog25
4.01/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is an extremely good brewpub representing an extremely good brewery. Food is upscale brewpub food. Pretty much what you would expect, but the best of what you could expect. They only serve (I think, for some reason my head keeps saying they had guest drafts but their website doesn’t say so) their own beer, but their beer is great, so that’s not really a problem. This place gets freaking packed and stays packed for a long time on the weekends, but that’s expected in that neighborhood.
You guys need one thing: a doorman. Sheesh. The bartenders are slammed, yet they spending half their time checking everyone's IDs.
08-05-2013 00:38:31 | More by Fluffheady
4.69/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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.
08-03-2013 21:38:43 | More by Bowers-Brew
4.16/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$
I really love the look of the brewpub. It is hard to describe to someone without them seeing it but it's sort of a modern and old mashup. The food is really really excellent. I am impresed by the beers but the first time I went to the pub in Chicago I was surprised. It seems like they focus a lot on both the beer and the food. Some of it really is the stuff you would see in fancier restaurants and the burgers are just as excellent. The only issue is that they charge higher prices than people probably expect to pay for their food at a brewpub. Service is spotty. Altogehter I have been about 7 times. Sometimes the wait staff is cheerful but tired, sometimes they seem angry, and sometimes they really are nice though it can be slow. The beer of course is awesome. You have to stop this place to really get a feel for it.
07-31-2013 13:24:43 | More by Amberluvsbeer
4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
07-29-2013 20:50:49 | More by Tommyblocks
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Revolution Brewing Company - Brewpub in Chicago, IL
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