revolution brewing, chicago
By Tuesday, the weather wasn’t getting much warmer in Chicago. We had a few breweries planned for our afternoon, plus a stroll down south Michigan Ave and a walk through Millennium Park.
Monday evening was spent in the Fulton Market District, west of the river, a favorite neighborhood of the trip. I highly recommend a classy restaurant called Publican, where we were treated to an insane form of French dessert called Vacherin: a pineapple and mint ice cream pie with cinnamon meringue crust. MERINGUE CRUST. Okay.
Revolution Brewing and Half Acre Brewery were the top recommendations of the trip from locals and Minnesotans alike. After a morning of exploring we needed some beer to warm up.
Both breweries are easily accessible by L and bus. Take the brown line north towards Logan Square for a stop at Revolution. Continue east to Half acre from there via bus or bike. It’s not hard at all.
Revolution is a full restaurant and brewery that sells growlers and also distributes bottles. They can do this because they aren’t located in Minnesota and aren’t restricted from any distribution or service method. We sat at the bar and handpicked a few samples plus a full pour each and our server was very helpful and discerning.
The space feels like a casual restaurant with a large bar in the middle. Walking in, one might assume that the beer is just an afterthought, but in talking with staff the brewery focus shines through. I did not order as we had just made a pit stop at Frontera Grill, but I absolutely would next time based on the plates around me.
Favorites included The Battle of Wil’s Red Ale, Small ‘n’ Oats, and Coffee Eugene. Another outstanding pick was the Beanormagene.
For more coffee and a wallop of whiskey as well, try the BeanOrMaGene, which is a coffee imperial porter aged in whiskey barrels. It has all the robust booze and malt you would expect plus slight heat without being totally overwhelming. It hides its ABV well and displays the vanilla and spice elements of a whiskey barrel quite nicely.
Visit Revolution brewpub or taproom when you’re in Chicago. The selection is wide enough to please any travel companion and it is easily accessible. Cheers!