… in a non-threatening way.

What I’ve noticed in the last year and a half (at least) is that Chicago breweries cannot seemingly create enough beer in their current facilities to meet demand. So they’re buying up property all over the city’s industrial areas. I predict the “Brewing District” becoming a reality in the future.

Revolution Brewing, as Kid Carboy Jr. pointed out, is opening a brand new location on Chicago’s northwest-ish side at 3340 N. Kedzie Avenue. Tickets to the grand opening event, May 25, are sold out. If you were lucky enough to snag one, you only paid $15 for admission, but you will also need cash for beer tickets ($4 each). Basically, you’ll spend a lot, but you’ll have a good time.

As part of Chicago Craft Beer Week, if participants collect at least two stickers from venues in six neighborhoods and already have a ticket to the grand opening party, they become VIP guests and get to enter the event an hour early at 4 p.m.

According to the Revolution website, there will be 28 brews available, including: Anti-Hero IPA, Baracus Imperial Stout, Black Power Oatmeal Stout, Bottom Up Wit, Coup d’Etat Saison, Cross of Gold Ale, Dos Osos West Coast IPA, Eugene Porter, Foursome Quadruppel, Hugene Imperial Porter, Institutionalized Barleywine, Iron Fist Pale Ale, Paddy Wagon irish Stout, Poetic Justice Special Bitter, Threesome Belgian Trippel, Workingwoman Brown, B.A. Baracus, Barrel Aged Black Power Oatmeal Stout, Barrel Aged Repo Man Rye Stout, Barrel Aged Skara Brae Scottish Ale, Barrel Aged Sodom Imperial Stout (FFF Collabo), Barrel Aged The General Molasses Porter, Cherry Black Power (Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout with Cherries), Gravedigger Billy (Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy), Pablo Picasso (Cabernet Aged Dark Belgian Ale), Straight Jacket (Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Institutionalized), The Marquis (Cabernet Barrel Aged Trippel), and Very Mad Cow (barrel Aged Milk Stout).

When you get hungry, you can purchase food from the food trucks that are scheduled to stop at the event. The website said there will be six of them, but didn’t give details. I hope that pink cupcake one shows up for you all — it’s delicious.

If you are fortunate enough to have a ticket to the grand opening, take pictures and track your brews on Untappd for me.

Let’s just say I’m a bit jealous.


  1. Geezus, the names alone are making me thirsty… “Barrel-aged Repo Man Rye Stout”… “Barrel-aged General Molasses Porter”… “Cherry Black Power”… Good god, those are some tasty brews (or at least, I “imagine” they’re tasty as I sit here in Los Angeles.)

  2. I visited Revolution last time I was in town. Great beer, incredible food, and the folks that run the place are as nice as can be. Glad to hear that the brewery is doing well and expanding.

  3. In the unfortunately limited number of times I’ve been able to go to Revolution (I did go to their closing party last year), I’ve gotten to try a number of these. By my count, I’ve tried at least 10 of these, at least in their basic forms.

    They’re all wonderful, of course. If I’m going to go have a beer and a meal at one place in the city tonight, it’s probably going to be Revolution. The sheer number of different beers they’ve made in the time they’ve been open is staggering.

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