Revolution Brewing pride themselves on being Illinois’ biggest craft brewery.
They were founded by an ex-brewer from the now-defunct Golden Prairie and the now-macro Goose Island and have been growing since 2010 with an expansive presence across Chicago. I haven’t been to their brewpub in Logan Square but have heard good things about it. They provide a lot of ingredients information about their beers; a curse and an advantage. I tried their Fist City Pale Ale after a pleasant stroll along the Bloomingdale Line in early autumn – just managing to work a sweat up.
This beer is a sight for eager eyes: gold colour, clear with a touch of chill haze and a rebellious, fluffy head that stays glass down. The aroma is resinous, streaked with caramel and sweet orange. It’s a singular combination – the orange note giving it real character. On tasting a moderate to thick, silky mouthfeel delivers a creamy, dextrinous profile of pancake batter and citrus.
Hop character doesn’t push through and bitterness just offsets the malt, leaving the a thick honey aftertaste to wreak pleasant havoc on the palate. The bar described this beer as dry, but it’s not. Lies, all lies. No tip for you. I did leave him a tip.
Overall this is a pleasant pale ale, but more of a late than early autumn beer. Not sure I would choose it again in the heat, but no faults present – purely down to the recipe.
I drank this draught beer at the Northside Bar & Grill, Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois. It’s a roomy venue with a lovely outdoor beer garden, friendly staff and at least seven televisions, probably more. All playing sport of course. Happy hour is 4-7PM weekdays for 1/2 price draught beers.