For this edition of the Afternoon Beer Break, I though it was time to focus on a brewery local to me. For those outside of Chicago, when you think Chicago beer, you probably call to mind Goose Island. However, there is a rather robust collection of brewers here. One such that youâ€™d likely come across is Revolution Brewing, and the most common of their pours youâ€™re likely to run into would be the Revolution Anti-Hero.
In my mind, the Revolution Anti-Hero is the standard bearer, or signature beer, for the brand. Even their own site labels it as their flagship IPA, so I must not be that far off the mark. And yes, when Iâ€™ve seen a Revolution at the restaurant or store, 9 times out of 10 itâ€™ll be the good olâ€™ Anti-Hero (sometimes as part of a Hero pack, which is a great sampler that changes up from time to time).
Depending on how used to IPAs you are, your mileage will vary with the Revolution Anti-Hero. To my tastebuds, this is a crisp middle of the road sort of an IPA. Thereâ€™s no crazy additional flavors in the can (even with the Citra hops in the mix), and the 6.7% ABV wonâ€™t take you out of the game (if youâ€™re drinking responsibly, of course). In terms of the bitterness, itâ€™s rated at 65 ABU, and my taste buds register it, but itâ€™s definitely not overpowering. If you switched over to it from, say, a lager, then yeah, youâ€™ll notice it for sure. But that goes for any style switches – the characteristics of the style will be more pronounced.
If youâ€™ve been wondering what Chicagoâ€™s Revolution Brewing is all about, the Revolution Anti-Hero is a solid way to check them out. Just look for the Hulk-like fist on the taps at your local watering hole, or at your local shop. And if you can find a Hero pack, I highly recommend that as well. Youâ€™ll get the Anti-Hero, as well as three other varieties that will show you what Revolution can do, as well as the variety to be had with the IPA style. Anti-HeroÂ® | Revolution Brewing
Specs from Revolution Brewing
- ABV: 6.7%
- IBU: 65
- Ingredients: Citra, Crystal, Centennial, and Chinook hops
- Availability: Year Round