In this week’s distribution roundup: Revolution Brewing expands to Michigan, Boulevard switches wholesalers in Idaho and Dovetail Brewery hits Indiana.
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2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 United States
- Revolution Brewing was founded in 2010 as Chicago's new hometown craft brewery. Today, Revolution is the largest craft brewery in Illinois, operating a bustling brewpub and a 90,000-square-foot production facility and tap room. Revolution produces about 50 different beer styles each year, including session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon-barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. www.revbrew.com.
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Revolution Brewing yesterday issued a recall of more than 10,000 barrels of beer packaged between Aug. 3 and Oct. 11 due to off-flavors that developed in six of the company’s more popular products. In an interview with Brewbound, brewery founder Josh Deth speculated that a majority of the recalled product had already been consumed, but said that the company would likely be forced to remove at least 3,000 barrels of beer from distributor warehouses and retailer shelves. If that’s the case, Revolution could miss out on about $1 million worth of sales to wholesalers and the company will also incur charges to destroy the damaged product.
Cans of Chicago’s iconic craft beer, Anti-Hero IPA, will soon be landing in New York City. Revolution Brewing, one of the fastest growing breweries in the nation, will distribute its products through Manhattan Beer Distributors in the Metro New York area beginning Oct. 3.
After completing an $8 million expansion earlier this year, Chicago’s Revolution Brewing is now equipped with 150,000 barrels of capacity. They’ll finish 2016 somewhere around 75,000 barrels or, expressed differently, about half of what it is capable of producing. And with new retail opportunities getting tougher to find in its home state, the company has begun looking elsewhere for growth. That’s why in June, the company quietly launched in Wisconsin with General Beverage. It’s also why it will enter New York City with Manhattan Beer in October.
Forbidden Root founder Robert Finkel and 5 Rabbit Cervecería founder Andres Araya will discuss the state of innovation in craft brewing and their experiences operating highly-differentiated craft breweries. A second discussion with Donn Bichsel, Revolution Brewing’s director of sales and marketing, will examine current marketplace trends, increasing competition and struggles that mid-size craft regional brewers are facing as they look to scale their brands.
Upland Brewing Co. announced today that REVved UP Coffee Blonde Ale will be released on draught and in 6 packs starting April 1. Both Upland’s Coffee Blonde Ale and Revolution’s Coffee Brown Ale will be on tap at Upland tap rooms in early April.
Revolution Brewing has announced plans to officially expand distribution to Massachusetts, signing with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) for statewide coverage beginning Nov. 2. The decision to begin selling beer on the east coast is more of a personal one for Revolution founder Josh Deth, who was born and raised in Newton, Mass., a Boston suburb.
Brewbound is pleased to announce the next two stops on the 2015 Brew Talks nationwide tour. Brew Talks — a free, traveling meetup series for beer industry professionals – will visit Coronado Brewing in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday March 10 and Revolution Brewing in Chicago on Tuesday, April 28.
Having reached the 50,000-barrel threshold in just its fourth year of operation, Chicago’s Revolution Brewing is preparing to dig deeper in its home market by expanding its production facility and tripling capacity. Backed by bank and small business loans, the brewery has announced plans to install a 120-barrel brewhouse and several 800-barrel fermenters this summer — boosting capacity to 300,000 barrels — as the company expands into a neighboring space in its current building.
Year Round Beers
|Cross of Gold||Golden/Blonde|
|Bottom Up Wit||Witbier|
|Fist City||Pale Ale|
|Double Fist||Pale Ale|
|Deth's Tar||Imperial Stout|
|Gravedigger Billy||Scottish Ale|
|Very Mad Cow||Stout|
|Straight Jacket||Barley Wine|
|Wicked Fist||Red Ale|
|Red Skull||Red Ale|
|Citra Hero||American IPA|
|Fistmas Ale||Red Ale|
|Rosa Hibiscus Ale||Golden/Blonde|
|A Little Crazy||Belgian|