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Friday, August 16th 2013

Bottom Up Wit
(Revolution Brewing Company)

Born in February 2010, Revolution Brewing Company is part of the burgeoning craft beer scene in and around Chicago. As this review goes to press, seven of Revolution’s 18 distributed creations are available in craft cans, of which four are seasonal/specialties and three are year-round offerings.  Their cans are currently available in Illinois and Ohio, though additional distributors in other states are being considered as their brewing capacity allows (special thanks go out to our Illinois beer bud Bobby T for hooking us up with several cans). This year-round offering took gold in the Wheat, Hefeweizen, and Wit category at the 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, so we’re super excited to give this one a run!

From the Revolution site:

"Our interpretation of this classic and refreshing Belgian style ale is brewed with organic pilsner and wheat malts from Canada.  Freshly ground coriander and Curacao orange peel, along with a special Wit yeast strain, contribute wonderful orange and citrus aromas and a crisp, yet silky, mouthfeel." 

Here we go...

Pour – cloudy, orange, with a large wet head that receded very quickly.  Spots and curtains of very thin lacing.

Aroma – crisp, clean wheat, citrus and just the right amount of yeast spice.  If you were to go into this beer blind the aroma would give it away in a split second.  Perfect.

Taste – medium-soft mouthfeel; light banana, solid orange, a touch of wheat and yeast spice.  Finishes very, very clean compared to several other wits we’ve tried.  Good carbonation assists in the clean finish and makes this very easy and pleasant drinking. 

Overall – a straightforward, super clean wit that is deserving of its medal at this year’s AmeriCAN fest.  We found it to be perfectly suited for porch/patio/deck drinking on cool spring and summer nights (or mornings, if that’s how you roll.  This reviewer admits he rolled that way while putting the finishing touches on this post).


Managing partner Josh Deth was kind enough to share his thoughts on canning Revolution's beers with us back in 2011. And his beer story is a great example of how a little luck and a lot of persistence can result in something awesome. Check ‘em out!  

Bottom Up Wit
Style: Witbier
Brewery: Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 14
Date: August 16th, 2013

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