Jersey Wine & Spirits is excited to welcome Revolution Brewing, Illinois' largest independently-owned brewery! Let's learn about these beers from The Land of Lincoln and about independently owned breweries.

The Beers

Imperial IPA
Another huge IPA knocking you out with a four-hop blend of Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal hops. This imperial IPA clocks in at 100 IBUs and 11% ABV, Toasted malt flavors lurking behind massive levels of hop bitterness and flavor with a punch of hop aroma reminiscent of fresh citrus rind.

India Pale Ale
Our flagship IPA is supremely aromatic, crisp, and drinkable. This iconic ale features a blend of Chinook, Centennial, Crystal, and Citra to create a crisp clean bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas. The Warrior hop is also used to add additional bitterness to the brew.An American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriors who get the girl in the end. "Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess."

Galaxy Hero
India Pale Ale
Brewed for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, this IPA shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish. This IPA has big hop flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and citrus.

Sun Crusher
Hoppy Wheat Ale
A crushable ale to celebrate the end of winter and rejoice the coming of warm weather! This American Wheat Ale is brewed with Apollo and Amarillo hops, with a dry-hop blend of Crystal, Amarillo, and Mosaic, resulting in a mellow bitterness and pronounced flowery and citrus aromas.Flaked Oats with a malt blend of 2-row, Red Wheat, and Carapils, create a light golden color and a smooth silky mouthfeel in this brew.
Revolution Brewing Is Now Available At JWS

What Are Independently Owned Breweries?

Independently owned breweries are often thought of as craft breweries, but some craft breweries are not independently owned. The difference is who owns the beer. Breweries that are independently owned have complete control over everything from the recipes and styles to the volume brewed and design of labels. On the other hand, corporate breweries generally contract out the brewing but to specifications. These specifications often involve cost. Some popular independtly owned breweries are Dogfish Head out of Delaware and Short's out of Michigan. Dogfish Head is known for their Minute IPA series and interesting recipes. Short's regularly puts out highly experimental flavors, some of which are never seen again. Key Lime Pie, anyone? If you get a chance to try Short's Soft Parade fresh on tap don't pass on it --- it's one of America's best beers. 

Independently owned breweries generally make smaller batches of experimental beers across different styles with quality, fresh ingredients and distribute them locally. Corporate breweries make beers that have mass appeal. And the differences don't end there.

Separating The Myths From The Facts

Independent beers are more expensive. Yup! That's a fact. A beer from a passionate group of brewer owners is going to be more expensive than corporate beer. There isn't corporate funding and producing on a small scale can be more expensive. They also generally are far more experimental with ingredients, some of which can be pricey. Corporate breweries often follow the corporate mindset: produce more with cheaper ingredients. They then sell a lot of beer at a lower price. This manipulation of the market also allows them to offer their beers to restaurants at a lower price, squeezing independently owned breweries out of those markets. The age old adage is true, though: you get what you pay for. Did you know that budweiser isn't made from grain? It's made from corn. Yeah. Corn.

Beer is beer. Nah. Independently owned breweries produce beers that are fresher and, generally, more interesting than mass produced, cheap beer. That's not to say that corporate beer is bad. It's just not as interesting. It travels farther and is a mandated recipe, usually decided by cost of ingredients, rather than an exploration in beer.

Independent beers are better for the environment. If you care about that kind of thing you'll want to know that these beers are generally better for the environment. They are generally made with local, fresh ingredients which means less truck travel. They are also distributed more locally, saving gas again as well as refrigeration costs.

Drinking local is not the same as buying local. Think of corporate breweries as IKEA and independently owned breweries as a little shop making furniture out of found wood. You're paying more but you're getting a unique product that supports your local community. Just like shopping at a farmer's market or mom and pop grocer keeps money in your community, so does buying independently owned beer. When independent breweries are supported they, in turn, support local farms and industry.

At Jersey Wine & Spirits we love to introduce our customers to interesting new beers. Come down and check out Revolution Brewing --- we'll help you find your next favorite beer.