Passing through Illinois on a business trip, I stopped to get gas. It was 7:30am. I am more in the mood for breakfast than beer, but this gas stop does have a beverage center, completely plastered with plenty of ads for beer specials on the windows. After filling up, I head in to see what they have. First I grab a muffin, then I check the cooler. Definitely, some interesting choices, but one can really appeals to me. I grab a sixer and head to pay.
My choice...straight outta Chicago. Revolution Brewing's "Freedom of Speach". Check that can art! That brewery has embraced some serious design skills. Bagged and stashed, I hit the road again.
Back in Kentucky, its time to taste test this Session Sour Ale made with peaches. Interestingly, I was not 100% sure what a Session beer was, so I turned to the trusted Beer Advocate, which describes a session beer as follows " Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish - a combination of which creates a beer with high drink-ability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period or session, without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. (Yes, you can drink and enjoy beer without getting drunk."
Now that we know what a Session beer is, I could not find anywhere on the can the ABV of the Freedom of Speach. Heading over to the Revolution Brewing website, this tasty sour checks in at 4.5% ABV and has an IBU rating of 7, meaning no hop taste.
The beer is open and I pour it into the only vessel suitable for beer - glass. The beer has a faint alcohol aroma, produces little head and is light in color compared to a lager. First taste and you can tell its a sour. The flavor is not overwhelming, and the peach is mild and in the background...lurking but muted. This beer has a high drink-ability and is tremendously refreshing...I wish I was drinking this on a hot afternoon instead of an evening after work. Grabbing my phone, I check this beer in on the Untappd app and give it a 3.75 rating. A little more peach, a little higher rating. I think I expected a more pronounced fruit presence, but this beer is still very good.
Revolution Brewing has a long history for a craft beer brewery, you can find their very interesting story on their website. Its noteworthy that Revolution Brewing is now the 50th largest brewery in the USA. Quite an accomplishment. The Freedom of Speach is a seasonal beer, and part of the Freedom Series. There is a Freedom of the Press beer, also a sour, that is brewed with black Currants. I hope to find that in the near future on my next "business" trip. Its interesting to note that the seasonality of these two beers do not run concurrently. When Freedom of Speach is out of season, Freedom of the Press starts up. You are going to need good timing to get both of these in one visit.
Revolution beers are distributed in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, and Wisconsin. No Kentucky??? We need to work on that one. The Kedzie production facility offers up tours, the latest information can be found on the website, When travelling, pick up one of their beers, based on my test, you won't be disappointed.