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Revolution brews beer with Reckless Records for Record Store Day

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Revolution Brewing already makes beers named after songs by Black Flag ("TV Party") and Circle Jerks ("Coup d'État"). So it should come as no surprise that the brewery's latest beer will be arriving this weekend, just in time for Record Store Day. "After we opened our taproom, Tom Walcyzk from Reckless Records started DJing once a month and [the beer] evolved out of that," Revolution's marketing manager Aimee Quinkert told us, "Back in September, he asked if we would brew a beer for them." Revolution's brewers started experimenting and came up with Hand Over Fist, a crisp lager that was inspired by ubiquitous macrobrews.

"We wanted to elevate experience of drinking at a punk show and do an homage to the light, crappy beers that we would sneak as teenagers," Quinkert explained, "Something super easy to drink but still complex enough to be a craft beer." We got the chance to taste Hand Over Fist on Wednesday night when it was tapped at the Revolution Brewpub and can confirm that its comparable to a really good Budweiser, combining light, bready malts with just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Revolution brewed only 15 barrels of the lager, which will be tapped at music venues and bars located near Reckless Records stores (check out the complete list of locations) on Saturday, April 18. The brewery will be joining in on the Record Store Day festivities by throwing a party at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park, just steps away from the new Reckless Records location. If you want to drink a beer approved (and named) by local record store clerks, you'll need to head out for a drink after you score your limited edition LPs.

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