Now Available: Series 2 Episodes from the TV Show

Here we go with episodes 11-17:

Worker-Owned Cooperatives 1- Revolution and Beer 11

Worker-Owned Cooperatives 2- Revolution and Beer 12

Safer Streets with Chris Patterson 1 – Revolution and Beer 13

Safer Streets with Chris Patterson 2 – Revolution and Beer 14

Beer Talk with Chicago’s Own Glunz Beer – Revolution and Beer 15

When ALEC Comes to Town 1 – Revolution and Beer 16

When ALEC Comes to Town 2 – Revolution and Beer 17

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Revolution and Beer returns to Chicago cable channel 19. It all starts Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. for all the 9-5ers, and at 2:30 p.m. Wed. for the over-stressed/underemployed homeworkers. Cheers!

The second season is full of friends and new places around town. We’ve got quite a few more two-part series for this season because we’re hitting some fascinating topics and felt they warranted it.

Starting-off the season will be Episode 11 on Oct. 1. On this episode, we sat down for a drink at Maria’s Packaged Goods in Bridgeport. We were joined by Dennis Kelleher, Co-op Consultant and Executive Director of Center for Workplace Democracy; as well as Ricky Maclin and Armando Robles Worker-Owners of New Era Windows (formerly Republic Windows and Doors).

Find more details here on our website and our facebook page in the coming weeks, and look for re-runs of the show on CAN TV in September.

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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Spiteful Brewing’s Double ESB and the meaning of reward


The sound of a heavy sigh, and me draped over the back of a chair. Before me the nearly smoking hot keys of the keyboard, and those magic words that every writer alternately prays for and dreads-“The End.”

It is the end of this road. The cats and laundry have been neglected. Dishes have piled up in the sink, and the wife kind of, sort of recalls the last time we actually had a substantive conversation. For the last several weeks the predominance of our communication consisted almost entirely of a befuddling series of gestures and waves. But it is done, and after all of that, the late nights and up-before-dawn writing binges, I can rejoice-albeit alone.

No, no, it isn’t like that. The wife didn’t leave me for someone who communicates verbally. She was at work when I finished the Play, “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden,” a humorous swipe at the security state. So I fed the cats, which, as excited as they were for food, gave the place a party atmosphere. As for me, I was saving something special for this moment.

I’d been coveting a bottle of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever, Double ESB. I grabbed a couple of stout tulip glasses to focus the aroma a bit and headed over to Brian’s for a taste. We’d both had a tough year, and beer really has made the difference in keeping us both from falling to deeply into those challenges. Beer, good beer, and the community we brought to it, carried perspective. I caught him at home alone, waiting for the family to return. The house was quite, golden late afternoon sunlight bleeding through the blinds in the front room of his red-brick Chicago bungalow.20130803_181337

The beer poured to a cloudy copper color with a bit of an ochre hue. The light cream head was full and airy, settling gently, and lingering upon the glass in an intricate lacing. The aroma was light and nutty with a slight fruity character with notes of grapefruit and cherry. Brian and I raised our glasses together. Radio, TV, nearly a hundred protests this year, a new book and a play, on top of all that has happened this year-so far- and the first taste of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever charged through us like a shot of joyously cold electricity. The 7.6% ABV didn’t hurt either!

The nutty character of lightly toasted malts hinted at in the aroma carried over richly in that first taste. It was laced with fruitiness underlying that bordered on the tart side without being disagreeable. Extra Special Bitters, or ESBs are a bit of a misnomer. They are, in fact, characterized by balance. The double ESB, I surmise, referred to an enjoyable hoppy bitterness at the end.

It had come up cool that evening, the sun nearly set behind the two flats across the street. Brian and I finished the last of our beer. The family was just getting home, so I made my departure. The fever and rush of the last several months seemed paused for a moment, the memory of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever Double ESB and the peace of the evening returning perspectives to their rightful place. I took a cleansing breath and started down the shadowed block. Sometimes even revolutions need a moment…

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The Revolution and Beer TV Show – Turn On, Tune In, Drink Up!

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Feminism and Beer – Part 2

On episode 5, Feminism and Beer part 2, We continue with our intelligent, creative, and very classy guests, Paula Kamen, Regina Buccola (@TheLittleProf), and Linda Bubon. Please join us as we continue to explore this topic in a very nuanced matter…with good beer in-hand.

Feminism and Beer – Part 1

On episode 4, Feminism and Beer part 1, we explore an issue that might be considered an odd pick for some straight working-class fellas…but only if you’re afraid of working and organizing alongside. I won’t speak for Turck because it’s not my jurisdiction (I know damn well whose it is;), but as for me; regardless of the nature or breadth of the interaction, I can’t get enough of that spirit.

This may be one of the few informative, and non-awkward (ok, so it’s a little awkward) conversations that you’ll ever witness in a bar on the topic. It can actually can be done, and not likely what you expect.

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Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 P.M.
On Saturday March 30th, we gathered with a much larger and very boisterous crowd at Leadway Bar and Grill, 5233 N. Damen. Joining us for the taping of our 3rd TV show were David Hatch from the People’s Lobby, Kristi Sanford from a Just harvest, Toby Chow from Fair economy Illinois and Michaela Lovegood from IIRON. We had an awesome time discussing corporate tax cheats and the politicians you love them in Illinois–over beer of course.

Special thanks again to Sandra J Alvillar .AGAIN for the beautiful photography. Extra special thanks to Frank, Bianca, and Valentina for the incredible hospitality at Leadway Bar & Grill.

Repeat on Wednesday June 19 at 2:30 P.M.

Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 P.M.
Episode four: Exploration of Contemporary Feminism, With Real Feminists part 1
Taped at Leadway Bar 4/6/13)
Repeat on Wednesday June 26 at 2:30 P.M.

All shows will be cable-casted on CAN TV network cable channel 19. Includes Comcast and RCN subscribers.

A special thanks to Ben Houston, our producer. Also, to AJ Francisco, our amazing chef. We owe both of them a case.

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TV Series Launch Party: June 6th

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On June 6th we’ll be previewing our upcoming series on CAN TV. This was a BIGGG project for us, and definitely pushed us outside of our comfort zones again. It has consumed most of our efforts for the last 2 months. We filmed a full season in about a month, and had an absolutely amazing roster of guests. Exhausting? yes. Worth it? HELL YES! So let’s celebrate.

Come join us for local craft beer, food, and conversation; because it’s not about the problem, it’s about the solution…and the beer. Please come be a part of our community and have a say in it.

The party takes place at the lovely Leadway Bar and Grill, located at 5233 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60625.

Time: 7pm-10pm

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