A Hop Focused Visit to Revision Brewing in Sparks, NV
Revision Brewing Company has been a NorCal favorite since their first kegged beer hit the market in March 2017. Their official grand opening came a little later, in May of 2017. Revision Brewing may have been a new brewery back in 2017, but co-founder Jeremy Warren had been testing the boundaries of the IPA style for many years. Jeremy was the co-founder and head brewer of Knee Deep Brewing and was brewing legendary IPA from the early 2000s.
In 2015 Jeremy left Knee Deep, selling his stake in the business. He teamed up with four others to create Revision Brewing. He wanted the freedom to brew the beers he wanted whenever he wanted. After attempts to locate the brewery in West Sacramento dissipated, the brewery found its home in Sparks, Nevada. About 4 miles from the Reno Downtown Riverwalk area and less than an hour away from Lake Tahoe.
In typical craft brewery fashion, they are located in a nondescript warehouse in an industrial section of Sparks. That is, except for bold red and black signage that adorns the outside of the building. Inside, you will find a comfortable taproom in the front and a large, spacious inside “beer garden” with plenty of seating, corn hole and eye-catching cartoon-style artwork depicting the brewhouse and hops having their own beer-filled party. The place is friendly. From the staff to the other patrons, it’s a chill place to hang out. In addition, Revision has a second tasting room located near the Riverwalk in Reno. Revision Tap Room at Pignic.
While Revision is known as an IPA house, in 2018, they began a barrel-aged program, and in 2019 they started a lager program. Revision’s year-round beers are IPA heavy. They have a total of 8 IPAs. They include Revision IPA, Disco Ninja IPA and Dr. Lupulin Triple IPA. They also have a Revision Red, Blonde NV and RBL Lager. An impressive list of core beers. Their seasonal list is extensive. There is a sizable list of hazy and west coast IPAs, 3 additional lagers and a series of barrel-aged Stouts.
For this visit, I was sticking with the hops. One west coast, one hazy and one classic.
First up, Hana Vision. This is a 6.5% west coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Hana Koa Brewing. Strata, Citra, Simcoe Cryo Hops are blended perfectly to provide deep tropical hop aromas and flavors without blowing you out with heavy bitterness. This is a clean and crushable beer that finishes crisp. At 6.5%, this is a perfect beer to enjoy, whether grilling in the backyard or just hanging out.
Next up, Boogie Bus. This is a 6% hazy IPA that features Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. While this beer brings more tropical hops flavors, it’s a more rounded profile than Hana Vision and has a softer finish. While still easy drinking, this might not be as refreshing on a hot Reno day.
I couldn’t leave without getting a personal favorite, the core Revision IPA. This is a Simcoe heavy IPA that comes in at 6.5% of pure IPA perfection. Tropical, citrus and pine flavors just work. This beer is bitter enough to know it’s an IPA, yet smooth enough to realize that one will not be enough. I’m not the only one who thinks this way about the beer. It has the medals to back it up, including the 2018 World Cup gold for IPA and various awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
If you’re looking for a brewery addressing all the IPA segments, you need to plan a visit to Revision. They are hitting the fringes of the style in a fun way. Their takes on hazy are solid, and they are nailing the classic west coast style as well or better than anyone else. I need to pry myself away from the hops and check out some Lag on my next visit.