Metropolitan Brewing Taproom

Metropolitan's Long-Awaited Taproom Is Here

With Pints of Kölsch and Pilsner Along the Chicago River

By Sarah Freeman ·
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There's something special about drinking beer at the source. 

Sipping a pint in proximity to the glistening tanks. Maybe giving a little nod to the brewer. Maybe.

You couldn't do that at Metropolitan. For years, the German-inspired brewery has been a champion of the Chicago beer scene, but you've been stuck marveling at the lemon notes of Krankshaft Kölsch from afar. No more, for the Metropolitan Brewery Taproom is now open in Avondale. Take a look.

After walking through an industrial labyrinth, you'll enter the light at the end of the tunnel sitting on a pristine strip of riverside real estate. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the central bar and wooden tables, where you can watch geese land on the water while quaffing a frothy Jet Stream.

"Come here and bring your weird," instructs cofounder Tracy Hurst. She's offering Haus Helles and dark-as-night Magnetron Schwartzbier in their airy taproom. 

It's a place to pick up a growler. It's a place to nerd out over caffeinated brews made with neighboring Metropolis Coffee. It's a place to while away the hours with friends on a sunny afternoon.

But mostly, it's a place to drink beer.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.


Metropolitan Brewing Taproom
3057 N Rockwell St
(between W Barry Ave and W Nelson St)
Chicago, IL, 60618


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