Metropolitan Brewing is hands down one of Chicago’s best lager breweries. That is why when co-founders Doug and Tracy Hurst quietly opened their new Riverfront taproom in Avondale it quickly gained buzz in the press and amongst craft beer lovers. There are twelve taps available, including Metropolitan’s core beers; Krankshaft Kolsch, Dynamo Copper Lager, Flywheel Pilsner and Magnetron; plus seasonals like Heliostat and Afterburner; and limited time releases such as rotating coffee-infused beer Nitro Grind-amo made with Metropolis Coffee beans.
Chicago Sweet Treats interviewed one patron who visited the taproom the first week it opened and enjoyed their Magnetron Schwarzbier beer. We spoke on the trek it takes to get to the taproom–through gravel, plywood, and literal construction–but how the flagship is well worth the trip. According to Eater Chicago all beers are the same price, with half-liter pours for $6, quarter-liter pours for $4 and four-ounce tasters for $2. Beer is also available in growlers, with pours running $10-$12 and growler bottles for $5. Six-packs are also available for sale along with glasses and other brewery paraphernalia.
There’s no food served at the dog and kid-friendly taproom. “No license or desire,” Tracy Hurst told DNAInfo. “The culinary scene in Chicago is such that I don’t think you should be entering it unless you’re bringing it your A game. And our A game is beer.” However, guests are welcome to bring their own or order in, and with choices nearby like Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Kuma’s Corner, dinner and drinks at the Riverfront taproom makes for a perfect night.
“One thing that will never change: no ales. No pale ales. No IPAs. And no stouts,” said Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune.
“Doug and I are old-time small-business people,” Hurst said. “That’s not about asking people what they want. It’s showing people what you’re good at and telling them why it’s great.”