Metropolitan Brewing

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Metropolitan BrewingMetropolitan Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

3057 N Rockwell Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618
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Metropolitan six pack holders are date stamped on the bottom.

Taproom hours:
Monday 4p - 10p
Tuesday 4p - 11p
Wednesday 4p - 11p
Thursday 4p - 11p
Friday 4p - 12a
Saturday 12p - 12a
Sunday 12p - 10p

Added by mothman on 01-15-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 2
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of vikingpillager
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Plenty of parking but to get to the actual brewpub space you have to take a very long walk through what seems to be a perpetual construction site. Loose gravel, etc. Once you get to the taproom, though it's very nice. Modern--concrete/glass with communal seating. Floor to ceiling windows with views of the river and city. The beers aren't really my style but at least it's a cool spot that's kid- and dog-friendly.

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4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The new site on Rockwell is currently under construction. Follow the signs on the street through the construction site, to the taproom in back, it's right on the river.

The space is immaculate and had me awestruck from the moment we walked in.
Floor to ceiling glass windows with a serene view of the river and shimmering trees, the sears tower was a mere blip above the treeline. Several blue herons glided from one bank to another, and the occasional rowing team powered by. It was practically a hidden wildlife refuge.

The new space is really something else. It's open and airy to say the least, with pleasant acoustics thanks to heavy wood beams overhead that absorb the crowd noise. The bar itself is rough hewn wood that's been sanded down with a smooth epoxy resin surface adding a smooth glossy sheen. It extends out into the space island-style, around a bank of taps set into a cold storage wall in back. A view of the brewhouse can be seen through new windows in an old brick wall.

Selection is good, with 8-10 house beers on opening day, a couple i've not seen before. The classic Oktoberfest is a must-try, one of the better ones made in the city. 3 draft sizes, 4 oz. taster, quarter liter, and half liter. Consistent quality has always been Metro's strong suit, and they were an early proponent of freshness dating their packaged beers.

Service was friendly and chatty, a couple familiar faces from Smallbar were running the bar. Tracy the brewery owner was chatting with friends and patrons, and offered free pizzas for everyone on opening day, which was a very nice gesture.

Overall this taproom is destined for greatness. I'll be here many times from here on out, it's a very welcome addition to the Avondale area. Local BYO food options: Cafe Tola, Pisolino, Taqueria Traspasada, Taqueria La Zacatecana, 90 Miles.

2018: Metropolis Coffee collab beers have started flowing... it was inevitable.

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Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,494 ratings