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Metropolitan Brewing

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Metropolitan BrewingMetropolitan Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

3057 N Rockwell Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618
United States | map

Metropolitan six pack holders are date stamped on the bottom.

Added by mothman on 01-15-2009

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
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4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The site is currently under construction. Follow the signs through the site, the taproom is in back, 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. The bar extends in a rectangular way from a bank of taps set into the wall of cold storage on the back wall. 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. Quality has always been Metro's strong suit, and they were an early proponent of freshness dating on 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 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.

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Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,429 ratings
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