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  • Brewery: Metropolitan Brewing
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Illinois
  • Style: Kölsch
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  • PHM Grade: A

Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch

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So, it’s cold outside in the western burbs, and I’ve spent a good hour of my day walking in it. I come in from the freeze looking for something intriguing. I’ve got the apartment to myself for the moment. Time to kick back and listen to some tunes – random playlist starting with “Chubb Sub” by Medeski Martin and Wood. And pour a glass. Reaching into the fridge with eyes closed, my fingers find the cold hard bottle of Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch. Beautiful. A little taste of Germany this side of the Pond.

So Metropolitan Brewing Company is a native Chicago brew palace, up on north Ravenswood in Chicago. Never been there. In fact, I’ve never even heard of them before tonight. But they make Kölsch, and I freaking love Kölsch. It’s a hybrid beer, light in color and boasting a feisty personality. Smells sweet and fruity. Kölsch beer has its origins in Cologne, Germany. Other Kölsch brews I’ve tried are New Holland’s Full Circle and I think another one by Summit: this Metropolitan is the best I can remember.

The color is great … lightly golden and hazy. But not hefeweizen hazy. And no floaties. This beer is brewed with a little wheat malt on top of the hops, which gives it its character. This is less bitter than pilsner, which I also enjoy. I guess it looks a little like a summer beer, but actually it has a crisp, full taste to it that makes it a great choice at any point in the year. I am extremely eager to try this beer on tap.

I’ll end with a little soliloquy from Metropolitan’s website:

Krankshaft Kölsch style beer goes great with fruit salad, sailing, pot stickers, graduation parties, gyros, kick ball, pistachios, cole slaw, Star Trek marathons, miso, rye vodka, canoeing, dinner waffles, dal, gelato, star gazing, popcorn, beach combing, barbeque, lawn chairs, chiles rellenos, muenster cheese, Black Jack, hummus & pita, pinball, guacamole, gardening, French Onion soup, and yoga.

Word is bond. Hat’s off to these guys for an excellently brewed beer.

ABV: 5%

Grade: A

Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch, 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
  1. Also try:
    Summertime by Goose Island
    Curve Ball by Pyramid Breweries

    Tom — December 16th, 2009, 12:06 AM
  2. Metropolitan has only been brewing (professionally, under that name) for 1 year now. They also make Flywheel Bright Lager and Dynamo Copper Lager in bottles; the Dynamo is my favorite of the three. They have a Generator Dopplebock out right now, but only in kegs, and I haven’t managed to make it to a place that has it on draught. I’d hate for it to run out before I can try it, as I’ve been teasing the brewer/owner to do a doppelbock since I found out he was going to get the brewery off the ground.

    Russ Perry Jr. — December 16th, 2009, 11:11 PM
  3. That’s awesome! You’ll have to introduce us to the owner!

    Taylor — December 16th, 2009, 11:23 PM
  4. Had this on tap last night. I could not agree more with your grade. It was very drinkable and refreshing. Better than any American-style Kolsch I’ve had yet. Nice mild hop character and some body from the wheat that was used.

    Tom — May 22nd, 2010, 11:44 AM
  5. Thanks for the kind words, guys!

    My friend went to high school with (one of you) and told me about the site. You should really try to make it to the brewery for one of our tours, we’ll talk beer (and e-mail me a heads-up).


    tour info:

    Jess @ Metro — November 21st, 2010, 12:37 AM
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