In my 160th blog post, we are going to check out one of the newer breweries in the Chicago area that has popped up in the last 7 years. The brewery I am talking about is Metropolitan and the beer is their Krankshaft. Here is a little history on this brewery. Metropolitan Brewery was founded in 2008 by Doug and Tracey Hurst in the Ravenswood Neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Their beers are the German Style. They brewery several different brews in the German Style. Let us get into this beer.
Krankshaft is one of their everyday six-pack beers and is unique to see this style of beer be available everyday. In most cases, brewery’s Kolsch is a Spring or Summer Seasonal. It has a pale yellow color with a little white head on the beer. It has a slight citrus smell. It has a nice slight citrus taste and a nice dry crisp aftertaste. It is very drinkable.
Here is a description from their website (www.metrobrewing.com):
Brewed in homage to the beer of Cologne, Krankshaft is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. There are no Köbes to serve them up, but you should feel free to have as many as you like.
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.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I was not a fan of this brewery at first because when they came out I was not into German Craft Beer Styles. However, when they first started, I still wanted to check them out anyways. I did try them out and did not like their beers ar first. I am just being honest, however, I tried their beers again of late. Where I try this beer, I knew it was fresh because they tapped it right in front of me. I wish they had a brewpub so I could try their all their beers. I went to their website and I noticed they do brewery tours. I would love to get into one but it looks like they do not have any tours happening anytime soon. I will be checking back to see if they have updates on more brewery tours. This is one of the best Kolsch Craft Style that I have had in a long time. It has a ton of flavor but the drinkablity like mass produce American Lager. It has a better taste of course. This beer could switch a ton of those American lager drinkers. It is smooth and crisp but enough fruity notes to make the alehead happy. Since I cannot get Schlafly Kolsch, I will be adding this my line up beers. This is a great beer and I am happy that is Chicago Brewery is not copying what the other Chicago Craft Breweries are doing in the market. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser