This content was originally published by The Hop Review, a digital magazine that joined the Hop Culture family in March 2020.
This piece was written by Robert Battista.
May Beer of the Month:
Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch
Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We’ve been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that’s seasonably appropriate, accessible, not too harsh on the wallet, and might even impress your friends.
With hot sunny days just around the corner, THR’s May BOTM is
Brought to us by Bottles & Cans
Since 2009, the team at Metropolitan, led by Doug and Tracy Hurst, have been pumping out tasty lagers across Chicago. Walk into your local watering hole and your bound to see taps for their year round offerings like Krankshaft, Flywheel (Bright Lager), or Dynamo (Copper Lager). Throughout the year, Metropolitan peppers in lager beers perfect for the changing seasons. As one of the older kids in the Chicago brewing scene, Metro has been steadily supplying us with crisp, clean, and thirst quenching beers. With hot days hopefully ahead, we’re ready to cool off with a 6-pack of Krankshaft.
Take a look at the specs:
- Metropolitan Brewing (Chicago, IL)
- Style: Kölsch
- ABV: 5%
- Price: $10.99
You can pick up Metropolitan Krankshaft at Bottles & Cans (4109 N. Lincoln Ave.) in Northcenter. If ya get to Bottles & Cans, ask for other recommendations from owners Joe and Carly or any of the other knowledgeable staff on hand. And tell ’em we say hey!
This is one of those beers you pour into your glass and then admire like a piece of art. A beautifully translucent golden straw color topped with a white cap of foam that slowly laces the glass as you sip. An aroma of malt sweetness with some herbal notes fill your nose. The taste on this is slightly sweet complemented by some spicy notes which are attributable to the German Noble hops found in this beer. The finish is clean, crisp and refreshing. For that first hot Chicago day, which should be just around the corner, pick up a 6-pack of Krankshaft and enjoy.
Photography by Robert Battista