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Metropolitan Brewing began operations at 5121 N Ravenswood in June of 2008. On January 21, 2009, we sent our first shipment to Chicagoland: 16 kegs of Flywheel Bright Lager. Tracy and Doug were still married, and the two of them, along with a couple of incredibly dedicated interns and a group of loyal and fun volunteers, performed every single duty in the brewery all the way from brewing beer to packaging it. They relied entirely on their distributor’s sales team to sell Metro beer. In-brewery duties would be tackled during the day, they’d clean up, and attend events and promotions in the evenings.
Ten years later, Doug and Tracy no longer share a personal life (divorced in 2013), but they are both more dedicated than ever to Metropolitan Brewing. Doug continues to be the genius behind our beers supported by the talent of a Lead Brewer, Cellar Master, Operations Manager, and a Packaging Manager. Tracy runs the business side of the brewery and heads up the sales team who sells Metro lagers throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Oh, and Flywheel is finally named for what it is: Flywheel Pilsner Bier.
In 2017, we moved into our new home at 3057 N Rockwell. We found this space almost three years prior, when it was little more than a lean-to filled with hoarded detritus and rave droppings.
Joining a team including the Chicago-loving developer behind Bridgeport Art Center and Green Exchange, local architects, and tried-and-true contractors, we unearthed a gorgeous 125-year-old building, as if it were quietly waiting for us to find it and believe in it. In the end, our space is as dichotomous as a bottling brewery known for shotgunning cans of beer. Our brewery is modern, clean, and airy, but very much 100-year-old Chicago.
Metropolitan Brewing is an independent craft brewer.
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