Generator - November through March

This beer is all about the malt. Dark Munich malt, rich in melanoidins (brewer-speak for "flavor"), provides a monstrous backbone for this deceptively easy beer. A light balance of Horizon and Santiam hops is there to support the talent.

Hearty enough to provide a monk's Lenten sustenance. Robust enough to feed Midwestern grit. Bold enough to kick a Sasquatch in the junk.

"Metropolitan makes lagers that are the opposite of shitty." - Philip Montoro, The Reader

  • Original Gravity 19
  • IBU 26
  • SRM 18
  • ABV 8%

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Krankshaft - year-round

Krankshaft, a Kölsch style beer is our homage to the beer brewed in Cologne. Our most popular brew - if you've tried our beer before, your chances of having had this beer is 1 in 2 (maths!). Lemony flavors compliments of the ale yeast meld artfully into the dry, clean finish thanks to lagering. Krankshaft can be found at Soldier field. Krankshaft is the foundation of at least one Hawks fan's game-time tradition. Chicago is all about Krankshaft, and Krankshaft is all about Chicago.

  • Original Gravity 12
  • IBU 28
  • SRM 3
  • ABV 5%

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Flywheel - year-round

Flywheel Pilsner Bier features the spicy hop flavors and bitterness you expect in a Pilsner, but we amp up the malt bill for balance, mouth-feel, and because we're inspired by German styles, not bossed around by them. It's okay to use mildly inappropriate expressions of affection for this beer, such as "it makes me feel feelings," "I'd marry this beer if I wasn't such a playa," and "I love this beer more than most food."

  • Original Gravity 13
  • IBU 45
  • SRM 3.5
  • ABV 5%

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Dynamo - year-round

If malt and hops are the two poles of brewing, Dynamo Copper Lager is the gently spinning sweet spot between them. Toasty, smooth Vienna malt compliments a lively hop bite. Pair this one with spicy food for maximum effect.

  • Original Gravity 13.6
  • IBU 29
  • SRM 8.4
  • ABV 5.6%

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Magnetron - year-round

If you grew up in the US, there's a solid chance you once thought lagers were pale-yellow, flavorless, over-carbonated, marketing-driven, adjunct-riddled shame poured into icy-frosted glassware. We've all been there. But now we're here.

Behold: Schwarzbier, the blackest of lagers. This is the one you pull out when you have a fucking point to make about the diversity of lagers. Magnetron is malty, medium-bodied, and gently hopped. The magic of lagering makes this brew rich, but mild and well-balanced. Expect flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, and a gorgeous, dry finish.

Darker than Satan's soul. As metal as Dave Lombardo's double-kick. None more black.

  • Original Gravity 13.8
  • IBU 30
  • SRM 26
  • ABV 5.6%

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Afterburner - September through October

Of course we make an Oktoberfest. And we release it in September as per tradition. Always have, always will.

We brew Oktoberfest because Fall's hoodie-temps call for toasty malt aromas and a dry, elegant lager finish. We brew Oktoberfest because the malty sweetness pairs perfectly with freshly harvested food native to the Midwest. We brew Oktoberfest because everything about this beer makes you want to gather up your friends and laugh hard.

We brew Oktoberfest in honor of an annual party thrown to celebrate beer itself. And when you think about it, that's all you really needed to know.

  • Original Gravity 14.3
  • IBU 30
  • SRM 8.5
  • ABV 6.1%

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Photo by Josh Bucher

Photo by Josh Bucher

Heliostat - August through September

Fermentation vessels have this glorious little sample valve, called the "Zwickel" in German. Brewers use this valve to take tastes of the beer as it ferments, to check for progress and quality. And because when you work in a brewery, you drink beer straight from the tanks just because you can.

In that spirit, we'll release Heliostat Zwickel Lager in July and August, only on draft. Watch our Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram accounts for announcements. This beer is meant to be enjoyed raw, cloudy, and as fresh as humanly possible. We'll package it, ship it, and bars put it on tap pretty much the minute they receive it. Now you can know for yourself what it's like to drink beer straight from the mother-ship.

  • Original Gravity 13
  • IBU 45
  • SRM 3.5
  • ABV 5%

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Arc Welder - May through August

The German Beer Institute asserts that Dunkel (dark lager) is "The World's First True Beer Style." We're not too concerned about who was first, but we're confident that Dunkel is one of the truest beers we've ever experienced.

Ours features 25% rye, reminiscent of the not-as-famous style also brewed in Bavaria - Roggenbier. Arc Welder is the best way we know to celebrate Bavaria in one glass. A big glass. As big as possible.

Like, really huge.

  • Original Gravity 13.2
  • IBU 25
  • SRM 17
  • ABV 5.5%

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Iron Works - March through June

Back each March by popular demand, and for a limited time, we refer to this brew as our "nerd-pleaser."

Altbier is one of the few German ales, and we brew ours to make you feel like you're drinking in Düsseldorf. Just like the Germans, we can't help but lager this beer for a while anyway. Rich, dry Munich malt flavors; herbal hop bitterness; and molasses-raisin aromas come together to peak your interest, but in no way impedes a thirsty chug.

  • Original Gravity 13
  • IBU 45
  • SRM 13
  • ABV 5.4%

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