AVONDALE — Metropolitan Brewing is releasing canned beers for the first time this summer.
Starting in May, Metropolitan will start selling 12-oz cans of Jet Stream Wheat and Stromhaus Helles in six-packs. By early June the brewery will start selling 12-oz Krankshaft Kolsch cans in 12-packs.
While plans to release canned beers have been in the works since December, the rollout has increased urgency thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chicago’s craft beer sales have taken a hit due to the state’s coronavirus shutdown. Many of the city’s breweries are boosting can and bottle sales after keg sales evaporated due to restaurants and bars being limited to takeout and delivery service.
“We were planning to can Jet Stream anyway. We decided to add Stromhaus Helles early on in the project, back in January. Over the past month, we decided that 12-packs of Krankshaft should probably join the family because how much fun would that be,” Tracy Hurst, co-founder of Metropolitan Brewing, said in a press release.
All three canned beers will be available for purchase during tap room carry-out hours, and online for curbside pick-up.
“Now more than ever, drinkers are making thoughtful choices,” Hurst said. “They’re looking to support local. They want to stock up on beers they know and trust.”
Later this summer, Metropolitan will also release cans of Humbucker Dortmunder, its collaboration brew with Kuma’s Corner, and 12-packs of Flywheel Pilsner Bier. For updates on new can releases, visit metrobrewing.com.
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