Metropolitan Flywheel Bright Lager – Country’s Best Dortmunder/Helles-style beer

August 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm


Doug and Tracy Hurst — friends of The Local Beet — must be feeling pretty good these days.

They are the brains and brawn behind Metropolitan Brewing, the area’s only craft brewer devoted to lagers. We’ve profiled them before.

Now, their Flywheel, which Doug and Tracy describe as a “bright lager,” was named best in the country for a Dortmunder/Helles style beer (appropriate, given Doug’s German brewing experience), in the United States Beer Tasting Championship. It’s a subtle beer, but easy to appreciate for someone just getting into the world of great craft beers. It’s also easy to appreciate for true beer geeks who get tired of triple strength, ultra dark, smack-you-upside-the-head-with-the-ABV beers.

The United States Beer Tasting Championship is a rigorous, multi-stage tasting, in multiple locations. They try to seek out the best of smaller breweries in the country.

At Metropolitan, they found one.

Undoubtedly, Doug, Tracy and their friends (and their Flywheel) will be at this Saturday’s (8/20/2011) Microbrew Review in downtown Oak Park, IL. We hear there are a few tickets still left, but check with to make sure.