Metropolitan Coffee House in Federal Hill has reopened several months after being damaged by a fire. If you liked the old place, you'll like the new. One major improvement: during rebuilding, Bruce Dorsey took the opportunity to add more draft lines, including a two-tap Unibroue tower. The downstairs bar conversion is not yet finished ("Contractors!" said Bruce of the ever-popular source of renovation delays), but when it is it will sport a total of fourteen taps, plus the upstairs beer engine and six more taps upstairs. In addition, another bottle refrigerator has been added, giving them a few more "big-bottle" selections to offer.
On tap right now (well, as of a couple hours ago): Schneider Weisse, Ommegang Hennepin, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Troegs Rugged Trail Ale, Wolavers Oatmeal Stout, and North Coast Red Seal Ale downstairs, Brooklyn IPA, Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter, Allagash White, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion IPA, Ommegang Witte, and Troegs Pale Ale upstairs, as well as a firkin of Loose Cannon and an Olivers on the engine. Pending as soon as the cooler is finished: Unibroue Maudite and Chambly Noire, Bittberger Pils, Fullers ESB, Reading Premium, Uintas Anglers Pale Ale, and Lagunitas IPA.
Man, is this place looking good.
Pub grub tip: They offer two chilis on the menu, a vegetarian and a three-meat offering. If you ask, they'll blend the two in a bowl, which works out to be the best option for omnivores. They do also offer a full restaurant menu, up to steak and stuffed chops.