Destination: Urban Chestnut's New Bierhall And Brewery
There’s no doubt that the craft beer scene is booming in St. Louis and last week marked yet another indication of growth as Urban Chestnut Brewing Company officially opened the doors to their second location in The Grove on Manchester Avenue. Nearly seven times the space of their original Washington Avenue storefront, Urban Chestnut’s new bierhall is the largest craft brewery in the area with the capacity to produce up to 100,000 barrels each year.
Inside the 70,000-square-foot space, beer fans will find an industrial décor that nods to the building’s history as the Renard Paper Company facility. Before beginning the renovations of new location, Urban Chestnut teamed up with Green Street St. Louis to ensure that the space became a LEED-(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building. From solar panels on the roof to donating their spent grains to local farms, Urban Chestnut made a point to reduce their carbon footprint in all facets of their business—even when it came to designing furniture for the new location.
Local carpenter Martin Goebel of Goebel & Co. Furniture crafted the massive bierhall tables from 50 local white pines, which were all harvested sustainably after suffering storm damage. Another area furniture craftsman, Jermain Todd of Mwanzi, was commissioned to create 30 bar stools that he made from recycled raw steel and recovered wood of an uprooted ash tree last year in St. Charles.
The bar at which Todd’s stools now sit provides guests with a great view of the production tanks. Urban Chestnut offers over a dozen of their beers on tap between both the revolution and reverence series. Beers from the former series are more modern and often have unique ingredients, such as the Cuvée de Pêche that used over 500 pounds of peaches from Hermans Farm Orchard in St. Charles. Whereas the reverence beers tend to stay true to the classic profiles of traditional brews, such as the Tatler English bitter ale or Stammtisch German pilsner.
To go along with all of that beer, Urban Chestnut has a menu filled with Germanic favorites. Try the classic take on a schnitzel sandwich, which begins with a thin cutlet of pork that is breaded, fried and served with pickled onion and mustard. Pommes frites, fresh oysters, salads and charcuterie boards provide plenty of options for those looking to enjoy a little snack with their pint or a full meal. For a sweet treat consider ordering the Liege waffles with their addictive, sugary crunch or the Bavarian doughnuts.
Guests looking to learn a little more about the brewing process should consider taking the self-guided tour through the fermentation tanks and packaging hall.
Open Monday from 11am to 10pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm; Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1am; Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. 4465 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.222.0143.