On Tap: Urban Chestnut is Opening a Consumer Research and Pilot Brewery

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

St. Louis has developed quite a palate for craft beer. Soon, you’ll be able to become a beer tester and give feedback on Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s newest creations as the local brewery announced plans this week to open The U.R.B.—which stands for The Urban Research Brewery—a consumer research and pilot brewery in The Grove.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut

The plans for the space, Located directly across the street from the Grove Brewery & Bierhall, will include accommodations for brewing small batches of beer, a consumer research bar area and a small pizza-by-the-slice counter. The research bar area will be set up for guests to give instant feedback on test beers via their cell phones, tablets or other smart devices. The U.R.B. will be open daily, offering “test flights” of four two-ounce samples for $1, with the one requirement that the “surveyee” provide feedback within the digital platform. An opening is not yet slated, so stay tuned for updates. 4501 Manchester Road, The Grove

Jan. 15: Head to 4 Hands Brewing Co. tonight to celebrate the release of the brewery’s fourth anniversary beer, The Wise Man.  Available on draft in the 4 Hands tap room and for sale by the bottle, the wheat wine aged in Caribbean rum barrels was inspired by the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” Golden in color, expect a full-bodied and smooth, bread finish with notes of caramel, vanilla and a touch of coconut. 1220 S 8th St., LaSalle Park, 314.436.1559

Jan. 15: The 11th Annual Loop Ice Carnival is this Saturday and the 2016 SnowBall will be kicking off the festivities at the Moonrise Hotel. Don your casual and cozy attire and head to the rooftop—don’t worry, it’s inside too and there will be heaters—for drinks and tunes by local DJs. There’s no ticket or cover charge, but bring two canned goods or non-perishable items for Operation Food Search and you will receive a complimentary SnowBall Specialty Cocktail. 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222

Jan. 16: Get stuffed with a great meal and beer this weekend at Brasserie’s Beer Brunch with pairings from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. This month, feast on items like Smoked Beef Belly Slinger with potato pancake, fried egg and beer gravy. 4580 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.454.0600

Jan. 16: Embrace winter at Schlafly Bottleworks for Cabin Fever. The “fire and ice” themed outdoor beer festival is from noon-4pm. Guests can take part in the celebration with music, food, ice carvings and more than 30 beers from Schlafly, including seasonal favorites like White Lager and year-round beers like Grapefruit IPA. Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance at Bottleworks and Tap Room (or $35 the day of) and includes unlimited samples. 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

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