Urban Chestnut Brewing Company: Craft Beer in a Social Setting

 In City Guide, St Louis

The five-year-old brewery and Bierhall in The Grove is the largest of UCBC’s four locations. (Then again, one of those is in the German state of Bavaria, so full disclosure, we have not been to all four.) Unlike the Midtown location, with its intimate taproom, graveled courtyard and cozy outbuildings, or The U.R.B. (Urban Research Brewery), where pizza and canned beer set the tone, this Bierhall is designed to feel industrial and expansive. It’s where UCBC brews (and packages) most of its beer.

The unconventional space takes a traditional concept—the German beer hall—and updates it with an urban American vibe. It’s the same approach UCBC takes to its beers. Coined “beer divergency,” its philosophy frees both the brewer and the consumer to approach its beers whichever way most appeals to them, through time-honored traditions or new and innovative experiments.

Even the food menu bridges the two worlds, with modern dishes, such as grain bowls and smashburgers, next to Old World favorites, such as currywurst, bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel and rotisserie chicken. To learn more about UCBC’s approach, take a self-guided tour or reserve a spot on one of its Saturday guided tours.

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Sauce on the Side
Gourmet calzones—10-inch pizza pockets filled with mozzarella, ricotta and more—take center stage at this local company’s third location.

4261 Manchester Ave.
314.932.7800

Grace Meat + Three
Fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, fried bologna sandwiches and moonshine (if you’re so inclined) are served with down-home hospitality at this refined Southern restaurant.

4270 Manchester Ave.
314.533.2700

Firecracker Pizza & Beer
With 66 beer taps, Firecracker could be a bar … if those uniquely rectangular pizzas weren’t so explosively tasty.

4130 Manchester Ave.
314.534.2666

This story originally appeared in Guided: The Grove, available now at these locations and in a digital edition.

Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

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