Patio Life at Urban Chestnut in Midtown Saint Louis
With the rise of independent craft brewers, kicking back with a glass of thick amber beer or a light, refreshing brew can happen all days of the week—especially at St. Louis’ beloved Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC). You’ll find its three St. Louis locations full of young professionals sipping artisan libations and devouring its tradition German pubfare.
The brewery was co-founded eight years ago by German-born brewmaster Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, both formerly of Anheuser-Busch. What began as their own small endeavor benefited from the wealth of experience they gathered while working for the beer juggernaut, which has also benefited their local devotees.
While UCBC is modeled after the traditional German brewhaus, with its giant wooden tables and menu items like bratwurst with mustard and sauerkraut, the team has also meticulously placed homages to the modern drinker. It’s a place where one can come gingerly sip a dark lager or scarf down a warm pretzel plate in the wave of company. When it comes to some of humanity’s uniting elements—food, beer and camaraderie among them—here, who you are, or who you aren’t, doesn’t matter.
This story originally appeared in GUIDED: Saint Louis Exploring Midtown. Read the full issue.
Photography by Carmen Troesser.