Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer. We are located in St. Louis, MO and were founded by two friends who have collectively been involved in the brewing industry for approximately 40 years. One, Florian Kuplent, is a German-born and educated brewmaster who brings over two decades of international brewing expertise to UCBC. The other, David Wolfe, is a St. Louis native who spent almost two decades employed with St. Louis’ largest brewer in the areas of sales and marketing. We like to call our unique brewing philosophy Beer Divergency —a ‘new world meets old world’ brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to the ‘revolution’ of craft beer through artisanal creations of modern American beers, and pays ‘reverence’ to the heritage of beer with classically-crafted offerings of timeless, European beer styles.
We have three locations in the city of Saint Louis. Our original location, our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, which opened in January 2011, is situated in an old 1920′s garage in a district of St. Louis known as Midtown Alley. With its traditional, German biergarten and developing barrel-aging program, our Midtown brewery represents the Reverence side of Beer Divergency. Additionally our second facility, our Grove Brewery & Bierhall (formerly a paper company which was also built in the 1920’s), opened in February 2014, and it is located in a neighborhood nicknamed “The Grove”. We utilize this brewery as the source for the bulk of our beer production and for all of our packaging and distribution. With its large, industrial bierhall and European-inspired cuisine, our second brewery represents the Revolution side of Beer Divergency. In November 2016, we opened the Urban Research Brewery (The U.R.B.), located across the street from our Grove Brewery & Bierhall, which houses a small, pilot brewery and a New York-style pizza-by-the-slice counter. The U.R.B. provides us with the capability to brew very small batches of experimental beers, and it allows us to collect instantaneous feedback from guests on these beers via their ‘smart’ devices. Finally in January 2015, we opened our German brewery in Brewmaster Florian Kuplent’s homeland of Bavaria. Wolnzach, a small town situated in the world’s largest hops producing region, the Hallertau, is now the home of Urban Chestnut Hallertauer Brauerei, where we produce our third series of beers; the Hallertauer Serie: small batches of locally sourced, Bavarian bier.
Regardless of which brewery you may visit, either our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, our Grove Brewery & Bierhall, The U.R.B., or our Hallertauer Brauerei, all are located in areas with unique histories. Areas that are undergoing revolutions of their own, allowing us to be a part of a vibrant “urban culture” grounded by our “chestnut roots.”