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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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3.69/5
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41 Beers
1,324 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3229 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1218
United States
phone: (314) 222-0143

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @urbanchestnut

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 22
Photo of amccoy74
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

This is my favorite UCBC beer. It has the faintest red wine scent which takes me back to my alter boy days. Excellent

Photo of P-funk
4/5  rDev -4.5%

We don't miss a chance to visit the taproom whenever we venture to St. Louis. Well done UC!

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

This review is the for the Grove location (the beer hall), not the beer garden.

UC's brewing facility is located on the outskirts of the downtown area in an area called The Grove. Upon entering, there is a gift shop area selling the typical schwag (t-shirts, glasses, hats, and such) as well as beer to go. Keep walking and you'll enter an absolutely huge, warehouse-type room with row after row of heavy, dark, wooden tables and benches. This is the beer hall.
There is a bar with stools to one side with all of the table on the other. At the very far end there is a covered patio. All beer orders are placed at the bar. There are no servers. Beers are listed on two poles and are colored either orange or blue, traditional or modern (though I might have the colors mixed up). Order your beer and take it back to your table.
Food is the same, though there is a different counter to order and pick up from. Here you're given a buzzer and when your order is ready they call you to come pick it up. Food is quite good - far better than I expected it to be. Mostly modern reinterpretations of classic Belgian and German fare. Open faced sandwiches, sausages, and frites. Spaetzle leaves the plate as a side item and takes center stage, reimagined as the German version of pasta. Impressive.
I want to say service is hit and miss, but that would be inaccurate: the bartenders were all very knowledgeable and very personable. However, the food-tender was lacking in both intelligence and personality, seemingly plucked from the nearest McDonald's to run the register.
Prices on the beer are fair whereas the food is a bit high.
Very cool place. I'll be back if I'm ever in the area again.

Photo of Mexwald
4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Fantastic atmosphere and wide selection of traditional German-style brews. The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their products.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

The wife and I stopped at Urban Chestnut on a quiet Wednesday afternoon at a lunch time, bleary-eyed from a flight and lack of sleep. The place was dead, except for two guys who seemed to work at the brewery and a Korean-War veteran drinking a couple of pilsners. The taproom is, by any standards, very spacious: a long L-shaped bar and dozens of tables, plus ample windows and lots of sunlight. I could hang out here all day!

They let me try a bunch of their house brews (they also offer Schlafly on tap) and I settled for their STLIPA, a Double IPA. I can see how their offerings are unique, but I was no fan of all those odd brews like Black Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Nut and Chestnut.

We had a light lunch there consisting of delicious cheese curds served straight up on a plastic bag and a pretty good local brat with mustard. This is super simple food, but it goes oh-so-well with beer.

I would come back to Urban Chestnut for the atmosphere and eats, but the beer didn’t cut it for me. A great local hangout nonetheless.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a place I wish I'd have stopped by during some warmer months. I was able to catch a glimpse of the beer garden, which was closed because it's now a chilly fall Tuesday evening, but it looked outstanding and I can imagine some good times being had out there. There weren't many people in but again it was a Tuesday night. Otherwise, a very nice setup with wood tables, a decent amount of space.

I only had the chance to try two beers while I was there. Both were good but did not blow me away. The STL locals rant and rave about the beer here so I'll be back to give some more a shot.

The bartenders were friendly, graciously poured samples, offered their knowledge, and genuiinly seemed engaged in the beers and customers.

They had a nice selection of old european styles and modern american styles.

Good prices, speaking strictly of the beer. I didn't have a chance to eat any food.

I'll definitely be back to try some more. I hear a lot of good things about this place and while I wasn't personally blown away I can see the potential and maybe just selected the wrong two beers to try.

Photo of JohnW58
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

This place was a nice surprise near, but slightly off the beaten path, from St Louis University. It has the great atmosphere that one would expect at a micro-brewery, namely a large Spartan brick walled room with wooden beams in the ceiling, exposed ventilation pipes, drop ceiling lights, large wooden tables, etc. It also has a nice outside beer garden. The beer selection was limited with 8 on tap, although the quality of the 3 I had were very good. They also encourage trying a sample first before ordering. Bartenders were friendly and generally very helpful. The food was very limited and not intended as a meal, but rather as an appetizer. The sausage platter I had was tasty and went well with the double IPA I was drinking. All in all a nice experience.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

My 2nd visit here. Fairly busy for late afternoon on a Sunday. About 15 beers on tap. One flat screen draws a crowd for the Cardinal game. A lonely dart board and foosball table in the back are near the restrooms. Friendly knowledgable service. Great beer. It was raining or I would have tried the beer garden. Tried the bratwurst and it was fantastic in the pretzel bun. Loved the mustard and I dislike mustard. Wish it had been warm, though. It was room temperature.

Photo of JEdmund
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Urban Chestnut's main drinking area is a bit sparse, but it's well lit. Seating was hard to come by while we were there around 5 on a Saturday. I hear there's also a beer garden, but we didn't venture outside. Walking up to the entrance you can view their compact but seemingly large brewing setup.

I was really impressed with the amount and variety of beers on tap. And having tried four of them, I was equally impressed with how good they were. Definitely above average. So now I can't wait to go back and spend a little more time there.

Prices seem high to me at $5 a glass, but I'm used to paying $3.75 at my local brewery. The bar tenders were friendly and helpful.

Definitely check this place out if you're in St. Louis! It's right down the street from the Fox Theater, which was convenient for us to hit up after seeing The Book of Mormon.

Photo of delalove
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place, wish I could have stayed longer. Looked like they had a nice food menu, but didn't get a chance to try any! It nice to see a lot of German brews on tap, their take on a Bavarian IPA was very nice. Glad I was able to stop in for a sampler, happy to see so many small breweries in St. Louis taking on the big boys! Keep up the good work!

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very well-respected place in the St. Louis area... and for good reason. I had an awesome beer by them the night before I went at a local bar near my hotel the night before, but the kicker was the glowing review that our bartender at Schlafly gave this place (and the whole operation). We walked directly from Schlafly to here, like we did in all of St. Louis. Trust us (me and my wife), it's not bad!

Atmosphere: Not exactly located in an industrial park, but it was definitely off the beaten path. The building itself is filled with light, especially on a summer day. Surrounded by glass on all sides, the tables in the central area had kind of a picnic sort of feel, which I personally loved. Very, very clean!

Quality and Service: I learned during my stay in St. Louis that the brewmaster here actually created "ShockTop." I can't confirm this, but he still has my respect. The beer here was fantastic. I tried their RIS and DIPA and was quite impressed. Also, since their beer was staple in the local area, I tried them a lot. They have a hefeweizen that can compete with the heavies!

Selection: Like most breweries interested in their profession and art, the selection here is always great and always evolving.

Value: Compared to the area I'm from (DC), this was a bargain! It's a small brewery, and a great one at that. Be gentle.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

i love this place. huge beer garden apparently recently opended up out back. small inside bar area with a cool vibe. out back is awesome, tons of picnic tables for seating, live music up front, and enough people pouring beer to keep lines down. over 10 brews on tap, all of which i thought were delicious. the spruce beer and the imprial stout really impressed me. the snacks we ordered were all very good, local meats and cheeses. people seemed to be friendly, this is a great place to hang out and pass time. prices were fair enough, we had an absolute blast a this place and will definitely return. some cutting endge brewing happening too.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Interesting place. Was there for the festival on May 12th, 2012. Nice setup with picnic tables outside and more tables inside. Staff was very pleasant. I got to talk to the head brewer too, he was very helpful and knowledgeable. The beers were quite tasty, especially the spruce ale, which was my favorite. I'm not rating the food, because even though I was able to eat, they had various BBQ joints from in town serving food for this event. Smoki-O's was quite tasty though, as usual! I love that place! Prices for beer were ok. I'd like to go again, and try some more of their beers. I can tell you the zwickel is great stuff because they served it at another place in town that I've been to before.

Photo of bradybeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Located off the main STL downtown area. This is indeed a rare gem. A German inspired brewery that are making some exciting beers. I have to say that of all the breweries I have visited in the STL, I didn't make it to 6-rows or to the new 4 Hand Brewing,this brewery is making the best beers-period and have toppled Schafly as the best beers in STL.

Located in a new building there are some seating around the bar. We tried all 13 beers and there wasn't a stinker in the lot-we loved the Imperial Pils, the Zwickel, Winged Nut, Harwood Myth, Hop Switch, etc. Wake up Schlafly the bells are tolling.

Service was outstanding. Didn't try the food but it looked good.

I would have stayed here to closing, but alas could not.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by with the wife for a couple of beers and a bit of time away from the kids.

The Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is on Washington right off of the St. Louis University campus. It occupies a space that was an old service station many years ago. The bar has the feel of a loft space with exposed brick and wooden rafters. We felt right at home and comfortable immediately.

Drinks are ordered at the bar. Service is fast and friendly. The blackboard above the bar listed at least a dozen of the UCBC beers (no guest beers) while also showing each of the beer's ABV, IBU and Session information. Free tasting samples are given and

The food is mostly snacks along with meat and cheese platters which were very good.

We will definitely be returning to Urban Chestnut. Their future looks very bright.

Photo of DCon
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited here on 3 seperate trips, I have came back each time BC of their beer selection and their story telling behind each of their beers.

Every time I've came here, its been almost exactly 4PM when I've started sampling/enjoying their brews. It is very quiet and easy going with no music at the time. Its almost as if everyone is about to get on their "2nd Shift" and want peace and quiet for the first hour or two of happy hour. This is the time I wouldn't mind skipping(would rather get here around 6PM+ when its more hopping). After this happy hour, the music seems to come around and so do the people.

Every bier is served in its appropriate glass, with the right amount of head, and there is no smoking inside the brew-pub. Perfect!

Photo of Chincino
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited Urban Chestnut Brewing Company twice during a recent visit to Saint Louis. The atmosphere was great. The first night I went, they had a band playing and tables set up outside. Inside, the atmosphere was very homey and relaxing. There were games such as chess set up on tables for people to play while enjoying their beers.

The service was great. Our server was very helpful telling us about the history of the UCBC and offering us samples to try. The beer selection was great and I enjoyed every beer I tried. I particularly liked the Winged Nut, the Zwickel, and the Hopfen. I also tried a sample of the porter on tap which was also very good.

I really enjoyed the vibe of this place and the beers were excellent. One of the partners, John, talked with us about the UCBC. It was a great time both visits. I really recommend visiting Urban Chestnut!

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here for a bite to eat on our way to Cedarburg, 5 Jul 2011. Suggested by the guy at Schalfly, cause they were closed.

Looks like a renovated industrial brick building. Cement floors, maybe 8 two tops and a dozen four tops plus a bar that swaps maybe 20. 15 or so beers on tap, no guests. Bartenders friendly and unobtrusive. Brewing tanks to the left in a separate room. Biergarten outside. Small after lunch crowd. Food is limited but tasty, mostly meat and cheese samplers. Darts in the right hallway and a couple of checkers games if you want them. A liked the trellising over garden but it is not grown in yet.

Photo of phaleslu
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

St. Louis has a new gem in Midtown. Urban Chestnut is on Washington between Compton and Grand, just a few blocks north of SLU’s athletic complex and east of the theatres. The building is an old auto garage of some kind, and the high ceiling in the brewing area allows for an impressive setup. There are huge windows in front with a very cool UCBC neon at the top. Limited parking is available in front but there is plenty on the streets. The pub area is on the right, and features an exposed brick interior with dark wood furniture; there are a couple glass doors leading to the brewing operation. There are 10 taps up front and 5-6 more around the side of the bar, but the tap list seems to indicate that there will be 10 UCBC beers at a time. Since I was there on opening day, the place was well-staffed (and continues to be), with head brewer Florian behind the bar greeting people and pouring beers. The menu so far is limited- pretzels, chips, cheese and meat trays, et al. St. Louis has a lot of brewpubs I’d recommend if you have time, but this one is a must-visit.

Photo of sampx
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Second time here and still impressed. First time was week after they opened. Beer selection improves each time. More higher gravity options (Kinsale and STLIPA). Around 12 total choices. Very generous with free tasting samples before having you make your decision. Great atmosphere with wooden tables. Very knowledgeable and friendly bar staff. Outdoor area will be great once weather improves. Limited food options but meat and cheese platter was very good. If traveling to St Louis for beer, make this a required stop.

Photo of tenaciousp65
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This place had a great atmosphere from the second we walked in. A very friendly staff and a very handsome looking bar. The room is brick on the sides and has a cement floor with wood tables. The brewery is in an old car garage and you can see everything inside. The guys running the place seem to have alot of experience and it shows in the beer. They have 12 beers, 6 are revolution beers which are new and celebrate the craft brewery renaissance. The other 6 are revelation and are based on traditional german beers. Everything we've had so far is delicious and nothing is stopping us from returning again soon.

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Just visited this new brewpub last night. I think it has only been open for three weeks, so they are still working on their long-term vision. Their is very limited parking in front, but more behind the building and on the streets. The brewing equipment dominates the west half of the building. The equipment can be viewed through large glass windows in the shape of garage doors. The tasting room seats roughly fifty people with plenty of standing room. Seating is comprised of old printers tables that adds character, in my opinion. Walk-around bar with limited seating. All orders are made at the bar. The service is very friendly and quick.
They had six beers on tap. They were split into to sections; half were part of the revolution series and half the reverence series. The reverence is their celebration of brewing heritage and the revolution is their take on the new craft brewing scene brews. I had two beers from the reverence and one from the revolution series. They were each very good and served in appropriate glassware. $4.50 per beer, which is about average for brewpub prices in the St. Louis area. The menu is limited for the time being; pretzel roll, chips, and sausage. The three choices are all made by small local companies. Website states they open at 5 pm on Saturday, but we got there at 4:45 pm and they appear to have been open for a while, at that point. By 6:00 pm the place was packed - awesome sign for a new brewpub! Great new place that will only get better.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten in Saint Louis, MO
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