Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 735
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
The wife and I stopped at Urban Chestnut on a quiet Wednesday afternoon at a lunch time, bleary-eyed from a flight and lack of sleep. The place was dead, except for two guys who seemed to work at the brewery and a Korean-War veteran drinking a couple of pilsners. The taproom is, by any standards, very spacious: a long L-shaped bar and dozens of tables, plus ample windows and lots of sunlight. I could hang out here all day!
They let me try a bunch of their house brews (they also offer Schlafly on tap) and I settled for their STLIPA, a Double IPA. I can see how their offerings are unique, but I was no fan of all those odd brews like Black Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Nut and Chestnut.
We had a light lunch there consisting of delicious cheese curds served straight up on a plastic bag and a pretty good local brat with mustard. This is super simple food, but it goes oh-so-well with beer.
I would come back to Urban Chestnut for the atmosphere and eats, but the beer didn’t cut it for me. A great local hangout nonetheless.
11-23-2013 02:13:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-23-2013 03:05:32 | More by Vonerichs
3.84/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
This place was a nice surprise near, but slightly off the beaten path, from St Louis University. It has the great atmosphere that one would expect at a micro-brewery, namely a large Spartan brick walled room with wooden beams in the ceiling, exposed ventilation pipes, drop ceiling lights, large wooden tables, etc. It also has a nice outside beer garden. The beer selection was limited with 8 on tap, although the quality of the 3 I had were very good. They also encourage trying a sample first before ordering. Bartenders were friendly and generally very helpful. The food was very limited and not intended as a meal, but rather as an appetizer. The sausage platter I had was tasty and went well with the double IPA I was drinking. All in all a nice experience.
09-11-2013 23:02:40 | More by JohnW58
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
06-30-2013 20:44:54 | More by Franziskaner
4.24/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Urban Chestnut's main drinking area is a bit sparse, but it's well lit. Seating was hard to come by while we were there around 5 on a Saturday. I hear there's also a beer garden, but we didn't venture outside. Walking up to the entrance you can view their compact but seemingly large brewing setup.
I was really impressed with the amount and variety of beers on tap. And having tried four of them, I was equally impressed with how good they were. Definitely above average. So now I can't wait to go back and spend a little more time there.
Prices seem high to me at $5 a glass, but I'm used to paying $3.75 at my local brewery. The bar tenders were friendly and helpful.
Definitely check this place out if you're in St. Louis! It's right down the street from the Fox Theater, which was convenient for us to hit up after seeing The Book of Mormon.
03-04-2013 19:13:36 | More by JEdmund
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
03-01-2013 19:02:48 | More by delalove
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Very well-respected place in the St. Louis area... and for good reason. I had an awesome beer by them the night before I went at a local bar near my hotel the night before, but the kicker was the glowing review that our bartender at Schlafly gave this place (and the whole operation). We walked directly from Schlafly to here, like we did in all of St. Louis. Trust us (me and my wife), it's not bad!
Atmosphere: Not exactly located in an industrial park, but it was definitely off the beaten path. The building itself is filled with light, especially on a summer day. Surrounded by glass on all sides, the tables in the central area had kind of a picnic sort of feel, which I personally loved. Very, very clean!
Quality and Service: I learned during my stay in St. Louis that the brewmaster here actually created "ShockTop." I can't confirm this, but he still has my respect. The beer here was fantastic. I tried their RIS and DIPA and was quite impressed. Also, since their beer was staple in the local area, I tried them a lot. They have a hefeweizen that can compete with the heavies!
Selection: Like most breweries interested in their profession and art, the selection here is always great and always evolving.
Value: Compared to the area I'm from (DC), this was a bargain! It's a small brewery, and a great one at that. Be gentle.
12-15-2012 06:34:56 | More by Chaney
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-19-2012 16:32:59 | More by StonedTrippin
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Interesting place. Was there for the festival on May 12th, 2012. Nice setup with picnic tables outside and more tables inside. Staff was very pleasant. I got to talk to the head brewer too, he was very helpful and knowledgeable. The beers were quite tasty, especially the spruce ale, which was my favorite. I'm not rating the food, because even though I was able to eat, they had various BBQ joints from in town serving food for this event. Smoki-O's was quite tasty though, as usual! I love that place! Prices for beer were ok. I'd like to go again, and try some more of their beers. I can tell you the zwickel is great stuff because they served it at another place in town that I've been to before.
05-13-2012 16:59:08 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
01-03-2012 15:53:35 | More by bradybeer
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in Saint Louis, MO
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