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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
36 Beers
1,063 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
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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(Place added by: redbird on 02-01-2011)
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Reviews by Tone:
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten in Saint Louis, MO
94 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.