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Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Paste Magazine Names Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s no denying that St. Louis is one of the great beer brewing cities of the world.  Well now, according to Paste Magazine, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. which is the third-largest brewery in St. Louis has the second-best wheat beer out of their list of the 59 best wheat beer/hefeweizens.

Paste Magazine returned to print in March of 2017, as a quarterly magazine writing about a number of different topics such as Music, Movies, TV, Design, Style, Visual Arts, Tech, Food, Drink, Travel, Politics, Media, Business, Science and Health.  So how did they come to their conclusion? Professional beer writers, brewery owners and beer reps did a blind-tasting of 59 American pale wheat’s and German hefeweizens to make that determination.

Each year Urban Chestnut produces about 20,000 barrels.  They have locations in the Grove, Midtown and Germany.  “This is one of those beers we never seem to be able to praise enough,” Paste said.  “We have yet to encounter any American brewery that consistently brews classic German styles as cleanly and superbly as St. Louis’ Urban Chestnut.  This is just what these guys do best, and it’s well past time that everyone else shared our esteem.”

Schlafly Beer, the second largest St. Louis brewery producing over 60,000 barrels a year has made the top 10 list twice, with its hefeweizen coming in at No. 4 and its raspberry hefeweizen at No. 8.  According to Paste, ” The raspberry hefe gives you is the best of both worlds — decadent aroma, but without all the cloying sugar or artificiality on the palate.  For that reason, it’s absurdly drinkable.”

St. Louisans will have the opportunity to make their own determinations on their favorite beers at this year’s St. Louis Microfest.  The 2017 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 p.m.  It is one of the premiere festivals in the St. Louis area offering festival goers the chance to do a lot of sampling.

The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.


Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.


Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.


Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.


Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.


Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.


Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.


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Dog Day Friday Reset & Oktoberfest Kicks Off @ Urban Chestnut

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Urban Chestnut: Long known for their dedication to sustainability and community, the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is on a mission to give back.  Their last Dog Day Friday event to raise funds for Stray Rescue St. Louis was rained out, so they’re planning another one.  The microbrewery is inviting dog lovers and dog owners to bring their furry friends to a family-friendly Dog Day Friday at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis.

They’ll be grilling hot-dogs and brats, and chilling on the east lawn on Friday, September 30, from 4:30 p.m. to dusk.  There will be live music and plenty of cold UCBC cans! If it rains again, they’ll just move under the terrace next to the Bierhall!  Twenty-percent of all sales will benefit Stray Rescue St. Louis.

Of course, at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, 3229 Washington Avenue, Oktoberfest has already begun and runs through Sunday.

  • Friday 9/23: 12 pm – 11 pm
  • Saturday 9/24: 11 am –  11 pm
  • Sunday 9/25: 12 pm – 7 pm

This year’s party is filling two city blocks with German food, music, and beer or bier, if you prefer.  Also joining the party are Perennial Artisan Ales, Civil Life Brewing Company, 2nd Shift Brewing, and Schlafly Beer.

There’s no admission fee for Oktoberfest St. Louis, but new in 2016, this is CASH ONLY event, in an effort to shorten the lines.  And on Sunday (family day) they’ll have a kids tent with activities hosted by Catherine Cares, including Lebkuchen (cookie) decorating, crafts, music, and games.

Dog Day Friday
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall

4465 Manchester Avenue

St. Louis 63110

Oktoberfest 2016
Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewing Company & Biergarten

3229 Washington Avenue

St. Louis 63103

Phone: (314) 222-0143

Contributing Editor: Susan Smith-Harmon


Urban Chestnut Brewing

Urban Chestnut Brewing 6th Annual Oktoberfest

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Urban Chestnut Brewing has announced their 6th Annual Oktoberfest scheduled for September 23, 24 and 25th, 2016 at their Biergarten located at 3229 Washington Avenue in St. Louis, MO.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is one of the most successful breweries in the metro area.  They offer two locations in the St. Louis area and one in Germany (1) 3229 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (2) 4465 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO and (3) Am Brunnen 2, Gewerbegebiet Am Brunnen, 85283 Wolnzach, Germany.

The event offers a Munich style celebration with German cuisine, amusements, live music for your entertainment and of course German bier.  No ticked is required.  However, if you buy a stein in advance it cost $8 or $10 day of event.

Additional supporting local breweries are Schlafly, Civil Life, Perennial Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing.  The hours are Friday, September 23 starting at 12 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, September 24th starting at 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday, September 25th starting at 12 pm to 7 pm.

For more information contact:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

3229 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 222-0143


Urban Chestnut

Urban Chestnut Brewing Expands to Chicago Market

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – There are a lot of breweries entering the St. Louis market these days, but one that just continues to grow is the avant-garde Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC).  And while expanding, it continues to keep the unconventional nature it’s known for, while still remaining a tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer.  The brewery is known for its contemporary American beers, like the Revolution series, and also, its classically-crafted European styles, such as the Reverence chain.

The company, founded in 2011, runs two breweries; Midtown Brewery & Biergarten in Midtown St. Louis and Grove Brewery & Bierhall in Forest Park Southeast St. Louis, and a third brewery, Urban Chestnut Hallertauer Brauerei, in the Hallertau region of Bavaria.  Now, Missouri’s third largest craft brewery, is taking on the competitive Chicago craft beer market with its endless flow of local breweries, and its “more than a little willing” number of beer devotees.

The latest operation in the Grove has allowed them to expand its brewing output, therefore, providing the ability to increase its distribution imprint.  They now have a capability for 30,000 bbls of annual brewing capacity on-line. Last year, the company increased distribution to Columbia, Jefferson City and Kansas City, and soon, will be joining ranks with Lakeshore Beverage Company, Illinois’ largest distributor.

Founders, Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, have both undergone extensive experience at small breweries worldwide.  They even both put in time at the world’s largest brewery, Anheuser-Busch, before co-founding UCBC.  So, if you’re headed up north anytime soon, keep a look out…Urban Chestnut will soon be catering to beer enthusiasts in the Windy City.  The exact launch date for the latest brewery is still currently pending.


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ST LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s has two more beers that are now available in 4-packs and on draft year-round!  Hopfen and Dorfbier join the ranks of Zwickel, Schnickelfritz, STLIPA, Winged Nut, Apotheosis, and Fantasyland, expanding UCBC’s year-round selection to eight beers.

Hopfen, an India Pale Lager, is brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘Hopfen’ instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPAs, giving this beer a decidedly German twist. Although it’s now referred to as an IPL instead of an IPA, Hopfen is still the same beer!

Dorfbier – Some refer to the Dunkel style as the original bier of Munich and its surrounding villages (Dörfer). This everyday bier ranges in color and sweetness depending on the amount of Munich and roasted malts used. The sweetness of the malt is then balanced by the use of another Bavarian friend…the Hallertau hop…in this specific case, Hersbrucker, grown near Wolnzach, Hallertau.

About Urban Chestnut

Urban Chestnut is locally owned microbrewery that has expanded outside the St. Louis region.  Urban Chestnut has two St. Louis locations.  (1) 4465 Manchester Rd, St Louis, MO 63110 (2) 3229 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO.  Phone (314) 222-0143.

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Steinfest @ Third Degree Glass Factory, March 18, 2016


Steinfest @ Third Degree Glass Factory

ST LOUIS, MO (STLRestaurant.News) – Third Degree Glass Factory proudly presents “Steinfest,” a new concept for its Third Friday Open House in March. Guests purchase a one-of-a-kind hand crafted glass beer stein and enjoy the craft beer deliciousness of Urban Chestnut! It’s the perfect kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

  • Browse a huge selection of handmade blown glass beer steins by the independent artists in Third Degree’s studios. The purchase of a stein comes with two free beersby Urban Chestnut.
  • Glass art activities: Work in our studios to make your own paperweight, flameworked glass beads, fused glass jewelry or nightlight ($25-$35).
  • Get Completely Sauced…for dinner! New Orleans style cuisine from a delicious food truck!
  • East Gallery presents “Heroes and Villains” by Steven Walden — a 3D art  experience featuring original works of art portraying pop culture heroes of comics and film. On display until April 13.
  • 8:00p: Jam out to rockin’ tunes by DANG! 
  • 8:30p: Fire spinning by St. Louis Fire Technicians.