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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has had a crazy five years since they opened their doors in 2011. Has any other local brewery has quite the explosion that UCBC has had?

Since their opening we’ve seen them grow from their beautiful space in midtown to an enormous and gorgeous in the Grove. We’ve seen their tap handles pop up all over town and now bottled beer hit the shelves.

We’ve seen them grow from selling beer just in the St. Louis area to expanding their footprint to Kansas City, southern Illinois, and even Indianapolis.  And if that wasn’t enough, they even expanded to Europe when they purchased a small brewery in co-owner and brewmaster Florian Kuplent’s homeland of Bavaria.

It’s eye-popping to see how much they’ve grown.  But they’re still a local brewery at heart.  To celebrate this enormous success UCBC is throwing their 5th annual Wolpertinger festival on Sunday, January 24th from 1-5PM at their Grove Brewery and Bierhall.

$35 (or $40 day of) will get you a chance to sample beers from over 30 breweries including special guest Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon. Come out and celebrate all of UCBC’s success with a great festival!

Oh and if you’re wondering what a wolpertinger is, other than being a fantastic beer festival, UCBC has provided this colorful description here:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” who will be rewarded!

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You may be saying, “Whoa, wait, I don’t remember seeing a Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Wolpertinger contest!” If you didn’t, that’s because you may not be part of our STL Hops Insider Email. We’ll be doing special contests like this in the future, so make sure to sign up using the form on the right side of this page.

That’s enough of that self-serving garbage, without further ado, the winner of the two tickets to this event is Christopher Meyer. Congrats to Christopher and thanks to everyone who entered.

Thanks also to UCBC for giving us the tickets to give away.  Tickets for Wolpertinger are still available, buy them here!

 

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has had a crazy four years since they opened their doors in 2011. Has any other local brewery has quite the explosion that UCBC has had?

Since their opening we’ve seen them grow from their beautiful space in midtown to an enormous and gorgeous in the Grove. We’ve seen their tap handles pop up all over town and now bottled beer hit the shelves.

We’ve seen them grow from selling beer just in the St. Louis area to expanding their footprint to Kansas City, southern Illinois, and even Indianapolis.  And if that wasn’t enough, just this week they announced that they purchased a small brewery in co-owner and brewmaster Florian Kuplent’s homeland of Bavaria.

It’s eye-popping to see how much they’ve grown.  But they’re still a local brewery at heart.  To celebrate this enormous success UCBC is throwing their 4th annual Wolpertinger festival next Sunday, January 25th from 1-5PM at their Grove Brewery and Bierhall.

$35 (or $40 day of) will get you a chance to sample beers from over 30 breweries including special guest Sun King Brewing out of Indianapolis. Come out and celebrate all of UCBC’s success with a great festival!

Oh and if you’re wondering what a wolpertinger is, other than being a fantastic beer festival, UCBC has provided this colorful description here:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” who will be rewarded!

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ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant begins their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by some fine folks from Urban Chestnut. UCBC will be on hand to discuss and sample Wolpertinger, Winged Nut, STLIPA, and Hop Switch. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

Time flies when you’re making beer but believe it or not we’re quickly coming up on the 2nd anniversary of the opening of  Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. It’s amazing just to see

I love looking back and seeing just how much change we see from our new breweries as they celebrate each of their anniversaries. In the case of UCBC, one of the biggest developments has to be the addition of bottle beer now available all over St. Louis.

To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary, UCBC is throwing a birthday bash. On Saturday, January 26th, UCBC will be holding their Wolpertinger beer festival (it’s also head brewer Florian Kuplent’s birthday!) If you don’t know what a wolpertinger is, here’s UCBC’s description:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  This year as our special release, we will be re-releasing,“Wolpertinger 2012”, which we like to call Winged Nut on Acid – a 9.0% ABV, chestnut ale that has been aging for over a year on Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.  We will be pouring draught samples & bottles will also be available for purchase, BUT Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as fellow wolpertingers with a few bottles from his personal stash (once again the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” will be rewarded…come on out you furries!).

While this party is definitely a celebration of their second anniversary, UCBC wants to use the occasion to celebrate the St. Louis beer scene as a whole. So, they’ve invited out over 15 different local brewers to get in on the fun. Here’s a list of who’s attending:

  • Schlafly
  • Charleville
  • Buffalo
  • Six Row
  • Four Hands
  • Perennial
  • Civil Life
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Ferguson
  • O’Fallon
  • Cathedral Square
  • Square One
  • Exit 6
  • Augusta
  • Morgan Street
  • 2nd Shift
  • Scratch
  • Crown Valley
  • Excel
  • Ommegang

This event will be running from 1PM to 5PM on Saturday, January 26th and tickets will cost you $35. You can purchase tickets by following this link here. And if all of this wasn’t enough to get you to come out, this festival will also feature a very special guest in that UCBC has invited Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart to the festival.

Happy birthday to UCBC, looking forward to many years to come.

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News breaking this morning that Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has chosen Grey Eagle Distributors for their distribution in St. Louis County along with portions of Franklin and Gasconade counties.  This deal marks the first new brewery to be sold by Grey Eagle outside of the Anheuser-Busch breweries.

“It’s exciting for us,” says UCBC co-founder David Wolfe, “You need someone behind you to get big and we think Grey Eagle is the best choice.”

The deal will take place within the next 30 days.  Grey Eagle will begin by distributing the flagship Winged Nut and Zwickle beers. Distribution for the city will continue to be self-managed by UCBC.

“This distribution agreement will enable Grey Eagle to participate more fully in the growth of the craft beer category,” says, David Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Eagle. “Both Grey Eagle and Urban Chestnut are local companies that are committed to the communities we serve.”

Oh Sunday, I remember you well.  You were the day before everyone went absolutely crazy over some non-local craft beer news.   You were the day when the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company 2011 Hopfenfest. You were also the day where I met a Hop Queen and an fantastic beer writer.

Basically, what I’m saying was, you were awesome.  For those of you that didn’t attend, here are a few photos of the 2011 Hopfenfest.