A new year brings some new beer. St. Louis’ newest so to be open brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, announced on their blog two of the first year-round beers that we’ll soon see.
For those of you that may not remember, Urban Chestnut will be producing two series of beers. One line will be called Revolution, which will celebrate the ingenuity of the American craft beer scene. While the second line will be called Reverence, and will pay homage to classic European styles. Here’s a look at the first two beers:
Winged Nut, Revolution Series #1: We are affectionately referring to the first beer in our Revolution series of modern, American craft beer, as our unusual little bird. It’s a little on the flighty side @ 6.5% ABV, and it’s a little on the wacky side because we’ll brew it with finely milled chestnuts (genus castanea …for you nut freaks), Willamette hops, and we’ll ferment it with a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain. All of these nuances contribute to its ‘nutty’ personality. Target stats (final stats TBD): 25 IBU, 6.5% ABV, 14.5 Original Gravity
Zwickel, Reverence Series #1: Our first beer in our Reverence series of traditional European-style beers, is a sessionable German lager known as a Zwickelbier – a very old ’classic’ with a heritage traced back to the Middle Ages. Zwickel, pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, is unfiltered, unpasteurized and finishes as a smooth-drinking, vitamin rich (from the yeast), naturally cloudy beer. Hops: Hallertau Malts: Two-Row Pilsner. Target stats (final stats TBD): 19 IBU, 4.8% ABV, 11.8 Original Gravity
Here are the tap handles for these two new beers:
Apparently each handle is “made out of 150-200+ year-old, reclaimed chestnut planks salvaged from 18th & 19th century tobacco and dairy farms.” I wonder how many of those are going to get nicked? (And if you do steal them, you’re a terrible, awful dickhead.)
I’ve been told that both beers will be year-round selections. With any luck, Urban Chestnut could be brewing later this week. UCB hopes to be open later this month.