Way back in September of 2010 when Urban Chestnut Brewing Company owners Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe told me they would be opening in late 2010 there is about a 90% chance I looked at them like they were crazy. In fact, there is a pretty good chance I even told them this.
In December, when equipment was being delivered they had slightly changed the timing, but they were confident that they would be open in January of 2011. I believe that the “you people are crazy” look returned. But, who’s crazy now?
I’m happy to announce that Urban Chestnut Brewing will be opening its doors at 5PM today. Here’s a look at the beers being offered up today:
Half Crown – The inspiration for this beer was to brew a nice ‘session IPA’. We’ve basically achieved this by taking a standard American IPA and ‘brewing it out’ to about half the stats. Dry-hopped with Willamette, Mt. Hood and Cascade hops. ABV- 4.0%, IBU’s- 25, OG – 10.5 Plato (Tall Pilsner)
TBD or ‘Wasandis’ – One of our first test batches was and is an unfiltered pilsner, and it was and is in search of a name. Brewed with a healthy dose of several types of Hallertau hops, TBD, ‘was and is’ an experiment that has ended up quite nicely. ABV- 5.1%, IBU’s- 30, OG – 12.0 Plato (Footed Pils or Stein)
Schnickelfritz – The unmistakable characteristics of this Bavarian Weissbier are achieved with a yeast that is decidedly fruity and phenolic. You may note clove, nutmeg or even vanilla and/or banana-like aromas and flavors. ABV- 5.2%, IBU’s- 15, OG – 12.5 Plato (Weissbier Glass)
Harwood Myth – This English-style, brown porter has a nicely rounded, roasted malt flavor. You may detect some cocoa and /or caramel surrounding the bitterness on the sides of your tongue. Malts: Caramel, Chocolate, Two-row pilsner ABV- 5.3%, IBU’s-28, OG – 12.5 Plato (Goblet)
Zucker Weisse – This relatively light session beer is essentially a Berliner Weisse. Drink it ‘straight’ to appreciate the light tartness… Or repeat these words “Ich bin ein Berliner” and add a bit of fruit syrup. Hops: Hallertau, Perle Malts: Two-row Pilsner ABV- 4.0%, IBU’s- 10, OG – 9.5 Plato (Tall Pilsner)
With just a quick glance, you’ll notice that the two year-round beers they announced earlier this month aren’t on the list. I’ve been told that these beers aren’t quite ready and so we’ll see them soon.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited to try these beers and I know I’ll be there at 5PM.