In a trend that is not likely to continue, I received word this morning via a press release that St. Louis will be getting another brewery. The Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, which is scheduled to open in late 2010, will be the handiwork of two former Anheuser-Busch employees: Florian Kuplent, UCBC’s brewmaster, and Dave Wolfe, UCBC’s marketing and sales principle. UCBC will be located at 3229 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103.
For those of you who don’t know Florian, he was the man in charge of the A-B’s pilot brewery, which was responsible for putting together some of the craft-style beers in the Michelob series. Born in Bavaria, Florian has been involved in brewing for almost twenty years. He’s has stints in Germany, Belgium, and England. He even helped to start-up and launch Meantime Brewing Company.
It’s important to note, this is a brewery and not a brewpub. While UCBC will have a tasting room and biergarden, they won’t be offering up a full meal to go along with it. As Kuplent told me yesterday, “Think of it as a wine bar for beer. We’ll be offering up things like meat and cheese platters to compliment our beer.” They plan on offering their beer in bottles and on draught around the area.
As for what beers will be available from UCBC, that’s still shrouded in a bit of mystery. Looking at both the press release and the website, it looks like UCBC will be offering up two different lines of beers. One line will be called Revolution, which appears to be a celebration of the American craft beer scene. While the second line will be called Reverence, which looks to pay homage to classic European styles.
I’ll be heading over to UCBC later this morning, so I hope to have some more information and photos later today. It’s certainly exciting to see St. Louis’ beer heritage return to something closer to pre-Prohibition every time we turn around.