On Wednesday I was supposed to begin my Mandolin Class at the Folk School in St Louis. Unfortunately the class didn’t make — I didn’t find out until I went for the class. Needless to say, I was not very happy! However, I was cheered up immediately when I realized Urban Chestnut was right there near the school–and only 2.5 miles from my place!
A short 10-minute drive lands me right in the middle of “an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer.” They like to call their unique brewing philosophy Beer Divergency—a ‘new world meets old world’ brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to the ‘revolution’ of craft beer with artisanal creations of modern American beers, and pays ‘reverence’ to the heritage of beer with classically-crafted offerings of timeless European beer styles.” (from the Urban Chestnut Webpage).
I have to agree with them wholeheartedly — their efforts are really impressive. I had their sampler of four beers: 1) Hopfen, 2) Urban Blacktop, 3) STLIPA, and 4) (not Wolpertinger … they were out) Stammtisch.
As beer 24 on day 24, STLIPA is a double (or Imperial) IPA. Really nice beer, but as with most of their beers, don’t expect it to adhere to any style — they make their beers the way they want to and I’m all for that. I do like the mix of strange concoctions and classic beers — I will be frequenting this place a little more often!
Oh, here are a couple of more pictures of the brewery. They’ve got a very nice beer garden — inviting, large — you can definitely celebrate a big party at this place!
See you in my Neighborhood soon!
(Oh, and check out their little growlers … pretty neat)