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Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 633
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3229 Washington Ave
phone: (314) 222-0143
(Place added by: redbird on 02-01-2011)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
The wife and I stopped at Urban Chestnut on a quiet Wednesday afternoon at a lunch time, bleary-eyed from a flight and lack of sleep. The place was dead, except for two guys who seemed to work at the brewery and a Korean-War veteran drinking a couple of pilsners. The taproom is, by any standards, very spacious: a long L-shaped bar and dozens of tables, plus ample windows and lots of sunlight. I could hang out here all day!
They let me try a bunch of their house brews (they also offer Schlafly on tap) and I settled for their STLIPA, a Double IPA. I can see how their offerings are unique, but I was no fan of all those odd brews like Black Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Nut and Chestnut.
We had a light lunch there consisting of delicious cheese curds served straight up on a plastic bag and a pretty good local brat with mustard. This is super simple food, but it goes oh-so-well with beer.
I would come back to Urban Chestnut for the atmosphere and eats, but the beer didn’t cut it for me. A great local hangout nonetheless.
11-23-2013 02:13:11 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Just visited this new brewpub last night. I think it has only been open for three weeks, so they are still working on their long-term vision. Their is very limited parking in front, but more behind the building and on the streets. The brewing equipment dominates the west half of the building. The equipment can be viewed through large glass windows in the shape of garage doors. The tasting room seats roughly fifty people with plenty of standing room. Seating is comprised of old printers tables that adds character, in my opinion. Walk-around bar with limited seating. All orders are made at the bar. The service is very friendly and quick.
They had six beers on tap. They were split into to sections; half were part of the revolution series and half the reverence series. The reverence is their celebration of brewing heritage and the revolution is their take on the new craft brewing scene brews. I had two beers from the reverence and one from the revolution series. They were each very good and served in appropriate glassware. $4.50 per beer, which is about average for brewpub prices in the St. Louis area. The menu is limited for the time being; pretzel roll, chips, and sausage. The three choices are all made by small local companies. Website states they open at 5 pm on Saturday, but we got there at 4:45 pm and they appear to have been open for a while, at that point. By 6:00 pm the place was packed - awesome sign for a new brewpub! Great new place that will only get better.
02-13-2011 12:04:34 |
More by Tone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
This place was a nice surprise near, but slightly off the beaten path, from St Louis University. It has the great atmosphere that one would expect at a micro-brewery, namely a large Spartan brick walled room with wooden beams in the ceiling, exposed ventilation pipes, drop ceiling lights, large wooden tables, etc. It also has a nice outside beer garden. The beer selection was limited with 8 on tap, although the quality of the 3 I had were very good. They also encourage trying a sample first before ordering. Bartenders were friendly and generally very helpful. The food was very limited and not intended as a meal, but rather as an appetizer. The sausage platter I had was tasty and went well with the double IPA I was drinking. All in all a nice experience.
09-11-2013 23:02:40 |
More by JohnW58
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a place I wish I'd have stopped by during some warmer months. I was able to catch a glimpse of the beer garden, which was closed because it's now a chilly fall Tuesday evening, but it looked outstanding and I can imagine some good times being had out there. There weren't many people in but again it was a Tuesday night. Otherwise, a very nice setup with wood tables, a decent amount of space.
I only had the chance to try two beers while I was there. Both were good but did not blow me away. The STL locals rant and rave about the beer here so I'll be back to give some more a shot.
The bartenders were friendly, graciously poured samples, offered their knowledge, and genuiinly seemed engaged in the beers and customers.
They had a nice selection of old european styles and modern american styles.
Good prices, speaking strictly of the beer. I didn't have a chance to eat any food.
I'll definitely be back to try some more. I hear a lot of good things about this place and while I wasn't personally blown away I can see the potential and maybe just selected the wrong two beers to try.
10-23-2013 03:05:32 |
More by Vonerichs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here for a bite to eat on our way to Cedarburg, 5 Jul 2011. Suggested by the guy at Schalfly, cause they were closed.
Looks like a renovated industrial brick building. Cement floors, maybe 8 two tops and a dozen four tops plus a bar that swaps maybe 20. 15 or so beers on tap, no guests. Bartenders friendly and unobtrusive. Brewing tanks to the left in a separate room. Biergarten outside. Small after lunch crowd. Food is limited but tasty, mostly meat and cheese samplers. Darts in the right hallway and a couple of checkers games if you want them. A liked the trellising over garden but it is not grown in yet.
07-05-2011 20:50:36 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My 2nd visit here. Fairly busy for late afternoon on a Sunday. About 15 beers on tap. One flat screen draws a crowd for the Cardinal game. A lonely dart board and foosball table in the back are near the restrooms. Friendly knowledgable service. Great beer. It was raining or I would have tried the beer garden. Tried the bratwurst and it was fantastic in the pretzel bun. Loved the mustard and I dislike mustard. Wish it had been warm, though. It was room temperature.
06-30-2013 20:44:54 |
More by Franziskaner
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Urban Chestnut's main drinking area is a bit sparse, but it's well lit. Seating was hard to come by while we were there around 5 on a Saturday. I hear there's also a beer garden, but we didn't venture outside. Walking up to the entrance you can view their compact but seemingly large brewing setup.
I was really impressed with the amount and variety of beers on tap. And having tried four of them, I was equally impressed with how good they were. Definitely above average. So now I can't wait to go back and spend a little more time there.
Prices seem high to me at $5 a glass, but I'm used to paying $3.75 at my local brewery. The bar tenders were friendly and helpful.
Definitely check this place out if you're in St. Louis! It's right down the street from the Fox Theater, which was convenient for us to hit up after seeing The Book of Mormon.
03-04-2013 19:13:36 |
More by JEdmund
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
i love this place. huge beer garden apparently recently opended up out back. small inside bar area with a cool vibe. out back is awesome, tons of picnic tables for seating, live music up front, and enough people pouring beer to keep lines down. over 10 brews on tap, all of which i thought were delicious. the spruce beer and the imprial stout really impressed me. the snacks we ordered were all very good, local meats and cheeses. people seemed to be friendly, this is a great place to hang out and pass time. prices were fair enough, we had an absolute blast a this place and will definitely return. some cutting endge brewing happening too.
06-19-2012 16:32:59 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
St. Louis has a new gem in Midtown. Urban Chestnut is on Washington between Compton and Grand, just a few blocks north of SLU’s athletic complex and east of the theatres. The building is an old auto garage of some kind, and the high ceiling in the brewing area allows for an impressive setup. There are huge windows in front with a very cool UCBC neon at the top. Limited parking is available in front but there is plenty on the streets. The pub area is on the right, and features an exposed brick interior with dark wood furniture; there are a couple glass doors leading to the brewing operation. There are 10 taps up front and 5-6 more around the side of the bar, but the tap list seems to indicate that there will be 10 UCBC beers at a time. Since I was there on opening day, the place was well-staffed (and continues to be), with head brewer Florian behind the bar greeting people and pouring beers. The menu so far is limited- pretzels, chips, cheese and meat trays, et al. St. Louis has a lot of brewpubs I’d recommend if you have time, but this one is a must-visit.
05-18-2011 20:39:21 |
More by phaleslu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cool place, wish I could have stayed longer. Looked like they had a nice food menu, but didn't get a chance to try any! It nice to see a lot of German brews on tap, their take on a Bavarian IPA was very nice. Glad I was able to stop in for a sampler, happy to see so many small breweries in St. Louis taking on the big boys! Keep up the good work!
03-01-2013 19:02:48 |
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