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8 can’t-miss beers at Urban Chestnut’s Wolpertinger Festival

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. marks its seventh birthday tomorrow, Jan., 21, with its annual Wolpertinger Festival. If you’re unfamiliar with this annual celebration, snag a ticket online tonight or at the door tomorrow (if you can!) and head to UCBC’s Grove Brewery and Bierhall from 1 to 5 p.m. for a hell of a great time highlighted by local beer, UCBC grub, Wolpi the mythological beast and several musical acts.

There are several beers I’m excited to try. As in years past, I’m looking forward to Wolpertinger 2018, UCBC’s anniversary brew; it’s always big, bold, and complex. Fun fact: I hear they will also tap Wolpertinger vintages.

In keeping with another tradition, UCBC has invited a single, non-local brewery to partake in the festivities. This year’s guest is La Cumbre Brewing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. La Cumbre rolls into The Lou with its core lineup, the newest in its Project Dank series and the not-to-miss In the Money DIPA, a 100-percent Citra double dry-hopped double IPA brewed with fresh pineapple and guava. Give me all the pineapple and guava, please.

I’m equally as excited to try La Cumbre’s Malpais, a foreign export stout that has seen its share of awards. I’ll be looking for roasted malts, notes of coffee, a touch of sweetness mid-palate and a lingering bitterness to finish.

Because it’s a beer festival, I’ll be on the lookout for all the thirst-quenching lagers, light-bodied beers and hops. Perennial Artisan Ales is bringing one of its newest releases, Pils, a light-bodied German-style Pilsner with classic notes of Pilsner malt, fruity aromatics and a clean dry finish. Charleville Brewing Co.‘s Long White Cloud hoppy Pilsner and Missouri Beer Co,’s Kölsch will also make their way into my glass more than once.

For those who don’t venture into St. Charles County, I have it on good authority that Missouri Beer Co. will also show up with its BeerSauce Shop collaboration, a barrel-aged Imperial oatmeal milk stout. It’s a lovely, medium-bodied, roasty stout that boasts booze and barrel, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla.

White Rooster Farmhouse Brewing Co. will bring Kairos Remix, a nontraditional Berlinerweisse complete with higher alcohol content, a heavier malt bill, lactose and a secondary fermentation on pineapple and mango. After a wonderful introduction to White Rooster beers at 2nd Shift’s Cask Fest last weekend, I am incredibly excited about everything coming out of this brewery.

Katie Herrera is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and an account manager at Craft Republic.

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Best New Restaurants: No. 8 – The U.R.B.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

To be the best, everything matters – atmosphere, service and food. Here are St. Louis’ 12 best new restaurants of 2017.

 

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Somewhere between New York and Neapolitan, the pizza at The U.R.B. (Urban Research Brewery) stuck with us like Instagram’s stupid heart arrow filter.

Walking in, you might think pizza isn’t the point here. The place exists for Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. to test new brews on customers who agree to give feedback. Food happens three rooms into the space, past an expansive U-shaped research bar that promises almost-free beer (a handful of constantly rotating 2-ounce pours for $1 cash when you take a survey). Who’s walking past that?

After you try those beers and take the survey (totally worth showing up for regardless), keep on walking to the pizza counter and pick out a slice or five along with an Urban Chestnut canned beer. True to UCBC’s Reverence & Revolution sensibilities, toppings range from classic cheese and pepperoni to international specials that don’t just sound good, but seriously follow through – like the complex and balanced Thai pie made with peanut sauce, serrano chile, chicken, pickled carrot and daikon, and cilantro.

The quality of the food and ingredients live up to all expectations set by executive chef Andy Fair, who helms all UCBC’s food programs as director of restaurants. Do not miss the perfectly spiced house-made Italian sausage. But really, anything on that naturally leavened crust – light, crisp and chewy without being tooth-wrenching, and flavorful enough to eat alone – is worth your time. Now, is it prost or cincin?

Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Heather Hughes is managing editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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4 spots to dine and drink during the total solar eclipse

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Only one week remains before the total solar eclipse occurs around 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. In case you somehow missed the memo, St. Louis and the surrounding area finds itself in the direct path of a solar eclipse for the first time in more than 500 years. Many viewing parties around town sold out weeks ago, but some area events are still open to the public. Grab your eclipse glasses and schedule a long lunch for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
1. UCBC Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Grab a cold one to enjoy this astronomical event with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Catch live music, grilled brats and hot dogs and ice cold UCBC cans at the party on the east lawn at The Grove location. Arrive early to get your hands on a pair of free viewing glasses.
Noon to 3 p.m. – Urban Chestnut The Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com

2. Totality: St. Louis Solar Eclipse Viewing Experience
Make the most of the eclipse at the Chesterfield Amphitheater with live entertainment, games, educational presentations and more. Shamrocks Pub N’ Grill provides drinks, and area food trucks wheel in the grub. Grab fare from Pi on the Spot, Half Baked, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill and Taco Truck STL. Tickets available online and include viewing glasses, a wristband and a tote bag.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, totalitymo2017.com

3. Total Solar Eclipse Picnic on the Hill
Stone Hill Winery hosts a picnic event for eclipse enthusiasts. Prepared boxed lunches are sold out, but guests can pack a picnic and purchase wine, beer and Kosmic wine slushies. Bring your blanket and head to Hermann to watch this rare event. Viewing glasses are offered while supplies last. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com

4. Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration
If a mere minute or so of blackout just won’t do, then rise and shine and drive to Logboat Brewing Co., in Columbia, Missouri, where the city will experience a total eclipse for a lengthy two-and-a-half minutes. Don’t miss the release of Moon Speck, an eclipse-appropriate American black ale, and food at this free event.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Logboat Brewing Co., 504 Fay St., Columbia, 573.397.6786, Facebook: Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Readers’ Choice 2017: Favorite Breweries

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The St. Louis beer scene is inviting and ripe with awesome people and delicious suds. Every place is doing something different, so spend your weekend imbibing at your Favorite Local Breweries:

 

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4 Hands Brewing Co.
Nestled just south of Busch Stadium, 4 Hands boasts one of the most creative beer portfolios the city has to offer. Hops, barrels and experimental collaborations are no stranger to this brewery’s lineup. The team behind the City Wide beer project, 4 Hands is synonymous with community involvement and support. Stop in before the next Cardinals game, check out the new upstairs bar and game area, order an Incarnation IPA, and grab grub from Peacemaker and Sidney Street Cafe’s new 4 Hands kitchen program.

 

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{ Urban Chestnut Brewery & Bierhall in The Grove } 

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
As polka fans know, “In heaven there is no beer/that’s why we drink it here!” German-influenced Urban Chestnut has given St. Louis beer drinkers three options for imbibing. Planning a quieter date night or want some sun? Hit up the OG brewery and Biergarten in Midtown. The much larger and industrious brewery and Bierhall in The Grove plays a great host to happy hours and large groups, and the newly developed URB (Urban Research Brewery) across the street from the Bierhall is great if you want to nerd out over a Stammtisch and grab a slice of pizza.

 

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Schlafly
The original craft brewery in the land of Anheuser-Busch, Schlafly set the scene for the boom of smaller breweries in The Lou. Bar seats at the original Tap Room downtown are always filled with Billiken, Cards and Blues fans and lifelong regulars there to see their favorite tenured barkeep. Looking for a more broad and inclusive brewery experience? Head to Bottleworks, the production facility in Maplewood – that also plays host to some fantastic events – and reserve your spot for the super informative brewery tour. End your experience on the covered patio for some live music, nachos and a pour of Schlafly Kölsch.

 

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Civil Life Brewing Co.
Consistently cited as the “brewer’s brewery,” Civil Life is the industry home away from home. True-to-style English- and German brews, friendly bar staff and a humble pub atmosphere all combine to create one of the most spectacular places to drink in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. Stop in on Sunday for chef Tony Collida taco offerings – or soup during the cooler months – and join in the camaraderie of friends, brewers and families. Although you can’t go wrong with any of Civil Life’s offerings, grab a pour of its Vienna lager or opt for anything on cask.

 

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Side Project Brewing
Just a few moments spent within the walls of Side Project’s new tasting room or at The Side Project Cellar, its beer bar down the street, and you’ll understand why the beer receives worldwide recognition and the James Beard Foundation gave a nod to The Cellar for Outstanding Bar Program in 2015. This Maplewood brewery houses barrel-aged beers that showcase funk, complexity and depth, as well as a knowledgeable staff (full disclosure: I used to manage The Cellar). Sip on a pour of Grisette and you’ll understand why this place draws the attention of beer hoarders and beer drinkers alike.

 

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Home to Abraxas, Southside Blonde, an extensive barrel program and Thursday night hand pies, Perennial’s tasting room is bright, inviting, and always full of chatty locals and out-of-towners on their way through this beer city. Located in deep South City, this newly expanded brewery is kid friendly and has a wonderful patio for Saturday day-drinking after the 2 p.m. brewery tour. Looking for a weekday adventure? Stop in Thursdays around 6 p.m. for a weekly new beer release.

4 Hands and Side Project photos by  Michelle Volansky; Urban Chestnut and Perennial photos by Jonathan Gayman, Civil Life photo by David Kovaluk; Schlafly photo courtesy of Schlafly

Katie Herrera is account manager at Craft Republic. 

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DTWE: Wolpertinger at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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Prepare thy livers: it’s time for Urban Chestnut’s birthday party and the return of a mythological beast, Wolpertinger, this Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. With live music including funk-centric Saint Boogie Brass Band, delicious UCBC kitchen fare, more than 35 local breweries pouring tasty suds and guest Bell’s Brewery bringing its seasonal heavy hitter Hopslam, what more could you want from a beer fest?

Answer: The debut of UCBC’s anniversary beer, Wolpertinger. This deep, dark brown brew is more robust than years past. It’s also slightly tart thanks to the addition of raspberries before it spent two years in Scotch whisky barrels. Don’t miss this, plus three other beers I’m excited to drink this weekend:

1. Bell’s Hopslam: All the hops and honey make this highly anticipated, 10-percent Imperial IPA a party in your mouth. Honey sweetness up front and good body balance out the intense bitterness. Look for grapefruit, tropical fruit and some soft floral notes.

2. Bell’s Double Brown Ale: Also from the out-of-town guest, search out the exclusive firkin of 8.5-percent cask-conditioned brew boasting a rich, chocolaty flavor profile, smooth mouth feel and a nice bitterness on the finish to balance it all out.

3. Mark Twain/The OG Collaboration Orion’s Apprentice: This recently released, 10.5-percent Imperial IPA is smooth, medium-bodied and full of tropical fruit notes from a heavy dosage of Citra and Simcoe dry-hopping. Look for juicy pineapple and vibrant grapefruit in a beer that drinks like it’s less than 10 percent.

Katie Herrera is tasting room manager at Side Project Cellar and co-founder of Femme Ferment.

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Trendwatch: What’s trending now in the STL dining scene (Part 1)

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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1. A Better Swiss Cheese
You may not recognize the name, but you’ve probably seen raclette (a funky, nutty Swiss-French cow’s milk cheese that melts like a dream) on a BuzzFeed list or foodie Instagram account. You don’t have to go to Raclette NYC (Yes, a whole restaurant is named for the cheese.) to get it. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. has topped winter veggies with the stuff on seasonal menus since it opened in The Grove. Larder & Cupboard has held fondue and raclette classes, and chef-owner Jim Fiala currently melts this gooey goodness over beef tenderloin at The Crossing. Chef-owner Bill Cawthon purchases whole wheels of the stuff and broils until molten, then scrapes it to order over a basket of fries at Frankly Sausages food truck.

2. Fit to Be Fried
It’s never too early for Chinese food – or completely bastardized, completely delicious American-Asian fusion. Places like The Rice House start mornings off with breakfast fried rice (fried rice with the addition of eggs and a breakfast meat). Half & Half offers a spicy version with scrambled eggs, sausage, jalapeno and grilled onion, while Cleveland-Heath goes with green onion, bacon, peas and sesame seeds topped with eggs any style.

 

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3. Get Lit
Neon isn’t just for dive bars anymore. The beer sign classic has a fancy new job as a fun design element lighting up a number of restaurants around town. It’s the red pulsing heart behind the bar at Olive & Oak. See neon inside Friendship Brewing Co. telling guests where to eat with bright pink letters. Vista Ramen took its name from the massive vintage sign that now glows green in its small Cherokee space.

4. Spotlight on Sambal
First there was Sriracha, then pungent gochujang. Now sambal is heating up plates around town. Planter’s House uses the spicy Southeast Asian chile paste to add heat to pickled eggs, as well as the cornbread crumbs scattered atop its summer salad. Seafood got sauced with the condiment at Hiro Asian Kitchen, where it graced the grilled whole squid, and at Guerrilla Street Food, where it livened up a recent pan-roasted salmon special. The Crossing drops the temp a few degrees, mixing sambal into a cooling aioli for its Maryland blue crabcake sandwich, and a house-made version snuck in with strawberries atop ricotta and fresh snap peas at a recent Sardella pop-up.

 

Ready for more? Click here for Part 2 of Trendwatch.  

Drink This Weekend Edition: Class of 2011 Collaboration Beers

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow, July 29, and there is an abundance of beer-related events around the city that boast what we brew best.

This year’s highlight is the fifth-anniversary celebration of the four breweries that opened in 2011: 4 Hands Brewing Co., The Civil Life Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. The Class of 2011 has marked the milestone with a major collaboration effort that involved ingredient sharing, recipe building and brew days with representatives from each brewery. The result: a beer from each member of the Class of 2011 that’s slightly outside of its wheelhouse and showcases the diversity of our beer scene.

All four collaboration beers debut tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m. at the St. Louis Brewers’ Picnic, a free STLCBW kickoff event hosted by Baileys’ Restaurants. You can also join the Class of 2011 Collaboration Tour on Aug. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. with free shuttle service between the four breweries, and the beers will be on draft in the breweries’ tasting rooms throughout STLCBW.

Ever the diligent drink writer, I ran around the city sampling these beautiful beers and gathering tasting notes for you eager imbibers. Here’s a taste of what’s to come from the Class of 2011:

1. 4 Hands Brewing Co. brewed an incredibly satiating and mildly bitter Pilsner with UCBC’s house lager yeast. Notes of biscuit, grass, lemon and pepper dominate the nose, while soft floral and pepper notes complement bright citrus and soft stone fruit on the palate. You won’t stop at just one.

2. Perennial Artisan Ales brewed a dry-hopped Kölsch with Galaxy hops from 4 Hands and Mandarina Bavaria hops from UCBC. It has massive hop aroma, juicy tropical fruit and grass on the palate with a mild grain presence and medium body. Session IPA drinkers, get ready – this is right up your alley.

3. The Civil Life Brewing Co. made an American IPA complete with a fantastic caramel malt backbone, clean bitterness, strong notes of pineapple and mango on the nose, and juicy tropical flavors paired with bright citrus round out the palate. By far, the most assertively hoppy beer to come out of Civil Life’s brewhouse and so worth the try.

4. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. brewed an India Brown Ale fermented with house ale yeast from Civil Life, El Dorado and Galaxy hops from 4 Hands and flaked oats and chocolate spelt from Perennial. This medium-full bodied, dark ruby colored brew is full of flavor. Herbal and spicy notes dominate the aroma, while stone fruit, toffee and light nutty notes complement the seemingly bitter palate.

The Scoop: UCBC to open Urban Research Brewery in The Grove

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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Experimental beers will take flight in The Grove as Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. prepares to open a consumer research and pilot brewery, the Urban Research Brewery at 4501 Manchester Ave., across Taylor Avenue from the brewery’s Bierhall in The Grove.

Brewing these trial beers within a 62-gallon system will allow the brewery to create styles and recipes on a limited scale. “It will allow us to brew very small test batches before potentially producing them on a larger scale,” said Joe Taylor, UCBC communications coordinator.

In addition to playing mad malt scientists, UCBC will offer customers the chance to provide feedback via smart phones and devices. The URB will offer daily test flights of four 2-ounce pours for $1. Testers will then provide feedback on a digital platform. Full pours of the experimental brews or other UCBC offerings will be available at regular prices.

Equipment and the licensing process are still in the works, and a firm opening date is expected to be announced within the next four to six weeks.

UCBC isn’t the only one to build a beer-based science lab. Schlafly also launched a 20-gallon Pilotworks brewing program inside its Maplewood Bottleworks location in November 2015. Customers can check out its Small Brews Program Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where members of the brewing team explain the ingredients and process behind the current small batch brew.

 

Guide to Beer: The Minds Behind the New Pub Grub

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Drinking a beer is as old as humankind itself, but why relegate it to just your glass? Here, three area chefs changing the way we consume beer.

 

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Adam Guess, chef de cuisine at Death in the Afternoon, is making good use of the restaurant’s collaboration with Upper 90 Brewing Co., tucked away in the basement. “The brewery lends itself to customizing the restaurant’s craft,” said Guess. “What better way to amaze a special party than with a glass of beer made specifically with them in mind?” Watch for Guess’ hearty, whole-grain, German-style Treberbrot bread made with spent grains from the Upper 90 Kölsch.

 

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Hungry beer drinkers are in luck at Perennial Artisan Ales. Pairings come naturally to head chef Brian Moxey, whose eclectic dishes swimmingly complement Perennial’s releases and often include beer as an ingredient. “I’m in love with our Saison de Lis,” Moxey said. “We’re doing a smoked trout tartine right now that I think is delicious with that beer.”

 

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Executive chef Andrew Fair of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. has scoured vintage cookbooks, magazines and videos to augment the brewery and Biergarten’s European-inflected menus. Never one to waste a good brew, Fair uses it in the food – UCBC Apotheosis and Bushelhead cider recently figured into the kitchen’s house-made sausages, and Zwickel is used to batter brandade beignets. And that marvelous rotating poutine? Whatever’s new on tap at the brewery frequently goes into the pan to make the gravy.

-photos by Elizabeth Maxson

Guide to Beer 2015: Spring Forecast

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Springtime in St. Louis: the harbinger of regrowth, renewal and, of course, good beer. Here are some new local releases to awaken your taste buds this spring.

March 11: O’Fallon Brewing Co.’s Imperial Stout
The O’Fallon crew nailed its Imperial Pumpkin, so expect nothing less of this limited, draft-only, bold brew.

March 15: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Apotheosis
Bright citrus and floral hop notes round out this farmhouse ale, soon making a reappearance at both UCBC locations.

March 28: 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s War Hammer Imperial IPA
Its delicious hops complexity is so anticipated, the brewery is throwing its fourth annual Lupulin Carnival to celebrate it.

April 1: Morgan Street Brewery’s When Helles Freezes Over
This easy-drinking, well-balanced lager is sure to quench your thirst through spring cleaning.

Early April: Perennial Artisan Ales’ Hopfentea
Hopfentea is a tart, refreshing, complex seasonal Berliner Weisse – a sure sign spring is here.

May 8: Schlafly Beer – Femme Ferment’s Collaboration Elderflower Maibock
Debuting in time for Mother’s Day is a sweet, herbaceous elderflower maibock that marks Femme Ferment’s first anniversary.

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