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Urban Chestnut's second location will be St. Louis' largest craft brewery


Two-year-old Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. plans to open a second brewery in St. Louis that will quadruple its current brewing capacity and give it the largest footprint of any St. Louis-area craft brewery.

The new location, at 4465 Manchester Avenue in the city’s Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, is the former Renard Paper Co. building, on the western edge of the Grove entertainment district.

Clayton-based real estate firm Green Street bought the 75,000-square-foot building last month and will lease it to Urban Chestnut. The brewery had been working with Green Street for more than a year to find an expansion property.

Brewery owners David Wolfe and Florian Kuplent will present the project to the Forest Park Southeast Development Committee at a meeting April 23. They said they have gotten positive feedback from 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy and members of Park Central Development, the 17th Ward’s community development corporation.

“We’re really excited about it, and the next step will be to see what the neighborhood has to say,” said Chris Colizza, Park Central’s neighborhood planner. “To me, it seems like a slam-dunk. It would be a win for the commercial district and the neighborhood at large.”

If all goes according to plan, work will begin next month, and the new brewery and pub will open in early 2014. The redevelopment is expected to cost about $10 million.

“The space is pretty much perfect for what we want to do, and it gives us room to grow,” said Kuplent, who also is Urban Chestnut’s brewmaster. “We’re also excited about the location and to be part of the Grove.”

Once the new brewery is open, Urban Chestnut initially will be able to boost its annual production by about 15,000 barrels of beer. The new facility will eventually have capacity for 100,000 barrels a year. (One barrel equals 31 gallons, or about 330 regular-size bottles.)

Urban Chestnut brewed about 4,000 barrels of draft and bottled beer in 2012 at its midtown brewery at 3229 Washington Boulevard, and it is on pace to brew about 7,500 barrels there this year.

The midtown brewpub, which opened in January 2011, will remain fully operational when the second location opens. Kuplent said he will use that brewery mainly to test, brew and package small-batch and wood-aged beers; its bar and 400-seat beer garden will stay as they are.

The second Urban Chestnut location will be roughly twice the size of Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, currently the area’s biggest craft brewery.

The St. Louis Brewery produced about 50,000 barrels of Schlafly beer last year at the Bottleworks, the Tap Room downtown and at several out-of-state facilities.

Urban Chestnut’s renovation of the Renard Paper warehouse will include a bottling line, staff offices, retail space, a kitchen and bar area, and seating for about 150 people. Windows will look out on to Manchester Avenue, and the bar will face the brewhouse.

“People will actually be able to smell, see and hear what we’re doing in the brewery,” Kuplent said.

Kuplent and Wolfe are both former Anheuser-Busch InBev employees who left their positions to open Urban Chestnut.

They brew and market their beers in two categories: reverence and revolution. The former is a nod toward traditional, European beer styles (Kuplent was born and trained in Germany), while the latter focuses on American-style craft beers.

Wolfe said they hope to use the expansion opportunity to evolve the reverence-revolution theme.

“Our original location, with the beer garden and wooden tables, is in the reverence model,” Wolfe said. “The new space, which is industrial and modern, fits the revolution concept.”

Urban Chestnut will hire an additional 40 full- and part-time employees once the new brewery is complete.

Green Street will seek LEED certification for energy efficiency, water conservation and other “green” endeavors at the former paper company building, which was constructed in the 1920s and underwent expansions in the ’80s and ’90s.

The redevelopment plan includes spaces for parking on the north and east sides of the building.

Source: Evan S. Benn (@EvanBenn) is the food critic and beer columnist for the Post-Dispatch.

Green Street Purchases 70,000 SF for Sustainable Brewery Redevelopment Project

Press Release-

St. Louis (April 11, 2013) – Green Street St. Louis recently purchased the former Renard Paper buildings in Forest Park Southeast, “The Grove” neighborhood, with the intent to redevelop the 70,000 SF of buildings for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s (UCBC) second brewing and bottling location. UCBC is a two-year old St. Louis, MO craft brewery who has experienced tremendous growth during their first two years in business.

The $10MM redevelopment will allow co-founders of UCBC, Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, to increase production from a 2012 level of 4,000 annual barrels to over 20,000 annual barrels once operational in early 2014. As with other Green Street St. Louis projects the redevelopment of the building is slated to be a LEED certified project incorporating components that will decrease the operational costs for UCBC. “Our collective goal is to renovate the building and introduce mechanisms that maximize the efficiency of Urban Chestnut operations while minimizing their impact on the environment,” stated Phil Hulse, President of Green Street St. Louis. “Generally speaking, we intend to employ ‘green’ modifications to minimize Urban Chestnut’s energy footprint.”

The western portion of the main building was built in the 1920s with the eastern additions added in 1986 and 1991. In order to soften the exterior dimensions of the warehouse building significant changes to the exterior will be completed, including a large glass curtain wall in the central section of the building allowing the fermentation tanks to be showcased and visible from the street. Exterior modifications will include outdoor seating and distinctive signage that will further connect the building to the Grove’s eclectic Manchester Avenue streetscape.

 “Green Street is excited to partner with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in the redevelopment of the property, which will further revitalize the The Grove neighborhood”, says Peder Hulse, Vice President of Brokerage Services.

Trivers Associates will provide architectural services and HBD Inc. will be the general contractor for the project.

Green Street St. Louis is an entrepreneurial, full-service real estate solutions provider. Green Street distinguishes itself through the application of sustainable design and building principles in the adaptive reuse of infill locations. With a focus on user objectives, Green Street provides a comprehensive and integrative suite of services from project conception through construction leading to operational success for our clients. Green Street’s approach utilizes established experience to complete innovative real estate projects as an advisor, a developer, and as a property owner.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer.  Founded in early 2011 and located at 3229 Washington Avenue in Midtown St. Louis, it brews both small batches of artisanal, modern American beers (their Revolution series) and classically-crafted European styles (their Reverence series).   The founders are Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe.  Kuplent is a German born and trained brewmaster with extensive experience at both small breweries, worldwide, and with the world’s largest, Anheuser-Busch InBev.  Wolfe is a 20-year beer industry member, who was with Anheuser-Busch as well, prior to joining Kuplent in founding Urban Chestnut.

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