August 13, 2014 | Green Street

Written by Bryan Feldt on August 5, 2014.

Urban Chestnut eyes statewide distribution

Urban Chestnut has plans to offer its beer in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri, later this week. By the end of the year, the St. Louis craft brewer hopes to be in Kansas City as well.

Urban Chestnut is using its $10 million second brewery, which opened this spring, to increase its distribution footprint.

According to a statement from the company, the brewery has 20,000 barrels of brewing capacity between its two locations in St. Louis.

“Up until now, we haven’t been able to fully open up new markets outside of the St. Louis market,” Jon Shine, Urban Chestnut’s head of sales operations, said in a statement. “So the realization that it’s only a matter of time, not a function of capacity, before we can begin distributing our beer to the entire state of Missouri is a satisfying feeling.”

Urban Chestnut will partner with distributorN.H. Scheppers to distribute its beer in Columbia and Jefferson City. A new partnership with Major Brands will lead to expansion in Kansas City. In St. Louis, the brewery self-distributes its beers.

Urban Chestnut brewed 1,700 barrels its first year and estimated it would brew 7,000 barrels in 2013.

David Wolfe co-founded Urban Chestnut with Florian Kuplent.

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