Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Plans Research and Pilot Brewery

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s latest project is its research and pilot brewery, The URB (The Urban Research Brewery), located across the street from its bierhall in St. Louis’ The Grove neighborhood. The 3,500-square-foot space will be anchored by a small pilot brewery, with a consumer-research bar area and a small pizza-by-the-slice counter. At the bar area, guests will be able “to provide instantaneous feedback on test beers” via an interactive platform on a smartphone or tablet. The URB will offer daily “test flights” of four 2-ounce samples for $1, as long as you provide feedback. After that, any of the test beers or established UCBC brews can be purchased at the normal price. Co-founder and brewmaster Florian Kuplent says test beers will include single-hop trials with new varieties, historic recipes and beers that highlight different yeast strains. Look for The URB to open this fall. (Photo by Judd Demaline)

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., multiple locations, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com