After having an awesome lunch at The Shaved Duck, my friend Joe took me to the first stop of our “mini-micro” tour of St. Louis – Urban Chestnut. It’s a microbrewery that opened in January near the St. Louis University campus. Founders Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe started it after leaving Anheuser-Busch when it was bought out by InBev. I’ve heard good things about them and was really looking forward to visiting here.
They have 2 series of beers – the Revolution Series and the Reverence Series. The Revolution Series is filled with unique, not-necessarily-to-style brews, and the Reverence Series is the opposite, paying tribute to classic beer styles. This beer is the first in the Revolution Series, and is “our signature ‘nutty’ ale, brewed with finely milled chestnuts, Willamette Valley Hops, and a yeast strain that fans of Weihenstephan may recognize.”
Location: On tap at Urban Chestnut in St. Louis, MO.
Numbers: 5.7% ABV, 25 IBUs, 13 Plato OG, ~ 174 Calories
Ingredients: Includes finely milled chestnuts, Willamette Valley Hops, Weihenstephan yeast.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s got a slightly hazy brick red color with a thin layer of soapy looking bubbles congregating around the edges of the glass. There’s a very, very noticeable chestnut aroma to it along with some maltiness.
Taste & Feel: The beer was light medium bodied and had a crisp mouthfeel. There was a bit of caramel maltiness along with quite a bit of chestnut nuttiness. The finish was clean with a bit more chestnut nuttiness.
Food Pairing: While I was drinking it, I kept thinking of Thanksgiving dinner. I think the chestnut flavor would go great with a big turkey dinner, adding a bit of warm flavorful complexity to the meal.
Overall Impression: I’ve never had a beer brewed with chestnuts and wasn’t sure what to expect, especially with such a big chestnut aroma. I found this to be an extremely drinkable beer, with a very interesting flavor complexity. While the chestnut flavor was noticeable, it was just the right amount of flavor, mixed with some caramel maltiness. I really, really liked this beer and think I may have to stop by next time I’m in town for a growler of this.