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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Urban Chestnut to Open Second Craft Brewery, the Largest in St. Louis

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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Ownership at UCBC expressed excitement and optimism, not just for its own future but also for the local beer scene in general. Last year 95 percent of the brewery's sales were local, suggesting a robust and growing market of beer consumers -- no surprise, given the city's ongoing craft-beer renaissance.

Along with UCBC's growth, the local-beer scene continues to thrive, with several craft-brewery projects in the works. But the question of oversaturation doesn't seem to be a concern. The UCBC spokesman believes that "breweries in St. Louis have tons of room to grow," and points to Denver and Portland, Oregon, where multiple breweries fruitfully coexist on the same block.

Those concerned about the future of the brewery's current location on Washington Avenue in midtown and its popular outdoor beer garden can rest easy. UCBC intends to maintain the site primarily for future testing and small-batch experimenting. In addition, the company emphasizes its continued goal of creating a dual identity, one of reverence and revolution: a mix of the old world, exemplified by the brewery's German tradition, and innovation, which is best signified by the modern-style project now in the works.

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