June 25, 2014

Urban Chestnut Serves Delicious Eats as well as Craft Beer in The Grove

Urban Chestnut cofounders Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe call their brewing philosophy “beer divergency” — a blending of modern innovation with reverence for the past. This old-meets-new style is on full display at their sweeping new bierhall in the Grove. Walk inside, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped through a wormhole and landed in Germany. Mammoth, rustic wooden tables large enough for a medieval feast line the room, the smell of wurst and brewer’s yeast fills the air, and a raucous din imbues the place with jovial energy. Yet there’s no beer wench or lederhosen in sight. Instead, what stands out is how decidedly modern the bierhall feels. Polished concrete floors and industrial details look more like a contemporary loft than the Hofbräuhaus.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Urban Chestnut.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
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Pouring a Zwickel.
Pouring a Zwickel.
A special of roasted beets on marcona almond puree with goat cheese.
A special of roasted beets on marcona almond puree with goat cheese.
The taps.
The taps.
Bavarian doughnuts.
Bavarian doughnuts.
Steel fermentation tanks stand behind the bar.
Steel fermentation tanks stand behind the bar.
The selection of toast changes periodically. Here, it's Griebenschmalz toast, a five-grain variety, and apple salad.
The selection of toast changes periodically. Here, it's Griebenschmalz toast, a five-grain variety, and apple salad.
The bar.
The bar.
Outdoor seating.
Outdoor seating.
Raclette - potatoes, cauliflower, pearl onions, and cornichons in pork dashi with raclette cheese.
Raclette - potatoes, cauliflower, pearl onions, and cornichons in pork dashi with raclette cheese.
The food counter.
The food counter.