In February, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (UCBC) opened its second brewery, Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall in The Grove.
While the location boasts a 450-person bierhall with a full-service kitchen, the primary purpose for the second facility was to expand Urban Chestnut’s brewing capacity, and ultimately provide the brewery with the ability to increase its distribution footprint, according to a press release issued today.
With about 20,000 bbls of annual brewing capacity now on-line, Urban Chestnut is preparing to open up new markets, beginning with Columbia and Jefferson City this week and Kansas City later in the year.
“We’ve been more than eager to supply our beer to these markets for some time now," co-founder David Wolfe says in the release. "Columbia’s a natural extension of the St. Louis beer market, Jefferson City is obviously our state’s capitol, and Kansas City … plain and simple knows good beer.”
Wolfe also mentions plans for an expanded distribution in our August Feast 50 Q&A.
Even though Urban Chestnut is the third largest craft brewery producing and selling beer in Missouri, it had been constrained by its capacity and was limited in distributing its beers primarily to the St. Louis metro area, according to the release.
“Up until now, we haven’t been able to fully open up new markets outside of the St. Louis market. As a matter of fact, we were just able to open Jefferson County, with H.W. Herrell Distributing Co. in June, which completed the STL metro-area footprint for us,” says Jon Shine, Urban Chestnut’s head of sales perations in the release. “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 be partnering with N.H. Scheppers Distributing Co. to distribute their beers in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO beginning this week. And for the first time, UCBC will be partnering with a non-ABI wholesaler, Major Brands, to distribute their beers in the Kansas City, MO area.
“We choose our distribution partners very deliberately. Due to our familiarity, appreciation of their abilities, and in general, a respect for the network, we chose the A-B distributors for the St. Louis market (with the exception of the City of Saint Louis where we continue to self-distribute our beers),” remarks Wolfe. “And as we look outside of our home market, we will continue to consider all wholesale options and base our decisions on what we believe will be the best partnership for Urban Chestnut and our ultimate local distribution partners.”
“Hence, we feel very excited to be partnering with two longtime Missouri distributors: N.H. Scheppers, a very well respected business that’s been distributing beer in Central MO for over 50 years, and Major Brands in Kansas City, an incredible organization…Missouri’s largest locally owned and operated distributor that’s been around for about 80 years now.”
Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, 3229 Washington Ave., 314.222.0143, and Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
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