Update: An earlier version of this story cited NextSTL as posting the news first, at 11:19pm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted the news at 11:45pm, and the story is linked below.
On the heels of a tremendously successful first two years in business, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company owners have announced that they are in the planning stages to open a second and significantly larger production brewery also located in the city of St. Louis, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Evan Benn.
“We’ve been growing at about 200 percent, year over year, and we never imagined we’d grow this fast. Essentially it means we’re going to run out of the space to add further capacity at our current location sometime this year … and we mostly have St. Louis beer drinkers and our retail partners to thank for that,” says co-founder Florian Kuplent in a press release issued today.
More information from the release:
The new brewery will take up residence in the former Renard Paper Company at 4465 Manchester Ave. in The Grove, and the 70,000-square-foot space will be converted into a production brewery, packaging facility, warehouse and indoor/outdoor retail taste room.
The new facility is expected to be a $10-million project, increasing Urban Chestnut’s current annual brewing capacity to about 15,000 barrels while further enhancing an area within the city of St. Louis that has undergone significant transformation over the last several years: The Grove.
The UCBC project will add about 10 full-time and 30 part-time jobs in St. Louis within the next two years.
Projected to open in early 2014, UCBC is partnering with Green Street St. Louis, an innovative real estate firm recognized for the sustainable redevelopment of underutilized St. Louis-area commercial properties into LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings.
Kuplent, along with Urban Chestnut co-founder David Wolfe, both former Anheuser-Busch veterans, have been working with Green Street for more than a year to identify a property that would meet their collective vision.
“People might ask, ‘Why open a second facility and also locate it in St. Louis?’ Well, first and foremost, 95 percent of the beer we sold last year was in St. Louis, and like Schlafly and many of the other small, local brewers, we’re dedicated to the evolution of St. Louis as a craft beer destination,” says Wolfe.
Operationally, Urban Chestnut plans to brew, package and sell beer at both locations:
- The current 20 barrel brew house, taste room and Biergarten, located at 3229 Washington Ave. in Midtown, will remain open and will be utilized to primarily test, brew and package smaller batch beers.
- Initially the new brewery will have an annual capacity of approximately 15,000 barrels using a 60 barrel brewhouse, with the space to expand to 100,000 bbls.
- Urban Chestnut brewed around 3,500 bbls in 2012 and expects to brew approximately 7,000 bbls in 2013.
In addition to operating both breweries, Wolfe and Kuplent also plan to provide a unique and distinctive customer experience at each Urban Chestnut location.
“Our brewing philosophy and branding has always been based on the idea of ‘new world ~ old world’ or what we call Revolution and ‘Reverence. We think it’s really cool that we’re going to apply this same concept to each of the two facilities; our original location will possess the Reverence identity and our new location the Revolution identity,” says Wolfe.
Urban Chestnut and Green Street plan to implement design and material elements that will award them with a level of LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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