Located in St. Louis' Grove neighborhood, The U.R.B. houses a consumer research bar and a New York-style pizza counter.
The U.R.B. (Urban Research Brewery) opened in November 2016 and is located right across the street from Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery & Bierhall in St. Louis, MO. Sample test batches of beer and provide feedback using our digital survey system accessed via any smart device. While you're at it, grab a slice (or whole pie) of our New York-style pizza featuring seasonal toppings on our naturally leavened pizza crust.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer. We have three locations in the city of Saint Louis and one location in Wolnzach, Germany. Find out more at urbanchestnut.com. Prost!
4501 Manchester Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Tasting survey Hours
We offer a variety of New York-style pizza-by-the-slice and whole pies featuring locally-sourced, seasonal toppings on our naturally leavened pizza crust. Visit The U.R.B. and pair your slice with a lidless, 16oz can of UCBC beer!
Whole pies are available for delivery through GrubHub. View our menu here.
RELEASED WEDNESDAY, APR. 17th
We know you like to try new beers, so why not learn more about sustainable brewing practices, too? Sustainability has always been central to our brewing practices and to our taste room operations here at Urban Chestnut as we strive to be a model of environmentally sustainable brewing in St. Louis.
With Earth Day just around the corner, we thought we’d focus on three of our newest brews that symbolize some of the core themes of sustainability:
Reduce (water)…Repurpose (yeast)…Conserve (energy)
Each of the brand new beers in this survey highlight one of these environmentally-friendly brewing practices. Sample each one, and tell us what flavors and aromas you observe!
Released Wednesday, Apr. 3rd: We're gearing up for spring and for the release of Big Shark Grapefruit Radler with a Radler survey at The U.R.B.! These refreshing beverages are traditionally a blend of lemon soda and Pale Lager, originally made popular in Bavaria in the 20's. For those U.R.B. Tasters who participated in last year's Radler survey, we used your feedback and observations to help us refine last year's release of Big Shark Lemon Radler and now this year's brand new Pink Grapefruit Radler! Help us evaluate our current pair as well as a third test recipe, by rating their sweetness, citrus profile, and potential for summer refreshment!
Released Wednesday, Mar. 20th: With our annual Lager Summit coming up on Mar. 31st, we have selected a handful of our own Lager brews for this survey that will be featured along with Lagers crafted by guest breweries from all over the country! Lager Summit celebrates the diversity of Lagers, so the three samples we’ve chosen are: a classic American lager (a fan favorite from last year’s Lager Summit), a brand new Helles recipe that will be featured at our German brewery in Wolnzach, and our house Dunkel.
Released Wednesday, Mar. 13th: The U.R.B. is going GREEN this week! As a way to have some fun leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we’ve decided to present our U.R.B. Tasters with 'Irish' versions of three classic German bier styles. In this one-week only survey, you'll test your taste buds and see if you can correctly identify each beer despite their majestic green hues! Evaluate the aroma and flavor of our three samples, and tell us which styles you think they are. Lots of folks tend to 'judge a beer by its color' so this survey might be harder than you think. If you identify all three beers correctly, you’ll receive a FREE 4-pack of our Kinsale, Foreign Export Stout!***
Released Wednesday, Feb. 27th: An English Porter was among the initial batch of recipes brewed at our original location, the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. Historically, the style first appeared in London in the 1700s, allegedly developed by a brewed named Ralph Harwood*, and it quickly became the favorite brew of laborers (“porters”) who were flooding into cities during the Industrial Revolution. The popularity of this new brown-colored Ale boomed, making Porter the first worldwide beer sensation. In fact, London breweries were producing so much of it that in 1814, a wooden vat ruptured causing 323,000 gallons of beer to surge into the streets! However, in the late 1800s, the style nearly died out with the rise of the Pale Ale, but it was revived by American craft breweries in the 1970s as well as in the Baltics and Poland.
The Porter was once brewed exclusively with brown malt, but in the early 1800s, English breweries started using pale malt and newly invented roasted malt to give the beer its signature toasty, nutty, and lightly roasted malt character. Nowadays, the style can vary greatly in the intensity of roasted malt character as well as hop character.
On tap at The U.R.B. is a fresh batch of our house Porter (Harwood Myth) and a couple of special variations of that Porter that complement its dark and roasty notes. Help us evaluate these three beers by focusing on each recipe's flavor, aroma, body and finish.
*This is likely an urban legend, but the Harwood Myth lives on to this day.
Released Wednesday, Feb. 13th: The Pale Ale is one of the most popular beer styles in the world. Originally British in origin, the Pale Ale has become the quintessential style of the American craft beer revolution. Brewers have a lot of room to experiment within this style by the way in which they source ingredients from various regions and countries. Typically, Pale Ales are lighter in color because they are brewed with predominately pale malt, however color can range from light gold to deep amber. Bitterness levels can also vary, depending on the source of hops and the amount of hops added to the recipe. The wide range of experimentation has created room for regions all over the world to develop their own unique take on the style, with malt being the focus for some and hops being the focus for others.
For this survey, our Brewers have prepared three hop-forward Ales with differing combinations of U.S. and German hops. Tell us what you think about each beer's flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel, and let us know which sample you ❤️ the most!