Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Grove Brewery and Bierhall
St. Louis, Missouri

Client
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
 
Size
67,000 square feet
 
Awards
Most Enhanced Award, Landmarks Association of St. Louis
 

The Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall occupies a 67,000 sf facility built in 1947 with additions in 1986 and 1991. The original structure is load bearing brick masonry with steel columns and beams, a wood second floor structure, and a pour gypsum roof. The floor in the original building was raised over 3 feet after a significant fire. The additions are both pre-engineered metal buildings with concrete masonry exterior walls. The building now houses offices, a tasting room and bierhall, and brewing, fermenting and packaging equipment for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. The current capacity is 15,000 barrels/year with expansion space to brew 100,000 barrels/year.

To adapt the building from a warehouse to what is essentially an industrial process facility with a significant public component, Trivers Associates designed extensive modifications to open up the building to restore and create new window openings within the bierhall and by removing a significant portion of the concrete masonry wall. The bierhall opening are 7’ wide x 11’ tall and surrounded by a 1” thick steel structure, creating a small balcony when the storefronts are opened. The removed portion of concrete masonry wall creates a covered exterior terrace where large storefront openings provide views to the fermentation tanks inside. To further intertwine the public experience with the beer-making process, the stainless steel brewing equipment and tanks serve as the backdrop to the bar, letting patrons experience the beginning and end of the process from one spot.