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.