Urban Chestnut – Credit Where Credit is Due
Schlafly is owed all of the swooning I bestowed upon it in a recent podcast with Mystery Meet’s Seth Resler (see last post). Even so, Urban Chestnut is also supremely deserving of praise. However, since the market for 2 hour-long foodie podcasts is somewhat limited, I understand why cuts and edits must be made to my blathering. This post is my remuneration for not being more emphatic about Urban Chestnut’s many strong points.
First off, beyond the beer, I’m a sucker for smart execution and attention to detail. For example, I know their ‘old world meets new world,’ “Beer Divergency” concept makes some people (some friends in fact) barf for being a touch heavy-handed, but I happen to love the concept of having a revolution series and reverence series. 1. It’s neatly organized (appropriately Germanic). 2. They specifically prioritize reviving/paying homage to older styles. Aside from the whole beer divergency thing, the guys clearly take time and care in cultivating the right aesthetic, from the wide assortment of specialized glassware (<3 the earthenware mugs) to their logo and the art-work on their bottles to their relatively new beer garden. Savvy stuff.
As for the beer, while Winged Nut (revolution) and Zwickel (reverence) can always be found–at Urban Chestnut proper and area stores–the rest of the list has some regular turnover , all of it solid. While I mourn at times not being able to get my hands on certain past favorites, I am very rarely disappointed with new offerings. Upon my last visit, I was able to enjoy a longtime favorite, Schnickelfritz (fun to say, fun to drink), as well as the new-to-me Triticum. This latter beer is quite au courant, being a “hoppy american wheat,” which to me is kind of like the currently popular condiment ‘spicy pickled cucumbers.’ (You say spicy pickled cucumbers, I say pickle. You say hoppy American wheat, I say well-balanced beer.) Fancy nomenclature aside, the Triticum is swell. I have also recently sampled the Nelson Sauvin on tap, named for the spectacular hops that give this beer its punch. I had never had a beer with this hop varietal before, and the tropical fruit flavors and aromas that nelson sauvin imparts are really amazing.
Food-wise, mad props to G&W Sausage–and Urban Chestnut for wisely selecting their meat purveyor. G&W generally supplies my own at-home, beer drinking accompaniments, since my father is a rather serious hunter and G&W is his meat processor of choice. Bring on the summer sausage and landjaeger. Oh, and cheese and pretzels. Those are good too. Take a gander at the most recent menu/beer list below.
Ra Ra Urban Chestnut!