Urban Chestnut Expanding Distribution to Columbia, Jeff City & KC, MO
St. Louis, MO – This past spring Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC), a St. Louis, MO craft brewery founded and operated by two former Anheuser-Busch employees, Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, opened their second brewery, Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall, located in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, aka The Grove.

While their new brewery boasts an impressive 450 person bierhall, replete with a full-service kitchen, their primary purpose for building the second facility was to expand Urban Chestnut’s brewing capacity, and ultimately provide the brewery with the ability to increase its distribution footprint. With about 20,000 bbls of annual brewing capacity now on-line, Urban Chestnut is preparing to open up new markets, beginning with Columbia & Jefferson City, MO this week and Kansas City, MO later in the year.

“We’ve been more than eager to supply our beer to these markets for some time now.  Columbia’s a natural extension of the St. Louis beer market, Jefferson City is obviously our state’s capital, and Kansas City…plain and simple knows good beer,” Wolfe comments.

Although the third largest craft brewery producing and selling beer in the state of Missouri, Urban Chestnut had been constrained by its capacity and was limited in distributing their beers primarily to the St. Louis metro area.

“Up until now, we haven’t been able to fully open up new markets outside of the St. Louis market.  As a matter of fact, we were just able to open Jefferson County, with H.W. Herrell Distributing Co. in June, which completed the STL metro-area footprint for us,” says Jon Shine, Urban Chestnut’s Head of Sales Operations, “So the realization that it’s only a matter of time, not a function of capacity, before we can begin distributing our beer to the entire state of Missouri is a satisfying feeling.”

Urban Chestnut will be partnering with N.H. Scheppers Distributing Co. to distribute their beers in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO beginning this week. And for the first time, UCBC will be partnering with a non-ABI wholesaler, Major Brands, to distribute their beers in the Kansas City, MO area.

N. H. Scheppers Distributing Company, founded in 1950 by Norb Scheppers, acquired the distribution rights to sell Anheuser-Busch products for Boone and Callaway Counties in 1952. Two years later, the territory was expanded to include Cole, Osage, most of Moniteau and a portion of Miller Counties. The company, with offices in Columbia and Jefferson City, recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. From its humble beginnings as a one-person operation, N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company has grown into a multi-faceted operation with over 60 employees dedicated to serving our customers and the community. NHSDC has set the standard for beverage distribution in Mid-Missouri, operating 15 delivery routes, and warehouse facilities in Columbia and Jefferson City to ensure prompt delivery and consistent availability of the freshest beer in the industry for our customers.

Major Brands is a leading Missouri distributor of premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, and the largest distributor that remains Missouri-owned and operated. With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia and Cape Girardeau, Major Brands employs more than 500 people and serves more than 9,000 retail customers throughout the state. Major Brands represents an outstanding product portfolio that ranges from the leading global brands to locally produced craft beers, distilled spirits and Missouri wines.
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