Urban Efforts
As a responsible business member of our local and global communities, we strive to reduce our impact on the environment during every step of operations at Urban Chestnut. From energy and water consumption to waste management, we have implemented strategies to become a more environmentally sustainable and responsible organization. We are a small brewery, but we consistently increase our positive impact on the environment and within our community year after year.


Water is used in vast quantities during the brewing process. An average craft brewery uses approximately 6 gallons of water for every gallon of beer produced. At UCBC, we work to reduce our water consumption whenever possible. Cleaning in the brewery consumes the largest amount of water; therefore, we work diligently to utilize modern technology whenever possible to implement cleaning procedures that will reduce the amount of water needed to create a sanitary brewing environment. During the brewing process, we utilize a steam condenser with our boil kettle that saves up to 95% of the water lost in a traditional kettle.  All of the water we use for cooling our wort, and a great deal of the heat generated during the boil from the brewhausis re-captured and delivered to the hot liquor tank where it can be used again for cleaning and sanitation before it ever goes down the drain.


Recycling is one of the most basic components of environmental sustainability. Thus it is one of our core programs as we seek to become a zero-waste brewery. Our facility recycles cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum, tin, wood pallets, glass and any other materials that have a viable recycling stream. We are also cognizant of the fact that recycling is not a one way process, and take care to close the loop by purchasing products containing post-consumer recycled content whenever possible. Together with our composting efforts, UCBC recycles/repurposes approximately 97% of all waste. In 2018, we are proud to say we recycled over 150 tonnes.


In addition to our recycling efforts, we employ a composting program in order to further our zero-waste initiative. We compost all biodegradable waste, including: food-waste from our taste room, spent hops and yeast from the brewery, and the compostable paper products used in our biergarten & bierhall. Composting helps to divert waste from landfills, and captures CO2 in the soil so that it is not released into the air. This means that by composting we are actually able to reverse our carbon footprint.


The largest quantity of solid waste produced during the brewing process is spent grain. Although this grain is no longer useful for brewing, it is still a valuable nutritional resource that should not be wasted. We have partnered with four area farms who collect all of our spent grain on an almost daily basis. By donating an estimated 800 tons of spent grain in 2018, we support small local farms by offering them a cost-effective way to supplement their animals feed year-round, which reduces the amount of energy and arable land being used to produce feed for livestock and diverts large amounts of waste from landfills, further contributing to our zero-waste mission.

Our second largest solid waste source is spent yeast. Yeast is the keystone of a brewery, as this amazing little microbe literally gives its life to brewers and the beer they brew. Responsible yeast management is key to protecting the municipal water supply network from being overwhelmed by BOD/COD and other suspended solids.  Through a creative partnership with Center Ethanol, in Sauget, IL, we were able to divert over 100 tons of spent yeast in 2018 from the waste stream. This saves thousands of dollars annually in water treatment costs and results in our yeast ‘waste’ being utilized as animal feed.


At the beginning of 2012, courtesy of Straight Up Solar, we installed a solar power array at our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten to provide additional electricity to our brewing operations. These 44 Micro-inverters have produced approximately 43,537,371 watts of power since 2012. Then in 2014, we installed 85 solar panels at our Grove Brewery & Bierhall. Combined, these two solar power systems produce approximately 44.71 MWh per year. Continually updated information about our solar power production can be viewed on the previous page of this website. In addition to our solar panels, we offset 100% of our energy usage by participating in the Pure Power and 3Degrees Programs from our Energy provider, Ameren Missouri, which funds and promotes renewable sources such as wind and solar power. Beyond our commitment to these renewable energy programs, we feel it is important to reduce the amount of energy we require overall. Which for example, is why we have converted all of our taste room lighting to LED, and enact several energy saving procedures to reduce our impact.



In February of 2015, our Grove Brewery & Bierhall became Missouri’s first LEED Certified brewery, and just one of a handful of breweries nationally, for featuring an assortment of green and energy saving features. In addition to our solar panel array and water conservation efforts, some of these features include: employee and indoor customer bike parking, 97 percent use of ENERGY STAR equipment, and easy access to public transportation. These features along with other sustainability efforts and economic achievements resulted in Urban Chestnut winning the 2015 Missouri Governor & Department of Economic Development Metropolitan Community/Redevelopment Project of the Year Award, which recognizes the best example of a community/redevelopment project that demonstrates a significant impact on a metropolitan neighborhood or community. Then in 2017, we were named one of the EPA’s sixteen national WasteWise Award Winners for our sustainability efforts in 2017, earning Small Business Partner of the Year. 


In support of the local community and to further reduce our carbon footprint, we purchase locally produced breads, meats, and other products for use in our restaurants. We originally furnished our entire Midtown Brewery & Biergarten Taste Room with used furniture from local antique stores. Our Grove Brewery & Bierhall tables and benches were made from local, storm-damaged wood that was salvaged by St. Louis’ Goebel & Co. Furniture, and our bar stools were crafted by St. Louis boutique craftsman Mwanzi. Additionally, we keep harmful chemical use to a minimum and purchase natural cleaning products when possible.

Here is a list of our 2017-2018 Not-For-Profit Partners:

A Safe Place
Academy of the Sacred Heart
Advocacy and Learning for Public Health Action
Affton Chamber of Commerce
Affton Education Foundation
Affton High School
AIM High St. Louis
Alexian Brothers
All the Art
Allies for Art
Allison’s Allstars
Almost Home
Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis
American Czech Education Center
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Heritage Girls
American Institute of Graphic Arts
American Legion Post # 1172
American Red Cross
American Society of Microbiology
American Subcontractors Association
American Youth Foundation
Amigos for Christ
Angels’ Arms
Angels at Work
Annie’s Hope
ArchCity Defenders
Archway Institute for Mental Health and Addictive Disorders
Arkansas Alumni Association – St. Louis Chapter
Arthritis Foundation
Arts for Life
Ascension Early Childhood Center Auction
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Assumption Catholic School
Asthma & Allergy Foundation
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter
Atomic Dust
Autism Speaks
Backpack Blues
Bailey Youth Enrichment Foundation
Ballwin Elementary
Barretts Elementary
Basket of Hope
Beautiful Transformations
Behavioral Health Alternatives
Bellefontaine Cemetary
Best Buddies Behavior Intervention Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
Bike & Build
Bike Works
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry
BJC Christian Hospital Foundation
Blades Elementary School
Boy Scout Troop 217
Boy Scout Troop 648
Boys and Girls club of Eastern MO
Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis
Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis
Bridgeway Elementary
Brightside St. Louis
Broadway Jujitsu
Buddy Fund Golf Classic
Buder Center
Building Foundations of Hope
Burns Recovered Support Group, Inc.
Cahokia High School
Camp Kesem Mizzou
Camp Ondessonk
Cardinal Glennon Foundation
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Care and Counseling
Carman Trails Elementary School
Carondelet Park Rec Complex
Cathedral Concerts
Centene Center for the Arts
Center for Hearing & Speech
Central Institute for the Deaf
Central Print
CHADS Coalition for Mental Health
Chamber Project St. Louis
CHAMP Assistance Dogs
CHARIS The St. Louis Women’s Chorus
Chesterfield Day School
Child of God Lutheran School
Children Care Corporation
Children of Africa Fund
Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri
Children’s Home Society of St. Louis
Children’s Organ Transplant Association
Christ Deliverance Ministry
Christ Light of the Nations School
Christian Brothers College High School
Circus Flora-Circus Art Foundation
City Garden Montessori School
City of Eureka Parks and Recreation Department
City of Peace Development Foundation
City of Sunset Hills Parks and Recreation
CJ’s Journey Foundation
Clark Elementary
Claymont Elementary
Clayton Early Childhood Center
Climb for PTSD
Clyde Hamrick Elementary School
Collinsville High School Band Parents Association
Community Supported Art – Saint Louis
Compton Heights
Concordia Turners Gymnastics
Connections to Success
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company
Contemporary Art Museum
Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
Covenant House Missouri
Craft Alliance
Crawl for Cancer
Crestwood Elementary
Crime Victims’ Right Week
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
CSMSG Girls’ Choir
Cub Scout Pack 214
Cucinella PTO
Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Danny Boy Social Club
David L. Gale Endowed Fund
Deaconess Faith
Department of Mental Health
Diversity Awareness Partnership
Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
Downtown Children’s Center
Downtown YMCA
Duchense High School
EAGLE College Prep
Earthdance Farms
Easter Seals Disability Services
Eden’s Army – St Louis Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit (CICU)
Educators for Social Justice
Edward Jones Family YMCA
Elaine Chapin Fund
Endangered Wolf Center
Engineers Without Borders
Eric Westacott Foundation
Erin Eickmeier Foundation
Ethical Society Nursery School
Evangelical School
Every Child’s Hope
Faith Aloud
Faith Lutheran
Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
Family Resource Center
Feed My People
Fenton Chamber of Commerce
First Tee
Five Acres Animal Shelter
Florissant Firefighter Community Outreach
Flute Society of St. Louis
Forest Park Forever
Forest Park Rotary
Forest Park Southeast Chouteau Dog Park
Forsyth School
Fort Zumwalt South High Band Parent Association
Fox Park
Fragile X Resource Center of MO
Francis Howell Wrestling Club
Friends Foundation of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital
Friends of Kids with Cancer
Friends of Madison County Child Advocacy Center
Friends of Tower Grove Park
Full Circle
Garden of Life
Gateway Greening
Gateway Greenways
Gateway Men’s Chorus
Gateway Pet Guardians
Gateway Science Academy
Gateway to Hope
Girls Hope Boys Hope
Giving is a Family Tradition (GiFT)
Global Ethos
Goddard School
God’s Green Acre Association
Good Shepard School for Children
Goodvibe School
Grace Lutheran
Grace Place Wellness
Grand Arts Center
Grand Center
Grand Center Arts Academy
Great Rivers Greenway
Green Dining Alliance
Greenstreet NPR
Grove Community Improvement District
Guardian Angel Settlement Association
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Hanna Woods Elementary
Hannah’s Helping Ways
Hatz 4 Hearts
Hazelwood Sharks
Healthy Planet
HeartLands Conservancy
Help Educate
Helping Hand-Me-Downs
Herculaneum Bulls Little League
High Mount School
HIS Kids Cancer Support
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
Holy Cross Lutheran School
Holy Trinity Catholic School
HomeFirst STL
Human Service Center
Humane Society of Missouri
Illinois Humane Society
Immaculate Conception School
Immanuel Lutheran School
Incarnate Word Catholic Parish
Independence Centers
Inside Dharma
International Institute
Jake’s Crew
Jefferson College Foundation
Joan Sucher Benefit Fund
John Burroughs School
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
Junior Chamber International St. Louis
Junior Service Club of Edwardsville
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
KEEN St. Louis
Kellison Elementary
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Keysor Elementary
Keysor School
Kid Smart
Kids Chance of Missouri
Kids in the Middle
Kids Vision for Life- St Louis
King of Kings MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Kingdom House
Kirkwood United Methodist Church
Kranzberg Arts Center
La Leche League
Lab School
Lady of Sorrows School
Lafayette Prep Academy
Laumeier Sculpture Park Special Events Committee
Left Bank Books
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Lemay Child and Family Center
Lemay Housing Partnership
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Leukemia Lymphoma Society
Liberty High School
Life Bridge
Lift for Life
Lindenwood University
Little Bit of Haven
Little Flower Catholic School
Living Word Early Childhood Center
Lolly’s Place
Loyola Acadamy
Lutheran Association for Special Education
Lutheran Campus Ministry in St. Louis
Lutheran Elementary School Association
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services Foundation
Lutheran Senior Services Benevolent Care
Lydia’s House
Lymphoma Cancer Foundation
Lynn Solon Foundation
Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled
Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction
Maplewood Chamber of Commerce
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
March of Dimes
Margaret Buerkle Middle School
Marquee Youth Stage
Mary Ryder Home
Marygrove Bloom
Maryville Elementary
Mason Elementary School
McKinley Heights Neighborhood Association
McRee Garden Apartments
Meeting Professionals International, St. Louis Chapter
Megan Meier Foundation
Meghan Torno School
Mehlville High School Band Parents Association
Memory Care Home Solutions
Mercy Health Foundation
Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis
Microfinancing Partners in Africa
Midwest Movies
Mike Hansen Memorial Fund
Millstadt Community Consolidated Schools PTA
Miltstadt School
Miriam School
Miriam: The Learning Disability Experts
Mission St. Louis
Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
Missouri Athletic Club Foundations
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Boys State Memorial Trust
Missouri Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri College Personnel Association
Missouri History Museum
Missouri Mules
Missouri River Relief
Missouri School for the Blind
Missouri Trade Fair
Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation
Missouri Waste Control Coalition
Mizzou Alumni Association
Mizzou MBA association
Mother of Good Counsel
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Mustard Seed Peace Project
NAMI St. Louis
NARAL Pro-Choice MO
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 343
National Crime Victim’s Rights Week
National Kidney Foundation
Nerinx Hall Auction
New City School
New Haven School District
New Line Theatre
New Music Circle
NextStep for Life
Nine Network
North Grand Neighborhood Services
Northside Workshop
Notre Dame High School
NU Club of St. Louis
Nurses for Newborns
Oak Brook Elementary
Oakville Choir
Oakville Elementary School PTO
O’Fallon Township High School Band Boosters
Old North Revitalization
Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation
Operation Food Search
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Our Lady of the Pillar School
Our Lady’s Inn
OUTgrads St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group
Overland Park Arboretum
Ozark Trails Association
Parapet Real Humans
Parkville Main Street Association
Parkway Central HS
Partners 4 Pets
Pat Tillman Foundation
Pathways to Independence
Paws Care of Montgomery County
Piasa Palisades Group/Sierra Club Piasa Palisades
Pierremont Elementary
Pieston Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Police Benevolent and Protective Association
Powered by Hope
Progressive Pavilion Tower Grove Park
Project ARK
Prosperity Connection
Public Interest Law Group
Pujols Family Foundation
Q Jews of St. Louis Pride Shabbat
Rainbow Villages Young Professionals
Ranken Jordan
Rawlings Recruits
Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis
Rebuilding Together
Relay For Life
Renew Missouri
Responder Rescue St. Louis and Metro Firefighters
RGA Reinsurance Company
Rise Community Development
Rise Young Professionals Board
Ritenour School District
Rock Island Trail
Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis Red Shoe Society
Ross Elementary School
R-S Theatrics
Run for Roses
Sacred Heart Church
Saint Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Saint Louis University
Saint Mark Catholic School
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School
Salon St. Louis
Salvation Army of St. Louis
Sappington Parent Teacher Group
Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center at United Hebrew
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Scott Credit Union
Scott Laschober Memorial
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Shaw Area Children’s Center
Sheldon Concert Hall
Sherwood Forest Camp
Shiloh Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #291
Shining Hope for Communities
SIDS Resources, Inc
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Siteman Cancer Center
Siteman Patient Care Fund
SIUE Alumni Association
Slow Food
SLU Health Resource Center
Smithton Athletic Association
SNIP Alliance
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Solea Water Partnership
Soulard School
South Hampton
SouthSide School
Southview School
Southwest Middle School
Southwestern Illinois College
Special Education Enrichment Foundation
Special Olympics
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
St Rita Catholic Church
St .Joan of Arc Parish
St Francis Xavier College Church
St Louis An Samhra World Qualifiers
St Louis Low Brass Collective LBC
St Peter School and Church in Kirkwood
St. Alban Roe Parish
St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church
St. Ambrose Athletic Association
St. Andrews Loving Hope
St. Ann’s
St. Baldrick’s
St. Charles City Library
St. Charles City-County Library Foundation
St. Charles Community College
St. Charles Friends of Birthright
St. Cronan Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Parish
St. Francis Borgia Preschool and Junior Kindergarten
St. Francis of Assisi School
St. Gabriel Parish
St. Gerard Majella
St. Jacob Elementary
St. James
St. James the Greater
St. Joachim & Ann Catholic Church and Athletic Association
St. Joachim School
St. John School
St. John the Baptist Alumni
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
St. John’s Lutheran School
St. Joseph Josephville
St. Joseph Radio
St. Joseph’s Academy
St. Jude
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Louis Arc
St. Louis Brewer’s Guild
St. Louis Chinese Language Immersion School
St. Louis College Prep
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis County Police Welfare Association
St. Louis Crusaders
St. Louis Families for the Smile Train
St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis Irish Arts
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
St. Louis Metro Singers
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness
St. Louis Pet Rescue
St. Louis Police Explorers
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis Public Schools (Central Visual and Performing Arts High School)
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Special Libraries Association
St. Louis Symphony
St. Louis the King School
St. Louis Veteran’s Home Committee
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
St. Mary’s High School
St. Michael School of Clayton
St. Patrick Center
St. Paul Catholic School
St. Paul’s Lutheran School
St. Simon the Apostle Parish
St. Stephens
St. Vincent DePaul at St. Margaret of Scotland Church
St. Vincent Home for children
Starfish Tuition Assistance Program
Starlight Room Chess Club
Station 314
Stray Dog Theatre
Stray Rescue STL
Sts Jochaim and Ann Parish
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
Sunday Morning RFC
Sweet Celebrations
Tapestry of Community Offerings
Teach For America St. Louis
Team Momentum Volleyball Club
Ted Talks
Tenth Life Cat Rescue
The 1st Annual Chief Robert Dowling Memorial Scholarship Fund
The BackStoppers
The Bay- NE
The Book House
The Cassius Project
The Charity Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Gateway Chapter
The Cheak Foundation
The College School
The Deputy Sheriffs of Missouri Association
The Epilepsy Foundation
The Green Center
The International Institute of St. Louis
The Little Bit Foundation
The Luminary
The Lustgarten Foundation
The Lutheran High School
The Magic House
The OG Beer
The Open Space Council
The Rose Foundation
The Siteman Cancer Center
The Tesseract Theatre Company
The Waldorf School of St Louis
The Youth Learning Center
Theatre Nuevo
Third Degree Glass
Thomas Jefferson School
Timothy Lutheran Church
Tony LaRussa Animal Rescue Foundation
Trautwein Elemenatry
Troy Rotary
Twin Oaks
U City Chamber of Commerce
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
UMSL American Optometric Student Association
Under One Roof
Union Avenue Opera
United 4 Children
United States Association for Blind Athletes, Missouri Chapter
United Way of Greater St. Louis
University City
Unlimited Opportunities
Unlimited Play
Urban Canvas
Urban Sprouts
US Air Force Academy Parents Club
Uthoff Valley Elementary
Variety the Children’s Charity
Varsity H Letterman’s Club
Veterans Memorial Committee
Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 5327
Vianney Alumni
Voices for Children
Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Earl E. Walker Memorial
Washington University
Water Tower & Park Preservation Society
Waterloo School
Webster Child Care Center
Westchester Elementary
Whole Kids Outreach
Wild Horse Elementary
Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
Wilkinson ECC
Wilson School
Woerther Elementary School
Wonderland Camp
Word of Life Lutheran School
Working Wonders 4 Downs
World Affairs Council of St. Louis
World Bird Sanctuary
World Pediatric Project
World Wide Technology Soccer Park
Wounded Warrior
Wren Hollow Elementary
Wyland Elementary
Wyman Center
Wyman Center, Inc.
Yeyo Arts
YMCA Community
Yoga Buzz
Youth First Initiative
Youth In Need
ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer
Zion Lutheran School of Harvester