Urban Chestnut purchases German brewery

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Another St. Louis craft brewer is expanding, but this time out of the United States.

Urban Chestnut announced their addition of a German location.

David Wolfe, co-found of Urban Chestnut, cannot contain his excitement at his company's expansion outside the states, saying "guten tag" to its latest addition.

"It's big news to us because we weren't necessarily planning this to take place in 2015," Wolfe said. "It's something we'd hoped to do down the road but the opportunity that came about just really fit well and it's too hard to pass up."

The new brewery is located about an hour outside of Munich, and will be getting a midwestern upgrade on some old German recipes.

Co-founder Florian Kuplent, who grew up near Wolnzach and Hallertau in southern Germany, got his degree in brewery science from a university in Bavaria. He'll be bringing his home roots to the beer recipes in Germany. The new brewery is expected to open later this year.

"It's called 'burgerbrau' which had closed its doors in Volnsauk, and what it's going to allow us to do is capitalize on some synergies. It's going to allow us to import and export beer back and forth between the U.S. and Germany," Wolfe said.

The little brewery that could started near Grand Center in 2011 and and has been steadily expanding locations and lagers in just four years.

"We did about 11,000 barrels in 2014, which was not quite double of the 6,500 that we did in 2012, but we're projecting that number to be between 15,000 and 20,000 barrels next year," Wolfe said.

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