STL Zoo Bier raises funds and awareness for the Saint Louis Zoo’s animal care and conservation work


Back by popular demand, the official bier of the Saint Louis Zoo brewed by Urban Chestnut!

ST. LOUIS (May 24, 2021) – To raise awareness about the importance of animal welfare and conservation, the Saint Louis Zoo teamed up with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) in 2019 to create STL Zoo Bier, the first official beer of the Saint Louis Zoo. The seasonal release for 2021 features the king penguin, a large, majestic-looking bird native to sub-Antarctic islands. Penguin & Puffin Coast is home to king penguins at the Zoo.

The Kölsch-style beer is available at the Zoo starting this holiday weekend and is coming soon to grocery stores and beer retailers in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and the Metro East area. For every case of STL Zoo Bier sold at area retailers, Urban Chestnut will donate $3 to the Saint Louis Zoo to support its animal care and conservation work. *  

“We appreciate the generous support of Urban Chestnut in this collaboration that brings together a great quality local beer for adults to enjoy and the Zoo's mission-focused work to care for animals at the Zoo and in the wild,” said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo.

Since its inception in 2019, 2,700 cases of STL Zoo Bier have been sold, resulting in a $7,800 donation to the Zoo by Urban Chestnut.

“As an animal lover and life-long advocate of the St. Louis region, this partnership means a lot to me and to the team at UCBC as well,” said David Wolfe co-founder of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. “The Saint Louis Zoo is such a significant organization, both locally and globally, and we’re thrilled to continue this partnership, especially at this point in time when it’s more important than ever to support our community.”

STL Zoo Bier, sold in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, is a traditional, German-style Kölsch with a clean, crisp and well-rounded flavor that appeals to a wide audience, according to UCBC.

*In partnership with Urban Chestnut’s local wholesalers: Major Brands Distributing, Grey Eagle Distributors, Donnewald Distributing, and H.W. Herrell Distributing.

Where to buy:

STL Zoo Bier Kölsch will be available for purchase beginning May. 27th. Here's where you can find it:

The Saint Louis Zoo: at all concession areas inside the Zoo and at Zoo gift shops.

Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall. See current hours here.

STL City, STL county, St. Charles, Metro East: at grocery stores and beer retailers

For information about specific retailers and stores, contact the following St. Louis wholesalers:

  • Major Brands Distributors: 314-645-1843 - St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Cape Girardeau, Lincoln, Warren
  • Grey Eagle Distributors (MO): 314-429-9100 - St. Louis County, Franklin County, Gasconade County,
  • St. Francois County, Ste. Genevieve County, Madison County, Washington County, Iron County
  • Grey Eagle Distributors: (IL) 866-429-2337 - St. Clair County, Monroe County, Madison County (partial)
  • H.W. Herrell Distributing: 636-464-0100 - Jefferson County
  • Donnewald Distributing (IL): 618-664-1600 – Calhoun, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Bond, Clinton, Washington, Fayette, Marion, Effingham, Greene, Cumberland, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richard, Lawrence, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White (partial)