Wednesday, October 17, 2012

4 Hands coming to Kansas City

A keg of Cuvee Ange during Flying Saucer Sour Beer Week. Cryptic tweets from Major Brands. The writing has been on the wall, the clues have been laid and finally there's confirmation of what many of us suspected; 4 Hands Brewing Company will soon be available in Kansas City.

4 Hands is one of many breweries that have popped up in St. Louis over the past 2 or 3 years. On a recent trip to the STL, I was able to stop in, sample their beers, talk to the owner and get a glimpse at their operation. This is definitely a group of hard-working, dedicated guys who are doing some very interesting things with beer. For example, while we were there, they told us about Smoked Pigasus, a smoked rye porter made with malt that was smoked at a local barbecue restaurant, then aged in a bourbon barrel that had held maple syrup. Needless to say, I immediately needed a mop to wipe up the small lake of my drool off the floor. They showed some of their other future plans, and without giving too much away, it's safe to say 4 Hands will be offering up a variety of creative, unique beers as time goes on.

At first, their Kansas City launch will just be draft, but packaged retail products will be coming eventually as well (the word on the street is after a month or so). To celebrate their introduction into the Kansas City market, they have a number of events planned for next week as a kickoff. Here's what you can look forward to (exact times to be added):

Wednesday, October 24th

All Star Pizza - 2 tap kickoff including Divided Sky Rye IPA and Prunus (a delicious cherry saison).

Flying Saucer - 6 tap kickoff including core beers Centennial Red, Divided Sky Rye IPA, Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown and Single Speed Session, plus two seasonal beers.

Riot Room - 4 tap kickoff including Centennial Red, Divided Sky Rye IPA, Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown and Prunus.

Thursday, October 25th

Martin City Brewing Company - 4 tap kickoff including Centennial Red, Divided Sky Rye IPA, Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown and Prunus.

4 Hands will also be making their way into The Foundry, but those plans are still being determined. In addition, you can plan on seeing them at the BeerKC Strong Ale Festival, pouring Cuvee Ange, which you have to try if you didn't get to taste it during Sour Beer Week.

Basically, no matter what part of town you live in, you should be able to find somewhere relatively close that will be pouring 4 Hands beer. At the very least, stop somewhere for 10 minutes and grab a Divided Sky; you won't be disappointed, I promise*.

While you plan your drinking schedule for next week, make to also Like 4 Hands on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

*This guarantee, in no way, accepts responsibility if any level of disappointment is experienced.


  1. They definitely have one of the most metal logos.

  2. Barry, admittedly, I geeked out over their label art almost as much as I did over the beer. I love the one for War Hammer Imperial IPA:

  3. Pat, anymore information on what beers are being poured at the Strong Ale festival. Definitely looking forward to the Cuvee Angee, it was awesome during Sour Beer Week!

  4. I've reached out to BeerKC to try and get my hands on a beer list, so hopefully I'll have some details soon, stay tuned!

  5. Great news! Love these guys. Perennial needs to step it up. When I visited earlier this year, they stated having plans to get into Kansas City by year end. All I've seen is them entering other markets. Supposedly, the owner has family in KC.

    Pat, is 4 Hands coming to the Kansas side as well?

  6. Whats up everyone, this is Kevin from 4 Hands Brewing Company. I wanted to address a few questions. First off, we are very excited about launching in the KC market!

    We are going to begin with distribution in the Kansas City Missouri market. Right now we don't have immediate plans to enter the state of Kansas, but time will tell. With the launch into KC we will now be distributed in STL, COMO, KC, Metro IL, as well as Philadelphia in a few weeks.

    Like Pat mentioned, draft only for now, but we hope to be able to offer bottles by the end of the year. Our line up is packed in all 22 ounce bottles and will range from $4.99 to $12.99.

    We will be bringing a Belgian Strong Ale as well as an Old Ale to the strong beer festival. Very excited about this festival!

    Hope to see everyone there if we don't meet next week.

    Cheers and thanks for the support!!

    Kevin Lemp

  7. Wednesday 4 Hands launch will start at the Foundry at 5pm and will feature Cuve Ange. 7pm Flying Saucer 4 Hands glass night. The entourage will end the evening at the Riot Room

    Thursday 4 Hands launch will be at All Star Pizza and Martin City Brewing. I'll get the exact times later.

    -Clint from Major Brands