Even though 4 Hands Brewing Co. is located on the other side of the state in St. Louis, MO there’s no denying their presence here in the Kansas City, MO area. Their limited release beers are swooped off liquor store shelves within hours after landing there and their kegs are typically among the first to kick at events around town. It’s no surprise to see the response being generated by their beers though.
Since 2011 in what was a landmark year for the St. Louis craft beer community, 4 Hands has been brewing some of the best beer to come out of the Midwest. From their core lineup including such beers as Reprise Centennial Red and Divided Sky Rye IPA to their seasonal releases like Chocolate Milk Stout and Morning Glory, 4 Hands has developed a diverse portfolio of beers that appeal to both casual craft beer drinkers and beer geeks alike. And while I may be slightly biased toward a brewery from my hometown, I think their product speaks for itself.
If you don’t believe me though, Flying Saucer will be hosting two consecutive nights of events this week featuring some limited barrel aged beers from 4 Hands Brewing Co. that you can check out for yourself.
The first takes place Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 PM. Flying Saucer will be pouring Cuvee Diable as part of their Keep the Glass night. Cuvee Diable is a farmhouse ale fermented with wild yeast aged in red wine barrels with tart cherries. In addition to getting to try this limited beer on draft, you will also be able to take home a 4 Hands etched Teku Glass that the beer is served in.
The following night, Thursday March 19th, Flying Saucer will be devoting four of their tap handles to four different barrel aged beers from 4 Hands Brewing Co. as part of their Brewers Table Night. Representatives from 4 Hands will be on hand to discuss the beers and Flying Saucer will be offering suggested food pairings for each beer.
The tap list for the evening includes the following beers:
Madagascar – Imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans
The Woodsman - 3rd Anniversary release, imperial stout half bourbon barrel aged, half stainless tank aged
Barrel Aged Late Harvest Saison - a Kansas City only release last year in collaboration with Prairie Birthday Farm and Chef Josh Eans. Local Kansas City artist Holly Hayden created the bottle artwork. Saison brewed with wild flower honey, persimmons, and ginger. Aged in a spent bourbon barrel that then aged Big O ginger liqueur (local St Louis based company) that then aged Late Harvest Saison
Downfall Imperial Stout - New Bourbon Barrel Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries
4 Hands Brewing Co. Lupulin Carnival – St. Louis, MO
These events will help lead up to 4 Hands Brewing Co. 4th Annual Lupulin Carnival taking place Saturday March 28th from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at their brewery located at 1220 S 8th Street in Saint Louis, MO.
If you’re not familiar with the Lupulin Carnival, it is an annual festival thrown by 4 Hands celebrating hop forward beers that coincides with the release of their War Hammer Imperial IPA. A ticket to the event will get you the opportunity to purchase bottles of War Hammer before it hits the market along with a sampling glass to try beers from over 50 breweries that will be joining 4 Hands to take part in the days’ festivities.
In addition to the War Hammer release this year, 4 Hands will also debut their new session IPA, Tack Hammer, on draft and Super Flare, a brettanomyces IPA with fruit, available on draft and 500ml bottles.
The attractions at the Lupulin Carnival are what really set it apart from other beer festivals though. Throughout the day you are likely to stumble across different carnival acts including a fire breather and stilt walker, live music, DJ’s, food trucks, carnival games where 100% of the proceeds will go to HOPE for Young Adults with cancer, photo booths, a dunk tank and a 40-foot ferris wheel.
Tickets for the event are going fast and as of this past weekend there were a little less than 500 tickets left. 4 Hands does expect this event to sell out before the doors open so if you can make a weekend trip to St. Louis, I would recommend getting your tickets fast.
Tickets for the event are $40 plus service fee and can be purchased here.
The Lupulin Carnival website will also be an interactive site during the event with a brewery and beer checklist, event schedule, and map showing where all breweries are located.
The list of breweries expected to be pouring includes:
Against the Grain
Main & Mill
Martin City Brewing Co.
The Old Bakery
Perennial Artisan Ales