Monday, April 20, 2015

4 Hands Beer Dinner, Special Tappings and New Releases


4 Hands Brewing Co. continues to impress me with the generosity they show their Kansas City fans.

About a month ago they sent several of their limited barrel aged beers to the area for different events and we continue to see allocations of their more limited bottle releases.  This month is no different as 4 Hands will be teaming up with Local Pig for what looks to be a killer beer dinner, sending some special kegs our way including a firkin and releasing some seasonal favorites as well as debuting a brand new beer.  Let’s take a look at the events and beers 4 Hands has in store for us.


4 Hands Brewing Co. Beer Dinner – Local Pig Westport

On Wednesday April 22nd at 6:00pm, Local Pig, located at 510 Westport Road, will be hosting a 4 Hands beer dinner.  The menu and beer pairings are listed below.  I wouldn’t sleep on getting tickets for this dinner if you are thinking about going.  Judging by the menu and beers available, I don’t know how this event won’t sell out.

Tickets can be purchased here and there is also a vegetarian option available.

Menu & Beer Pairings: 

Reception - Pigs in a Blanket (chorizo verde, puff pastry, lime)
Paired with: Send Help - poured from a firkin.  Blonde Ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops.  Only available in cans outside of this beer dinner.  This is the only firkin of Send Help in Kansas City

1st Course - Fire Sticks (asparagus, BellaVitano cheese, caramelized onion, balsamic)
Paired with: Contact High - Wheat Ale with northwest hops and dry hopped with fresh orange zest

2nd Course - Stuffed Orbs (arborio, mascarpone, duck, tarragon)
Paired with: War Hammer Imperial IPA – Spring Seasonal released in April with limited allocation that is a punch you in the mouth Imperial IPA

3rd Course – Pork Slam (pork loin, red pepper grits, spring onion, b├ęchamel)
Paired with: Super Flare – Brett IPA with mango and guava brewed in collaboration with Wicked Weed Brewing from Ashville, NC.  Previously only available in the 4 Hands Tasting Room prior to this event

4th Course - Spring Delight (caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, berries)
Paired with: Madagascar - Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Stout dry hopped with whole vanilla beans


4 Hands Special Tappings

The crew at 4 Hands has also been nice enough to send a couple special kegs to the Kansas City area. 

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Yard House restaurant location in the Power and Light district, Yard House will be tapping a keg of War Hammer Imperial IPA this weekend.  Yard House officially opens to the public Saturday April 25th.

On Friday May 1st, Screenland Armour will be tapping a firkin of 4 Hands Contact High with pineapple and mango as part of their Firkin Fest.



4 Hands Brewing Co. New Releases

In addition to the events above, 4 Hands has also released some new beers in the Kansas City area the last couple weeks.  Keep an eye out for these next time you are out beer shopping.

If you were able to make the trip across the state to St. Louis a few weeks ago for the 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival you probably tried War Hammer Imperial IPA which was officially released that day.  If you weren’t able to clear your calendar for a weekend getaway though, you’ll be happy to know that 4 Hands sent some bottles of this incredible Imperial IPA our way.  War Hammer starting hitting shelves a couple weeks ago so you may want to call your local bottle shop or grocery store to see if they still have it but it’s definitely worth the effort if you can track some down.

With canned craft beer gaining more popularity these days, 4 Hands has two new releases that are available now to add into your summer beer rotation.

Contact High, which is a hoppy wheat ale brewed with blood orange zest has made its return this year and is currently available in 6-packs of cans. 

4 Hands has also debuted a brand new beer this year called Send Help.  In collaborating with Randy Ploesser, Todd Bratrud and Send Help Skateboards, 4 Hands has created what they describe as “an extremely crushable, dry-hopped blonde ale.  Pouring straw in color with a crisp bitterness and an abundance of hop aroma, Send Help is the go-to beer for Summer.”  Send Help is also available now in 6-packs of cans.

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