4 Hands Brewing Co. Expands and Distills

This summer, 4 Hands Brewing Co., one of St. Louis’ most recognizable craft breweries, expanded its tasting room in LaSalle Park. The building’s second floor, which is three times larger than its ground-floor tasting room, is now open for additional seating. The first floor became too small to accommodate out-of-towners and regulars who stopped by after Cardinals games, and president Kevin Lemp says the second floor relieves the previous elbow-to-elbow experience. Upstairs also features a new bar with a dozen taps on both sides and glycol cooling lines, which allow 116-gallon beer vessels to be suspended from the ceiling. Guests will find wall art by local artist Peat Wollaeger; vintage arcade games; Skee-Ball; and chairs, tables, benches and barstools by Goebel & Co. plus stools by Mwanzi Co., both St. Louis-based furniture companies.

4 Hands is also launching a spirits line as part of a larger plan to launch a distillery. Its “microstill” will use more obscure ingredients to create two gins, including one made with cucumber and carrot skins. Lemp says the goal is to offer two or three seasonal gins throughout the year, including one that’s barrel-aged, and to release the first batch by the first quarter of next year. The brewery is also expanding its brewhouse: Lemp says 4 Hands is essentially doubling capacity from a 15-barrel system to a 30-barrel one to produce 35,000 barrels of beer per year. (Photo by Mabel Suen)

4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 S. 8th St., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.436.1559, 4handsbrewery.com

PRO PICKS “4 Hands Brewing Co.'s Preserved Lemon Gose is an exceptionally sessionable and beautiful canned beer, and I’m thrilled 4 Hands decided to can it this year. This beer has the perfect amount of citrus and just a hint of salinity.” –Brandon Cavanagh, owner and head beer-buyer, Gezellig