A St. Louis Craft Brewery That Doubles as a Classy Event Space
Delicious food, friends and craft beer converge at 4 Hands Brewing Company in St. Louis’ La Salle neighborhood, founded seven years ago by St. Louisan Kevin Lemp, who had always dreamed of running his own brewery. The 20,000-square foot brewing facility also doubles as the perfect setting for upcoming fall events, from rehearsal dinners and weddings to open houses, tastings and corporate meetups for up to 175 guests.
For the craft-beer-lover in your life, it’s hard to find a better place to hang out after work or host a sparkling soiree than 4 Hands’ state-of-the-art brewing facility. If you haven’t been already, prepare for a stunningly beautiful industrial setting that’s an homage to classic St. Louis industrial architecture, complete with handmade wood tables and fitted stools, exposed-brick walls, plenty of natural light and even free arcade games and skee-ball machines, which perfectly complement the locale’s fun, nostalgic atmosphere.
Also be sure to check out the brand-new distillery, 1220 Artisan Spirits, which is also available for events. For a truly memorable event that showcases the best of what 4 Hands has to offer, you could even plan a private-group tasting or partake in one of the brewery’s beer-education programs.
Food is one of the most important centerpieces of any event, of course (perhaps second only to the beer, if you ask us), and if you’re in the midst of getting an event together, locking down a professional caterer is one of the largest components to tackle. Luckily, 4 Hands has a catering partnership with James Beard Award-winning chef Kevin Nashan of the upscale Sidney Street Cafe and the more-casual seafood joint Peacemaker, where you can taste Nashan’s elevated stylings paired with 4 Hands’ best craft-beer offerings. The results is laid-back celebration with delicious locally brewed beer, bites and spirits.
4 Hands has developed a devoted following of craft-beer-lovers with a unique yet accessible portfolio of specialty and year-round beer flavor and an insatiable desire to positively impact its community—from fundraisers and events to entrepreneurial grant programs that shine a positive light on St. Louis, all by Lemp’s design. Brews include the near omnipresent City Wide and City Wide Pils which support the organization’s City Wide grant program, a scholarship fund awarded to one new startup or nonprofit each quarter. Plus, as you can tell by how much their beers sell out, the taste, delivery and creation of each beer has been impressing audiences nationwide.
The brand has continued to grow under Lemp’s ambitious yet grounded leadership and proves that companies with heart and a true desire to give back thrive here in the Gateway City. The company’s emphasis on philanthropic endeavors and community engagement also don’t appear to have had a negative effect on sales or growth—quite the opposite. 4 Hands reported that their business grew 31 percent last year, with over three quarters of sales tendered in the state of Missouri.
So if you’re on the hunt for a great new spot in the city to try out for an upcoming event, 4 Hands is a locale we can confidently recommend, for its beautiful space, impressive portfolio of unique beers and spirits, love of St. Louis and emphasis on giving back.
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