On Tap: 4 Hands Brewery Stays Creative with Seasonal Selections

By Alex Wilking
In Food

[Ed. Note: Editorial intern Alex Wilking likes his beer. He’s good enough not to drink it in the office, but he took his tastebuds to 4 Hands to sample a few of their seasonal brews and report back to us.]

4 Hands Brewing Co. has a reputation in St. Louis for their adventurous take on craft beer. This season brought a new batch of creativity to the brewery’s roster, and I had the chance to stop by the brewery’s Soulard headquarters and try some of these new additions.

4 Hands Brewery, photo by David Vassalli.

4 Hands Brewery, photo by David Vassalli.

On tap: Snake Oil, Vigilante (made for Mission Taco Joint) and Passion Fruit Prussia. Snake Oil is the brewery’s red IPA, while Vilgilante is a lime-infused amber ale in an apt below-the-border twist. The Passion Fruit Prussia is a new take on a Berliner Weisse beer, with the obvious addition of passion fruit.

Snake Oil was the definite standout, providing a hoppy yet somehow smooth and thick bite. Passion Fruit Prussia was a tart, very Champagne-esque surprise. Vigilante proved to be a refreshing Vienna lager, with the subtle lime undertone making it a great finish to my trip.

This fall also saw the seasonal return of the Mosaic-hopped Resurrected IPA, a personal favorite of mine, and Chocolate Milk Stout. 4 Hands is also planning on releasing a holiday bundle of the stout this December. The package will feature peanut butter and blackberry variants of the beer, along with a unique mason jar.

4 Hands’ website currently teases two other beers, “Sugar and Spice” and the return of their “Alter Ego” brew. I haven’t had the chance to try either yet, but it’s clear the brewery has plenty more planned before the year is out.

These beers and more are currently available at the 4 Hands Brewery (S. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104).

For a complete overview of all things craft beer in St. Louis, check out our coverage in December’s issue.

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