On Tap: Pumpkin Fest At Market Pub House, Fall Beer Festival In Edwardsville, 4 Hands Expands

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Image courtesy of Market Pub House

Image courtesy of Market Pub House

Saturday, Oct. 12: Pumpkin Fest is just around the corner at Market Pub House. Head to the popular pub in The Loop to sample 14 pumpkin beers, including local selections from Ferguson, Kirkwood Station, O’Fallon, Crown Valley, Urban Chestnut, Six Row and Schlafly. Crafty attendees can enter the pumpkin carving contest for a chance to win Market Pub House gift cards. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include a dinner buffet, four 4-ounce pours and a souvenir class.
6655 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.8880, marketpubhouse.com

Saturday, Oct. 19: Join Global Brew Tap House & Lounge at Edwardsville City Park for the Fall Beer Festival, a celebration of seasonal craft beers that will donate a portion of proceeds to the local chapter of Toys for Tots. The festival will include beer trailers featuring seasonal and special release craft beers; food by Herzog’s Kitchen, Papa Murphy’s, Craft Chophouse, Bigelo’s Bistro and Cleveland-Heath; live music from Al Holiday and other musical acts; and brewing demonstrations from the East Side Brewers. The event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewering, and attendees who bring a toy or make a direct donation to Toys for Tots will be entered into a drawing, hosted by Taplin Defense Firm, to win a New Belgium bike and other brewery gifts. More information can be found on Global Brew’s Facebook page.

4 Hands Brewing Co. recently announced a number of changes coming down the line for the popular local craft brewery. First of which is an expansion of its Downtown facilities. The brewery will increase its capacity to 13,000 barrels through the addition of two new 60-barrel tanks this month, and four more coming in January. Increased production will allow the company to expand its offerings to outside markets, including Kansas City, metro Illinois, Philadelphia and Chicago. The company will also change the format of its core portfolio from 22-ounce bottles to a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles. All seasonal offerings will remain in the 22-ounce size. And speaking of, 4 Hands will release four seasonal offerings this winter: Morning Glory, a fall-inspired ale brewed with sweet potatoes, allspice, nutmeg, whole vanilla beans, and then aged in whiskey-soaked wood spirals; Chocolate Milk Stout, with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, coffee and roasted barley; Smoked Pigasus, a smoked rye maple porter with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel; and Bona Fide Imperial Stout, brewed with whole vanilla beans and a single-origin Goshen coffee. Phew! That’s a lot of news to digest… I don’t know about you, but I could use a beer. 1220 S. 8th St., LaSalle Park, 4handsbrewery.com

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