St. Louis’ 4 Hands Brewing Co. Expands To Include 1220 Artisan Spirits
This past year has been a year of record growth for St. Louis’ 4 Hands Brewing Company and, in true 4 Hands style, they’ve decided to respond by expanding their offerings for the brewery’s dedicated clientele.
4 Hands fans and beyond will be enthused to know that the brand will launch 1220 Artisan Spirits in April of this year, helmed by certified specialist of spirits and head distiller Rob Vossmeyer. Vossmeyer formerly worked with Tom’s Town Distilling in Kansas City and has traveled around Europe to understand the art of Scotch whisky to aid in his creations. He’s also currently working toward his diploma in distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
Commemorating 4 Hands’ six years in business, the first release will be a year-round New American Gin called Origin, perfectly paired with a 1220 house tonic. Subsequent releases will include a line of seasonal gins, with locally sourced ingredients creating the flavor foundations. Spirits to follow will also include a barrel-aged gin, an apple brandy aged in Madagascar barrels and an amaro. Adding a whiskey to the brand’s portfolio is also in the works.
“It’s been an exhilarating ride,” says brewery owner Kevin Lemp. “Our team has constructed a very strong foundation over the last six years. We can build off of that foundation and create a new brand that doesn’t compete with—but rather complements—4 Hands Brewing Company. This gives us the opportunity to collaborate between the brewery and distillery. It’s a calculated risk.”
Under Lemp’s ambitious yet sensible leadership, the craft brewery first began in 2011 with 1,600 barrels of beer. By 2016, they pumped out 16,300 barrels just to meet demand. Focusing on current and regional distribution markets paid off: last year the business grew 31 percent, with 83 percent of sales in the state of Missouri.
All images courtesy of 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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