Hands Brewing Company

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    November 18, 2014

    Perennial, 4 Hands Win Medals For Barrel-Aged Beers

    Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) and 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) both took home medals from the twelfth annual Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago over the weekend. Hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the festival celebrate ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Brewer Chat: 4 Hands Brewing Company's Martin Toft IV

    Martin Toft IV laughs when he recalls his first foray into making beer. "It was awful. Technically, I suppose it was beer. I don't know why I kept going with it, but it eventually got better," he says. See Also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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    August 22, 2014

    Q & Brew in the Lou is Sold Out: Here's What You Need to Know

    We've hate to break it to ya'll, but our first ever Q & Brew in the Lou event is sold out. That means there won't be any tickets available at the door. But we've got some tips for those who are attending. See also: Check Out the Final List of Breweries and Barbecue for RFT's Q & Brew in the Lou

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    August 15, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 15 to 17

    Despite the roller coaster that has been this week, you can still get out and about this weekend. Patronize your favorite restaurants on North Florissant Road, or escape to the country with Chaumette Vineyards and Baetje Farms. Keep calm and eat on -- check out our food-related recommendations after ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Check Out the Final List of Breweries and Barbecue for RFT's Q & Brew in the Lou

    Our inaugural Q & Brew in the Lou celebration is officially less than a month away. We've got a killer lineup of breweries and barbecue masters, which will be enjoyed in air conditioning no less. Check out who will be there and find out how to score tickets after the jump. See also: Sugarfire Smoke ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year -- no, not Christmas. St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday, July 26 and is sponsoring events all over town until August 3. It can be hard to whittle it down to something manageable (more power to you if you're trying to hit every single one), so we' ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    RFT's Q & Brew in the Lou Ticket Presale Starts Today at 10 a.m.

    Our first ever Q& Brew in the Lou event kicks off on August 23 and we want to make sure we will see you there. That's why, starting today through June 29, you can nab your tickets before the general public. That gets you into our huge indoor space where you can roam the floor sampling the best St. ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    RFT's Q and Brew in the Lou Presale Starts June 25

    We're pretty into barbecue and beer over here at Gut Check World Headquarters, and St. Louis is too. For the first time ever, we're throwing a festival celebrating two of our best exports at the Q and Brew in the Lou. See also: O'Fallon Brewery Releases New Summer Brew, Berry Best

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    April 14, 2014

    Schlafly Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition with Cadre of Washington State Brews

    Local beer fans converged on the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) last Saturday to enjoy good beer and gorgeous weather at the brewery's annual Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Each year, Schlafly commemorates the enactment of the Cullen-Harrison Act on April 7, 1 ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    4 Hands Brewery's "Contact High" Wheat Ale: Now in Cans

    For the first time ever, 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) is offering one of its beers in cans. "Contact High," a wheat ale, debuted last summer at the brewery on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. 4 Hands released its first-ever canned beer on Thursday at the brewery. S ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    A Gut Check Guide to Pairing Girl Scout Cookies with Local Beers

    Just in case you somehow missed them in front of supermarkets, in your office or at your front door, Girl Scout Cookie Season has arrived. Through this annual tradition, Girl Scouts across the region learn valuable life skills, earn badges and generate work for local dentists. Once you've filled you ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    USA Today: How to Spend a Hipster Weekend in St. Louis

    The word "hipster" is used so often now we're not totally sure what it means anymore. In USA Today's latest weekend travel guide, "hipster" means eating donuts, shopping for vinyl and drinking craft beer. (Actually, that sounds pretty great.) The national newspaper offered readers its top picks f ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    The Wildest Sights and Brews of 4 Hands Brewing Company's Lupulin Carnival

    All hail the mighty hop plant, whose flowers produce lupulin -- the substance that imparts flavor and aroma to beer and also acts as a preservative. To celebrate this botanical gem, 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eight Street; 314-436-1559) staged the third annual Lupulin Carnival on Saturday. ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Brews for Two: Our Favorite Local Beers to Drink on Valentine's Day

    Since the days of Chaucer, lovers have expressed their affection on Valentine's Day with gifts of flowers, chocolate and poetry. And when it comes time to pick a poison, most will head for the wine and Champagne sections. While these make decent enough gifts, Gut Check has a better idea -- brews ma ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 31 to February 2

    Yes, it's Super Bowl weekend (already!), but there are plenty of non-football activities going on this weekend. Help raise some money to save Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery, see the Pi Pizza-loving Alton Brown or take a sugary tour of Maplewood. Check out our food-related recommendations after the ju ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 24 to 26

    Weathermen and women forecast a slight increase in the mercury this weekend, just in time for beer anniversaries, wine dinners and the 12th Annual Food & Wine Experience. Seriously -- seize the opportunity to shake off the winter doldrums at some of the area's best food events. Sadly, temperatures a ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: November 22 to 24

    This weekend features a grab bag full of shows to go to. The Urge celebrates a CD release all weekend, local musicians pay tribute to the late great Lou Reed at Off Broadway, the Crack Fox celebrates its fourth birthday, and the Saint Louis Science Center features a star show paired with live music. ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    The Blind Eyes Fill in the Blanks In Advance of Saturday's EP Release Show

    A quick search of the Blind Eyes artist page on Facebook will reveal a barely hidden genre-proclamation of "Architecture Rock." The inside joke almost certainly takes a jab at the pool of adjective-genres floating around, but "architecture" feels apt for music that sounds so thoughtfully built. Pop ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    April 22, 2013

    Hop On Over to Two Beer Festivals This Weekend

    It seems that once Spring arrives, it's time to bust out some brews. And we are so down with that. This Saturday, April 27, Global Brew Tap House & Lounge (112 South Buchanan Street Suite 1, Edwardsville; 618-307-5858) will host the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival and Ferguson Brewing Company (41 ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. With the craft beer scene exploding across the Midwest and the recent opening of the beer emporium Flying Sauc ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 1 to 3

    This weekend, get your fish fry on, feast your eyes during a collaborative Contemporary Art Museum tasting event and prepare for St. Patty's with Bixby's Irish-themed brunch specials. There's plenty more to sip and munch after the jump. Friday (Mar. 1): Smitten Kitchen Book Tour @ Left Bank Books ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Jan. 11-13

    Friday (Jan. 11): Nursery Crimes @ Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Dinner Theatre Catch dinner and a show with a spooky murder mystery based on nursery rhymes. The dinner menu includes appetizers of crab rangoon and toasted ravioli as well as entree options such as an 8-ounce New York strip and chick ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    The Ten Best New Year's Eve 2012 Parties in St. Louis

    New Year's Eve is upon us! And in 2012 too -- it is the New Year's Eve that they said would never happen. Boy do they look dumb now. Now that all that Mayan Calendar crap has passed, can we finally all agree that these end-of-the-world prophecies are completely stupid? I mean, that was the biggest ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Dec. 21-23

    Friday (Dec. 21): Outlook Not So Good Party @ The Fortune Teller Bar Go out in style while sipping on specially prepared doomsday cocktails and full-flavored gravity pours of 4 Hands Brewing Company's Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown, with extra cocoa nibs added straight to the cask. Come dressed up any way ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Josh Galliano Pops Up Again Tonight at 4 Hands Brewing Company

    After drawing crowds to his one-day-only "restaurants" serving fried chicken and then gumbo, acclaimed local chef Josh Galliano (most recently of the shuttered Monarch) is popping up yet again, this time at 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559). To coincide with the relea ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Oct. 19-21

    Friday (Oct. 19): Thurman Loop Oktoberfest @ the intersection of Thurman Ave. and Shenandoah Ave. At this Oktoberfest event, get a craft beer fix and enjoy carnival games, a home-brewing workshop and competition, and food from Thurman Grill, La Tropicana and Mojo Tapas. Admission is free. Friday, ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    The Five Best Bicycle Friendly Bars in St. Louis

    This morning, we got an email from reader Rob, who is planning a biking bachelor party and was looking for our expertise in recommending some bars to stop at. He was looking specifically for dive bars, but that got us thinking bigger -- what are our favorite places to drink (responsibly, of course) ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    First Look: The Fifth Wheel

    On Friday, June 15, 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South 8th Street; 314-436-1559) introduced the Fifth Wheel, a restaurant located inside the local craft brewery. 4 Hands' president Kevin Lemp calls the Fifth Wheel's fare sophisticated bar food. The tasting room at 4 Hands was equipped with a small ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 6.18-6.24

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Bruno's Dream: Bruno shared an update on his backyard garden. The Cupcake Project: Stef posted a call for cupcake explorers to help her develop an Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe. Every Little Thing: Stacy turned her CSA haul into some ta ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    The Seven Best Brewpubs in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    StewedSTL Hits Kickstarter Goal, Holds Fundraiser Thursday

    StewedSTL is having a good month. And, no, while Gut Check doesn't hide the fact that we are, at heart, selfish bastards, we aren't talking about the local food, drink and restaurant podcast's star turn when its hosts emceed this year's Iron Fork. (Though that was awesome, too.) A few weeks ago, S ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Cold? Snuggle Up to a Local Brew

    If you haven't had the chance to become acquainted with the craft-brewing scene in St. Louis yet, don't fret. Plenty of opportunities exist on the horizon to get a taste of what's brewing in your own back yard. On Thursday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m., PW Pizza (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-7799) pre ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings 2011: The Final Reckoning

    At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!

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    January 9, 2012

    Microbrews and Local Bands: Introducing a New Monthly Series at Old Rock House

    Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th Street, 314-588-0505) is introducing a new series pairing the release of St. Louis microbrews with local musicians. The kickoff is Wednesday with Schlafly releasing its Scotch Ale. The entertainment will come from Joe Stickley & Sean Canan. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show' ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    December 2011 Openings & Closings

    ​We're just about ready to close the books on 2011. (Still to come: Our omnibus listing of all 2011 openings and closings.)The final month of the year wasn't quite as hectic as previous months but still saw several openings, and a few high-profile closings, including the sudden shuttering of the s ... More >>