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Monday, April 7, 2014

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

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge 4 Hands brews. | RFT photo
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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.

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"We thought the 'Contact High' would just be a really perfect beer to put in a can," says brewery president Kevin Lemp. "It's our spring and summer seasonal, so we could get a good read on customer feedback -- do they like our beer in cans? So we're potentially looking to make a switch into cans in everything."

"It's a hop-forward American wheat ale that we brew with fresh orange zest, so it's a really citrusy wheat American," Lemp says. The cans are available at Schnucks, Randall's, Lukas Liquor and the Wine and Cheese Place.

Lemp says 4 Hands has been focused on getting the "Contact High" cans out over the past few months, but the brewery does have a two-part release coming up: "Three Kings" and "Psycho Killer."

"'Three Kings' is a Belgian tripel that we aged in whiskey barrels [with coffee]...and then the sister beer to that is called 'Psycho Killer,' and that's the Belgian tripel without the coffee," Lemp says. Both should be coming out in May.

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