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Elixir: Booze Cruise

Saturday, July 1st, 2017



Float trips don’t require much: a raft or canoe (or inner tube, if you must), sunscreen and a large cooler full of beer. Our days of Bud Light and Wild Turkey shoots are remembered fondly (or not at all), but our palates have grown since those first drinking days on the river. Now we sip session IPAs, crisp wheat beers and juicy pale ales as we bob down Missouri waterways. Here are the six cans – no glass on the river! – we’re floating with this year.


1. 2nd Shift Brewing Co. Brewligans
Originally meant to sustain St. Louis Football Club fans through a 90-minute soccer game, this 6-percent brew is an IPA for hopheads who want to kick back on the Black River.
Four-pack: $12. 2nd Shift Brewing Co., 1601 Sublette Ave., St. Louis, 314.669.9013, 2ndshiftbrewing.com

2. Civil Life Brewing Co. German Pilsner
For those who forage in the cooler for something besides hop bombs and fruity adjuncts, we present the cool, crisp 5.1-percent German Pilsner. This is a Pils as it should be.
Six-pack: $10. Civil Life Brewing Co., 3714 Holt Ave., St. Louis, thecivillife.com

3. 4 Hands Brewing Co. Passion Fruit Prussia
The lowest ABV in our cooler is also one of the most flavorful. 4 Hands loads tropical passion fruit into a Berliner Weisse for a 4-percent taste of the Caribbean on the Current River.
Four-pack: $11. Craft Beer Cellar, 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.222.2444, clayton.craftbeercellar.com

4. Destihl Brewing Co. Wild Sour Blueberry Gose
Destihl has canned a rainbow of tasty brews in its Wild Sour series. The 5.2-percent Blueberry Gose offers a hint of salinity and puckering notes of sweet-tart blueberry.
Four-pack: $10. Saint Louis Hop Shop, 2606 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.261.4011, saintlouishopshop.com

5. Old Bakery Beer Co. Citrus Wheat
Looking for less hop and more grain? This 4.7-percent wheat beer offers a touch of citrus and coriander that pairs perfectly with southwest Missouri sunshine.
Four-pack: $9. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com

6. Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Fallen Flag
Grab a 32-ounce Crowler of this juicy, hazy Northeast-style American IPA on regular rotation at the Florissant brewery. True, at 7 percent, it breaks our lower ABV rule, but it wouldn’t be a true float trip if you didn’t get just a little drunk.
$12. Narrow Gauge Brewing Co., 1595 N. US Highway 67, Florissant, 314.831.3222, narrowgaugestl.com

Illustration by Vidhya Nagarajan

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…..

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

From sneak peeks of one of the year’s most anticipated restaurants to the shuttering of downtown institutions, here’s everything that went down this week in the STL food scene, in case you missed it.




1. After nearly a year of anticipation, chef-owner Gerard Craft will open Porano Pasta, his new fast-casual concept, Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Sauce got the Sneak Peek of this new downtown restaurant.

2. The dining and restaurant community will bid farewell to a downtown institution when Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood turns off the lights Jan. 30 after 30 years in business.




3. After nine years operating Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant, co-owners Henok Gerbi and Alsede Wondem launched their second eatery, Moya, a fast-casual Ethiopian concept.

4. The latest restaurant to close up shop in downtown St. Louis is Harry’s Restaurant and Bar. After 23 years, Harry’s will switch off the burners for good on Saturday, Jan. 30.




5. It’s shaping up to be a busy year for 4 Hands Brewing Co., as the brewery announced plans Jan. 21 to increase production and dip its toe into the spirits market.

6. Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, the 45-year-old Rock Hill institution, is stepping into the world of fast-casual this spring with Wet Burrito in Clayton at 7810 Forsyth Blvd.




7. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, a car carrying three passengers crashed through a window of Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ at 4144 S. Grand Blvd. Find out what their plans are next.

8. Mark Twain Brewing traveled down the Mississippi River to make its debut in St. Louis this week. Find out where to find this Hannibal-based brewery in The Lou.




9. Warm up this weekend with St. Louis classic braised in a smoky Mexican mole. It’s time for a Weekend Project.



The Scoop: 4 Hands to add spirits line, expand current facility

Thursday, January 21st, 2016




It’s shaping up to be a busy year for 4 Hands Brewing Co., as the brewery announced plans today, Jan. 21, to increase production and dip its toe into the spirits market. Owner Kevin Lemp said the brewery will add 30 more barrels, additional fermenters and an additional tasting room to its current space at 1220 S. Eighth St.

“This will be the last big expansion,” Lemp said. “We want to be an inch wide and a mile deep and serve the customers in our market. We’re not interested in expanding into 20 different markets.”

With more space, 4 Hands is also adding a distillery. Recipe development is underway, and Lemp said the brewery plans to produce seasonal gins, barrel-aged gins and whiskey. 4 Hands will produce two seasonal gins this year – a spring-summer gin with a citrus-forward profile and a fall-winter gin that will be more botanical and herbaceous. The barrel-aged gin will also likely be a winter release.

Many of the ingredients in the spirits will be familiar to 4 Hands fans. “We’ll use rye in our whiskey because rye features in our flagship Divided Sky,” said Lemp. “We may use jasmine in a gin since we use jasmine in our Single Speed.”

Look for the spring-summer gin to be available in the second quarter of 2016.



Drink This Weekend Edition: 4 Hands Cherokee Street

Thursday, September 17th, 2015




Spend the last few days of summer with Cherokee Street in hand. No, not the famous street housing antique shops, Mexican restaurants and crazy hip bars. I’m talking about the limited-edition Kölsch beer 4 Hands Brewing Co. made specifically for this burgeoning neighborhood.

Hailing from Köln, Germany, Kölsch beers are refreshingly crisp and bitter on the palate with a clean, slightly fruity finish. It’s a light style that doesn’t linger on the palate. Traditionally served in a 6-ounce Stange glass, Kölsch beers are best enjoyed cold and fresh.

4 Hands totally nailed its rendition of this German beauty. Pouring a beautiful golden color, Cherokee Street is thirst quenching and delicious. Citrus dominates the front palate, and it finishes clean and fruity with notes of fresh pear. And it wouldn’t be a 4 Hands beer without some serious hop addition. Here, the brewers dry-hopped Cherokee Street with Galaxy hops, allowing for even more citrus and mild dankness to come through on the aroma.

Cherokee Street was made available to all bars on its namesake street that serve draft beer, so anticipate finding it at most Cherokee watering holes like Art Bar St. Louis, The Fortune Teller Bar and others. You can also find it on draft at the 4 Hands tasting room, and it’s the beer 4 Hands will pour as a guest at Urban Chestnut’s Oktoberfest next weekend, Sept. 25 to 27. Get out, find a patio on Cherokee and enjoy these last few days of summer.

P.S. Digging the Kölsch? Check out Urban Chestnut Bap and Schlafly Kölsch. You are welcome.


Katie Herrera is the tasting room manager at The Side Project Cellar and co-founder of Femme Ferment.

Drink This Weekend Edition: 4 Hands Send Help

Friday, April 17th, 2015




When Send Help skateboards jumped on board (see what I did there?) for a collaboration with 4 Hands Brewing Co., the perfect summer beer was born. Send Help, a crushable, dry-hopped blonde ale, is light enough to satisfy in summer heat and hoppy enough to pacify the biggest hopheads.

This beer takes a grain bill similar to 4 Hands Single Speed and ramps it up with Amarillo, Simcoe and El Dorado hops to lend a crisp bitterness and abundant aroma reminiscent of citrus and fresh-cut grass. At 4.5 percent, Send Help is light on ABV but big on flavor. Pour it in a glass or drink it straight from the can this weekend, then head to the official launch party at Flamingo Bowl Tuesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. for a round with the 4 Hands brewers.

Send Help is a can-only release for now, with draft available at the brewery. You can find it through July all over the Metro area at bottle shops and grocery stores. An early frontrunner for beer of the summer, Send Help is sure to quench a lot of people’s thirst, so whether you’re a veteran on your skateboard or a poser looking for a refreshing brew, stock up on this one.




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