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4 Hands prepares to launch 1220 Artisan Spirits

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018



The folks at 4 Hands Brewing Co. are celebrating its sixth anniversary this spring by premiering its new distillery project, 1220 Artisan Spirits. Owner Kevin Lemp said the brand is scheduled to debut in April or May with Origin, an American-style gin and its complementary 1220 Tonic.

The distillery has been in the works for the past couple of years. “We’re almost there,” Lemp said. “We just wanted to make sure that if we were going to do it, it was going to be done right.”

The company went back and forth, trying to decide if the brewery team would also handle distilling duties, or if a new crew would be put in place.

“At the end of the day, we felt that making beer and making spirits is wildly different,” Lemp said. “The science is wildly different, so let’s try and find someone who has a great reputation and feels like they can fit with the team, and that’s the direction we went with.”

Lemp tapped Rob Vossmeyer, who most recently worked at Tom’s Town Distillery in Kansas City, to be 1220’s head distiller. “His knowledge of building and creating spirits is really strong,” Lemp said. “He’s looking at it in the same kind of creative way that we look at beer.”

While the distillery and brewery will are located in the same building, Lemp said the two businesses operate separately.

“4 Hands is a brewery, and that’s why we decided to not have this be 4 Hands Distillery, but 1220 Distillery,” he said. “We want it to blaze its own path. We already had the look, the touch, the feel, the ethos of the brewing company. And 1220 is going to look different; it’s going to speak differently.”

Lemp said 1220 aims to release a seasonal gin, a barrel-aged gin and an amaro this year. He also hopes to add an apple brandy and a whiskey to the docket at some point.

While 4 Hands taproom won’t offer a full cocktail program, the spirits will be available for customers to try. “We’ll have our Gin and Tonic on draft, and we’ll have seasonal gin drinks on draft,” Lemp said. “Every three to four months, we’ll change that gin draft option.”

Lemp said there may be a spirits-centric space in the future. “We do have a short-term plan to open up a very small, really intimate place – more of a marketing play than a revenue play – and do something to build the 1220 brand from a cocktail setting,” he said. “We have a couple of options right now, and we’re trying to figure out the best way to roll. We’re going to take our time with it, and when that right option happens, we’ll press play.”

Photo by Virginia Harold  

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Kevin Nashan to launch new food program at 4 Hands

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017



{ brisket po’boy at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. }


4 Hands Brewing Co. will debut a new food program at the brewery’s tasting room this Friday, Feb. 24, courtesy of chef Kevin Nashan.

The James Beard-nominated chef-owner of Sidney Street Cafe and Peacemaker Lobster & Crab created the menu with Peacemaker chef de cuisine, John Messbarger.

Most recently, Fifth Wheel Catering (owned by Baileys’ Restaurants) ran the 4 Hands food program. As The Scoop reported on Feb. 6, The Fifth Wheel left the brewery on Feb. 5 after five years in operation. Since then, Lemp has arranged a lineup of food trucks parked outside the brewery to feed hungry patrons.

Nashan and Messbarger’s menu features a variety of soups, snacks and sandwiches including beer cheese soup, smoked whitefish dip, a bratwurst braised in 4 Hands beer and a brisket po’boy. Nashan and Messbarger will also handle catering duties for events at 4 Hands.

4 Hands owner Kevin Lemp said he looked forward to teaming up with Nashan again after the two collaborated on a exclusive Peacemaker witbier. “I have such respect for Kevin and his team and everything they do,” Lemp said. “We thought this was a great way to work together again.” He said since Nashan’s Benton Park restaurants are near the brewery, they could be easily be used as commissaries.

Lemp said that Messbarger’s affinity for craft beer was also a plus. “He really understands what foods pair well with beers,” he said.

Nashan said the opportunity to work with Lemp was “a no-brainer.” “It’ll be beer pub food done our way,” he said. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Photo courtesy of Peacemaker

The Scoop: The Fifth Wheel exits 4 Hands tasting room

Monday, February 6th, 2017



The Fifth Wheel Catering at 4 Hands Brewing Co. has closed. Its last day of service was Sunday, Feb. 5.

Fifth Wheel is under the umbrella of Baileys’ Restaurants, which includes Rooster, Small Batch, Bridge, Baileys’ Range, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and Shift: Test Kitchen. The small kitchen at 4 Hands turned out tacos, burritos and other tasting room fare for the last five years.

Owner Dave Bailey said the company is refocusing its catering efforts on its two downtown event spaces, Willow and Slate. “It’s been great sharing space with 4 Hands,” he said. “We want to retool our catering business and focus on those two locations.”

4 Hands owner Kevin Lemp said the brewery will continue to offer food, and he is currently working on a new concept, which will be announced soon. “Dave was a pleasure to work with, and we’ll continue to be tight with the Baileys’ crew,” he said.


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.



The List: Josh Rowan

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Say “mace” to local graphic designer Josh Rowan, and instead of conjuring an unimaginative can of tear gas (like we did), he’ll draw you an armor-clad Viking polar bear wielding a ferocious spiked club. It’s this battle-ready beast that guards the bottle of one of 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s newest brews, Bear Mace Baltic Porter.

Shortly after opening 4 Hands two years ago, Kevin Lemp was on the hunt for a local artist who could produce distinct, eye-catching labels. The designer also needed to keep up with the young brewery’s rapidly growing portfolio while staying true to the style of its first four label designs. “We made a commitment early on to not just create beer labels. Our goal was to create artwork and put it on the outside of our beer bottles,” Lemp said.

Rowan’s first design for 4 Hands, the label for Cuvee Ange (pictured), featured a winged goblet with waves of beer sloshing over the rim. The image drew from his background as a tattoo artist, with its heavily outlined chalice and Japanese-inspired waves. “There is a definite outline and structure to most of the images,” he said. “If the color was pulled out, you’re left with an image that can be reproduced as a tattoo, more or less.”

Two years and 15 labels later, those same striking colors and bold lines make 4 Hands’ brews so easy to spot amid rows of tap handles and bottles. “To put something like that – that has a little bit of a childish whimsical feel about it – on a product that is definitely meant for adults is a fun thing,” Rowan said.


The Scoop: Tasting Room opens today at 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

121511_4handsIt was back in May when Sauce reported that construction was underway to transform the old warehouse at 1220 S. Eighth St., into 4 Hands Brewing Co. In our October issue, we sat down again with owner Kevin Lemp to chat with him about his new beer venture. Now, we’re raising a glass in honor of more locally made craft beer and to the opening of the 4 Hands tasting room, which opened today at 3 p.m.

The 4 Hands draft beers currently available in the tasting room are Reprise Centennial Red Ale, Divided Sky Rye IPA, and Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown Ale. Mike Sweeney of STL Hops described these brews in detail in a recent blog post.

The regular hours of operation at St. Louis’ new drinking hole will be Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 11 p.m.

Extra Sauce: More from our interview with Four Hands Brewing Co.’s Kevin Lemp

Monday, October 10th, 2011

101011_KLempIn this month’s Five Questions column (page 54), we spoke with Kevin Lemp, co-owner of the new 4 Hands Brewing Co., about the beers we can expect to see at 4 Hands, what he likes to drink and what tunes he’ll be blasting while brewing. Now, in the second part of this interview, Lemp reveals how he got involved in the beer industry, his take on the local craft beer revolution and why his son became a bit frustrated when construction at the brewery began. Read it all in this month’s Extra Sauce.

— Photo by Matt Marcinkowski

Sneak Peek: A look at what’s brewing at 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

052711_fourhandsThis week, we got a sneak peek at what’s brewing at the soon-to-open 4 Hands Brewing Co. Will Johnston, a former brewer for Goose Island Beer Co., in Chicago, and Lucette Brewing Co., in Wisconsin, will serve as the brewmaster at 4 Hands, as first reported by STLHops’ Mike Sweeney. Johnston is opening the craft brewery with his partner, Kevin Lemp.

Lemp is a native of St. Louis who has been affiliated with beverage alcohol distributor Glazer’s for nearly nine years. Lemp was promoted to division manager before taking a job with Gallo Winery in Illinois. After spending two and a half years with the company, he returned to Glazer’s one year ago and is currently director of sales for the company’s E.&J. Gallo Winery and malt portfolios. He will leave the company after June.

Lemp gave us a tour of the brewery’s headquarters at 1220 S. Eighth St., one block west of the Seventh Street exit for Interstate 44/55. Construction began inside the former warehouse space this week and, if all goes according to plan, St. Louisans will be sipping craft beer in the 4 Hands tasting room by August.

Check out our Facebook page for a sneak peek at what’s brewing at 4 Hands.

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