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DTWE: 6 must-drink beers at Lupulin Carnival

Friday, March 24th, 2017



It’s almost time for 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s yearly hop-induced coma: Lupulin Carnival. It takes place April 1 at Union Station this year, and it means the return of carnival acts, the smell of dank IPAs (and sweaty festival goers) and the release of 4 Hands’ Imperial IPA, War Hammer. (Tickets are available online.)

Beer festivals can overwhelm, especially when the lineup is ridiculously amazing. Some of the best breweries in the IPA game pour at Lupulin, highlighting their prodigious hop usage. Heed some sage advice from an IPA fiend: Do not pass up that beer you’ve had before.

Why? With all the variations in hops, styles and brewing techniques, this is your chance to see just how versatile hops can be. Look for classic West Coast-style usage from Ballast Point or Stone Brewing Co., the trendy Northeast-style pale ales from local breweries like Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. and Shared, and game changers with some of the best hop experimentation in the game (i.e. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Leo v. Ursus and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Tropical Torpedo.)

There will be too many beers to try (because you will all be responsible drinkers), so prioritize with my six must-try beers at Lupulin 2017:

1. Yes, War Hammer is the guest of honor, but surprise! 4 Hands hopped up a Pilsner for its second City Wide offering. City Wide Pils is a Citra dry-hopped American Pilsner that’s perfect for crushing during the hot St. Louis summer.

2. If one Imperial IPA wasn’t enough, 4 Hands’ also debuts an Imperial wheat IPA, White Flannel, rumored to be aggressively hoppy with intense notes of tropical fruit.

3. Expect lots of hoppy goodies from Chicagoland breweries. One of Chicago’s finest breweries (IMHO), Half Acre Beer Co., brings Tuna Extra Pale, its 4.7-percent ABV brew ripe with citrus, tropical fruit and a slightly sweet malt bill to uphold that flavor.

4. Pipeworks Brewing Co. rolls in with Ninja vs. Unicorn, an unfiltered, balanced Imperial IPA with massive amounts of peach and citrus aromatics and extreme drinkability. Be careful, y’all – this one does not drink like it’s 8-percent ABV.

5. Mile Wide Beer Co., a new Louisville, Kentucky brewery and brainchild of former Schlafly brewer Kyle Tavares, brings Idlewild Pale Ale (5.5-percent ABV). This crisp, light-bodied pale ale sees a new hop addition every few months for a refreshing and fun take on the classic American style. It currently boasts Mosaic and Equinox hops for a dank and tropical fruit aroma.

6. Finally, try one of the first breweries that got me into the hop game: Ale Asylum. Its Velveteen Habit has juicy hop presence with a mildly sweet malt undertone is finished with a satiable bitterness. Look for light grassiness, citrus, pineapple and a little herbal character as you drink.

Photo by Ed Aller for 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of Lupulin Carnival.


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Drink This Weekend Edition: Come one, come all to Lupulin Carnival

Friday, March 1st, 2013

When you’re the parent of an elementary school-aged kid, nothing gets you through a painfully slow, boring baseball game like a concessions stand that serves beer. But, outdoor youth baseball hasn’t begun yet, so the place this weekend to spend time with your kid (and your beer) is Lupulin Carnival.

The second annual Lupulin Carnival, hosted by 4 Hands Brewing Co., returns this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Held at the brewery located at 1220 South 8th St., just south of Busch Stadium, Lupulin is both a celebration of great, hop-forward beers – the highlight being the annual release of 4 Hands’ War Hammer Imperial IPA – as well as a carnival with activities to entertain the whole family.

Adult ticketholders can sample the 9-percent War Hammer brewed with Pacific Northwest hops, plus beers by 14 other breweries. The majority of participating breweries are locally-based, while California-based breweries Firestone Walker and Stone, along with Midwestern breweries Toppling Goliath and newbie Pipeworks Brewing Co., will be rounding out the lineup.

Carnival food (pictured) is available for purchase during the event. Playful fare will include atypically seasoned popcorn; cotton candy; beer-battered dogs; and funnel cake topped with cinnamon apple, chocolate mint, or cherry. The Fifth Wheel, the food service at 4 Hands that is operated by restaurateur Dave Bailey, owner of Baileys’ Range, Bridge, Rooster and Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, will be preparing the food.

Besides feasting on food, kids of all ages can feast their eyes on a freak show, an aerial acrobat, a magic show and jugglers; they can even try their hand at High Striker, the wield-a-hammer-to-strike-the-bell carnival game. Other activities include t-shirt printing, live music and a photo booth.

Adults of drinking age who want to sample beer must purchase a $35 ticket. There is no cost for designated drivers or children. Tickets can be purchased online or at 4 Hands the day of the event.

— photo by Michelle Volansky

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