Celebrate the hop at 4 Hands’ Lupulin Carnival May 18

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Imbibe in the brewing community’s favorite plant during 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s Eighth Annual Lupulin Carnival set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in a new venue, The Big Top at 3401 Washington Ave.

Over 50 breweries from across the U.S. bring their best testaments to the greatness of hops for sampling around a centerpiece of carnival entertainment, including aerial acrobats, cyr wheel performances, fire shows, juggling and more. This might be the only festival on Earth with beer samples from Shared Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Finback Brewery and Upland Brewing Co. under one giant tent. Plenty of regional favorites like Logboat Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery and Crane Brewing will be onsite as well.

“A new exciting one is Bale Breaker [Brewing Co.] from Yakima, Washington,” said Liz Swyers, 4 Hands marketing manager. “This is their first time here. They’re really great friends in the industry. We’ve done collaborations in the past, and it’s great to get them out to St. Louis.”

The carnival, named after lupulin, a fine yellow powder on the hop plant that lends flavor and aroma, accompanies the annual release of 4 Hands War Hammer Imperial IPA.

“It’s 9% ABV and golden-hued with aromas of pineapple, mango, tangerine and slight earthy notes,” Swyers said.

While getting your fill of brews, enjoy food for purchase from The Big Top’s catering company like pulled pork, hot dogs, bratwursts, nachos, cotton candy, soft pretzels and more. Throughout the day, groove to jams from DJ Mahf and live music by 18andCounting.

“The carnival is a great opportunity for 4 Hands to bring our friends from throughout the U.S. to St. Louis to showcase our city, as well as offer St. Louisans out-of-market beer you can’t get every day,” Swyers said. “And the entertainment is not something you see every day, especially at a beer festival. We have an array of seasoned professionals – a nice little entertainer family.”

Click here for more information and a full list of participating breweries. Tickets are available online.

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine.

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of Lupulin Carnival.