Microbrewery: 4 Hands Brewing Co.

When 4 Hands Brewing Co. opened in 2011, its core beers included an American blond ale, rye IPA, oatmeal brown ale and American red ale, as well as seasonals (now-favorites include Contact High and Chocolate Milk Stout) and barrel-aged releases. At the time, the brewery’s beers were aimed at connecting those who welcomed the burgeoning craft beer movement with those who were slowly coming around to the scene. President Kevin Lemp has transformed 4 Hands’ offerings in the past five years, including transitioning from draft-only to bottles and adding cans in 2014, renovating and expanding its LaSalle Park tasting room, instituting a multifaceted barrel-aging program, releasing sealed-to-order 32-ounce aluminum crowlers and growing distribution from St. Louis to cities across the state and select national markets. (Photo by Cheryl Waller)

4 Hands Brewing Co., 4handsbrewery.com

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