Recently, 4 Hands Brewing Co. quietly debuted an addition to its popular tasting room with a brand new second-floor seating area and bar. As reported by Feast in March, the 3,500-square-foot room is part of the 20,000-square-foot craft brewery’s current expansion, which includes plans for a new distillery.
“First and foremost, we want to make sure people who come here are comfortable. In the past, we’ve been so busy that people come in during weekends and have no place to sit,” says tasting room general manager Cyle Lunsfordhodson. “4 Hands has really become a destination spot. Our tasting room downstairs wasn’t big enough to accommodate the people coming in regularly from out of town and from the game, so this is really great.”
According to Lunsfordhodson, the second-floor space is approximately four times larger than its ground-floor counterpart, providing substantial opportunities for private events and more. The room features a variety of repurposed materials including decorative rustic tiles along the bar and refurbished wood furnishings such as stools by Mwanzi Co. and custom chairs, tables, benches and barstools by Goebel & Co.
Wall stencils by local artist Peat Wolleager provide a backdrop to a row of amusements including skee-ball and arcade machines – all set to free play. Choose from vintage games including Donkey Kong, Punch-Out and Tapper. The bar’s open construction also offers a glimpse into 4 Hands’ barrel-aging room.
The tasting room offers a dozen mirrored taps on either side of the long bar for maximum efficiency. It also incorporates a unique element: glycol cooling lines that will enable the suspension of 116-gallon beer vessels from the ceiling. According to Lunsfordhodson, the new feature is the first of its kind in the country.
From the beer list, choose from house varieties including the flagship City Wide American pale ale, Preserved Lemon Gose wheat beer and Cloud 9 – a raspberry vanilla pale ale with oatmeal and vanilla that is a recent collaboration between Feast, 4 Hands and Nine Network.
The Fifth Wheel, an in-house catering company operated by Baileys’ Restaurants, also recently debuted a revised food menu to coincide the craft brews. The new menu, which features several beer-infused marinades and sauces, rolled out on May 26.
Rather than the sandwich-based fare from before, the list of offerings takes on a Mexican-inspired theme that plays on previous menu favorites including nachos. Choose from items such as smoked street corn, the City Wide burrito and a variety of tacos with filling options including shredded pork shoulder, marinated skirt steak or oak-smoked chicken.
4 Hands Brewing Co.’s tasting room hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 10pm, Friday through Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10pm.
4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 S. 8th St., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.436.1559, 4handsbrewery.com
Editor's note: This post was updated to reflect that Goebel & Co. also provided custom furniture for the new tasting room.