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4 Hands Brewing Co.

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4 Hands Brewing Co.4 Hands Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1220 S 8th St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-3610
United States

(314) 436-1555 | map

South 8th Street, not North.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 12-20-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Sludgeman
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a Monday afternoon around 3pm.

V - A typical tasting room attached to a small brewery. Clean, a bit dark, stainless steel abounds. Not real big, so 30/40 people will make this place feel crowded. 4.25

Q - Proper glassware. All of which is rinsed before use. 4

Sel- About ten taps. They happened to have 5 guest taps because of a recent event. 4

Ser - One bartender. A lot of staff interaction and not enough with the customers. But generally friendly and engaging. 4


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Photo of Suds
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally had a chance to visit this brewery. My wife and I, on a trip across town, dropped in to sample and pick up a growler. Easy to find, right off the highway, and with plenty of parking across the street, the location is in an industrial area. There is a long bar, a food window, and a large glass wall looking into the brewery. The bar service was friendly and happy to explain the selection. On the downside, there is a notable lack of seating. Still, the beer is exceptional and the place is well worth a visit.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very nice space at 4 Hands in St. Louis - plenty of seating with a view of the brewhouse. 14 4 Hands beers on draft and many to go in bottles and cans. Nice selection of merchandise. I didn't try the food.

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Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Honestly my go-to brewery in St. Louis. I love that you can see right in to the brewery behind the bar and that there are always brewers working on something. The food is provided by a third party and there never really seems to be something I want to get from them so I've never eaten there. The service is hit or miss. There are two bartenders that are pretty cool but there are a lot of employees that have a little arrogance and a chip on their shoulder. AMAZING beer though. They make a wide range of imperial stouts and they made a few different saisons this summer that were killer.

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Photo of BertSugar
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Nice room. Decent selection that can be sampled via sort of expensive 5oz shorties ($4). Really good saison and gose. Service was indifferent at best.

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Photo of diablo14
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Easy going vibe, always have at least a dozen of their beers on tap, and tasty food for a good price. I should also mention that in amongst their beer selection they usually have one or two absolute standouts, and a couple of specials.

Always well worth a visit when in St Louis.

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Photo of RJM1978
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great atmosphere. Sits in the shadow of AB-InBev, but the service and quality go above and beyond. The story of the brewery and how it got its name is as great as its beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Of the handful of taprooms I was able to visit in STL, 4 hands ended up being my favorite. I loved the feel of this place with awesome design/graphics, good music at a tolerable level, about 15 taps (including Vol 1) with a couple guest brewery taps (including Blushing Monk). All at a reasonable price. Great location downtown.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A very family friendly place with a great neighborhood vibe. A very cute and friendly bartender. She struggled with the internet to check me out but that was fine because it didn't slow me down. There were a couple families there and they fit in just fine. Parking right across the street and was on a dead end street. Perfect location. A couple patrons gave me great advice on bars and breweries to visit. The gift shop was not huge but offered beers to go. I picked up three bombers of the peanut butter chocolate milk stout that was awesome. The owner even came out and said hi. I will come again when I bring family with again. Food looked great, but I didn't eat. I had the one off APA that was great, much like Zombie dust but they didn't can. I highly recommend.

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Photo of GoBearsWalter
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Walked right in after parking right across the street. Very friendly place with an open vibe. I came in on a perfect spring day. A very nice cute waitress that had to fight the Internet issues. I had the dream operator and it was awesome. I didn't eat. A very laid back group in which two families were in. location is perfect on a dead end non busy street. I highly recommend.

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Photo of pmbasile06
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Beers were good, a little upsetting that i couldnt fill a groweler with peanut butter chocolate milk stout to take back home and share with my friends in chicago. guess that would be my only complaint, bartender could have been a little more social also. i would definitely go back

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Photo of DavidKIT
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I really like the feel of this tasting room. I think they serve up the best year-round beer offerings of the breweries in STL. It's tough to not find something you'll really like on draft. Also have a cooler with 6-packs and bombers to go.

The Fifth Wheel has a small kitchen inside and serves up great appetizers and sandwiches.

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Photo of Mexwald
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I feel right at home at this brewery. The staff is extremely friendly and I've never disliked a beer that they have had on tap. The distribution has recently been relatively scarce on the Illinois side, so in order to obtain any of their brews that aren't the staple products (Divided Sky Rye IPA, Reprise Centennial Red, Single Speed Session) it has required a physical trip to the brewery.

That being said, the trip is always enjoyable and well worth my time to cross the Mississippi River and simply sit down to a relaxing atmosphere and a refreshing beer. 4 Hands Brewing Co. is my girlfriend and I's favorite brewery, hands down.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Great pre-cardinals/whenever stop for me. The beers are generally great, though it's rare that an exceptional standout is available on draught. I'm most impressed by their barrel-aged "volume series" beers, modestly impressed by their berliner weisse variants (i.e. passion fruit), and relatively unimpressed by their hop-forward offerings (with a few exceptions including ca$h mony, resurrection, contact high). The prices are generally $5 a pour and they have ample schwag to take home if you're interested. Food is great, but not really associated with the brewery (5th wheel is a Bailey's dig). I'd say my most pleasant experiences have been stopping by for goshen coffee (cold brew ice cream float) on a Saturday "takeover" and their beer dinner, which was put on during STL craft beer week. I'm a fan of their experimentation, but think their execution is sometimes lacking.

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Photo of Florida9
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been here a few times now. For some reason, this seems to be my go-to place when I'm in St Louis.
4 Hands consists of a small tap room with a somewhat industrial feel to it. There is a bar to the back end with stools while there is a mix of tables and chairs to fill the space. Along the side and back are windows which open the space to the brewery itself. I've only been at off-times, but the tap room does get a bit crowded after a Cardinals game (and unless you're lucky enough to score one of the five designated parking spaces, you'll be paying $5 to park if it's a game day).
There is always a good mix of beers on. A bit of something for everyone. Some hoppy pale ales, their berliner, as well as some maltier beers and even a few cocktails for the non-beer drinkers. Pours go for about $6 each. Growler fills are in the area of $10, depending on the beer.
There are no servers. Just a bartender and a guy in the kitchen. Everything is obtained from the bar itself. Service is professional and the barkeeps know whats on tap (and are more than willing to give samples if you want to try something new.)
Food is fairly limited. More like bar snacks then a full menu.
Beer is available to go. Some in the cooler. Some on the shelf. And, of course, there is a multitude of beer schwag to go along with it.

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Photo of KateTelman
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I visited this brewery in January 2013. It is in an industrial corner of town with minimal signage - giving it the feel of a place only locals who know frequent. We visited at an odd time of day, and we were the only patrons, so had the attention of the bartender. Very friendly service and he was happy to answer our questions about the brewery and beer. He was multitasking bar service with paperwork - maybe not ideal but certainly understandable for the time of day!
I liked the look of the place, they've made an effort to incorporate local artists and have repurposed industrial and farm items into their bar and furniture. Even the bathroom was decorated with old brick building hardware. There is a glass window behind the bar to give patrons a view of the brewhouse.
Now for the beer: We tried a sampler with everything they had on tap. The selection was limited, but the beers were high quality. I was impressed most by the milk stout. It was smooth, had great body, tasted roasty and also like chocolate milk at the same time. We bought several bombers to bring home to friends. Most of the beers on tap were heavy on the hops, which I definitely appreciated but my mother-in-law didn't. None disappointed, but the milk stout stands out!

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Photo of Kerabatsos
4.84/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Tucked away in an industrial park south of Busch Stadium. Easily walked from Busch Stadium. Small, tasting room atmosphere with a very knowledgeable group of bartenders. Food from the FIfth Wheel. It's located across the street from an AB-InBev distribution plant so grab a pint and flick your nose at the semis as they roll out.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Checked out 4 Hands for the first time this past weekend. Situated in a fairly industrial area just south of downtown St. Louis. Right across the street from a beer distributor.

Outside has some cool picnic tables made out of pipe and old pallets. Inside is similar. Tables made out of wood pulled from the building they are in, including the "community" table from the original dock door. There's a whole story behind it on a chalkboard on the wall.

Staff is friendly and approachable. They have cards describing each of the beers they have, and if they don't have a card, everyone is pretty knowledgeable. They will let you sample a bit before you order a pint. Have proper and clean glassware. Also sell their beers in bottles for $4.99 a bomber (which is actually cheaper than their $5 pints).

Recently added food, and while I didn't have any, the menu have several options that I thought would be good.

Took the tour, and the tour guy said it was the first one he's done. They only do 2 tours on Saturdays, and it's a small facility, but a worthwhile tour. Small operation gives perspective to what bigger breweries do. Questions are usually answered well, and descriptions given in the tour are adequate.

Overall, a pretty solid, yet young, brewery with a bright future. They have solid beers, and seem to be specializing in saisons and moving towards sours in the future.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Be sure to get directions as you might miss it if you blink. Very inconspicuous from the outside. Relaxed vibe inside. Good view of lots of stainless steel brewing equipment. They had 5 beers on tap and I had tried them all in bottle. The place was half full, but everyone seemed friendly. Tried a pulled pork sandwich and it was excellent. Bun was toasted just right. Served warm and just the right amount of tangy Carolina style sauce.

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Photo of jrskjei
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 05/21/2013. 8 beers on tap. Started with a taster flight, selected SINGLE SPEED SESSION, REPRISE CENTENNIAL RED, DIVIDED SKY RYE IPA, and CONTACT HIGH. All were very good. No off-flavors, all very solid, fresh and delicious. They were working on a new beer and provided a sample to the guys sitting at the bar, (maybe it was called Reprise?) made with Mosaic hops. It was very good, with a ridiculous aroma and very good flavor with moderate bitterness. The general consensus was that it was too malty to let the Mosaic hops shine, but I thought it was excellent. Had the pulled pork sandwich, which was outstanding. I don't like coleslaw, and usually ask that it not be included with a sandwich, but it was so good that I was scooping it up with the chips on the side, which seemed to be made in-house.

The brewer(for sure) and owner(?) were there, provided samples, and talked about their brewing process. They asked for honest feedback on their new beer, and you could tell that they were seriously involved in the business and cared very much about the product they were serving. Great atmosphere, great food (which isn't so common in a place that is obviously putting a ton of time and effort in the beer), cool staff. I was visiting St. Louis at the time, (I did not even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night) and was really glad that I took a walk down to 4 Hands to check out the place. I think they are on par with the best of the best from home, which is St. Paul/Minneapolis. If you're in the area, visiting or otherwise, you should check this place out. There is no way you won't like it.

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Photo of JoshBrews
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

4 Hands tasting room is a little smaller than most of the other breweries (okay, maybe all of the other breweries) in the St. Louis area. But that doesn't really take away anything, other than the simple fact that when they are busy, it is a little harder to find a spot to sit/stand/hear.

Their beers are always pretty solid and some of their special releases are awesome.

They have a small menu of more "snack" items than meals, so don't go there if you are looking to have dinner.

Overall, the place is alright to hang out for a beer or two, but make sure you get there before they get busy!

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Photo of rschne13
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great addition to the St. Louis beer scene. This review is long past due.

The Brewery location is great in my opinion. Glad to see a new brewery so close to downtown. Also a short jaunt from Soulard and Lafayette Square. The building itself is very cool with history seeping from the walls. I love that the tasting room consisted of minimal decor and that the bar was made from an old abandoned barn.

Bartenders are very knowledgable, attentive, and show a great interest in what they are doing. Kevin Lemp and team are doing some exciting things and I cant wait to see whats on deck. I recall recent talk of possibly canning their flagship beers. I'm crossing my fingers for this one.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I went on a Wednesday night, so I don't think I can give it a fair grade on atmosphere. Overall, the decor is nice if not contemporary. There were only a few others in there besides me and there wasn't much conversing between patrons.

I had a couple beers as well as a few tastings of others. I was pretty impressed with everything I tried. The Smoked Pigasus was a pretty solid beer that I guess is smoked at a local BBQ joint.

Service was great. Again, there were very few customers which likely contributed to this, but both the guys working there were extremely friendly and eager to talk beer. They seemed like genuinely good people that cared about the business.

They don't have a ton of beers on tap, but the variety of what they had was impressive. A smoked porter, a cherry saison, rye IPA, imperial red, golden blonde, oatmeal brown... it seemed like they have a choice for whatever you're craving. I found it pretty commendable that they had all these styles and from what I tasted did them all well with a couple having their own extra twist (ie the smoked porter and cherry saison.)

I didn't get a chance to try the food, but from what I understood the food is from another establishment, just served here. The menu was small, but included typical gastro type food.

I found the prices to be extremely reasonable, especially the to-go bombers.

I'll definitely be back here next time I'm in town and think this was a nice addition to the growing craft scene in STL.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

one of the new spots on the st. louis beer scene (which is amazing actually). a converted warehouse now with handmade wood furniture, minimalist decor, and some clever brewers. they had maybe 7 beers or so on while i was there, all of which were excellent. the oatmeal brown and prunus saison were world class. no food on offer, but they get some local food places involved sometimes. had the pleasure of chatting to the brew staff, and they are all great people happy to take the time and talk beer. prices were fair, samples were generous, and good times were had by all. i will definitely be back here, and i cant wait for the bottle production to begin. expect to hear more about this place in the near future.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Finally decided to review this place after three visits.

One of the newer additions to S.t Louis emerging craft scene. This tasting room is nice and cozy with a rectangular tasting room that offers a nice 30 foot long bar made from the remains of an abandoned barn, with a nice stone bar top. The ceiling is high as the place used to be some sort of warehouse. As you walk in to the left corner you can see a nice L shaped glass window that gives patrons a glimpse of the brewing operations. Nice big open spaces with fermenters mash tuns, etc.

The tasting room itself contains the aforementioned bar as well as opposite the bar some tall tables that seat about 6 people. There are also to large picnic type tables between the bar and the far wall. The atmosphere and look is nice and clean at this point with nice artwork about the brewery made by a local StL artist. tHe same artist that designed the bottle labels I believe.

The guys behind the bar are friendly and eager to chat. THey also have a wealth of knowledge about all beer and obviously the offerings that 4 Hand has concocted. Their plans are to have 6 beers year round. 4 beers that are to be their mainstays and then 2 seasonals. As of this review they only had the 4 main brews. A Rye IPA, a American Amber, and American Brown and a Blonde Ale. They also had a couple of guest taps but I have seen them rotate constantly.

Their brews are great and very inexpensive. At 5 bucks a pint for a local craft brew. Sign me up.

Great addition to StL. Keep it coming guys.

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4 Hands Brewing Co. in Saint Louis, MO
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.