4 Hands Brewing Co.

4 Hands Brewing Co.4 Hands Brewing Co.
4 Hands Brewing Co.4 Hands Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(314) 436-1559 | map
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Day 9 on the multi state driveabout (walkabout on wheels) with the unusual suspects. Got our breakfast on somewhere, somehow, and set out scheduled, for once. A noon opener, we got there just a few minutes early and found the doors already open. Wait, what? No, we’re not going to pay you $5 for street parking Cardinals day game style. You can piss off. Have heard good things, I guess we’ll see the what what but can’t make a day of it. We’re pressed for time as the AB tour beckons. Yeah, really…

Large old standalone something repurposed. Enter in through the press pieces & medals vestibule, and look in on the small front corner distillery. And through to the tap room. A merch, packaged goods, & can cooler area off the entrance, and a food peek-a-boo with a food menu above just past there; Ben is going on about the patty melt.

To the rear, a stainless topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a horizontal wood plank pieced base & a rounded foot bar. Seating for none and the bar limits service only on center (these being in the pandemic times, you see). Cases of cans piled on the floor fronting to one side and a 4 pack table to the other side along with distillery goods. The barback holds a row of 16 logo handles on a weathered panel, and a rack to the right with shelved bottles & cans, 1220 house spirits, soda, wine, seltzer, RTD’s, etc. over stemmed glassware. Tap selections printed above on small blackboard slats in 4 rows. Just the names of the beers and no descriptions, which is you know, almost unmentionably ever so slightly really fucking annoying as I had to ask what (like) ½ the taps were. A horizontal board sits alongside with a City Wide APA can drawing. A single flatscreen atop and 3 crate type boxes with bottles, antlers, and other bric-a-brac. A sliding ladder for changing out the tap boards, a muraled cold room door off to the right, more booze on the other end of the barback counter, and brew room views behind the windows on the end.

Rounded upright pillars and I-beam crossbeams, concrete floors, plank wood ceiling on old timber with spots, ductwork, and a cool drop grape bundle ball bulb cluster. Brick outer wall, pale blue inner walls, and a large red script ‘St Louis’ piece on the far wall wallpapered with hops & the St Louis Fleur De Les (both with eyes) and disembodied eyes in between (it be freaking me out). Light art & logo pieces forward. 4 hightops on the front wall below the glass blocked windows and 4 shortys forward to the bar.

Upstairs holds a large open space. Big brick with glass block windows, slab floors, & rafter ceilings. Fantastic large piece of timber with drop alt height lights over the bar counter seating off the bar. To the rear, a ‘C’ shaped stainless topped bar with like a distressed pressed tin panel base, and seating for a dozen+ on rectangular wood seated metal stools. Projection screened up white subway tiled barback wall with a row of 12 logo handled taps to both sides of the large center panel windowed roll up section. Booze on the barback counter and glassware below, yo. A dozen and a half tables shared, shorty, & loooong bar counter style. Pinball, arcade games and ski-ball on the far wall. Good room.

16 taps; 14 of them beer (Full Life, American Lager, 4.5%; State Wide, Pale Ale, 5.5%; City Wide, APA, 5.5%; Ripple, Belgian Wit, 5%; The Peach Pit, Sparkling Lager with Peaches & honey, 5%; Single Speed, Blonde Ale, 5%; Chocolate Milk Stout, 5.5%; Fest Bier, 5.8%; Incarnation, IPA, 7%; Ill Repute, Imperial Pumpkin Stout, 8.5%; Lateral Lines, Golden Sour with Balaton & Montmorency Cherries, 6.5%; Blueberry Prussia, Berliner, 4%; Nitro Irish Stout, 4.5%; Blank Lager, Low-Cal Pale Lager, 4%), + a single seltzer (Silver Fox Seltzer, Wedding Cake, 4%) and cocktail (Lemonade and Lavender, Vodka RTD, 5.5%). And there may be a few upstairs that aren’t down here, not sure.

Shortied and sampled and ‘let me try yours’d’ though a bunch of ‘em (Nitro Irish Stout, smooth, creamy, chocolate, I don’t know, it misses somehow; Fest Bier, bready sweetness, grain, malt, excellent; Chocolate Milk Stout, dark chocolate, sweet, no, very sweet, it’s a bit much as the style usually is; Lateral Lines, Cherry Sour, very cherry, but tasty; Incarnation IPA, good bitterness, tropical fruit, citrus, solid; Blueberry Prussia is deep red, tart, but not over the top, very well done; The Peach Pit, honey peachy Lager, pleasant; Ill Repute, Imperial Pumpkin Stout, chocolate, spices, well done for the style; Ripple is Wit light, orangey, not bad; and then something kicked and they put up Rock Melon Cantaloupe IPA, El Dorado hopped, very Cantalopian). Fest Bier for the WIN, but I also really enjoyed the Incarnation IPA, Lateral Lines, & Blueberry Prussia.

Chill house, good staff, and some very nice beers. I would have liked to have gotten at the Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown Ale they had on upstairs, but it was not to be. An excellent pre-game for our mid-afternoon AB tour.
Dec 29, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Laid back vibe in an industrial warehouse type brick building. Downstairs has 8 tables and some bar seating. Some of the tanks are stacked up on the left side of the bar on the other side of glass. Beers are ok quality, with about 18 to choose from. Selection had 4 ipas and 4 milk stout variants. Limited food menu of eight items.
Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2023
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Reviewed by jophish17 from Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Visited May 2023. Beers split beteeen two bars, 12 taps each but some beers were available in both bars so probably 18ish unique beers plus craft liquor / cocktails and at least one slushee type drink. Stlyes were heavily American and light, though I did get to try a decent Belgian wit and they had an Irish stout on tap. Quality was pretty good: the hoppy pils was not for me but everything else was good, albeit nothing great. A kitchen with some bar food but I didn’t try. Nice place to visit in StL.
Jun 03, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 22, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by aasher from Indiana

Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Urban taproom with industrial aesthetic, brewery visible through plexiglass in the wall. Limited food options (pretzels, brats, etc), but the beer is solid. I counted 14 on tap. As far as I'm aware, table service doesn't exist, but the staff seems friendly.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by REVZEB from Illinois

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by coz from Illinois

May 03, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by ladle69 from Florida

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Batman11 from Missouri

Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 5 by DEALLE2 from Missouri

Jan 18, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
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Rated by Bobdroege7 from Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Nice middle of the road IPA
Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 28, 2017
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Reviewed by spoony from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
V-4 Hands is relatively close to the baseball stadium in downtown St. Louis. The vibe is decidedly industrial, but it feels comfortable and friendly. The main room is medium sized with a stainless steel bar that seats about 10. Food can be ordered from a pick-up window near the bar. I visited during the lunch hour on a weekday and the place was pretty quiet; just a few patrons at the bar.

Q-I tried two beers at 4 Hands and both were pretty good. The IPA I tried was a solid example of the style, but nothing special or mind bending. The peanut butter milk stout, while gimmicky, was pretty damn tasty.

Ser-The bartender was prompt and friendly. He answered questions about the beers and helped serve the food I ordered. Glassware was appropriate to the beer style and pours were done properly.

Sel-I counted 15 beers on tap, plus a selection of 4 Hands cans and bottles to take-away. The beer styles spanned the spectrum with everything from stouts to IPAs to saisons.

F-I am in St. Louis so I had to try a little BBQ from the limited food-truck-like menu. My brisket was good, but not great.

O-Good service, good beers, and a good vibe. I like this place!
Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by ehmdubya from Missouri

Nov 01, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Oct 07, 2017
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Reviewed by joedvegas from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Visited late afternoon on a Wednesday and it was busy. Good vibe with folks just off work from downtown. Food looked good but I didn't partake. Really enjoyed the beers, had a hard time choosing what I wanted to bring home. Service was good. They didn't have the t-shirt I wanted in my size, but I settled for a good second choice.
Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by nausicaa-taos from Illinois

Sep 11, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by zkoehn from Wisconsin

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by CPAles from Illinois

Aug 22, 2017
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Visited on a Saturday afternoon while a Cards game was going on down the street. ProTip: parking near the brewery on game day is not suggested.

Downstairs is very much like a tourist tap room. All the swag/to-go beer is down there, there's a bar, and some tables. Visiting here is a worthy experience.

But upstairs is a giant hall that's a different experience altogether. The game was broadcast on the wall, and there's a row of arcade games/skee ball you can play for free. The taps appeared to be the same on both floors.
Aug 22, 2017
4 Hands Brewing Co. in Saint Louis, MO
Brewery rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 9419 ratings