4Hands Brewing Co

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Almost in the shadows of Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis plant is this small, well regarded craft beer brewery.

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It’s located in an aged commercial district, and the face they put on their exterior outshines its neighbors.  Inside, everything is equally well considered... countertop quality, seating, TV, color tones, non-fried food options, merchandise, and a window into the brewery. 

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I suppose I could enjoy a good beer in a dumpy place, but it’s nice to not have to.  A little pre-reading suggested that their Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown and War Hammer Imperial IPA were the go-to’s for my particular tastes.

The Brown is described as having “an obnoxious amount of chocolate malt and roasted barley to give this beer a cask iron backbone.. pours a dark mahogany with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.”

And it would seem, as accustomed to blogging as I am, that it would come to mind to take a picture of the dark mahogany goodness.  But, down it went before I gave it a thought.  Browns have a very limited range of acceptable flavors, in my opinion, which can lead to an almost metallic flavor at their worst.  No problems here, despite the Cast Iron name.

Which left the War Hammer... not available at present.  Sigh.  So I opted for Dream Operator, said to be an American Pale Ale with, I believe, Cascade Hops.  I really should take notes of such things.  But, at least, I remembered to take a picture.

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Now, isn’t that a bright, shiny thing!  It had the expected hops flavor with, as best as I can distinguish, tinges of orange and flowers.  It was a good entry for the class, but still unremarkable compared against the hordes in its class.

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The hands in the window are pretty funny from the view at the bar.  Overall, I’d return to 4Hands for the War Hammer if I were back in the area, despite all the craft beer competition.  You can’t judge a brewery on two beers, but it was a great start.

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