by Nancy Stiles
For the first time ever, 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) is offering one of its beers in cans. "Contact High," a wheat ale, debuted last summer at the brewery on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. 4 Hands released its first-ever canned beer on Thursday at the brewery.
"We thought the 'Contact High' would just be a really perfect beer to put in a can," says brewery president Kevin Lemp. "It's our spring and summer seasonal, so we could get a good read on customer feedback -- do they like our beer in cans? So we're potentially looking to make a switch into cans in everything."
"It's a hop-forward American wheat ale that we brew with fresh orange zest, so it's a really citrusy wheat American," Lemp says. The cans are available at Schnucks, Randall's, Lukas Liquor and the Wine and Cheese Place.
Lemp says 4 Hands has been focused on getting the "Contact High" cans out over the past few months, but the brewery does have a two-part release coming up: "Three Kings" and "Psycho Killer."
"'Three Kings' is a Belgian tripel that we aged in whiskey barrels [with coffee]...and then the sister beer to that is called 'Psycho Killer,' and that's the Belgian tripel without the coffee," Lemp says. Both should be coming out in May.