A Wickedly Good Carnival

4 Hands’ Lupulin Carnival celebrating the release of their War Hammer Imperial IPA was a smashing success!  Here’s a few snapshots from the Carnival (you can tell we were having a lot of fun).  Roll your cursor over the images to see their captions.

The Carnival atmosphere was totally chill – totally 4 Hands Brewery style.  At least ten local breweries were represented (there may have been more, but once I had War Hammer I kinda’ lost track) and they were in fine form.  Everyone was friendly, tastes were liberally and happily poured.  We sampled some really fine beers.  Here are a few of the stand outs:

4 Hands Brewery : War Hammer Imperial IPA (pictured)

Will Johnston, 4 Hands Brew Master, described War Hammer to us as, “The BIGGER brother of Divided Sky IPA.”  He is so right!

It is one fantastic beer.  It’s pungent, earthy, bitter, with an herbal ending.  It’s “smoove”.  It tastes like love in the air!  War Hammer is strong at 9% – but you won’t know it until later…

Perennial Artisan Ales : IPA #1

This was an excellent IPA.  An IPA with American flair: dry, crisp, bright, earthy, and just darn good!

Square One Brewery : Sterling Single Hop IPA

Another smooth beer with character.  Bright, bitter, spicy, with an herbal finish.

Cathedral Square Brewery : Belgian Style IPA

Very hoppy, Belgiany, dark, malty (not surprising since it was brewed using four malts).

We would really like to thank Kevin, Will, Stephen, and Nick of 4 Hands for bringing the Carnival and War Hammer to us!  This was the best beer tasting festival I have had the pleasure to attend.  Thanks also to the very fine St. Louis local breweries for bringing their finest.

Hoppy Endings,

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