4 Hands Brewing Co.’s Lupulin Carnival and beer fest puts together a big-top-worthy lineup


We’re officially getting into beer-festival season. It starts this weekend with the sold-out KC Brew Fest at Union Station (Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.). If you miss out there, you could always spend an hour at Grains & Taps’ Blarney Brew off. From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, you can sample homebrews (tickets cost $8) in the parking lot of Mingle (209 S.E. Main, Lee’s Summit).

If those aren’t options and you just can’t wait for next month’s Parkville Microbrew Fest or Kanas City On Tap, 4 Hands Brewing has locked in a stellar lineup (Cigar City! Toppling Goliath! Ballast Point!) for this year’s Lupulin Carnival at the St. Louis brewery (1220 South Eighth Street). I’ll be hopping on a train to St. Louis to go to the fourth annual carnival/beer festival (from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28) and get a taste of War Hammer, 4 Hands’ imperial IPA, which will release that day.

4 Hands will also be debuting Tackhammer, a session IPA. The brewery isn’t just playing lip service to the carnival. It’s promising carnival acts and game (with all proceeds from the games going to HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer), a Ferris wheel and photo booth. There will also be food trucks, DJs and live music.

Here’s a look at the more than 50 breweries that will be serving:

Against the Grain
Alpha
Augusta
Ballast Point
Bells
Boulevard
Brasserie Dunham
Cathedral Square
Charleville
Cigar City
Crown Valley
Deschutes
Destihl
Dryhop Brewers
Earthbound
Excel
Exit 6
Ferguson
Firestone Walker
Haymarket
Heavy Riff
Kirkwood Station
Logboat
Main & Mill
Martin City Brewing Co.
Marz
Modern
Morgan Street
Mother’s
Nebraska
New Belgium
New Holland
O’Fallon
The Old Bakery
Oskar Blues
Perennial
Pipeworks
Recess
Revolution
Schlafly
Solemn Oath
Square One
Stone
Tallgrass
Templar
Toppling Goliath
Trailhead
Une Annee
Urban Chestnut
Wicked Weed
2nd Shift
6 Row

Tickets cost $40. You can pick them up here

If St. Louis isn’t an option, there’s a whole lot more to come.

March 30-April 4
Kansas Craft Beer Week

April 25
Parkville Microbrew Fest
Kansas City On Tap (Berkley Riverfront Park)

May 16
Hopfest (Waldo)
Tour of KC Real Ale Fest (Lee’s Summit)

May 30
Kansas City Museum’s KC Microbrews & BBQ Festival

June 6
Big Rip Get Ripped Brew Fest

June 13
Westport Summer Beer Festival

June 13-14, 20-21
Worlds of Fun Barbecue and Brew Festival

June 20
Boulevardia Taps & Tastes (sold out)

August 15
UNICO Microbrew Fest (Zona Rosa)

August 21-22
Screenland Arts & Crafts (Screenland Armour Theatre)

September 19
High Plains Brewhoff (Downtown OP)

Also, look for KC Nanobrew Festival (June?), Flying Saucer’s KC Beerfest (September?), Rock & Run Brewery’s Rot & Ruin (October?) and the Westport Strong Ale Fest (November?).

And stay tuned, because we’re hearing whispers of even more festivals this year.

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