Skip to main content

1220 Artisan Spirits Announces ‘Origin’ Via 4 Hands Brewing Co.

St. Louis is home to a wealth of riches for beer fans. There are dozens of brewery experiences available, from checking out Anheuser-Busch’s largest and oldest brewing site to revisiting established craft brands like Schlafly to tasting beer from the newer startups like Center Ice Brewery. One of St. Louis’ firmly established breweries, 4 Hands Brewing Co., is branching out with the launch of a distillery brand called 1220 Artisan Spirits. Its first release, Origin, is an American gin with year-round distribution and is available now.

1220 spirits origin gin bottles
1220 Spirits/Instagram

When 4 Hands Brewing Co. launched seven years ago, its meager 1,600 barrel output left a lot of room for growth. The company lived up to that promise by increasing production to over 16,000 barrels in 2016. In addition to its production capacity, 4 Hands has also expanded its distribution area. While the beer continues to find new consumers, the brewery has also managed to stay local, with nearly 83 percent of its beer sold within the Missouri state lines.

4 Hands Brewing Co. owner Kevin Lemp also heads up the 1220 Artisan Spirits side of the equation, calling the expansion a “calculated risk.” He sees the new venture as an “opportunity to collaborate between the brewery and the distillery.” One could easily see future releases between the two companies that might include barrel aged beers or beers brewed to pair with specific spirits. Rob Vossmeyer is 1220 Artisan Spirits’ head distiller, building on his experience at Tom’s Town Distilling in Kansas City.

View this post on Instagram

A botanically inspired gin.

A post shared by 1220 Spirits (@1220spirits) on

Origin is described as a New World botanical gin and its base consists of 75 percent grape and 25 percent corn. The ingredients list includes a plethora of exciting elements like Croatian juniper, coriander, orris root, bergamot orange, and neroli, an essential oil extracted from the orange blossom flower. The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 42.5 percent and Origin is released in 750 ml blue-tinted bottles that subtly mask the clear liquor inside. The label art and associated 1220 Artisan Spirits branding is inspired by the icons of secret societies and freemasons, with all-seeing eyes and phrases like “Shrouded in Mystery.”

Fans of Origin gin can expect future seasonal gin offerings that highlight locally-sourced ingredients designed around each season’s weather and associated foods. If you can make it to the 4 Hands Brewing Company Tasting Room, draft gin and tonics are available to take home with you as a $12 growler refill.

Find out more about 1220 Artisan Spirits and where you can find Origin gin at the official website and Facebook page.

Editors' Recommendations

Lee Heidel
Lee Heidel is the managing editor of Brew/Drink/Run, a website and podcast that promotes brewing your own beer, consuming the…
How and Why You Should Add Carrot to Your Home Brew
carrot beer home brew tips and tricks shorts brewing

See you later, pumpkin ales. Sayonara, sweet potato brews. There’s a new orange-hued root vegetable beer in town. It’s time for the humble carrot’s turn in the craft beer spotlight.

Carrot ales don’t get a lot of respect, perhaps because there are so few on the market. If you’re lucky enough to have tried Carrot Cake from Michigan’s Short’s Brewing, you know that carrots and beer actually do make a nice pairing. That’s especially true when pureed carrot is enhanced with ginger, allspice, and/or maple syrup in an American brown ale base. Tired Hands from Pennsylvania also took on the dessert concept with a Carrot Cake iteration in its Milkshake IPA series. Ever the innovative outlier, Mikkeller crafted Spontancarrot, an American Wild Ale in the lambic tradition utilizing carrots.

Read more
Stone Brewing Celebrates 22 Years with Anni-Matter Double IPA
stone brewing 22nd anniversary anni matter double ipa annual 2

Stone Brewing has a reputation for pushing beer to extremes. With craft beers high in booze, like the epic 14.9 percent alcohol by volume barleywine Guardian’s Slumber, or excessive in hops, like the 100-plus international bitterness units (IBU) Ruination Double IPA 2.0, you can count on Stone to provide a face punch in a glass.

As a result of that innovation, Stone Brewing’s anniversary beers have become hotly anticipated releases by its rabid fan base. Over the years, these special brews have included porters, chocolate oatmeal stouts, strong ales, and imperial red ales, but more often than not, Stone has stuck with its most popular style: the India pale ale, or IPA. This year marks Stone’s 22nd anniversary and the release of another IPA to its impressive stable: Anni-Matter. A double IPA, this beer is available now in 22-ounce large-format bottles, 12-ounce six-packs, and on draft. A dry-hopped variant of Anni-Matter also saw a limited draft release.

Read more
Beltline Breweries: Where to Find Beer with a View in Atlanta
monday night brewing garage atlanta georgia

Georgia’s craft beer scene has exploded, thanks to recent changes in state law. These updated codes allow breweries to sell their beer in limited quantities direct to customers, bypassing the old three-tier rule that cast distributors as the middle man. You can now walk into a brewery and order a pint at the bar or grab a six pack to go. The impact of this additional revenue stream is that new breweries are flooding into the market and old favorites are able to expand into additional facilities.

One of the areas of increasing brewery concentration is Atlanta’s Beltline. The Beltline is a collection of former railroad tracks that circle the urban core of the city. The old tracks are being converted to a multi-use trail system, and the natural green spaces provide a perfect back drop for lounging on patios and enjoying a locally made brew. The next time you’re in the ATL, check out one of these Beltline breweries.
New Realm Brewing

Read more