Nate emailed me to ask:

I wanted to ask you, is there any place in Saint Louis to take homebrewing classes?  

As a matter of a fact there is.  Dan George of the St. Louis Brews is holding a homebrewing class on March 1st from 9AM – 12:30PM at Forest Park Community College.  He’s an excellent brewer and an all around nice guy.  I’d also suggest that you attend some of the local homebrew club meetings.  You’ll get a chance to meet other homebrewers, many of whom would be happy to help you out with your first brewing session.