img_3675Sad news to report this morning, St. Louis beer historian Henry Herbst has passed away.  Henry was a legend in St. Louis brewing with an almost encyclopedic knowlegde of the history of beer in St. Louis.

When Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman wanted to put together the museum in the Schlafly Bottleworks the called on Henry to help put together the photos, memorabilia and information.

When I saw Henry before he was made King of the Hop at the 2009 Hop in the City, he looked like a man who had run through a bought of cancer and had been in the hospital for a couple of months.  But the first thing he said when we saw me was, “I heard you lost your job.”  All I could do is smile, here’s a man who was battling cancer and he was still looking out for others.

Henry was a very good man and someone I considered a friend. We’ve all lost someone very integral to beer in St. Louis.  Raise your glass in honor of Henry today.

For those interested, Tuesday – Visitation is at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 350 East Fourth Street, Eureka, MO 63025, from 3pm to 9pm. Wednesday – Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 350 East Fourth Street, Eureka, MO 63025, at 11am. Burial following at 1 pm at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. The ceremony at Jefferson Barracks is only set to last 15 minutes.

Reception following from 2pm to 6pm at Schlafly Tap Room (Club Room,) 2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.