27589775It only took eight days, but those extra days gave me a chance to sit back and reflect on the year that was and what can expect for 2013.  First, let’s take a look back at 2012:

Schlafly: 20 Years of Memories
Deschutes Hits St. Louis Today
Smuttynose Hits Southern Illinois
4 Hands Brewing Launches Their Beer in St. Louis
Perennial Artisan Ales/Half Acre Plan B Brewday

Photos: Wine and Cheese Place / Schlafly Collaboration Release Party
Photos: Schlafly’s Sour Cellar
4 Hands Brewing Company Lupulin Carnival
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Cod and Cask Festival
Photos: UCBC’s Wolpertinger 2012
St. Louis Brewers Guild Has Officially Been Formed

American Craft Brewing & Distilling (aka The Stable) Closing?
CarlBock Makes its Glorious Debut this Weekend
Photos: Beer/Wine Dinner at Perennial Artisan Ales
Heavy Riff Brewing Company Opening in Dogtown

The Civil Life Brewing Company Presents Pigs & Pints
Savant Beersel Release at Perennial Artisan Ales
The Return of Schlafly AIPA
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition
STL Hops Homebrew Club Inaugural Meeting
STL Hops 2012 St. Louis Beer Challenge Champion!

4 Hands Brewing Up Local Collaborations
Travel Guide – Columbia MO
Flying Saucer Coming to St. Louis
Photos: The Civil Life Brewing’s Inaugural Pigs and Pints Beer Festival
Photos: 2012 Microfest
New Retail Beer Store/Bar Coming to Washington Ave.
St. Louis Craft Beer Makes Eater.com Front Page

2nd Shift and Friends 23st Annual Beerfest
Photos: 2012 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
Midwest Belgian Beer Fest at Perennial Artisan Ales
From the Mailbag: Selling My New Craft Beer Brand
Perennial / Farmhaus Collaboration Kick-Off Party

Schurcipefones Festival Closing Out St. Louis Craft Beer Week
St. Louis Craft Beer Week Marks Homecoming for Stone Brewing Company Brewer
Augusta Brewing’s New Brewpub Finally Open
4 Hands Collaborates with James Beard Chefs to Create “Foundation”

2012 St. Louis Feast Day at The Royale
2012 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Mission Accomplished
Photos: 2012 St. Louis Craft Beer Week

Civil Life Brewing Celebrates 1st Birthday
Winner of 2012 Dark Lord MS Paint Contest
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Hop in the City
Five Years of STL Hops
Tin Mill Brewery Closing?

STL Hops 5th Anniversary Party
Charleville Raring Up For Some Rare Releases
Six Row Collaboration with Llywelyn’s Pub
2012 Schlafly Fresh Hop Ale Festival
St. Louis’s First Craft Brewery to Can Locally
Local Winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
Inside the Biz: Beer Freshness and Distribution
iTAP Announces New Location in the Central West End

A Short Video by 4 Hands/Llywelyn’s from St. Louis Craft Beer Week
Stone #EnjoyBy IPA Hits #MO This Week
STL Hops 5th Anniversary Party Recap

Photos: Basso at the Cheshire Inn
Photos: The Fortune Teller Bar
Six Row Brewing Begins Third Anniversary Celebrations Tonight

Holy crap, that was a busy 2012. It’s a wonder we all survived. But I think we have a hell of a 2013 to look forward to. Just some of the things we should see:

  • Flying Saucer opening
  • International Tap House CWE opening
  • 4 (maybe 5) new breweries opening in the metro area
  • A new brewer-run St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
  • 5th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week
  • New 12oz bottles/cans from local breweries

I’m sure we’ll see even more craft beer bars, more restaurants featuring craft beer and more events take place this year.  It’s very exciting, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride.