stlhopswikiIt’s now 2012.  Another year has passed for us here at STL Hops. But 2011 was unlike any other year for beer in St. Louis. We had an explosion of craft beer in our area. Here’s a rundown of major events that took place in 2011:

January:
Rotten Apple Closing
Photos: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Debut
Green Flash Coming to Missouri
Firestone Walker One Step Closer to Missouri

February:
Global Brew Tap House & Lounge Opening This Friday
St. Louis Area Brewery Sales
Interview: Civil Life Head Brewer Dylan Mosley
Drew Huerter/Dave Johnson Collaboration at Buffalo
Cask, Tap, Bottle Hopslam Side by Side at iTap Chesterfield

March:
Drew Huerter Is Leaving St. Louis
Alaska Officially Announced for Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival
4 Hands Brewing Opening in St. Louis
Stone Brewing Storming Into St. Louis
New Stone IPA Label For St. Louis Release
Exit 6 Pub And Brewery Opening in Cottleville
Nebraska Brewing Company On Its Way to St. Louis

April:
Schlafly House In Session Ale Tapping
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Begins Distribution
Lohr Locks in 2nd Shift Brewery
Announcing the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week
Photos: Alaskan/Schlafly Vertical Tasting
Lauren Salazar Returns to St. Louis

May:
Celebrate Spring With Maifest at Urban Chestnut
Getting it Right: How Restaurants in St. Louis Start Serving Craft Beer
Avery Cans Coming to St. Louis
PW Pizza Crafting Up a Great Beer List
Interview: Hip Hops Columnist Evan Benn
First Chance To Try Some Perennial Artisan Ale

June:
Sour Sunday at Bigelo’s Bistro
Winners of the Three Floyds Dark Lord Haiku Contest
Internet Tools to Feed Your Craft Beer Addiction
Photos: Updates on Perennial, Civil Life, & Four Hands Brewing

July:
2nd Shift Beer List for the 201st Annual Beerfest
St. Louis Craft Beer Week Announces Events
Six Row and Morgan Street Expand for the Future
Exit 6 Brewery Opening July 29th

August:
Perennial Artisan Ales Gets Two New Labels Approved
2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week a Tremendous Success
Photos: 2011 Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI
Civil Life Brewing Company Announces Beers, Logo

September:
2011 STL Hops Pinball Party!
Perennial Artisan Ales to Open This Thursday
Photos: Perennial and Civil Life Brewing Open Their Doors
Photos: 2011 Schlafly Hop in the City
The Civil Life Brewing Company Grand Opening Tomorrow
2nd Shift Brewing Ready to Bottle
Photos: The Civil Life Brewing Company Grand Opening

October:
Summit Brewing Launch Parties
Funk Fest at Perennial Artisan Ales
Photos: 2011 Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival
Perennial Artisan Ales Grand Opening This Saturday
Ferguson Brewing Company Taps Into Their First Cask
Pumpkin Bowling This Saturday at iTAP
STL Hops 4th Anniversary Party
4 Hands Brewing Announces Soft Opening

November:
4 Hands Brewing Chooses Major Brands for Distribution
Growlers Introduces the STLHops Selection
STL Hops 4th Anniversary Party Recap
Shmaltz Brewing Founder Jeremy Cowan Visits St. Louis

December:
Deschutes Announces St. Louis Release Date
iTAP Looking at Central West End?
Sour Cherry Beer Bottles Now Available at Square One Brewery
4 Hands Brewing Company Opens For Business
Schlafly Beer 20th Anniversary Weekend

This has just been an insane year for beer in St. Louis. We had five different breweries open in 2011 and a number of out-of-state breweries that I never thought we’d see in St. Louis enter our market. With 2011 being as great as it has been, I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store.