stlhopswikiAs you may have noticed in the main menu bar above, we have a couple of new features, Beer Map and Beer Lists.  The Beer Map comes from our good friends at The Beer Mapping Project, they and their readers have done the work of putting together a list of breweries, bars, restaurants and homebrewing stores all over the United States and merged it into Google Maps.  Is the St. Louis Map complete?  Absolutely not, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our cause and help this project out.  Feel free to submit locations and lets get our map properly filled out.

The Beer Lists link is something I’ve been pondering for quite some time and trying to figure out how to pull it off.  I’ve finally incorporated a Wiki page into the main STL Hops site which will allow for anyone to edit the lists.  The upside is that we can have any reader, retailer,  or restaurant owner provide an up to date list at any point and time.  The downside is that you do have to know a little bit about Wiki editing.  But I promise, it’s very easy.  A quick rundown is this:

If you want to bold a location name you can either highlight the name and hit the Bold button or by typing in three apostrophes before and after the word you want to bold.

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If you want to use Bullet points, it couldn’t be any easier.  Put a single asterisk in for a main location and two astrisks in for the beer list.  For example:

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As simple as that.  And don’t worry about screwing it up, as anyone can edit it, anyone can fix it.  It’s just important that we use it.  Also, it would be a big help to provide a date for a list similar to the way the wonderful person who edited Barrister’s list last night.  Great idea.  If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to provide assistance.

I think this could be an amazing resource if we all work together to add things as we go along.  Now, get editing!