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You ever have one of those months?  Seriously, this has been one of the weirdest and most stressful months I’ve had in a while.  I apologize for the delay of getting this information out to you all. It takes a bit of time to get the books in order and checks cut so I wanted to do that before I put this post up.

I want to begin by saying that I want to thank you all for making this the best STL Hops Anniversary Party yet.  None of this could be done without all of you and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support over the years.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Dave Bailey and his team at Baileys’ Restaurants for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience for letting us put on this event at their new event space Willow. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and Dave Bailey and his team went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to everyone from the Baileys’ Restaurants who helped put this event on.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my wife Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, my brother, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a former member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we can definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Ballast Point
Beachwood Brewing
Odell Brewing
Old Bakery Brewery
Earthbound Beer
Narrow Gauge
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Sun King
Penrose
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Juniper
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
Milagro
Peacemaker
Sidney Street Cafe
Craft Beer Cellar
Sun King
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Fortune Teller Bar
Bottle Cellars/Cellar House
BTR Woodworks
Southern
Karen King
Cory King
Llywelyn’s
OSP Tap Haus
Global Brew Tap House
St. Louis Brewers Guild
EdgeWild Bistro
4 Hands
Beachwood Brewing
The Royale
2nd Shift
Dressel’s
Old Bakery Brewery
Quincy St. Bistro
Hair of the Dog
Sierra Nevada
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Strange Donuts
International Tap House

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $5107.30 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and we’ll see you all (probably later) this year again for this event!