Three years ago, on September 6th, 2007, I put up the first post on STL Hops. (Please don’t go and find it, all of those first posts were pretty terrible.) Little did I know that in three years STL Hops would become the massive community that it now is.
I can’t even begin to describe just how impressed I still am about what this site has become. Because to me it’s more than just a website, it’s a collection of like-minded individuals that really, really love beer. We’re proud to call ourselves beer geeks, we’re proud to wear it like a badge of honor.
As for what’s happened in the past year, we’ve seen a few new places open and sadly we’ve seen a couple of favorites close as well. We’ve seen more than a few new out-of-state breweries enter the St. Louis market and we’ve had the announcements of three new local breweries in St. Louis. We even made the second year of the St. Louis Craft Beer Week a succesful event.
I honestly don’t know if there has been a better year for beer in St. Louis than 2009-2010. It’s crazy to think that 2011 could be even better.
As for STL Hops itself, we’ve created over 1375 posts on the front page and almost 6500 comments. The STL Hops Twitter account, which was created about a year and a half ago, has almost 1000 followers. The Forum, which in my mind is the pride of STL Hops, has over 42000 posts and over 565 users.
The thing I’m certainly most proud of is the community this has all created. We may not always agree about every beer, but almost everyone has been extremely civil and extremely passionate about beer. Being civil on the internet isn’t an easy feat at times, but STL Hops proves it can be done.
For those of you looking for more STL Hops gear, like hoodies, look for news on that later this week. As for an anniversary party, I can tell you it’s in the works. The tentative date at this point is Friday, November 19th. I’m hoping to have more information for you in early October.
I want to thank everyone, once again, for making this past three years one of the craziest and best three of my life. I look forward to what the future holds.