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This was a phenomenal year for STL Hops.  Not only did we all get to enjoy the first St. Louis Craft Beer Week, we also celebrated our Second Anniversary and had a few fantastic events like the tasting party at CP Pinball.

Stay tuned for big events coming up in 2010.  Happy New Year everyone.

The Wine and Cheese Place‘s 2009 Beerfest is now behind us, so let’s all enjoy some of the photos from the event:

The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their Third Annual Beerfest on April 4th from 1PM-4PM. Past festivals have featured over 100 beers to taste, so I’m sure this year’s festival will not disappoint.  Here’s a preliminary list of beers that have been confirmed for the festival:

beer-fest-2009Mike Walters from Left Hand Brewing

  • Left Hand Smoke Jumper
  • Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout
  • Left Hand JuJu Ginger
  • Left Hand Twin Sisters Double IPA

Jim from Bell’s Brewery

  • Amber
  • Oberon – Released March 30th
  • Double Cream Stout
  • Two Hearted Ale
  • Best Brown Ale
  • HOPSLAM  (Draft)

Bob from Badger Mountain Enterprises

  • Fullers — Pride, ESB and Porter
  • Erdinger -Hefe Weizen and Dunkel
  • O’Hara – Irish Red and Irish Stout
  • Dixie — Lager and Blackened Voodoo
  • Fruli’
  • Birra Dolomiti

Nick from Schlafly

  • Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Kolsch
  • Helles Summer lager
  • APA
  • Bier De Garde

Mike from New Belgium

  • Abbey Grand Cru in 22oz bottles (not avail in MO)
  • Fat Tire
  • Mighty Arrow
  • Mothership Wit
  • 1554
  • Trippel

Pete from Wetten Imports

  • Gouden Hopsinjoor
  • Brigand
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Delirium Tremens
  • St. Louis Frambozen
  • Samichlaus

Kristen from Sam Adams

  • Imperial Double Bock
  • Imperial White
  • Imperial Stout

Magic Hat

  • No.9

Jack from MoBev

  • Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit
  • Amager Bryghus Hr. Frederiksen
  • Dieu du Ciel Rosee de Hibiscus
  • Saint Somewhere

Michael from Charleville

  • Half-Wit Wheat
  • Tornado Alley Amber
  • Hoptamistic IPA
  • Trippel-Wit

No reservations will be required for this event, but with over 200 people attending last year I wouldn’t show up late.  For more information, be sure to check out the blog post here.

Well, the New Year is upon us and what’s a new year without making some sort of list.  Rather than try and concentrate on a list of resolutions (because those always seem to fail) I’m going to make a list of things I’d like to see in the upcoming year in St. Louis.

Better Beer in Better Restaurants
Sure I’m going to sound like a broken record on this one, but why do some of the best restaurants in town have some of the lousiest selections of beer? In my mind there are about 4 or 5 upper tier restaurants in the St. Louis area and only two of them have above average selections. You put so much effort into your food, wine and even coffee, but then continue the same beer that I can get at a local chain restaurant. For the record, the beer selection at probably the best restaurant in town, Niche, is much improved.

New Breweries Available in the Area
I know a lot of people would like to see Dogfish Head, Three Floyds or Founder’s in St. Louis, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal to drive across the river and pick up these beers. Personally, I would prefer seeing breweries that we can’t already get in the Metro area into St. Louis. Sure it would be nice to get something like Stone, but what about something like Oskar Blues, Green Flash or Great Lakes in Missouri as well?

More Homebrewing!
My attempt to brew 30 different beers last year didn’t quite pan out as well as I would have liked, but with a new brewing system on the horizon I’m looking to put in a ton of brewing time in the upcoming year. But I’d also like to see more homebrewing from some of the craft beer nerds in the area. It’s a relatively cheap hobby to start up and it gives you the satisfaction of brewing your own beer.

A New Festival Beer For the Heritage Festival
This is obviously a request if the festival happens next year, but enough of the Dark Lager. Enough.  You have a lot of really talented and exciting brewers in the area, let them stretch their wings and try something different.

More People Drinking Craft Beer
This one is up to us to make happen. I think the InBev/AB deal really helped our cause a bit locally, but this is something we need to set down and try to make happen. We need to have our friends and family try new and different beers and make them realize that drinking a light American lager doesn’t make you a fan of “beer” it makes you a fan of light American lagers.

What are your wishes for 2009?