So… things have been kind of slow around here.  One part of this is that summer always seems to be a bit slower for beer news.  The other part of this is that I ended my original job and have started a new one.  I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a position at Lohr Distributing as the new Craft Beer Manager.

I never dreamed four years ago when I started STL Hops that I’d have a job like this in the biz, but here we are.  It’s very exciting and I’m pretty stoked to start something like this.  But, you may have some thoughts or concerns about me taking on this position, so I’ve put together a little FAQ that will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

What’s going to happen to STL Hops?

Nothing.  I’ve been told by my boss that they don’t want anything to change with the website.  They understand that promotion of craft beer as a whole benefits the entire industry.

So, does this change anything you post?

Not really.  The only thing that may slightly change is that I’ll put up a disclaimer about events or products that I personally manage.  I’m mostly doing that so people don’t think I’m being shady about things.  But otherwise I still plan on posting news and information from all distributors, breweries etc.

Are you selling AB/InBev stuff?

With the exception of Goose Island, which makes awesome stuff regardless of who owns them, no.  My focus will be entirely on the craft brands that Lohr has recently picked up.

Did you sell out?

Well, if you mean by “selling out” that I get to work within an industry I’m extremely passionate about and get to work with many of the folks I’ve established relationships with over the past 4 years, then sure.  But so few of us get to do a job where they’re passionate and excited about what they’re doing, so this isn’t an opportunity I could just pass up.

You haven’t posted anything for the past three days, is this what we can expect from now on?

For the short-term?  Maybe.  I’m starting a new job and I’ve got a lot to learn.  I want to make sure to focus on doing the best job I can.  For the long-term?  No.

Part of the difficulty with STL Hops in the past is that I didn’t get an opportunity to visit locations around the area and talk to them as much as I’d like.  Now, I’ll have more chances to get out and find out what’s going on around St. Louis.

What happened to Cory King?  Is he not working at Lohr anymore?

Cory will be exploring another opportunity which I hope to be able to announce in the near future. He’ll still be a very vibrant part of the St. Louis craft beer scene. In the meantime, he’ll be taking me around and showing me the ropes.

Is there anything else that I should know about?

Yes, there is a good possibility that you could be seeing other people writing for STL Hops in the near future. I’ve said over and over again that this is a community. I can’t continue to keep doing this all by myself. I need to rely on other people to help make this site the best place to find information about beer in St. Louis.

So, is there anything I’ve missed?  Is there anything you’re concerned about or something I didn’t touch on?  If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please feel free to email me if you want to discuss them in private or leave in the comments below.

If I haven’t made this clear, I’m pretty excited about this job and I honestly believe it’s only going to make STL Hops a better site in the long run.