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27589775It only took eight days, but those extra days gave me a chance to sit back and reflect on the year that was and what can expect for 2013.  First, let’s take a look back at 2012:

January
Schlafly: 20 Years of Memories
Deschutes Hits St. Louis Today
Smuttynose Hits Southern Illinois
4 Hands Brewing Launches Their Beer in St. Louis
Perennial Artisan Ales/Half Acre Plan B Brewday

February
Photos: Wine and Cheese Place / Schlafly Collaboration Release Party
Photos: Schlafly’s Sour Cellar
4 Hands Brewing Company Lupulin Carnival
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Cod and Cask Festival
Photos: UCBC’s Wolpertinger 2012
St. Louis Brewers Guild Has Officially Been Formed

March
American Craft Brewing & Distilling (aka The Stable) Closing?
CarlBock Makes its Glorious Debut this Weekend
Photos: Beer/Wine Dinner at Perennial Artisan Ales
Heavy Riff Brewing Company Opening in Dogtown

April
The Civil Life Brewing Company Presents Pigs & Pints
Savant Beersel Release at Perennial Artisan Ales
The Return of Schlafly AIPA
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition
STL Hops Homebrew Club Inaugural Meeting
STL Hops 2012 St. Louis Beer Challenge Champion!

May
4 Hands Brewing Up Local Collaborations
Travel Guide – Columbia MO
Flying Saucer Coming to St. Louis
Photos: The Civil Life Brewing’s Inaugural Pigs and Pints Beer Festival
Photos: 2012 Microfest
New Retail Beer Store/Bar Coming to Washington Ave.
St. Louis Craft Beer Makes Eater.com Front Page

June
2nd Shift and Friends 23st Annual Beerfest
Photos: 2012 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
Midwest Belgian Beer Fest at Perennial Artisan Ales
From the Mailbag: Selling My New Craft Beer Brand
Perennial / Farmhaus Collaboration Kick-Off Party

July
Schurcipefones Festival Closing Out St. Louis Craft Beer Week
St. Louis Craft Beer Week Marks Homecoming for Stone Brewing Company Brewer
Augusta Brewing’s New Brewpub Finally Open
4 Hands Collaborates with James Beard Chefs to Create “Foundation”

August
2012 St. Louis Feast Day at The Royale
2012 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Mission Accomplished
Photos: 2012 St. Louis Craft Beer Week

September
Civil Life Brewing Celebrates 1st Birthday
Winner of 2012 Dark Lord MS Paint Contest
Photos: 2012 Schlafly Hop in the City
Five Years of STL Hops
Tin Mill Brewery Closing?

October
STL Hops 5th Anniversary Party
Charleville Raring Up For Some Rare Releases
Six Row Collaboration with Llywelyn’s Pub
2012 Schlafly Fresh Hop Ale Festival
St. Louis’s First Craft Brewery to Can Locally
Local Winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
Inside the Biz: Beer Freshness and Distribution
iTAP Announces New Location in the Central West End

November
A Short Video by 4 Hands/Llywelyn’s from St. Louis Craft Beer Week
Stone #EnjoyBy IPA Hits #MO This Week
STL Hops 5th Anniversary Party Recap

December
Photos: Basso at the Cheshire Inn
Photos: The Fortune Teller Bar
Six Row Brewing Begins Third Anniversary Celebrations Tonight


Holy crap, that was a busy 2012. It’s a wonder we all survived. But I think we have a hell of a 2013 to look forward to. Just some of the things we should see:

  • Flying Saucer opening
  • International Tap House CWE opening
  • 4 (maybe 5) new breweries opening in the metro area
  • A new brewer-run St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
  • 5th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week
  • New 12oz bottles/cans from local breweries

I’m sure we’ll see even more craft beer bars, more restaurants featuring craft beer and more events take place this year.  It’s very exciting, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride.

stlhopswikiIt’s now 2012.  Another year has passed for us here at STL Hops. But 2011 was unlike any other year for beer in St. Louis. We had an explosion of craft beer in our area. Here’s a rundown of major events that took place in 2011:

January:
Rotten Apple Closing
Photos: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Debut
Green Flash Coming to Missouri
Firestone Walker One Step Closer to Missouri

February:
Global Brew Tap House & Lounge Opening This Friday
St. Louis Area Brewery Sales
Interview: Civil Life Head Brewer Dylan Mosley
Drew Huerter/Dave Johnson Collaboration at Buffalo
Cask, Tap, Bottle Hopslam Side by Side at iTap Chesterfield

March:
Drew Huerter Is Leaving St. Louis
Alaska Officially Announced for Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival
4 Hands Brewing Opening in St. Louis
Stone Brewing Storming Into St. Louis
New Stone IPA Label For St. Louis Release
Exit 6 Pub And Brewery Opening in Cottleville
Nebraska Brewing Company On Its Way to St. Louis

April:
Schlafly House In Session Ale Tapping
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Begins Distribution
Lohr Locks in 2nd Shift Brewery
Announcing the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week
Photos: Alaskan/Schlafly Vertical Tasting
Lauren Salazar Returns to St. Louis

May:
Celebrate Spring With Maifest at Urban Chestnut
Getting it Right: How Restaurants in St. Louis Start Serving Craft Beer
Avery Cans Coming to St. Louis
PW Pizza Crafting Up a Great Beer List
Interview: Hip Hops Columnist Evan Benn
First Chance To Try Some Perennial Artisan Ale

June:
Sour Sunday at Bigelo’s Bistro
Winners of the Three Floyds Dark Lord Haiku Contest
Internet Tools to Feed Your Craft Beer Addiction
Photos: Updates on Perennial, Civil Life, & Four Hands Brewing

July:
2nd Shift Beer List for the 201st Annual Beerfest
St. Louis Craft Beer Week Announces Events
Six Row and Morgan Street Expand for the Future
Exit 6 Brewery Opening July 29th

August:
Perennial Artisan Ales Gets Two New Labels Approved
2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week a Tremendous Success
Photos: 2011 Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI
Civil Life Brewing Company Announces Beers, Logo

September:
2011 STL Hops Pinball Party!
Perennial Artisan Ales to Open This Thursday
Photos: Perennial and Civil Life Brewing Open Their Doors
Photos: 2011 Schlafly Hop in the City
The Civil Life Brewing Company Grand Opening Tomorrow
2nd Shift Brewing Ready to Bottle
Photos: The Civil Life Brewing Company Grand Opening

October:
Summit Brewing Launch Parties
Funk Fest at Perennial Artisan Ales
Photos: 2011 Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival
Perennial Artisan Ales Grand Opening This Saturday
Ferguson Brewing Company Taps Into Their First Cask
Pumpkin Bowling This Saturday at iTAP
STL Hops 4th Anniversary Party
4 Hands Brewing Announces Soft Opening

November:
4 Hands Brewing Chooses Major Brands for Distribution
Growlers Introduces the STLHops Selection
STL Hops 4th Anniversary Party Recap
Shmaltz Brewing Founder Jeremy Cowan Visits St. Louis

December:
Deschutes Announces St. Louis Release Date
iTAP Looking at Central West End?
Sour Cherry Beer Bottles Now Available at Square One Brewery
4 Hands Brewing Company Opens For Business
Schlafly Beer 20th Anniversary Weekend

This has just been an insane year for beer in St. Louis. We had five different breweries open in 2011 and a number of out-of-state breweries that I never thought we’d see in St. Louis enter our market. With 2011 being as great as it has been, I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store.

stlhopswikiThis was once again a phenomenal year for not only STL Hops but also the St. Louis beer scene as a whole.  Let’s run down some of the things (some good, some bad) that have happened in 2010:

January
O’Fallon Brewery Announced New Beers
Burns Night at Schlafly
Schlafly/O’Fallon/New Albanian Collaboration

February
Bridge Tap House Opened
Mikkeller Know Your Hops Event at iTAP
Lagunitas Visited St. Louis

March
1904 Beer House at River City Casino Opened
Schlafly/O’Fallon/New Albanian C2 Collaboration

April
Sour Cherry Ale Released By Augusta Brewery
2010 St. Louis Craft Beer Week
STL Hops 2010 St. Louis Beer Challenge Winner
Ska Brewing Came to Missouri
Hill  Brewing Company Opened
The International Tap House Announces Their Second Location

May
Augusta Brewery Ownership Changed Hands
Schlafly AIPA Got Bottled

June
Soulard iTAP Opened
The Stable Added a Multitude of New Taps
Schlafly Announced It’s Up For Sale

July
Mattingly Brewing Closes
STL Hops Holds Its First Beer Dinner
Six Row Brewing Releases a New Double IPA
Schlafly/O’Fallon/New Albanian Brew Up the C3 Collaboration

August
Civil Life Brewing Company Announces They’ll Be Opening in 2011
Schlafly Moves Forward With Sour Beers
Urban Chestnut Brewing Will Be Opening in 2011
Perennial Artisan Ales Will Also Open in 2011

September
The Handlebar Opens in The Grove
STL Hops Celebrates Its Third Anniversary
Schlafly Looks at Portfolio Changes for 2011
Goose Island Invades iTAP and Newstead Tower Pub
Firestone Walker Announces It’s Coming to Missouri
STL Hops Holds Its Second Pinball Party

October
Schlafly Collaborates With Bigelo’s Bistro
The Stable Gets a New Head Brewer
Growlers Creve Coeur Closed

November
Second Shift Brewery Launches Their Beer at 33 Wine Bar
STL Hops Throws a Third Anniversary Party

December
Schlafly Adds a New Sign to the Tap Room
Urban Chestnut Gets Equipment Delivered
Hill Brewing Changes Its Name to Ferguson Brewing Company

That’s a hell of a ride in 2010, I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings.  Happy New Year everyone.

This is a just a small collection of photos that I’ve taken this past year thanks to STL Hops.  It was a lot of fun going through all of the photos and remembering just all of the things I’ve done this year.  I hope you enjoy them as much as me.  I also want to thank everyone for making this site so successful and so much fun to operate.  This site wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for a community of devoted beer fanatics so I thank you all for making that possible.  Have a good and safe New Year.

As we’re winding up the year, I thought I would go over my top moments in the beer world over this past year.  Please feel free to leave some of your top moments this year in the comments or in the forums, I’d love to read them.  In no particular order, my top moments of 2008:

beer 1338_1280x960.jpgGreat Taste of the Midwest
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this event. I can now easily understand why it’s one of the most sought after tickets in the beer community. A lovely setting, wonderful weather and some of the most rare beers available all in one location. If you find yourself in possession of a ticket, you must go.

beer 1618_1280x960.jpgSTL Hops First Anniversary Party
This is probably the event that means the most to me this year, it was great to see a local gathering of people that care so much about beer. Not only did we all get to hang out and drink some great beer, we also got to raise $800 for Stray Rescue. Just a fantastic time.

denver-056_1280x960.jpgGoing to the Great American Beer Festival
While I may not have enjoyed the actual festival very much, I did really enjoy all of the things that were going on during the festival. It was also pretty neat to meet Vinnie Cilurzo, Sam Calagione, Peter Bouckaert, Tomme Arthur and Garrett Oliver.

Two Hearted Cask at 33
beer 1709_1280x960.jpgHave you ever seen those nature films where it’s all quiet in the middle of the Savannah and then on the horizon comes a black cloud of locusts? That was what it was like that fateful night when 33 Wine Shop decided to bring in a cask of Bell’s Two Hearted IPA. And not unlike the locusts on the Savannah, once the land was left destitute they quickly disappeared. I hope this happens again soon.

Schlafly Cabin Fever
I may have had more fun at this year’s Hop in the City or Repeal of Prohibition Festival, but there was something extremely enjoyable and exhilarating about standing outside in 18 degree temperature watching huge beers like the Imperial Stout or the Barleywine start freezing to the serving tables.

Coming later this week, Photos from 2008 and my Wishlist for 2009.