We have finally opened our doors in St Louis at 900 Spruce St downtown, just a stones throw from the Third Base Entrance of Busch Stadium. This marks a very special opening for us, as it is the first time we have ignited a statewide rivalry for who gets the first plate. New St Louis resident and Kansas City MOU, Joe Hoffman has set the town on fire with his promise to not only hang the first plate at the new location, but also to brand his plate with the name “Don Denkinger” with the quote “SAFE!”, a reference to a clearly blown call from game 6 of the 1985 World Series. Forums on StlHops went wild and when the white smoke trickled from the chimney, Richard Haegele emerged as the chosen candidate to make the 67 day run for first plate, and defend the sacred spot for the city of St Louis. More details .There are currently seven Knurds in the running for first plate. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. With two months left to go, anything can happen.
Not only are we excited to have our second Missouri location, but the local beer scene in this town is amazing! We knew we were moving into Schlafly’s backdoor, and are very excited by their large and diverse portfolio of excellently made brews, but we didn’t know how well the newer St Louis breweries were doing. Breweries like 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Perennial Artisan Ales, Civil Life and 2nd Shift (just down the road in New Haven) are making some world class brews. If you are a beer trader, do yourself a favor and do a quick and easy locals for locals trade and get your hands on beers by any of these guys and you wont be disappointed.
While the Cardinals haven’t started playing yet, (they are electing a pope from what I hear) Baseball season is going to to be a wild one for us. General Manager Brian Russel of Fort Worth fame leads our new St Louis crew with Becca Keiffer from the Lake and Colt Miller from Addison into the wild unknown of baseball season. So make plans for a trip up to see the new store and catch a home game. We already had a special visit from Lake regular Mark Thompson, who came up to visit Becca on her new home turf. Cheers Mark!