St. Louis has been attracting new breweries here with increasing frequency in recent months, and now it's about to add a leading beer-and-brewing writer to its residency ranks.
Stan Hieronymus, author of books including "Brew Like a Monk" and "Brewing with Wheat" who also maintains a blog at Appellation Beer and frequently contributes to national beer publications, will be moving to St. Louis next month with his family. He currently resides in Corrales, N.M.
Hieronymus says the move is job-related for his wife, Daria Labinsky, a librarian and archivist with whom Hieronymus has collaborated on book projects like "The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA" and "The Brewpub Cookbook." (Geeky-cool side note: Labinsky banked $22,100 by winning a 2008 episode of "Jeopardy!" that featured her nearly sweeping the second-round European History category.)
St. Louis won't be new territory for Hieronymus and Labinsky. The two visited often when they used to live in central Illinois, and they've returned frequently since then (Hieronymus blogged in March about his first visit to the newly opened Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in midtown.).
"We always loved visiting St. Louis -- even before Schlafly opened," Hieronymus says. "But from the first time we went to Schlafly -- Dave Miller was the brewer and Stephen (Hale) had returned briefly to Maine -- it became part of our connection to the city."
As Hip Hops readers know, Hieronymus will have plenty of beer stories to keep him occupied in his new town. He says he's looking forward to returning to St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival next month in Forest Park.
"I consider this outbreak of new breweries a fortunate bit of serendipity," he says. "I was at the first Heritage Festival, so I'm quite curious how the 2011 vintage will compare. And happy to think I can walk -- long walk -- or bike to it."
For more about Hieronymus, here's a recent interview he did with "The Beer Wench" blog.
Welcome to St. Louis, Stan!