You may have heard that at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, Piney River took home a gold medal. Yep, we’re still kind of in shock about that win. But after our Gold Award experience at the World Beer Cup in April, it’s safe to say that we are really excited about entering in the 2014 GABF Competition. The chances are much greater that we will come away empty handed than with any awards, but our level of excitement for the competition is much higher in 2014 than it was when we shipped off a slew of Piney Pints in 2013.
So, if you happen to be in Denver the first week of October, come see us! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent craft beer made in the Ozarks again, and since many people have been asking, here’s the Piney River line up:
Float Trip Ale, 4.5% ABV, 18 IBUs The 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award for American-Style Wheat Beer, Float Trip Ale is a wheat-based blonde ale featuring subdued fruitiness a light hop bitterness and a crisp, smooth finish.
Black Walnut Wheat, 4.5% ABV, 18 IBUs Black Walnut Wheat is an American style wheat beer with a black walnut aroma and a crisp, black walnut finish.
Sweet Potato Ale, 6% ABV, 24 IBUs Sweet Potato Ale is our fall seasonal. It is a malt forward blonde ale featuring the flavors of roasted sweet potatoes, spices and vanilla with a balanced hop profile, a subtle vanilla and spice aroma and a smooth finish.
Last year on Friday night we had to stop serving Sweet Potato Ale because we were into our second keg, and we were asked not to run out. On Saturday the Sweet Potato Ale ran out in the first session. We thought we should bring back this crowd pleaser for another go round, since beers made with sweet potatoes aren’t easy to find in the GABF hall.
Old Tom Porter, 5% ABV, 25 IBUs The 2013 GABF Gold Medalist in the Brown Porter Category, Old Tom Porter is full of roasted malts featuring chocolate and coffee flavors with a balanced hop profile for a smooth finish.
Masked Bandit India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV, 70 IBUs Masked Bandit IPA features full-flavored dark malts and spicy rye combined with citra, centennial and amarillo hops to create a rich, full-bodied and complex India pale ale.
This year we have the awesome opportunity to share our Old Tom Porter at Friday’s GABF Media Lunch. Old Tom will be paired with one of the courses at the lunch, and we’ll have a chance to share a little bit of our story with those present. How cool is that?!
Let’s just say, the Piney River crew will work our way through the next few weeks, and we’ll be hopping on a plane bound for Denver. We’re so excited about yet another trip to Denver. We’re excited about pouring our beer for over 40,000 craft beer lovers. We’re excited about being with “our people” for four days. We’re excited about the possibilities at GABF 2014!