Piney River Brewing Company

Getting Ready for GABF 2014

In Beer Events on August 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Our first Piney River toast with our Gold medal winning Old Tom Porter.

Our first Piney River toast with our Gold medal winning Old Tom Porter.

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 aleFloat 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 labelBlack 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 aleSweet 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 labelOld 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 black rye ipaMasked 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!

 

A Craft Beer Book Review: The Craft Beer Revolution

In The Beer on June 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I love to read. But I don’t have much time to read these days.

This past week I had some time alone, away from the brewery to stick my nose in a book. The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink by Steve Hindy, a co-founder of The Brooklyn Brewery was so interesting that I had to carve out a little time tonight to tell you about it.

So…I’ve got Full Circle by New Holland Brewing on the patio table, Ani DiFranco and a cacophony of frogs and insects playing in the background as the sun goes down ending the first weekend of summer for 2014. craft beer revolution book

Steve Hindy’s first life was as a Associated Press journalist. He’s traveled the world and written about the news happening there, but in 1984 he returned with his family to live in New York where he took up home brewing, and in 1988 co-founded The Brooklyn Brewery.

Hindy’s new book covers the past 48 years of craft brewing in the US, beginning in 1965 with Fritz Maytag’s purchase of the failing Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. Maytag’s was the pioneer of American craft beer.

This book is broken up in historical segments that are well-crafted and easy to read. Hindy spends particular time on “the class of 1988″, those brewers that started their breweries almost 20 years after Maytag’s and Anchor. Among that class were Wyncoop, Rogue, Deschutes, Matt, Goose Island and others. And since this is Hindy’s story, The Brooklyn Brewery story is told here, too.

An unusual number of English majors have found themselves involved in the industry (including yours truly), but all of the stories include an entrepreneurial spirit, a belief in their community, a love for great food and drink and the willingness to make sacrifices and work harder than they have ever worked before.

Hindy recounts the stories of the growth of some brands like Boston Beer, Pete’s Wicked Ale and Hart Brewing (which later became Pyramid) through IPOs. He covers the stories of some of the second generation of brewers which included figures that I also see as pioneers, such as Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch of New Belgium Brewing and Sam Caligione of Dogfish Head Brewing. About 1000 breweries sputtered to life in the 1990s, and Hindy tells about the innovation the new generation of craft brewers brought about in the US.

And of course the past decade has brought great change to our nation as American craft beer has become recognized around the world. Hindy discusses some of the political changes that have come about between brewing organizations in the US. He also provides some personal experience and thought about the three-tier distribution system that US Brewer’s operate under.

If you enjoy craft beer and want to learn more about its origins, this book is a must-read. There are parts of the book that will mean more to different folks depending upon if they are home brewers, distributors, retailers, or part of an American craft brewery.

It was in 2008 that I said to Brian, “These are our people,”  about craft brewers after reading a story about the craft brewing industry. Once again, Hindy reminded me that Brian and I follow in the footsteps of great people that have helped pave the way for craft beer in the US.

I’m glad to read their stories of working late into the night, of their belief in making a high quality product, of their budgets and brew houses built with financial creativity. I especially loved reading about Kim Jordan (New Belgium) picking her son up from school and delivering cases of beer to retailers with him in tow, and after putting him to bed at night, working into the night on marketing and other aspects of their fledgling brewery. Perhaps the most exciting take away from this book for me is that there is still a lot of American craft beer history to be written, and our little brewery here in the Ozarks is part of that.

Thank goodness there’s a high percentage of English majors in the craft beer industry because we have the opportunity to read books like this one! I don’t know what’s on your summer reading list, but you should definitely take some time to read this one. Best enjoyed with an American brewed craft beer in hand!

American Craft Beer Week–Piney River Style

In Beer Events on May 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

ACBW14_flag_downloadSince 2012 we have celebrated American Craft Beer Week with events throughout our distribution area.  American Craft Beer Week is the official week that craft beer is celebrated across our nation, and we love taking part in this nationwide celebration.

This year is no different for us.  Tuesday night we will be at Flying Saucer in Little Rock with one of the extremely limited kegs of Mule Team, our 3rd Aleiversary Imperial IPA, to share at their #ACBW event.  On Thursday night, we will be at Mama Jean’s Market in Springfield (the Sunshine location) at a special craft beer tasting event.  To celebrate #ACBW, Mama Jean’s is putting many of their craft beers on sale, too!

Friday and Saturday are our own brainchild for American Craft Beer Week.  For us, American Craft Beer Week is about celebrating craft beer that’s brewed in the Ozarks, craft beer that celebrates the Ozarks, and craft beer that’s meant to be consumed in the Ozarks…preferably while enjoying our great outdoors.

piney river weekend at dawt millAmerican Craft Beer Week–Piney River Style begins Friday night at Dawt Mill in Tecumseh, MO.  Join us and some of the Piney River crew for a tap takeover.  Old favorites will be available as well as some never before served beers, including at least one special tapping of a cask of a Piney River beer–a Piney Pin.  Hobby Farm, our honey basil ale, will make it’s 2014 seasonal debut on Friday night, too.hobby farm ale

Dawt Mill is known for their talented chefs, and Chef Ryan Van Winkle is hosting a special “Chef’s Table” dinner in his private kitchen.  This Chef’s Table event will feature foods that are paired with Piney River beer, and a member of the Piney River crew will be there to talk with you about our beer and our brewery, too.

The view from the Gravel Bar at Dawt Mill.

The view from the Gravel Bar at Dawt Mill.

On Saturday, you can join Brian, Andy and I on an official Piney River float trip on the North Fork of the White River.  We are leaving Dawt at 10 a.m. and plan to put in at Blair Bridge and meander our way back to the gravel bar while sipping on our very own Float Trip Ale.  Althea  Spring, rainbow trout, cold, clear Ozark water, limestone bluffs and gravel bars make a complete American Craft Beer Week experience when you’re in Piney River Brewing country!

Concert HERE on Saturday night!

Concert HERE on Saturday night!

Saturday’s fun will be topped off by an 8 p.m. concert at the Gravel Bar with a band we love so much–The Hamburger Cows.  Steve Ames, Jeff Sowards & Bo Brown from Springfield will bring original tunes and covers of classic tunes  creekside on the North Fork of the White.  We expect that general merriment and more Piney pint consumption will ensue.

ALL of these events are open to the public, and we hope to see you in Little Rock, Springfield or at Dawt Mill!

If you are interested in part of the events at Dawt Mill, but cannot attend the entire weekend, please feel free to join us for part of the weekend.  The tap takeover on Friday night and the concert on Saturday night are open to everyone, reservations are not required.  The Chef’s Table event is open to the public, too, but reservations are required.  The dinner spaces are filling quickly.  You can bring your own canoe, kayak or tube to Dawt and put in with us on Saturday morning, or join us somewhere along the way and end the afternoon with a Piney Pint at the Gravel Bar after you take out.

I should also add that this is a family-friendly event!  We love that we are celebrating craft beer, and we can include our son, Andy, in this weekend.  He would be very sad if we did not include him in our stay at Dawt and our float trip!

Lodging is available for one or both nights.  Dawt Mill has rooms and cabins available as well as campsites.  Registered guests for the weekend package receive special Piney River swag, Piney Pints, discounts on Piney Pints.  For additional information or to make a reservation for the Chef’s Table or for lodging at Dawt, contact them at 1-888-884-3298  or  417-284-3540 or dawtmill@dawtmill.com.

Just like the saying on the BARn bar–“Don’t forget to have a good time”–wherever you see Piney River during American Craft Beer Week, we promise you will have a good time!

I’ll close with this photo–Piney River’s official “American Craft Beer Week Selfie”.  The Brewer’s Association asked all of us to take selfie featuring someone from the brewery wearing something with a brewery logo, with a bottle or can of our brew in a location that represented the area we brew in.  So, in early March, we were driving down to Gaston’s to do an event with the Brew Belles, and we drove past Hodgson Mill, which is VERY well known in our neck of the woods.  We stopped to look at the water, and Brian said, “We could do our selfie here.”  Perfect idea!  Brian grabbed one of the canned beers we brought along for the tasting…little did we know it was a future World Beer Cup Gold winner.  Couldn’t be a more perfect way to say, “Cheers!” to American Craft Beer Week 2014!

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