Piney River Brewing Company

Little Nanobrewery on the Piney

In The Beer on February 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

There’s Bronzeback Pale Ale in the cooler carbonating and conditioning.  There’s Ozark Firefly Wheat fermenting.  And we’re brewing again this weekend.

We’re tweaking and tasting the beer.

We’re feeding lots of spent grains to the girlfriends.

Here's one of the girlfriends with her new baby. Look at that beautiful barn in the background. No, that's a brewery!

We’re continuing to work on the the BARn, making it ready for all the microbrew lovers that want to try a Piney River pint.

And it dawned on me over the weekend as Brian and I were brewing, this is the first job I’ve ever had where I had a beer in hand while working.  If that doesn’t make you want to work in a microbrewery, I don’t know what will!

One of my Missouri micro favorites...

So here are some photos from last weekend’s brewing sessions….

Brian gets the mash tun ready.

Adding grain

That's a rolling boil!

The hops are floating on the side in the boil kettle.

Is the brewer enjoying a microbrew, too?!

A fermentation keg that I'm cleaning prior to filling.

Chilling the hot wort with our cold, cold Ozark water.

Finally Brian does a little cleaning, too.

Today, we can actually be called a nanobrewery due to the quantity of beer that we brew at one time.  Amazingly, if we were brewing 100 gallons at a time rather than 10 gallons, the time would be about the same.  Thus, we are a nanobrewery today that is working very hard to be a full-fledged microbrewery.  We already have a larger system in the works….

Perhaps most importantly in getting our beer into your hands, we received our growlers and pint glasses this week.

We hope to open for public consumption in the next couple of months.  Meanwhile, keep following us on Facebook, and we’ve got a web page going, too at

And if you’re again wondering if we’re insane…heck no, we’re still having the time of our lives!


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