Piney River Brewing Company was busy with a bunch of new folks at the BARn this past weekend. We enjoyed meeting all of them and sharing our beer with them.
As we have blogged here, you know that we are constantly trying to keep the beer in stock, but when you fill a bunch of growlers in a weekend, sell a few pints and share some samples, a 10-gallon system won’t cut it.
We started out on Saturday with all five beers on tap. The first beer to go was Old Tom Porter. Brian was attempting to fill a growler for one of our Cabool fans when the keg blew. That customer must have really wanted that porter because he went ahead and drank out of a pint glass what was remaining from the bottom of the keg. (And took home a growler of McKinney Eddy Amber Ale instead.)
The Ozark Firefly Wheat was the second keg to go. That was after one of our customers told us that it was better than a leading American style wheat on the market. (Woo-hoo!)
The Missouri Mule IPA was the final keg to go…I was pouring up samples for our last group of customers, and they got the last sputters of IPA. (I was really glad I had enjoyed a pint of that IPA earlier in the day!)
After the visitors cleared, and Brian and I were cleaning up the brewery (which involved cleaning several newly emptied kegs), we were exhilarated by the new craft beer lovers we met and amazed at the disappearing beer. We know that someday when we have the tap room open, we will have special “tap room only” beers that will be available until they are gone. We also have been honest with our customers that on a 10 gallon system, we will do our best to keep everything in stock, and it’s here…until it isn’t. After running out of three beers this past weekend, Brian said, “We heard it would be like this.” It made us laugh. Perhaps we’ve reached another brewery milestone; other small breweries regularly talk about running out of beer.
We still have McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Bronzeback Pale Ale on tap. Don’t worry! We do have all of our other beers in various stages from fermentation to conditioning.
The BARn will be closed next Saturday, June 4th, because we want to make sure that we have plenty of beer on tap and tasting it’s best in two weeks. Plus, we are going to attend the auction of our friend Charlie McKinney’s blacksmith shop here in Bucyrus. We will be open and fully stocked next Saturday, June 11 from 12 to 4 p.m.
One of our new craft beer loving friends actually has family that is a neighbor (just over the river and up the hill, which constitutes a close neighbor in the Ozarks). She came with her family this weekend, and here’s a photo from their deck…enjoying a little McKinney Eddy Amber Ale just a little ways upstream from where it was brewed and a little further upstream from its namesake.
To Michelle and all of our other Piney River Brew loving friends out there–Cheers!