Piney River Brewing Company

A Festive October at the Microbrewery

In Beer Events on October 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Saturday, October 8th provided Piney River Brewing Company the opportunity to bring a local charitable organization to the brewery.  We don’t offer food to our customers, but the Houston Education Foundation came out to the brewery and served up hot dogs and brats to raise funds for their group which supports the Houston schools.

Our customers don’t really need a reason to drink, but we offered up “pints with a purpose”, donating a portion of every pint sold at the brewery yesterday.  Thanks to our thirsty customers, we were pleased to make a $120.00 donation to the Houston Education Foundation.

To top off a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Ozarks, the “Houston Class of 1976” (having a class reunion in Houston on Saturday) stopped in at the brewery about 5 p.m.  A friendly group hailing from various parts of the US, the Class of ’76 drank us out of BARn and brewery.  A busy Saturday turned into an extremely busy Saturday, and by the end of the day, a row of empty kegs was lined up along the brewery wall.

One of the members of the Class of ’76 was Shawn Byrd, now of Enid, OK.  Shawn found PRBC on Facebook a few months ago, and when he came to Houston on Saturday for his reunion, he stopped in to visit us.  Shawn is a member of “Enid Homebrew” a home brewing club in his area, and we were lucky enough to try an excellent cream ale that he brought to us–one of the best home brews that we’ve ever tried.  Thanks Shawn!

Shawn uses products from High Gravity in Tulsa, OK, a home brew store that we have purchased many brewing products and supplies from over the years.  He also utilizes Northern Brewer in Minneapolis which I blogged about earlier this year–another great store for home brewing and wine making supplies.  If you’re considering doing a little home brewing of your own, those are two great places that can get you started.

The only bad part about October 8th at PRBC is that Class of ’76 drank most of the beer we would have served up in the tap room on October 15th.  So, instead of being open with just a couple of beers on tap, we’re just going to keep the BARn closed on October 15th and invite you to join us at Oktoberfest in Rolla.  It will be the first festival where we pour our beer!

Our friends at the Public House Brewing Company in Rolla,MO are hosting Oktoberfest from 12 to 6 p.m. at 600 North Rolla Street.  There will be a tasting tent where you will receive a glass to taste beer from Piney River Brewing Company, the Public House Brewing Company, Prison Brews, Little Yeoman, O’Fallon & Boulevard and wines from Peaceful Bend, Wenwood Farms, Meremac and Three Squirrels.  There will German food, German music and even a pumpkin carving contest.

Here’s a link to purchase tickets in advance: http://thegardenbasket.givezooks.com/events/oktoberfest-2

We hope you will be able to come out and support all of these local breweries and wineries next Saturday afternoon.  We will have our Missouri Mule India Pale Ale and our Old Tom Porter on tap, and we promise to make it fun for you.

So, please pass the word along that the BARn will be closed on Sat., Oct. 15th, but we will be back open on Sat., Oct 22nd from 12 to 6, and in addition to our usual brews, the highly anticipated Black Walnut Wheat will be on tap–Joleen’s first brew.

The sweet wort--Black Walnut Wheat

Cheers!

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