Piney River Brewing Company

The First IPA Canned in Missouri

In Start up on November 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

While we’re making brewing history in Missouri, why not make a little more?  How ’bout the first India Pale Ale canned in the Show Me state?

Piney River Brewing Company took the honors for the first IPA canned in Missouri, our appropriately named Missouri Mule India Pale Ale.  And it was fun!

Roger and Tristan from Wild Goose Engineering went back to Boulder last Tuesday night, and they left us with our magical Micro Can machine.  We ran it all by ourselves tonight.  (We received photo proof that while we were running our new canning machine, they were enjoying some McKinney Eddy Amber Ale that was taken back to Boulder by Roger and Tristan.)

Are those green mule cans purty, or what?

Our six-year old son, Andy even got in on the action tonight.

We’re not going to be able to do the “Junior Brewers Club” complete with tours and stickers that Andy dreamed up tonight, but it was a great evening of entertainment for a six-year old.  And we certainly hope that we’re instilling some inspiration for pursuing your own dreams and working hard for it as Andy grows up.

Brian checks the seals on the can lids.

Andy, Jamie & Olga handled packaging.

Packaging volunteers get paid in beer, unless you’re’ a six-year old, and you get a Sprite.

Stacked up right next to the McKinney Eddy Amber Ale in the walk-in cooler is another pallet.  This one’s full of beautiful green cans.

Brian and I are going to Rolla to meet with Rodney Edwards at Grellner Sales and Service regarding our roll out plan for our beer.  We hope to have our cans in Texas County locations very soon, and we already have some restaurants requesting beer in kegs, too.

We will have cans of Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale for sale at the BARn on Saturday.  We’ll also be serving both beers, from cans at Ozarks Beer Fest in Springfield on Saturday (Shrine Mosque from 2 to 5 p.m., a fund raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks–http://www.bigbro.com/events.asp).

Meanwhile, here’s one final photo for you…empty Missouri Mule IPA can, full glass.  It really is as delicious as it looks.  Cheers!

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