If last Saturday’s fun is a foretaste of what’s in store at Piney River Brewing in 2012, we are going to have a blast together at the BARn!
The week before March 17th was a blur of more tile work each evening. On Friday Brian and I both took the day off to trim around parts of the bar and back wall, move the kegerator, set up the merchandise display, open/wash new glassware, install a big chalkboard listing all of our products, and a new sound system. We took a break for dinner on Friday evening about 7, and from 8:30 to 9:30 my mom and Andy helped Brian and I clean things up for our first day of serving in the upstairs of the BARn.
It was sort of an Irish feeling day–soft, warm rain mixed with occasional bright sunshine, giant billowing clouds and green, green grass.
Our first sign of good luck for the day came when Brian spotted from the kitchen window in our house…a dog?
A big dog in the parking lot of the BARn?
No, it wasn’t a dog!
It was Old Tom himself–a mature gobbler–in full strut, just a few yards from the front door of the BARn…for a glass of porter, we think. (Folks, we don’t make these labels and names up, this really is life on the Piney, I promise.)
Our friend, Joe and Kathy Richardson were the first guests, and they bought the first pints poured at the new bar.
We had many friends from Texas County come out and enjoy a pint or two, and we again made some new friends.
There were picnic baskets of food that found their way upstairs…everything from corned beef to pretzels. At one point, all of the outdoor chairs and some chairs from our house were in use!
We had some wonderful live music. Our friend Keith Allen from Southeast Missouri played guitar and sang. He was accompanied by Frank Stringer of Cabool, also on guitar, and Steve Markley of Willow Springs on banjo.
We consider it a great honor to have Steve and his wife, Jane, at Piney River Brewing. If you are not familiar with the name, Steve is what we consider to be the father of craft beer in the Ozarks. Steve and Jane founded Little Yeoman Brewery many years ago, and although they no longer own it, they are still very passionate about craft beer. We would not be where we are today with Piney River Brewing if it were not for the trail that Steve and Jane blazed with Little Yeoman many years ago.
The Black Walnut Wheat beer was a hit, of course. We sold many pints and growlers and even a couple of kegs of it. (Don’t worry, we still have more!)
As you can see, many people “got their green on”.
One of our regular customers is originally from Chicago, and he stopped by on Saturday. He said to me, “Up in Chicago St. Patrick’s Day is a really big deal, but I can tell that it’s going to be pretty big in Bucyrus, too.”
I piped up, “Do you think they’ll let us turn the Piney green for the day?”
He laughed at my question; he was getting ready to ask me the same question!
To those of you that joined us on Saturday, thank you for supporting your local craft brewery. For those of you that have supported us for the past year, thank you, also. Piney River Brewing is what it is because of you, our craft beer loving friends!
So…coming down the pike are some events (check out our Facebook page for more details); the deck off the West end of the BARn will be built, as promised, in April; an additional evening and some extended tap room hours will be added soon, and gobblers, musicians and craft beer lovers are invited and encouraged to visit the BARn on any future Saturday.
See you soon!