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Thank You, Craft Beer Loving Friends!

In Beer Events on March 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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.

Kathy, who is "not a beer drinker" has a soft spot for our Old Tom Porter and our Black Walnut Wheat.

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!

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Not Your Ordinary Weekend at the BARn

In Beer Events on March 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Since November, we have had the BARn open every Saturday afternoon (except Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends) for tastings, growler fills and general fun…including fires around the fire pits, pints with a view in the upstairs “soon-to-be” taproom, and tours and conversation with Brian and I about things like our brewing process and our passion for craft beer in the Ozarks.

If you regularly frequent the BARn, you’ve noticed the work that we’ve been doing on the upstairs of the BARn–lights, tables and chairs and a real bar.  There’s still work to be done–the 1,000 square foot deck off the West end of the BARn, hardwood cherry flooring upstairs, more wood on the walls, trim work, more bathrooms, etc.

If you were at the BARn this past weekend, you noticed that Brian, Andy and I were not here.  We have been going at it pretty hard–laying tile behind the bar, doing other work related to building the space for the upstairs tap room, serving beer at a couple of tastings, brewing, cleaning, kegging, etc.  Our family took the weekend and spent some time together, enjoying a concert with a band we all love (The Avett Brothers) with the hope of returning rested, rejuvenated, and ready to get the upstairs tap room into shape for St. Patrick’s Day.

It seems really hard to believe, but it was just one year ago that we cracked open the doors of the BARn and invited you in to try our beer.  What a great time and what great things have happened in the past year!  Thank you so much for being a part of it and for supporting your local brewery.

We are moving into our upstairs tap room this week.  We will serve samples and pints upstairs.  We will fill growlers upstairs.  We’ve got lots of cool new tap room stuff.  Brand new 20 oz. pint glasses to truly pour “the perfect pint”.  A big chalkboard to mount on the wall with pricing and all sorts of information.  A new sound system to plug the iPod into.  A brand new bar to serve our beer from.

We don’t plan to serve up green beer for St. Patrick’s Day.  However, we do plan to have our Black Walnut Wheat on tap, and let me tell you, preliminary tastings are fabulous!  We will be selling pints of Black Walnut Wheat as well as filling growlers.

I’m planning to make some sort of celebratory cake that will go well with Old Tom Porter or Black Walnut Wheat.

We’re even going to stay open one extra hour (until 6 p.m.).  And, we got a few long-sleeved green T-shirts  with our logo on them to have on hand for the day, too.

We’re looking forward to not just your ordinary weekend at the BARn, and we hope you can join us–Saturday, March 17th from 12 to 6 p.m.  And we’re looking forward to another year of sharing good times and handcrafted Ozark beer with you.

Cheers!