Last year, when Piney River Brewing was still a mere nanobrewery, we were contacted by a craft beer loving salesman, James Denoyer, from Glidewell Distributing in Arkansas. James expressed his eagerness to have Piney River beer in the Ozarks.
Although we knew that a lot of great outdoor activities take place in Arkansas, we really couldn’t fathom making enough beer to send to Arkansas when James first contacted us late last summer. Perhaps it’s time for a couple of personal disclaimers here….Brian has a great love for the rice fields and flooded timber of Arkansas, which are great places for duck hunters (which Brian is at least once a year). As a small child, I lived in Pocahontas, AR where my dad had a job. I had this crazy Southern drawl that sounded just about adorable coming from a three-year old, pig tailed girl. I’m not that adorable sounding anymore, but I do have some fond memories of those early days in Arkansas.
While we couldn’t fathom making enough beer to send to Arkansas, Brian and I could both see how Piney Pints would work for craft beer lovers in the state. As we were able to meet the demand from our Missouri distributors, we talked again to James about getting our beer out in Arkansas.
Glidewell is another family owned business with a long business history in Arkansas. James is absolutely passionate about craft beer and getting it to people in Arkansas. Perhaps most importantly, a brewer at another Midwest brewery spoke very highly of Glidewell and the job they have done promoting his beer brands noting that he wished all of his distributors would promote his beer as well as Glidewell.
Brian and I submitted the required paperwork to the Arkansas Beverage Commission and were approved to sell Piney River beer in Arkansas beginning July 1st. Shortly thereafter a refrigerated box truck from Arkansas appeared at the BARn, and we loaded a pallet of McKinney Eddy Amber Ale on the truck—Arkansas bound!
You can find Piney Pints of McKinney Eddy today at several places in Little Rock: Colonial Wine & Spirits; Popatop on University; Springhill in North Little Rock; Flying Saucer; Big Orange Burgers and O’Looneys. There will be many more places that will add Piney River beer in Arkansas, too…stay tuned.
We’re coming to see you, too, Arkansas!
Grapes, Grains & Growls (Beer Festival) on July 21 in Little Rock
Fest of Ales (Beer & Bourbon Festival) on August 17 in Fort Smith
Little Rocktoberfest (Beer Festival) on October 6 in Little Rock
The Flying Saucer in Little Rock is also opening their arms wide to the new craft beer in town. Piney River glass night is July 26th—you can drink our beer in one of our pint glasses and keep the glass! Then, we’ll be at the Flying Saucer on the evening of August 16th for a Piney River Brewing tap takeover. You’ll be able to really get your Piney River beer on!
Personally, we’re looking forward to enjoying Piney Pints on the Buffalo and White rivers as well as Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. Maybe we’ll see you there!