Piney River Brewing Company

Craft Beer Lake Ozark Style

In Beer Events on August 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

We received a few flyers about the Midwest Wine and Brew Fest in Lake Ozark a couple of weeks ago. There were several wineries listed on the flyer, but there was only one brewery. Yes. You guessed it. Piney River Brewing.

Really? The only brewery? No competition for craft beer lovers? Seriously?

Alright! We knew we were going to rock the festival.

The festival was in a large, spacious, carpeted room. We had three full size skirted tables to spread ourselves out on. There were silver trays with little packages of palate cleansing crackers and silver dump buckets. (I left our five gallon beer festival plastic bucket behind the tables.)

And the crowd? They were even better!

From across the state and even from out of state, these legal drinking age attendees from young to old were serious about their wine and craft beer. (My favorite ones–the mature women that come up to our table, lean in close like they are sharing a secret and say, “I like wine, but I really like beer.”)

Great location. Great crowd. And the breweries and wineries got to sell their beer and wine at the event! The wineries sold their beer in to the chamber at wholesale pricing, and the chamber sold t to those in attendance at retail pricing with the profit going to the chamber. Since we can’t sell our beer that way, our lake area distributor, Grellner Sales, sold cases of our beer in to the Chamber. Those in attendance walked away with four-pack after four-pack of Piney Pints. Near the end of the day we even donated some of our beer to the chamber to sell to a customer that really wanted to take home some handcrafted Piney River beer.

I promised Morgan Crainshaw with the Chamber that I would try to get more breweries to come out to this event in 2013. What a great opportunity to meet a bunch of people who like distinctive beverages!

Piney River’s great day was not over yet!

Maybe you’re familiar with this:

Yes, it’s a Chili’s. It’s not just any Chili’s, though. This is the Lake Ozark Chili’s and quite possibly the coolest Chili’s ever.

Earlier in the year Travis Powell, managing partner at this Chili’s contacted us via Facebook. He was enjoying Missouri Mule and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and selling Piney Pints in his restaurant. We planned to take samples of our new Old Tom Porter and Black Walnut Wheat by the restaurant.

We didn’t get to meet Travis Saturday night, but we did get to meet Cameron Starkey, a manager, and several great staff members. This Chili’s is serious about offering great craft beer to their patrons–regulars and people traveling through looking for a local beer to go with their meal.

Brian talks with the manager, Cameron, at the Chili's bar in Lake Ozark.

Cameron and his staff were SO excited to receive our new beers. They were happy to meet us in person. They can’t wait to visit the BARn, and they opened their doors to us to train their staff about Piney River Beer. And finally, they even wanted our photo with our beer on their bar.

Paul’s Supermarkets, Hy-Vee and a bunch of new friends a Chili’s. Lake Ozark better get ready; a local beer is finding its way to your shores!

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  1. Love the post! Congratulations on getting into Chili’s!! So excited for you! I am so disappointed I will not be able to come to Fort Smith! Will see you soon! Until then, I raise my “pint” to Piney River Brewing Company!

  2. THAT IS SOME EXCITING INFORMATION. I WILL HAVE TO PUT THAT CHILIES ON MY LIST OF EATING PLACES. ITS REALLY GREAT THAT SOME PLACES LIKE CHILIES ARE BEGINNING TO OFFER SOME GOOD BEER CHOICES.

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