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A Craft Beer Thank You to You!

In Beer Events, The BARn on March 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

For our second Ale-iversary a friend gave us a card (and a really cool growler) that said the frequently used Benjamin Franklin quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

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Happy is really the best word to describe the 2nd Ale-iversary at Piney River Brewing Company.

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We’ve been working fast and furious for the past few months to pull this off…got the cherry wood floor down, added electricity to the South side of the BARn (for live music), got trim put up, added the other speakers we purchased for last year’s Ale-iversary, brewed up special beers (Hot Date and Low Water Bridge IPA), put in a women’s restroom, and ordered tables and chairs to seat 120.

Whew!

Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats provided food for our packed house all day long! Smoked meats and Irish nachos. The food was a HUGE hit! Thanks to Mike & Julie Anderson, and yes, we will have them back again.

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Singer/songwriter Barak Hill brought Jody Bilyeu along as an accompanist, and they performed original tunes as well covers. Great voices, great songs, a variety of instruments, and they closed with The Weight, one of our family’s favorite tunes. In fact, our new puppy, Annie is actually registered as “Royalty’s Take a Load of Annie” (Royalty Dalmatians is her breeder.)

Barak Hill

Barak Hill

Jody Bilyeu

Jody Bilyeu

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The Taylor’s, a bluegrass band originally hailing from Mountain View, AR, closed out the day with strummin’ and pickin’, some country covers and dance tunes. They enjoyed our lively and appreciative customers, and they had never before performed at a brewery.
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The second Ale-iversary marked the second year of opening our tap room to you. Two years ago we were amazed that people actually showed up. Today, we were amazed at the cars that filled the parking lot and went all the way up the drive to the main road.
What can we say? Thank you! Piney River is what it is because of you. We would not be successful without you supporting your local brewery.

We’re looking forward to sharing the upcoming year with you. We’re going to bring lots more live music, good times, a fun space and all the locally brewed craft beer you can drink. We love being able to share our little bit of heaven with you. We love making beer that celebrates the Ozarks. We love sharing it with people that understand and enjoy the Ozarks with us.

Thank you and cheers! Here are just a few more photos from the day…

Debra Smith, Brian Durham & Lucas Clem

Debra Smith, Brian Durham & Lucas Clem

Andy Durham

Andy Durham

The Girlfriends, Yadi & the babies

The Girlfriends, Yadi & the babies

Cars going up the drive...

Cars going up the drive…

Shortly after 2 (when we opened today)

Shortly after 2 (when we opened today)

Beers!

Beers!

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Craft Beer for the Ozarks in 2013

In Beer Events on March 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

2013 has gone off with a bang.

Our first beer tasting of 2013 took place at Homegrown Food in Springfield, a fun, locally owned grocery store that specializes in homegrown and local. Brad, Mary and the staff at Homegrown have a cool vibe going on, and we’re proud to be a “local” part of their endeavor. And we love shopping at Homegrown, too.

We thought January, February and March were “slow” months for craft beer events, but had two beer festivals in February!

Our booth at the festival.

Our booth at the festival.

The first was the Midwest Regional Beer, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival in Springfield. We were able to take part in this first time orgy for all those good things under one roof. It was fun, and over 1200 people were in attendance.

Last weekend we were also able to take part in the first time West Plains Brew Fest—a beer festival in our own back yard!

Brian visits with Dennis Johnson from Ropers prior to the festival's start.

Brian visits with Dennis Johnson from Ropers prior to the festival’s start.

What a treat to be able to take beer to an event only an hour away, raise money for a great local cause, and share new beers with many Piney River fans. About 300 people were in attendance, and great food and drink was flowing. When I’ve looked at photos taken at the event, I recognize so many faces. Our special beers for that event were a Vanilla Old Tom Porter and Masked Bandit India Pale Ale (a black rye IPA). We also poured all of our usual suspects as well as Ozark Firefly Wheat, which doesn’t usually make it out of the tap room.

The most amazing event so far in 2013 was “The Feast of Saint Valentine” at Instant Karma in Joplin. Jason and Sue, the owners, invited us to host a beer dinner featuring Piney River beer on Valentine’s Day. With some trepidation, Brian and I agreed to participate in a completely new beer event for us.

Brian brewed Float Trip, a cream ale; Masked Bandit IPA; Hot Date, an amber ale with date syrup and chipotle peppers; Vanilla Old Tom Porter, and Chocolate Cherry Porter for the dinner. Ozark Firefly Wheat; Black Walnut Wheat; Old Tom Porter and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale were also served with food pairings.

This original drawing graced the walls of Instant Karma.  Thanks,Colors!

This original drawing graced the walls of Instant Karma. Thanks,Colors!

The beautiful tap line up at Instant Karma.

The beautiful tap line up at Instant Karma.

It was amazing. Jason cooked with the beer, and truly elevated our craft beer with his magnificent and creative courses that included venison, duck, halibut…wild things that are truly part of what we love at Piney River Brewing.
Sue and Colors waiting for a course to be plated for serving.

Sue and Colors waiting for a course to be plated for serving.

Helen & Sue delivering a new course.

Helen & Sue delivering a new course.

Brian described the beer that was paired with each dish.

Brian describes the beer that was paired with each dish.

Sometime during the meal, I realized that Jason’s passion for food was like our passion for craft beer, and everyone in the room that night was so fortunate to taste that feast. Jason and Sue have an awesome place Instant Karma and their sister restaurant, The Eagle Drive In, also in Joplin. They have taken old places and old things and repurposed them to create a space that reflects their passion for life. Jason disappeared after the dinner to go take care of the kids—something Brian and I appreciate having brought Andy along and left him in the care of Grandma for the evening. Jason and Sue are also “doers, not dreamers”, and we are so honored to have been part of the passion that poured out of Instant Karma that night.

I should add here that there are so many neat things happening with craft beer in Joplin, MO. The Blackthorn Pub has three Piney River taps on a brand spankin’ new wall of craft beer taps that are a sight for thirsty eyes to behold. The Sawmill and Guisano’s also have Piney River on draft. There are some very cool people that are placing a stake in downtown Joplin, committed to revitalizing it by investing their own time and money. Again, we are honored that the craft beer we brew is finding a home in these places where men and women like us have a dream and are striking out to try something new.

And we do have great things in store….

We are working toward expanding our production capabilities in 2013. More beers, more taps…look for more from Piney River coming somewhere near you.

Those of you that frequent the BARn have noticed changes occurring. There’s usually something different every weekend, but we hope to have the culmination of our tap room improvements done just in time for our 2nd Ale-iversary on March 16th. We hope you can join us in celebrating everything that happened in 2012 and what is to come in 2013.