Piney River Brewing Company

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.

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