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Raise a Pint with Us for CASA

In Beer Events on July 14, 2016 at 10:06 pm

IMG_1110.JPGWe do lots of beer events. We get asked to donate to lots of events. This weekend we get to give back to a great area cause. It’s right here, close to home, at our very own BARn. And you can join us!

This Saturday, July 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. we are hosting a fundraiser at the BARn for CASA of South Central Missouri.

What is CASA?

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

Over 600,000 kids a year will filter through US foster care and our family court system. The average child will spend 20 months in the foster system, changing homes an average of three times. CASA organizes volunteers that work with these kids, making a difference in their lives.

We are fortunate enough to have a CASA organization in South Central Missouri that makes a difference in the lives of our area kids every day.

On Saturday we are giving a portion of every pint sold to CASA. Joining us in supporting CASA is Nashville-based singer/songwriter Michael Connors. He is donating his musical talent to the day. CASA staff and volunteers will be here, too, grilling burgers and hot dogs for sale to benefit the organization.

If beer isn’t your thing, you can still raise a pint of Andy’s Homemade Root Beer while enjoying a burger or dog and listening to the tunes. Or just stop by and drop a donation in the CASA bucket.

Just like every day at the BARn, families are welcome. Dogs (on a leash) are welcome. And always, please drink responsibly.

We are honored to have this opportunity to give back to a local cause. We hope you will join us.

Cheers!

 

How We Celebrated 5 Years on the Piney River Farm

In Beer Events on March 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Five years.

Five years?!

FIVE YEARS!!!

In February, during our grand opening weekend for the new brewery, I told people that five years ago, if you would have told me that there would be a new 12,000 square foot barn on our farm with a new brewhouse, new cold storage, new canning line, etc., I would have laughed and said, “You’ve obviously been drinking.”

And here we are, five years later with all of those things and celebrating our 5th Aleiversary to boot.

For the first time at an Aleiversary, Brian and I did not spend a crazy portion of the day working—i.e. parking cars, changing out trash, etc. Instead, we were able to divvy up employees to cover all the non-stop tasks, and we jumped in every once in awhile to pour a few beers, make change, give an employee a break, etc. We were able to spend some time with some of our retail and distributor partners, and best of all, we were able to talk to many of you!IMG_0119IMG_0118

IMG_0123Also for the first time, we were open on Friday and Sunday of the Aleiversary Weekend, too. Friday we spent most of the day into the evening in the tap room. There were some people that came out at those times because they wanted a four-pack of Mule Team or they wanted to drink some of the small batch beers, but they didn’t want to face the Aleiversary crowd. (If you came out on Sunday and hoped to see us…sorry…we were recovering from the Aleiversary after party with our staff.)

IMG_0126IMG_0124Saturday started out with brilliant sun and a light wind that got colder as the sun disappeared behind clouds. Several folks camped out in the lawn using the deck as a windbreak, and everyone else pretty much piled into the tap room where they somehow still found room for dancing to Casey Lynne and the Dealbreakers and Deep Fried Squirrel.

Aleiversary 2The 2016 Mule Team IPA and the Seventh Trumpet Imperial Stout were enjoyed by many as part of the Aleiversary festivities. Cases of Mule Team four-packs found their way out the door. Paw Paw French Saison came back again this year, with plenty to go around (instead of one little keg). Aux Arcs (French, pronounced “Ozarks”) a dry-hopped French saison made its debut, and more than one person claimed it to be a new favorite. All of those beers are small batches, but they will be available for awhile in the tap room, and they will make their way into the retail market in very limited numbers of kegs. Hopefully, you’ll get your chance to try them, too.

IMG_0127Twisted Mike’s Food Truck and Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats stayed busy with their food fare. Did you try the fries from Twisted Mike’s? I think they were called “crack fries”, and they were craaazy good. Can we get a show of hands from those than enjoyed Mike and Julie’s nearly famous nachos? Yes, that was quite a few of you. Suffice it to say, in Brewcyrus, we like our beer with potatoes.

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We are still pinching ourselves that five years are in the books here on the Piney River Farm. We wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for all of you, the great beer drinking folks that have supported us in so many ways over the past 5 years.

You know who you are.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Who knows what we’ll be saying and writing about for the next five?

Cheers!IMG_0581

Things to Know Before the Big Event

In Beer Events on March 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm

5th aleiversary posterFirst and foremost, we will be celebrating with Piney River beer all weekend long–Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.  The BIG event will be Saturday’s party with lots of beer, two food trucks and two bands.  Here is a little bit more information about Saturday’s event so you are prepared!

The Aleiversary is free admission as our thanks to you for your great support over the past 5 years!

The Aleiversary is open to all ages. We will give all attendees over the age of 21 a wristband so you don’t have to show your ID every time you want a beer. If you don’t have a wristband, you will be asked to show ID and our servers can provide you with a wristband.

Pets are welcome, but they MUST be on a leash.

There will be two locations serving beer—outside and inside the tap room.   You will need a “beer ticket” to purchase a beer. All beers are $4. Some beers are in a 16 oz. cup and some are in a 12 oz. cup, but they are all $4. There will be a tent outside where you can purchase beer tickets with cash or credit. You will also be able to purchase beer tickets inside the tap room with cash or credit. There is no limit to the number of beer tickets you buy at one time. Please be aware: you cannot hand cash to a server and purchase a beer. You must hand over a beer ticket. This will make the beer lines move much faster.

There will be two food trucks at the Aleiversary—Mike & Julie’s Smoked Meats and Mike’s Twisted Food Truck. They will begin serving food at 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. or until they run out of food.

Please bring a DD to the Aleiversary. Andy’s Homemade Root Beer will be available in the tap room. Canned soda and bottled water will be available at the beer ticket tent or in the tap room.

Rain is in the forecast, but we have plans in place to keep you warm and dry regardless of the weather.

We will have every seat possible open in the tap room and seating for over 100 on the two decks at the picnic tables. You are welcome to bring camp chairs to use on the brewery grounds or on the deck, too. We will pipe the band’s music from indoors outside off the decks.

OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ABSOLUTELY NOT PERMITTED. We have a wide variety of beers to choose from for everyone to enjoy.

Last call will be at 6:30 p.m.

Due to the large number of people in attendance at the Aleiversary, we will not fill growlers, do sample trays or give tours on 3/19 at the BARn.

Finally, 2016 Mule Team IPA will be for sale on draft outside and inside at the BARn at the Aleiversary. We have a limited number of 4-packs of our 2016 Mule Team IPA for sale, $15 each. You will be able to purchase a ticket for a 4-pack (or more) of 2016 Mule Team IPA at the outside tent or inside the tap room. You will receive a ticket for your 4-pack(s), and you can redeem it as you leave.

Thank you so much for joining us at the Aleiversary. We hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful time. Piney River would not be what it is today without the support of craft beer loving friends like you!

 

Party Like It’s Been Five (?!) Years on the Farm

In Beer Events on February 24, 2016 at 7:27 am

5th aleiversary posterPiney River Brewing Company is celebrating their fifth anniversary on Sat., Mar. 19th at the brewery in Bucyrus.

The “5th Aleiversary” party will be held at the BARn—the brewery and tap room located off Junction ZZ—from 12 to 7 p.m.

“Once again, we are looking forward to enjoying a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks at our upcoming Aleiversary,” Joleen Durham, co-founder and owner, said.

Durham described the Aleiversary as “the biggest event in Bucyrus”. Last year’s event brought in almost 1,000 people from across the region to the Piney River Farm.

“The event is family-friendly, and there is no charge for admission,” Durham said. “Many Piney River fans look forward to this day at the BARn all year long.”

The Piney River tap room will pour several beers that are available year round in the tap room including Float Trip Ale, Black Walnut Wheat, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Bronzeback Pale Ale, Old Tom Porter, Missouri Mule India Pale Ale and Masked Bandit IPA.

Crankbait Cream Ale, the brewery’s spring seasonal will also be available. Paw Paw French Saison will be poured again for the day, and some yet-to-be-named beers may also be available.

“Our most anticipated limited release beer to be available at the Aleiversary will be our Mule Team India Pale Ale,” Brian Durham, co-founder and head brewer, said.

Mule Team IPA is an imperial India pale ale that was first brewed for Piney River’s 2014 anniversary event.

“This year’s Mule Team IPA has strong hop flavor and aroma,” Brian Durham said, explaining that the 2016 imperial IPA will be 10 percent alcohol by volume.

“All of the brewing staff is very excited about releasing this year’s version of Mule Team IPA at the Aleiversary,” Brian Durham said.

Mule Team IPA takes almost a month to complete from brewing to packaging. The “5th Aleiversary Limited Release” Mule Team label thanks the team—“dedicated employees, partnerships with distributors, support of friends, neighbors and craft beer lovers”—that has helped the brewery achieve success over the past five years.Mule TeamNEW

Mule Team IPA and the other beers will be available all weekend long, beginning on Friday afternoon when the tap room opens and going through Sunday evening, if they do not run out.

“Saturday’s party can be a little too busy for some people, so we will plan to have enough Mule Team IPA available to last all weekend long,” Joleen Durham said. “You will be able to enjoy a pint in the tap room or purchase a four-pack to take home.”

Durham noted that because Mule Team IPA is only released once a year, many people purchase multiple four-packs to ration it out throughout the year.

“Mule Team IPA is a beer that can be enjoyed a few months down the road if it is cellared properly,” she said.

In addition to the handcrafted ales, the Aleiversary will feature two bands providing live music—Casey Lynne and the Dealbreakers and Deep Fried Squirrel, both from Springfield. Both bands feature multi-talented instrumentalists and singers that perform Americana, folk and rock covers and original songs.

Two food trucks will be available on the 19th. Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats of Huggins will provide unique handmade foods such as Irish nachos and smoked meat sliders. Twisted Mikes Food Truck of Springfield will provide a tasty twist on traditional sandwiches, tacos and fries.

Piney River Brewing is located on Durham’s 80-acre farm, operating out of a restored 70-year old barn. Durham founded the brewery with his wife, Joleen, in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system.

In 2015, Piney River Brewing produced over 2,200 barrels of beer. A $1.2 million expansion was completed on the farm, allowing the brewery to increase production with a new brewhouse, canning line and cold storage.

The brewery has distribution throughout most of Missouri and Arkansas.

Valentine’s is for Beer Lovers

In Beer Events, Uncategorized on January 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

We’re so excited!  We’ve been invited to do another Valentine’s beer dinner.

Join us at one of the newest places in the area to grab a beer–Just a Taste in St. James–on February 13th at 5:30 p.m.  There will be five courses paired with specific Piney River beers.  And there will be an opening beer for a total of 6 beers plus dinner.

Brian and Joleen will be there to raise a glass with you and tell you the stories behind the beer and the brewery.  There may even be some people present that can tell stories on Joleen and Brian, too!

Join us!  RSVP at justatastemo@outlook.com

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A Grand Opening & You’re Invited

In Beer Events on January 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm

piney river farm with signPiney River Brewing is planning a grand opening weekend for their new brewing facility on February 5, 6, and 7, 2016. The weekend event will begin with ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. that Friday on the Piney River Farm in Bucyrus.

Piney River Brewing recently completed the largest expansion in the history of the brewery. The expansion includes a 12,000 square foot barn located near the current “BARn” production facility and tap room.

The new building houses a custom built 15-barrel three-vessel brew house from Criveller Company of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; four 60-barrel fermentation vessels and two 60-barrel bright beer tanks from Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, MO and a Series Three eight-head automatic canner from Wild Goose Canning in Boulder, CO.

This expansion is the third expansion since the company opened its doors in March 2011 as a nanobrewery, brewing 10 gallons of beer at a time.  The brewery was also the first microbrewery in the state of Missouri to can beer on site in November 2011 with an MC100 two-head Wild Goose canning machine.

The new brew house and cellar will give Piney River the capacity to brew up to 10,000 barrels of beer, with plenty of room for additional growth.  In 2015, Piney River produced just over 2,000 barrels of beer.

“Everyone that regularly visits the BARn has watched the construction progress at our brewery over the past year,” Brian Durham, head brewer and owner, said. “We are excited to have a weekend to celebrate with our friends, family and everyone that loves Piney River beer.”

The ribbon cutting is open to the public at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 5th. Joleen and Brian Durham will give tours of the new brewing facility all weekend long at the top of every hour beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday until 8 p.m. that night. Tours will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge for a tour of the brewery.

In addition to the opportunity to tour the brewery throughout the weekend, Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday.

“None of this growth would have been possible without the great support from our local community, the craft beer lovers throughout Missouri and Arkansas that have been drinking our beer for the past four years, and our distribution partners,” Durham said. “We hope that everyone that is able will join us during the grand opening weekend. We are proud to share this beautiful addition on our farm with them.”

Currently the brewery is distributed in most of Missouri and in Arkansas. Distribution is available in Missouri through Bluff City Beer in Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff and Herculaneum; Grellner Sales in Rolla, West Plains, Camdenton and Sedalia; Heart of America Beverage in Springfield and Joplin; NH Scheppers in Jefferson City and Columbia; and Summit Distributing in Saint Louis. Glidewell Distributing in Fort Smith distributes Piney River beer throughout the state of Arkansas.image

 

Piney River Brew in the Lou This Week

In Beer Events on November 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Summit Distributing is proudly carrying the Piney River brand in St. Louis.

Summit Distributing is proudly carrying the Piney River brand in St. Louis.

And this is how you will get Piney River Brew in the Lou. …

Monday, November 2nd

Today and throughout the week, Piney River begins leaving the Summit Distributing warehouse for bars, restaurants and retail shelves across their distribution area.

Tuesday, November 3rd

Joleen & Brian Durham and Rick Lange, Piney River sales, move up to St. Louis for a few days.

  • We are beer of the month at Lucky’s Market (with locations in Rock Hill and in Ellisville), you will find us there sampling Piney River beer from 4 to 6 p.m. (both locations), and there’s a rumor that you might be able to pick up Piney River homemade beer brats at Lucky’s too!
  • Brewery Night at Flying Saucer, 6 to 8 p.m., Piney River on tap.
  • Piney River Trivia Night at iTap in Soulard, 8 p.m., Piney River on tap and FREE Piney River for the winners of each round.

Wednesday, November 4th

  • Sample the beer and buy some to take home at: Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton, 3 to 5 pm
  • Piney River Night at Three Kings on Delmar, 8 p.m., Piney River on tap and paired with something delicious from the kitchen.

Thursday, November 5th

  • Piney River Tap Takeover at the Barrel Bar at Everything Wine and Cigars in Dardenne Prairie
  • Sample the beer and buy some to take home at: Fields Foods in St. Louis from 4 to 6 p.m. or at
  • Lukas Liquor in Ellisville from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Piney River Happy Hour at Layla in the Grove, 5 to 7 p.m. There will be $3 pints during happy hour and Black Walnut Wheat, Float Trip Ale, Missouri Mule IPA and Sweet Potato Ale will be on tap.
  • Piney River Tap Takeover at Shamrocks in St. Peters beginning at 8 p.m.

Friday, November 6th

  • Sample the beer and buy some to take home at: Total Wine in Manchester from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Brewery Night at Tilted Kilt in St. Charles, 7:30 p.m. Our beer will be on tap, and you can keep the glass, too.

Besides the aforementioned places, you will find Piney River in other area locations where it’s never been in the past. If you have a favorite bar or restaurant or liquor store where you want Piney River, ask for it! It’s certainly available now.

We hope you will join us at one (or more!) event this week. We look forward to seeing some familiar St. Louis faces, and we look forward to getting to know many more of you, too.

Brian speaks to about 60 members of the sales team at Summit Distributing last Thursday night to educate them prior to launching our brand in their market.

Brian speaks to about 60 members of the sales team at Summit Distributing last Thursday night to educate them prior to launching our brand in their market.

3rd Annual Drink Your Part for the Houston Education Foundation Event

In Beer Events, The BARn on September 2, 2015 at 7:45 am
Houston Schools recently completed a major construction project. HEF purchased new computers for the new media center that is in the 2nd floor of this new construction.

Houston Schools recently completed a major construction project. HEF purchased new computers for the new media center that is in the 2nd floor of this new construction.

Piney River Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for the Houston Education Foundation (HEF) on Saturday, September 5th at the BARn Tap Room.

Houston Education Foundation board members will be at the BARn from 2 to 7 p.m. selling bratwurst and hot dogs to raise funds for the local charity which benefits the students in the Houston School District. Piney River will donate a portion of all pint sales from the day to HEF.

Scott Dill, superintendent at Houston schools, and other musical professionals in the district will sing and play for tips that will also be donated to HEF.

Lucas Clem and Stacey Uchtman, brewers at Piney River, have brewed two specialty beers that will be released exclusively for the benefit. “Teacher’s Pet” is an apple beer highlighting the flavor of apples in an easy to drink ale. “Apples in the Fall” is also an apple beer featuring the flavor of apples and spices commonly found in apple pie or apple butter.

The event is free and open to the public, including families. Andy’s Homemade Root Beer is a non-alcoholic option available at the BARn.

Beginning this weekend, the BARn is open all weekend long, too...Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

Beginning this weekend, the BARn is open all weekend long, too…Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

Drink Your Part This Weekend for CASA

In Beer Events on July 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

  Piney River Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Central Missouri (CASA) on Saturday, July 18th at the BARn Tap Room.

CASA volunteers will be at the BARn from 2 to 7 p.m. grilling hamburgers and hot dogs to raise funds of the local charity. Piney River will donate a portion of all pint sales from the day to CASA.

A small batch of a Belgian wit-style beer brewed by Lucas Clem will be tapped and served on the 18th. The beer is called “Wit the Kids”.

Keith Allen, a lawyer from Sikeston, MO and a frequent musical guest at the BARn, will be singing and playing guitar for tips for CASA, too.

Give Me Li-beer-ty or Give Me Death

In Beer Events on May 11, 2015 at 11:18 pm

It’s American Craft Beer Week! 

And we are in the middle of the biggest construction/expansion project of our lives. We decided we were not going to plan anything for the week. That was perfect because American Craft Beer Week came along and found us this year!

Here’s the rundown. Maybe you can catch up with us along the way:

Tuesday, May 12th Tap Collaboration with Piney River and Public House. Alongside the award-winning beers at The Public House (downtown Rolla location), you can drink Black Walnut Wheat, 2015 Mule Team IPA, and our summer seasonal Hobby Farm Ale. Taps begin pouring at 4 pm.

Wednesday, May 13th will find us a Jolly Rogers at Lake of the Ozarks. We’re doing a Piney River first–christening the new Jolly Rogers pirate ship. There will be Piney River beer and appetizers and a pirate ship. What more could you possibly want?!

Thursday, May 14th we will be sampling Hobby Farm Ale and more with our craft beer brothers and sisters at the annual American Craft Beer Week Tasting at Mama Jean’s Market (Sunshine location) from 5 to 7 pm. There will be craft beer sales galore and tasty treats from the Mama Jean’s Deli.

Friday, May 15th we’re covering Jefferson City and Columbia.  Enjoy Piney River and many other fine brews at The Battle of the Brews at the Jaycees Fairgrounds. The Jeff City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event as a fundraiser for local charities. It’s from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. 

Also on May 15th we’ll be in Columbia at the Craft Beer Cellar from 6 to 9 pm where Piney River beers will be paired with local farm, fresh foods.  One of those beers will be Hobby Farm Ale, and they will have four-packs available for sale that night, too.

On May 16th we’ll be visiting with our friends in the Armed Forces at Class Six at Fort Leonard Wood. Free tasting from 12 to 4 pm. 

Finally, on May 17th we’re wrapping things up with a beer dinner at Macadoodles in Springfield.  Unfortunately the beer dinner is already sold out, but if you stop by between 4 and 6 you may catch a glimpse of some great food from City Butcher and hear a little bit of the Piney River story.

It’s a good thing we didn’t actually plan anything for American Craft Beer Week!  Come out and see us along the way and let’s raise a glass to the great beer being made in the USA!