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Some Thoughts About Stepping Out There

In Start up on August 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

If you’ve been to the BARn, you’ve seen a little saying we have tacked up on the wall behind the bar–“A Doer. Not a Dreamer.” with the words attributed to Tom Asacker. Brian and I have been reading Tom’s blog since before we dug a new well to build a brewery in rural Missouri in July of 2010. He frequently has great things to say to those in leadership positions, to entrepreneurs and to anyone who’s interested in doing something that may seem a little crazy to everyone around them.

Every week Brian and I are approached by people that want to get involved in the craft beer business. Every week we are asked “How?” “Why?”…the usual questions anyone is asked about new life ventures.

Today’s blog post by Tom Asacker says so well what Brian and I were thinking back in 2009 when we began dreaming this up. We had a clear picture in our mind of what craft beer in the Ozarks would look like, and that’s the puzzle we are working on.

There are lots of you out there that have similar dreams. Some of you have said that we are an inspiration (which is so humbling to us). So take a look at Tom’s words–get that picture in your head and start solving your own puzzle. And big thanks to Tom Asacker for putting the words to our venture down in a way that we can share it with you!

The Puzzle

Succeeding in business today is like solving a living jigsaw puzzle.
It is massively complex and complicated.
You can approach the challenge in one of two ways.
Employ a “top-down” design.
Start with an image of what the solved puzzle should look like.
Then use that image to decide which pieces to add.
And, more importantly, which to ignore.
That was Steve Jobs’ approach.
He had a very clear picture of the future.
And of how he was going to create it.
He carefully arranged each and every piece of the Apple puzzle.
To bring that picture to life in a powerful and believable way.
Jeff Bezos is taking a similar approach with the Amazon puzzle.
Others take a bottom-up approach.
They have a vague idea of the future.
So they look at every puzzle piece that gets tossed in front of them.
And try to force fit those pieces to create something of value.
Before they run out of money and passion.
Einstein said that it is the theory that decides what can be observed.
What’s your theory of the marketplace and your unique place in it?
Sure, you can stay busy creating new “stuff.”
Rearranging what you see in an attempt to stand out.
Or you can start with a theory.
One colored by a deep empathy for the people you hope to serve.
Then you’ll see the marketplace with new eyes.
And those new eyes will guide you and your people to a new future.







A Doer, Not a Dreamer…Piney River Brewing Style

In Start up on January 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

It started early in the week…we spent our evenings wrestling with white pine boards for the walls of the tap room at the BARn.  We knew we needed to just “take a day” and work non-stop on our construction work.

My mom was coming in for a visit, and we knew that we would have a little childcare for Andy available.  I also shoved my regular five day a week job into four days this week and took Friday off.

The Piney River Brewing “weekend” started on Thursday evening.  Brian, Andy, my mom and I went to the Midway Bar and Grill in Mountain Grove for dinner.  The Midway has had our McKinney Eddy Amber Ale on tap for a few weeks, and we wanted to meet the owner and have dinner.  First of all, let me say, going into a restaurant and ordering your own beer is NOT overrated.  It’s fun!

The Midway had a big McKinney Eddy Amber Ale sign hanging inside, and right next to it was a huge “Support Your Local Brewery” sign.  Wow.  Thanks, Grellner.  (Our distributor hooked them up with the cool signs.)  We recommend the homemade Midway “chips” with your McKinney Eddy.  Yum!   We met the owner, Shari, and of course, it was Andy that really recognized her because he knew her as the mom of one of his classmates.  Thanks, Andy.  And a BIG thanks to Shari and the staff at the Midway for supporting your local brewery!

Rodney Edwards at Grellner invited us to a meeting with the sales staff at Grellner on Friday morning, so we got up and around early for a 7:30 a.m. meeting in Rolla.  We had the opportunity to meet several members of the sales staff, and Piney River Brewing is the featured brewery for the month of February for the Grellner sales staff.

The great news for all of our customers in the Central and South Central Ozarks is that Grellner will be pushing our beer out to ALL retail locations in their sales territory.  Lake Ozark, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lebanon and all of the towns in and around those areas will soon be offered a beer handcrafted in the Ozarks.  We’re very excited about offering “Missouri Mule IPA” at the home of the University of Central Missouri Mules.  We can’t wait to provide locally brewed Piney Pints to be enjoyed at Lake of the Ozarks and at Bennett Springs State Park and on the Niangua and Gasconade Rivers.  Plus, Grellner worked with the corporate folks at Casey’s, and our UPC symbols are now in the Casey’s corporate system.  We know there are some towns in the Ozarks where Casey’s may be the only place to buy a craft beer. (If you are one of those folks, ask Casey’s to get some Piney River Beer for you!)

On our way home from Grellner, we stopped in and met the owner at Triplett’s in Licking.  He had Piney River beers right there next to the “big guys”.  Doug at S&S Package in Houston also chatted with us for a bit.  He’s selling Piney River four-packs and as singles which allows people the opportunity to try one before they buy the entire four-pack.  And we can’t overlook Houston’s Pit Stop which has supported craft beer in the Ozarks for a long time, and they are thrilled to have a locally crafted beer to sell in their store.

We were home and working in the BARn by 10:30 a.m., hanging more white pine on the walls.  With the help of my dad, we about got a 60′ X 8′ wall covered.  Whew.  He was so tired, he wouldn’t even take any beer home with him as thanks for his help.

We stopped for dinner, went back out to the brewery to set up for being open on Saturday, and headed back out about 7:30.  Since we hadn’t been to Rolla in a few hours, we headed back that way and stopped in at The Speakeasy, a new 1920’s style bar that recently opened in downtown Rolla.  The Speakeasy was very cool, definitely a good place to spend some time on a Friday night.  Currently, our McKinney Eddy Amber Ale is on tap at The Speakeasy, and you may see some more Piney River brews there very soon.

Our evening wasn’t over though, from Rolla we drove to Salem to the Horseshoe Bar and Grill, a new restaurant/bar that opened late last year.  Although the owners at the Horseshoe hope to add some more taps, they are currently offering McKinney Eddy Amber Ale in its Piney Pint form, and they are selling a few of them.   They have hopes of putting in a set of “local” taps in the near future.

Brian and I finally closed our eyes about 1:30 the following morning…a pretty late night for us.  I told Brian that the breweries in urban areas have it easy, just walking a few blocks to find their beer on tap.  In rural America, you have to cover a lot of miles between the brewery and the places that have you on tap, but that’s what we love about bringing craft beer to the Ozarks.  We know how to celebrate those wonderful places in between us and the stores and restaurants that are serving their local craft beer!

Saturday was another great day at the brewery.  We had a lot of “regulars” and  a lot of newcomers as well.  We love the way people enjoy sitting down with a pint and taking in the tap room in the works, the cows and calves in the pasture, the sunshine and fire pit outside.  We are so glad the BARn is place that people want to come back to!  Thank you for letting us be a part of the good times in your lives!

Sunday wasn’t a day to sit around either.  We had a brite tank full of Missouri Mule India Pale Ale to can.  We kegged some of the IPA, then we cranked out 84 cases of beer that already has a destination point in its future…Springfield, MO.  That’s right, on Friday Heart of America Beverage Company is sending their first beer truck in.  They are taking Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale to the thirsty people in Southwest Missouri.  Lance Forsee and the folks and Heart of America already have a plan in place to distribute our beer to selected locations in Southwest Missouri, and we are looking forward to sharing those locations with you very soon.

About 7:30 tonight Brian and I sat down to a dinner of leftovers and Rompo Red Rye Ale that was brought to us in a growler from Jackalope Brewing in Nashville, TN.  The beer was good, but the long weekend of work was even better.

“Heckuva weekend,” I said to Brian.

Brian gave me a high five and quoted a line from Tom Asacker, that has been our mantra since we began this thing called Piney River Brewing Company–“The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

Cheers to all of you–the distributors, the sales teams, the retail stores, the restaurant and bar owners, the customers that visit us and the places that carry our beer.  You are the best, and you give us the inspiration to keep “doing” craft beer in the Ozarks every day!

The Barn in the BARn Tap Handles at Piney River Brewing Company

In Start up on January 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

This blog post is long overdue…it started sometime last March when Brian and I were at the Craft Brewers Conference.  While looking at everything from keg collars to glycol chillers we picked up some information and talked to some companies that make tap handles.

Fast forward to this past summer when a pressing need for tap handles was upon us.  We knew that we needed tap handles for our off premise sales.  We needed a handle that was distinctive, that said “PineyRiver Brewing”, and that covered the bases of the various beers we offer.

Covering all of those bases is pretty hard, especially when you’re trying to be fiscally responsible.  Add to that the fact that we have started our brewery with five regular beers on tap, so we needed to be able to cover all five beers with our tap handles.  Plus, we didn’t want to go with some “made in China” tap handle that was stamped out thousands of miles from the people that would be enjoying the beer we brewed in our barn in Missouri.

Enter David Pepper and Firkin Taphandles.

I found a story on David in the St. Louis Post Dispatch about his efforts at helping Schlafly create new tap handles in conjunction with their 20th anniversary.

Brian and I met David at his home in St. Louis the first weekend in September while Andy was enjoying The Cardinals Crew Festival at Busch Stadium with his Grandma.  While Andy was getting Jason Motte’s autograph and talking to Tony LaRussa, Brian and I unloaded a bunch of original wood from the BARn into David’s garage.

Yes, you heard right, we used the old wood that came down off the barn for our tap handles.  David has done some tap handles for breweries that used reclaimed woods of various sorts.  We used our own reclaimed wood.

That’s a nail hole going through the bottom of that tap handle.

David also designed a special slot in each handle that allows us or the restaurant or bar serving our beer to slide the name/style of beer in and out of the tap handle as the beer changes.  One style of tap handle that covers all five of our current styles of beer.

And our tap handle design?  Well, that was pure inspiration thanks to our friend Joe Richardson. 

Remember the sassafras mash paddle Joe made for us?

If you are someone that spends time holding a paddle  while canoeing on a river, you know the shape of the end of the paddle in your hand.  We decided to use that same shape in the hand for our tap handles.

Two tap handles, one paddle handle.

We’re pretty proud of our tap handles.  We’re glad we were able to support another small business in Missouri.  We love the old barn wood re-used in tap handle form.  And we especially hope that a lot of our barn handles find a way to a bar or restaurant near you.

And here are a few more photos just for fun…Cheers!


2012 at Piney River Brewing Company

In Start up on January 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

We ended our year at Piney River Brewing Company with over 80 brews on the Sabco Brew Magic, about 100 barrels under our belt on the new brewing system, Piney pint after Piney pint coming off the Wild Goose Engineering canning machine and several happy retail locations that can’s seem to stock enough McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Missouri Mule India Pale Ale.

Here’s how 2012 began at Piney River Brewing Company:

Yes, you’re seeing things correctly…that’s a brite beer tank full of McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, a fermentation vessel full of Missouri Mule IPA and a fermentation vessel half full of Bronzeback Pale Ale.

The amber ale and IPA are destined for cans and kegs for distribution.  The Bronzeback Pale Ale hasn’t been available at the BARn since August, but it’s all destined for kegs at the brewery.  We’ll be filling growlers and serving pints of our pale ale at the BARn on Sat., Jan. 14th.  We’ve finally got a stock of our five beers back on tap in the brewery!

Chairs will arrive for the tap room tomorrow, and slowly but surely we’re using our “spare” time to work on our tap room  and bar.  The average customer can’t tell, but we’ve finally organized a lot of our brewery “stuff”, separating Brew Magic parts from our big brew system parts, finding homes for all the tools that we use on a regular basis.  All of our kegs are painted with our logo and ready for use or are already in use.

Adding to the fun of the new year at Piney River Brewing are the grain-eatin’ girlfriends.

Hailey & Payette stop Brian in the skid steer as he heads to their feed trough with a bucket of grain.

The girlfriends are having babies!

Boise and her baby bull.

Dolly Varden & Pocatello had heifers.

General girlfriend/calf cuteness....

And…new locations in Howell, Phelps and Pulaski counties are carrying our beer.  If  your favorite package store isn’t carrying Piney Pints, ask them to get some!  If there’s a restaurant where you like to eat that doesn’t have Piney River Brewing on tap, ask them to get a keg!  Grellner Sales is currently distributing our beer in many counties in the Ozarks.  To stay up to date on where to find us, just check the “Our Beer” page on the Piney River Brewing website.  We’re updating the page as our distributor provides information to us.

Thanks again to all of you for your GREAT support of your local craft brewery in 2011.  And here’s to 2012!

Our Craft Beer to the Customers

In Start up on November 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

The roll out of Piney River Brewing Company beers has begun.

After canning our Amber Ale and IPA, we met with Grellner Sales regarding getting the beer “out there”…to you.  Since Texas County is our home base, and since the BARn was going to be closed on Thanksgiving weekend, we really wanted to get beer into Texas County retail stores for the week of Thanksgiving.

We loaded our truck with cases of Amber Ale and IPA and met a Grellner truck that was making a delivery in Houston.

Brian made the delivery.  Here’s one happy Grellner truck.

Piney River brews were available to customers across the county last week.  And here’s the truly spectacular news–you supported your local craft brewery so well that we’re making another delivery to Grellner tomorrow–more Amber Ale in can and in kegs.  We have IPA that should  be canned and delivered to Grellner next week.

Here are the stores in Texas County that are currently carrying Piney River brews:

In Houston–The Pit Stop and S&S Package

In Licking–Triplett’s and Snappy Mart

In Success–Pittman’s

In Roby–Walt’s

In Evening Shade–The Family Market

Casey’s took several cases of our beer, but they were unable to sell it because they have to get it approved and into their corporate system (we’re so glad we purchased UPC symbols for our beer cans!).  When that happens, Casey’s will have our beer in their stores, too.

We aren’t sure where the kegs are going yet, but as soon as we know, we’ll let you know.

From Texas County, we will gradually roll out more of our beer to more counties.  Meanwhile, the Texas County craft beer lovers should be proud of the support shown to their local craft brewery!  One local retailer told us that they have consistently underestimated their beer order every time they have ordered Piney River beer from Grellner in the past week.  One of our Facebook fans drove 80 miles round trip to Texas County to pick up Piney River beer.

If there’s a retail store where you like to buy your adult beverages or a restaurant where you would like to enjoy a beer from Piney River brewing, ask them to contact Grellner.  We are coming soon to more stores and restaurants in the Ozarks!

Meanwhile, we will have the BARn open on Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. if you want to come enjoy a pint with us.  We’ve started work on the BARn bar, too.  There are hopes of more good times to come at your local microbrewery.  Cheers!

Introducing Piney River Brews to Our Southwest Missouri Friends

In Start up on November 18, 2011 at 12:15 am

In the middle of all this canning and the roll out of our beer to our Texas County friends, we haven’t had the opportunity to fully express how excited we are about this coming Saturday.

A couple of years ago Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks began “Ozarks Beer Fest”, an opportunity for craft beer lovers to gather in Springfield to enjoy distinctive craft beers and great food.  To top off a great event, all the funds raised by the event go to a great Southwest Missouri cause–Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

When we attended Ozarks Beer Fest last year, we anticipated the thought of bringing our beer to the event to share with fellow lovers of craft beer in the Ozarks.  I don’t know if we really thought it would happen in 2011, but it’s going to.  We couldn’t be more excited to share our beer with craft beer drinkers in Southwest Missouri.

There’s always behind the scenes stuff that goes on in business and breweries that is hard to explain, and how you attend a beer festival is one of those things.  Just because we make beer, it doesn’t mean we can just go to any beer festival anywhere.  To have our beer available at a festival, we must have an agreement in place with a distributor in the area.

As you know, Grellner Sales in Rolla invited us to join their craft beer line in May.  Grellner does not distribute in the Springfield area, so in order to attend the Ozarks Beer Fest, we had to contract with a distributor in Springfield.  Once again, Rodney Edwards with Grellner really helped us out by introducing us to the folks at Heart of America Beverage Company.

Lance Foresee and Bob Walkenhorst graciously invited us to the Springfield office in October to talk with them about distributing our beer through Heart of America.  Not only were Brian and I thrilled that Heart of America was interested in our product, we were completely stoked to hear Lance and Bob talk about the “need” for canned craft beer in their market.  Heart of America already distributes our friends at Mother’s Brewing Company, and they also carry the great line of Lagunitas products.  Piney River Brewing will have the opportunity to share shelf space with some great craft beers!

Shortly after our meeting with Lance and Bob, we were able to put a contract into place between Piney River Brewing and Heart of America.  We’re not going to be able to provide beer to Heart of America for a few months while we are ramping up our production here on a larger scale, but we are so excited to have another great partner to work with!

Thanks to Heart of America, Brian and I will be in Springfield at Ozarks Beer Fest on Saturday sharing our beer with craft beer lovers in Southwest Missouri.  You’ll find us at the Heart of America table…not too far from Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Breckenridge and Mothers.

On tap we will have that oh so popular Black Walnut Wheat (shhh…don’t tell the folks at the taproom on Saturday) and Old Tom Porter.  That curious cracking sound you’ll hear at the Heart of America table will be CANS of Missouri Mule India Pale Ale and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale being opened and poured.  How cool is that?!

Do you want to attend Ozarks Beer Fest and take part in sipping Piney River Beer and a hundred or so other beers? Click this link for more information:  Ozarks Beer Fest

And, if you cannot make it out to Ozarks Beer Fest, the BARn will be open from 12 to 5 p.m.  We will be filling growlers with Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber, or you can take home cans of each.  Old Tom Porter and Black Walnut Wheat will also be available by the pint.  And…we’ve invited a special guest to join the taps at the BARn this week–Boulevard Pale Ale.  Boulevard makes excellent craft beer that we’ve enjoyed for many years, and since we haven’t had time to brew our Bronzeback Pale Ale, we decided to get another Missouri craft beer for you to enjoy.


The First IPA Canned in Missouri

In Start up on November 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

While we’re making brewing history in Missouri, why not make a little more?  How ’bout the first India Pale Ale canned in the Show Me state?

Piney River Brewing Company took the honors for the first IPA canned in Missouri, our appropriately named Missouri Mule India Pale Ale.  And it was fun!

Roger and Tristan from Wild Goose Engineering went back to Boulder last Tuesday night, and they left us with our magical Micro Can machine.  We ran it all by ourselves tonight.  (We received photo proof that while we were running our new canning machine, they were enjoying some McKinney Eddy Amber Ale that was taken back to Boulder by Roger and Tristan.)

Are those green mule cans purty, or what?

Our six-year old son, Andy even got in on the action tonight.

We’re not going to be able to do the “Junior Brewers Club” complete with tours and stickers that Andy dreamed up tonight, but it was a great evening of entertainment for a six-year old.  And we certainly hope that we’re instilling some inspiration for pursuing your own dreams and working hard for it as Andy grows up.

Brian checks the seals on the can lids.

Andy, Jamie & Olga handled packaging.

Packaging volunteers get paid in beer, unless you’re’ a six-year old, and you get a Sprite.

Stacked up right next to the McKinney Eddy Amber Ale in the walk-in cooler is another pallet.  This one’s full of beautiful green cans.

Brian and I are going to Rolla to meet with Rodney Edwards at Grellner Sales and Service regarding our roll out plan for our beer.  We hope to have our cans in Texas County locations very soon, and we already have some restaurants requesting beer in kegs, too.

We will have cans of Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale for sale at the BARn on Saturday.  We’ll also be serving both beers, from cans at Ozarks Beer Fest in Springfield on Saturday (Shrine Mosque from 2 to 5 p.m., a fund raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks–

Meanwhile, here’s one final photo for you…empty Missouri Mule IPA can, full glass.  It really is as delicious as it looks.  Cheers!

A Show Me Guide: How Craft Beer Was First Canned in Missouri

In Start up on November 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Last November we were a newly licensed brewery trying to figure out if people would really drink craft beer brewed in barn in Bucyrus, MO.  By March, we were at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco talking with canning machine companies.

Why cans?

Lots of reasons.

Easier to recycle.  Less shipping weight and cost.  Better for the environment.  The best way to preserve the flavor of beer.  And most importantly, the only way to take craft beer on float trips on the Big Piney River or any other river out here in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  Plus, canned craft beer is much more portable for many Ozark adventures like hiking, bike riding, trail riding, boating, hunting, camping, etc.  Canned craft beer and the outdoors are made for each other.

That’s where we get to write the story of being the first microbrewery in the state of Missouri to can beer on site.  Other Missouri breweries have canned their craft creations, but they were outsourced to breweries that can outside of our great state.  Piney River Brewing Company can claim the title of being the first microbrewery in the state to can their beer on site.

Our two-head, automatic “Micro Can” canning system arrived from Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, CO on Monday.  Tristan Shaffer and Roger Walz delivered the machine, helped us install it and do our first run of canned beer.  McKinney Eddy Amber Ale got the nod, since it was the first beer we made on the 7-barrel system and it was sitting there in the brite beer tank.

Tristan, Roger and Brian pull the machine out of the trailer.

Brian and I do the ceremonial unwrapping.

Tristan & Brian--the canning machine was the final piece needed to make our packaging brewery complete.

Roger readies the machine.

Tristan applies labels in the control panel.

As you have already read…we have cans, we have lids, we have beer.  Let’s get this machine started!

Here’s where the extremely fast and cool canning takes place–the seamer, where the lids are attached to the cans.

A can is fed to the seamer.

The can and lid are picked up and spun between the wheels to seam them.

Ta-da! One Piney pint!

The cans slide off the pallet on to the machine's conveyor belt.

CO2 is blown into each can to evacuate it, then it immediately slides to the filler where ice cold beer (to prevent excessive foaming) is put into each can, filling it to the top.

A lid falls down on each can.

The cans, with lids, are conveyed to the seamer.

An arm pushes each can under the seamer where it is picked up for seaming.

Sometime about 4:30 p.m. on November 8th, the first can of beer came off the line at Piney River Brewing Company.  It wasn’t too much later, we had our first case of McKinney Eddy Amber Ale.

This case goes to our friend, Katrina McKinney, Charlie McKinney’s oldest daughter.  We donated a case of McKinney Eddy to the Metals Museum in Memphis where Charlie once worked for their annual fundraiser.  Katrina made the winning bid.

The Micro Can machine is on casters, so we can wheel it around as needed, a very important aspect for our small brewery.  While it was a little tight getting around on the wet side of the brewery during canning, the machine fit the space really well and things moved really smoothly.  It was easy to catch yourself, mouth agape, watching the beer cans conveyed down the line…CO2, beer, lid, seam…CO2, beer, lid, seam…CO2, beer, lid, seam.  At its peak, we were filling 23 cans a minute.

There was a little beer carnage as we calibrated the machine for optimal running, and for filling and pushing our pints.

Roger, Tristan, Brian and our friends, Jamie Smith and John McCarty (which were helping with the packaging) did their best to make sure no damaged beer was left behind.

It's what you have to do when you work in the beer industry.

Tristan also did a little filming for the folks back home in Boulder.

Once filled, the filled beers would fall into a container of water where they would receive a rinse before heading to the packaging table.

The beer was literally flying....

But these are really happy brewery dudes….

And one happy walk-in cooler.

To add to the craziness of the first craft beer can run in the state of Missouri, we had agreed months before to host a local women’s organization from Houston, the Sorosis Club.  Ten ladies came out for a tour and tasting, which I did while the guys handled the canning.  We made those ladies happy, too, by sending them all home with a four-pack of McKinney Eddy Amber Ale as thanks for their understanding of our night of chaos.

Maybe around 10 p.m. that evening Tristan and Roger headed back toward Boulder.  We plan to see them again at the next Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, if not the next time they are driving through Bucyrus on their way to deliver a Micro Can machine to some other lucky brewery.


There you have it, a little Missouri Show and tell–the first time craft beer was canned in the great state of Missouri!  And yes, they are coming very, very soon to a store near you.

Missouri Made Canned Craft Beer

In Start up on November 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

We promised it–canned craft beer from a microbrewery in Missouri.

On Tuesday, November 8th about 4:30 p.m. the first craft beer from a Missouri microbrewery was canned on site at Piney River Brewing Company in Bucyrus, MO.

A more descriptive and photo filled blog post is soon coming, but suffice it to say, handcrafted beer in a pint can is now available and made in the Ozarks.

All of this would not have been possible without assistance from two extraordinary gentleman, Tristan Shaffer and Roger Walz from Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, CO.  Tristan and Roger delivered and helped us install our canning system.

Here’s Brian with Roger (left) and Tristan and one of our first cases of beer.  McKinney Eddy Amber Ale got the honors in the first run.  Cheers!

You Supply the Event. We’ll Supply the Craft Beer…In a Keg!

In Start up on November 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

If a pint of Piney River Brewing beer is good and a growler of Piney River Brewing beer is better, how does a keg of Piney River Brewing beer sound?  If you’ve got a kegerator or an upcoming event, we can now provide kegs of our handcrafted ales for your drinking pleasure.

Here’s what you’ll soon see on our web site:

Kegs to go are now available at Piney River Brewing Company.  Please contact us via e-mail ( or via phone (417/967-6786) to reserve a keg of beer.  Not all of our beer styles are currently available in kegs.  Keg pricing varies, based on style.

Our kegs

5.16 Gallon or 1/6 Barrel Keg
Equivalent to 40 pints or 55 bottles

Dimensions:  23.5” x 9.5”
Lbs empty:  14.4
Lbs full:  58
Tap: Uses “standard” U.S. Sanke taps
Deposit: Keg  — $100


Keg Rental Policy

Items must be returned within 30 days of the date of purchase.  After your initial 30 day time period is up, we will process your deposit (i.e. cash your check). Do not despair; if you bring back the keg and tap in good working order at a later date, we’ll gladly buy them back from you for the same dollar amount of your original deposit.

Our keg and tap rentals are FREE; however, we do require a cash or check deposit of $100 for each keg (and tap, if needed).  Your deposit must be secured with cash or check and will be refunded upon return of all equipment in good condition. Repairs to damaged equipment will be deducted from the deposit.


Keg Dimensions
Dimensions may vary due to different keg manufacturers, so we’ve attempted to give the maximum dimensions. Dimensions are without taps.

Please remember that with our kegs, your first choice of beer style is not guaranteed.  Make sure to contact us for style availability.  Not everything in draft is available in kegs.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q: How do I tap a keg?

A:  We’ll show you.

Q: How long will kegged beer keep and why does it go flat?

A:  Tapping your keg with a party pump is like opening a 2-liter bottle of soda — it puts air into the container. CO2 then escapes the liquid and dissipates into the air, making the beer more flat. The will keep for a few days if you keep the beer cold, but it progressively changes in taste with each day it’s exposed to air.

Q: If I plan on drinking the keg over a period of a few days, what should I do?

A:  The best thing to do is to untap the keg and keep the beer on ice or in a refrigerator.  Cold beer will hang on to its CO2 longer. Do not pump more air into it; that will just oxidize the beer faster.

Q: What causes beer to foam?

A:  Primarily, beer will foam when it is warm. Bouncing it down the stairs won’t help. Keep it on ice and keep it still and you will have a happy keg.