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Piney River Brewing Wins Four Awards at US Open Beer Championship

In The Beer on July 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm
A line up of the four Piney River Beers that won awards at the US Beer Open Championship—Crankbait Cream Ale,  Black Walnut Wheat, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Hobby Farm Ale.

A line up of the four Piney River Beers that won awards at the US Beer Open Championship—Crankbait Cream Ale, Black Walnut Wheat, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Hobby Farm Ale.

Piney River Brewing won a gold and three silver awards at the US Beer Open Championships on July 4th. The competition featured over 4,000 beers from 90 different styles from breweries from around the world. An international panel of judges gave the awards based on blind taste tests.

Piney River’s Crankbait Cream Ale received a gold award in the “American Cream Ale” category. This beer is a spring seasonal for the brewery, so it is no longer in production until next spring.

Three silver awards were given to Piney River for McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Black Walnut Wheat and Hobby Farm Ale.

McKinney Eddy Amber Ale received the silver in the “Irish Red Ale” category. This beer is made year round by the brewery. It was the first beer Piney River packaged for distribution at the brewery in 2011.

Black Walnut Wheat is the brewery’s flagship beer, and it took a silver in the “American Style Dark Wheat” category. This beer is made with locally sourced black walnuts.

Hobby Farm Ale is Piney River’s current seasonal beer, and it’s brewed with honey and fresh basil. Hobby Farm Ale’s silver was in the “Herb and Spice Beer” category.

“Once again, it’s a great honor for us to shine the spotlight on the Ozarks with these four awards,” Brian Durham, owner and head brewer at Piney River Brewing, said. “Our goal has always been to make high quality craft beer, and these awards show that the hard work of our brewing team is paying off.”

Piney River has also won gold awards at the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and the Best of Craft Beer Awards.

All of Piney River’s beers are packaged in 16-ounce pint cans and kegs and sold for distribution throughout the Ozarks. 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, and NH Scheppers in Jefferson City and Columbia. Glidewell Distributing in Fort Smith distributes Piney River beer throughout the state of Arkansas.

Currently a $1.2 million expansion is underway on the Bucyrus farm where the brewery is located. A larger brewhouse, fermentation and packaging line are part of the expansion in a 12,000 square foot building located next to the original barn where the brewery began.

Plans are currently underway for Piney River to expand distribution to St. Louis in the fall. Eventually, the brewery hopes to distribute beer throughout the entire state of Missouri.


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!