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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!



Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

In Beer Events on November 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

This fall we had our first real experience as a brewery during Oktoberfest.

It seems like many, many, MANY moons ago, but this time last year we had just brewed our first batch on the big system. We still weren’t keeping the taproom open every Saturday because we couldn’t make enough beer.

Fast-forward 11 months. With Piney River beer in many locations throughout the Ozarks, we had many requests for events, many related to Oktoberfest.

As I kept adding events to the brewery calendar, Brian and I looked on September and October with some trepidation. We wanted to make sure we were able to have the right beer for the right places (sometimes, we don’t have enough beer “in house” because our distributors get it). We knew there was a lot to juggle with our day jobs, our family and our brewery responsibilities. In we dove.

Was it a bad sign when the first event I attended in September brought high winds to Bucyrus that blew trees down all over our property? There were some things destroyed, but no lives were lost. We’re still cleaning up…slowly but surely.

John & Rachel at the “beer buffet”.

My sister, Rachel, and her husband, John, joined us at Ozarks Beerfest in Joplin. It was fun to have some family members take part in a little festival madness with us. We also debuted “The Legend of Happy Hollow” a chocolate pumpkin beer that seemed to be a festival hit where there was pumpkin beer on every corner.

Brian did a Bicycle Pub Crawl at the Blackthorn Pub in Joplin…and he did not ride a bicycle. He also squeezed in Black Walnut Days in Stockton where he was able to visit Hammons black walnut factory.

The first weekend in October, Brian was at Little Rocktoberfest while I was at Macadoodles in Pineville getting sleeted on! (Oktoberfest takeaway—always take gloves.) The next weekend, humidity and high winds found Brian ducking for cover at Lake Ozark while I kept my fingers crossed at Brown Derby in Springfield.

We missed our peeps at the tap room, too, but John, Liz, Debra & Lucas hosted the Houston Education Foundation and the Texas County Memorial Hospital EMS department for two different fund raisers, and plenty of beer was poured at the BARn.

Ready to pour at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

It grew dark quickly, and it was cold at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis two weekends ago, but Brian and I were able to pour beer together at Fest-of-Ale. The attendees at the garden event showed us lots of beer love, and it was good for the craft brewer’s soul. Thank you!

Just a few nights later, we were sweating in our denim shirts, while pouring beer at the first ever Brew Review, a beer and food pairing event, in Columbia. We joined our distributors, NH Scheppers, at the event which benefitted the local public radio station, KBIA (one we always listen to when driving through the area).

This past Friday night found Brian and I back in Little Rock pouring up Piney River beer at the first ever Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival.

Ready to pour in North Little Rock!

We love the love we get from our newfound craft beer loving friends in Arkansas!

The craft beer deck at the BARn has been wonderful for views of the sun setting and leaves changing color. We’ve added another tap currently featuring our Sweet Potato Ale, and we hope to keep something interested and special going in the BARn tap room for you when we sneak in a little time to play on our smaller brewing system.

We also have a big batch of The Legend of Happy Hollow, the chocolate pumpkin beer that debuted in Joplin in September.

We want to have some for our tap room customers to drink and to fill growlers. We’ll probably pour it at upcoming events, and who knows? It may find its place on a tap or two around the area.

In all honesty, I think it would be easier to enjoy Oktoberfest in Germany than to cover all the bases that we’ve tried to cover the past few weeks as a craft brewery. But we’ve enjoyed seeing many of you, making new friends and pouring our beer for those that love it. Thank you for your love of craft beer and for your support of a little craft brewery in the Ozarks!