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Going to Kansas City, Kansas City Here Piney River Comes

In The Beer on October 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Amazing things can happen in Kansas City.

On May 17, 1997 Brian and I traveled to KC for our first Kansas City Royals baseball game.  We were celebrating our first anniversary with a few days in KC.

The Royals were playing the Tigers.  The Royals weren’t as well regarded in baseball at the time.  Since we avidly followed the St. Louis Cardinals and the National League, we really didn’t know much about the Royals or the Tigers, but we were at a baseball game together. And we loved baseball.  Kaufman Stadium was really beautiful, too, with the fountains in the outfield.

We had excellent seats…a few rows up, behind home plate.  I don’t remember if the seats were really easily available, or if we just got them off a scalper.  Either way, the seats were great, and we could hear the thwack of the bat connecting with the ball and the thud of the ball into the glove way better than on TV.

At some point in the game a foul ball was hit back, up and over the net, behind home plate, and it came spinning down toward us.  The guy next to me stuck his hand out.  Smack!  A quick deflection into Brian’s outstretched hands also next to me.

Just like that, Brian had a foul ball!

He raised it up…you know, like guys do when they get the ball, and then he gave it me.  Congratulations rang out around us.  An usher ran down to make sure we were okay.  The guy next to me massaged his baseball stung but empty hand.

You have to understand that 20-something Brian Durham was completely stoked about this foul ball.  He grew up on baseball, playing baseball, rooting on the Philadelphia Phillies and going to Phillies games as a child with his glove in tow.  Never did he get a foul ball. He came close one time, but an adult man got the ball.  (And Brian still remembers that.) This was before the days of smart phones and social media, so we weren’t able to tell our friends in real time, but as soon as we could, we told the story of Brian’s amazing foul ball catch in Kansas City.

Brian went on to get lots more foul balls–one at Dodger Stadium, one off Albert Bell’s bat at Tiger Stadium (before they tore it down), and a couple of home runs balls, too.  Turns out, the closer you sit to the field, it’s easier to get baseballs at a game….  But we have never forgotten that night in KC when we went home with a real, live foul ball.

We’ve spent lots of fun times in KC since that game.  Most recently, we’ve been the guests of our friends at Boulevard Brewing at Boulevardia.  Definitely the most fun you can have sweating and pouring beer at the same time!

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Boulevardia 2016! Brian and Joleen (right couple) and Amber Powell, our brewer, and Peter Jankowski, (Amber’s domestic partner).

Since 2011 we’ve been asked about getting Piney River beer to KC on a regular basis.  Since we grew the brewery here on the Farm last year, Kansas City has been in our sights.  We wanted to be able to provide lots of high quality, award winning beer when we knew we wouldn’t run out.  The time is finally right.  We’re very pleased to announce that next week we are shipping beer to our new distribution partner, North Kansas City Beverage.north-kc-beverage-logo

We started talking with NKC Beverage in the spring.  Again, NKC Beverage is a smaller, family-owned distribution company.  It’s the type of distributor with whom Piney River seems to find a good groove.  Brian Duff and Chad Borland visited the BARn in June, and we showed them around and hashed out what a partnership with Piney River would look like.

This summer Brian and I were figuring out the whole 16-ounce/12-ounce can thing, and we determined the best way to send out beer to KC would be launch in the new 12-ounce cans.  Not that KC folks aren’t as thirsty as the rest of the state, it just made sense for NKC Bev to start off with our new package rather than transition into it shortly after launching our brand. img_1532

These will begin appearing at your favorite liquor stores and retail locations next week.  If you like Piney River, tell your local retailer to order some in for your drinking enjoyment.  Draft beer is also being sent and will pop up in select locations, too.  Stay tuned…we will also have some Piney River event dates to announce for you very soon.

We’re really pleased to be part of the NKC Beverage family, and we thank Chad and his crew for their interest in growing local craft beer in KC and in taking on the Piney River brand.  Thanks for your patience in waiting for our brand, Kansas City!  Let’s get together for a beer real soon!  We’re looking forward to more amazing memories made in KC.joleen-and-brian-barn-1

Chchchchanges Coming in 2017

In The BARn, The Beer on September 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

We are so excited to bring you the Piney River Brewing Company 2017 release calendar!

Twelve ounce cans are headed your way! There will be more information about that later, and actual 12 oz cans sooner rather than later, too. Stay tuned for that!

We are releasing–in limited quantities–new canned beers throughout the year. They are Raise a Ruckus Imperial Stout, River Access Ozarks Lager and Aux Arcs Saison. 

And that foeder, those barrels, the original BARn is officially where we’ve got the funk going on.  The first of our Farm Raised Funk was Lizzie Twister, the first funkified beer from the BARn.  We plan to release even more Farm Raised Funk in 2017.

Thank you so much for raising a pint with us in 2016.  None of this would be possible without your incredible support. Let’s raise a few more together in the upcoming year!


Cheers!

First of the Piney River Farm Raised Beers…Lizzie Twister

In The BARn, The Beer on August 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm

We’ve made a new beer that’s selling like hot cakes this summer in the tap room. Lizzie Twister is a Berliner-style weisse beer which means that it’s a style of wheat beer traditionally made in Germany. In fact, a Berliner weisse is a tart wheat beer. This style of beer is also traditionally low ABV, so Lizzie is a mere 4% which is nice and easy on a hot day in the Ozarks.

To make this beer, we brewed the beer then pithed lactobacillus into the beer while it was in the fermentation vessel. The lactobacillus when used properly gives the beer a slightly tart flavor.

This is the first beer of this type that we’ve made. We needed to wait until we had a separate brewing space for beers that have things like lactobacillus in them. That’s what we’re using our first brew space–the BARn–for these days. And we’re calling these beers “Farm Raised”.

Right now Lizzie Twister is only in kegs, so we’ve had it at some events like the Springfield Craft Beer Bash and a St. Louis Craft Beer Week tap takeover at Three Kings in Des Peres. We’ll have it at the Great Arkansas Beer Fest this weekend. And we’re serving up pints of it all weekend, every weekend at the BARn tap room. We’re filling cr0wlers and growlers with it, too.

So let me tell you a little story about how the name Lizzie Twister came to be…

Waaay back, a long time ago, maybe even back in our home brewer days, Brian and I heard about this spot on the Big Piney River. This spot is upstream from us. It’s not even a spot we know well, but the spot has a great name…Lizzie Twister.

Brian and I both remember seeing that name on a river map and thinking to ourselves and saying to each other, “That would be a great beer name.” So we tucked Lizzie Twister away for a long time until the “right” beer came along that should be named Lizzie Twister.

Got a slightly tart, easy drinking beer? Got the name Lizzie Twister? Seemed like a match made in heaven.

If you’re like us, you know there isn’t a hill or holler or river bend in the Ozarks that isn’t named something for some reason. How in the world did a spot on the Big Piney River get named Lizzie Twister? Here’s what we’ve been told:

The Jackson Brothers were at wit’s end. Their raft had hung up in the bend below Hell’s Roaring Rocky Shoals on the Big Piney. It was hot, the river had been low, and now they were faced with untangling the mess that had occurred that day.

It was late in the day, they had some homebrew and food along, so they decided to just build a small campfire before dark, heat up some beans, have a brew or two before bedtime, and tackle their problem in the morning.

Right before getting the bedrolls out, there was a noise in the woods next to the gravel bar. They wondered what kind of critter would be coming toward the fire and the voices.

Out of the woods stepped Lizzie from Hazleton Springs. She had heard the voices from up river, walked down to check the boys out. The Jackson Brothers knew her well.

“Hey, Lizzie, we are in a jam,” they said. “Our raft is all twisted up. Can you help?”

Lizzie gave the boys a sly look from corner of her eyes. She clucked her tongue, put her hands on her hips and asked, “It depends. Do you have any Hot Date Ale in a can?”

And all the problems were solved.

The End.

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If you come to the BARn to try Lizzie Twister, you can enjoy it plain or with a shot of fruit syrup (which is also traditionally added to Berliner weisse beers in Germany). From left to right we’ve got Blackberry Lizzie Twister; Peach Lizzie Twister; Raspberry Lizzie Twister, or just the unflavored version of Lizzie Twister.

FRI-YAY (& Saturday and Sunday, too) on the Farm Brewery

In The BARn on September 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm

In case you haven’t already heard, the BARn tap room is now open for a lot more than Saturday!

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

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

Back in May, we kicked off Sundays on Mother’s Day weekend.  All the moms got a free pint that Sunday, and we’ve been open every Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. since then.

Beginning on Labor Day weekend, we started opening the tap room on Friday afternoon and evening 2 to 9 p.m.

As always, the BARn is family friendly.  Andy’s Homemade Root Beer is on draft for those that don’t drink beer.  We’re pet friendly, too, and there’s always a big bowl of water on the deck for our four-legged friends.  We have a Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats at the BARn about one weekend a month, and you are welcome to bring food or snacks with you to enjoy with your beer.   We even have a gas grill on the upper deck that you can use–bring your own meat.

We always have sample trays and pints for sale.  We fill growlers and you can take home a Piney River Crowler, too.  We usually have 6 to 8 handcrafted brews on tap for your enjoyment.

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A Piney River tin tacker just waiting for a home in your barn!

We have a full merch line up–T-shirts, baseball caps, koozies, pint glasses, Hydroflask growlers, tin tackers and more.  AND we accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover.   We also have some jewelry and wood carvings available from local artists if you’re looking for something extra special from the Ozarks.

On Saturdays we try to have live music.  The music varies from solo acts to bands.  Many of the bands we hire are local artists with music and swag for sale, too.  You can stay abreast of weekend activities at the BARn by checking out our Facebook page.

If you would like a tour of the BARn, we are currently doing those on Saturdays only–usually around 4 p.m.  If you would like a tour, please tell the bar staff, and they will give you one.  Right now, the tours are limited to the small BARn, but when we get our new barn completely put together, we will give tours of it, too.

Our bigger crowds are usually at the BARn on Saturday, but we’ve heard many people say they enjoy Fridays and Saturdays because there’s less hustle and bustle at the BARn.  You can usually chat up the bar staff, and you can definitely hear the birds singing on the craft beer deck outside.

A Piney River Crowler...it's a 32 oz. can of fresh draft beer...TO GO!

A Piney River Crowler…it’s a 32 oz. can of fresh draft beer…TO GO!

We started hauling hay out of the loft of our old barn in the summer of 2010.  We always thought we would build some type of tasting room upstairs because we figured there would be a few curious people that would want to sample the beer and see where it was made.  We thought that our tasting room would end up being a cool place for us to hang out with our friends.  We had no idea that the BARn would become a destination location in the Ozarks.  We had no idea that every weekend folks would flock from all over the state to our little farm on the Piney.  We had no idea that we were building a destination brewery.

So, thank you to all of the people that have helped our little brewery reach the point that we need to be open all weekend long.  And if you haven’t already raised a pint with us at the BARn, we are looking forward to doing that with you very soon!

BARn(s) birds eye view!  Thanks Doug Davidson for capturing this!

BARn(s) birds eye view! Thanks Doug Davidson for capturing this!

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.

Piney River Brewing Wins Gold at the World Beer Cup®

In The Beer on April 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Piney River Brewing Company in Bucyrus, MO claimed a gold award in the 2014 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.

Piney River Brewing was awarded a gold award in the American-style wheat beer style category for its Float Trip Ale, a wheat-based blonde ale featuring pale wheat and malted barley with balanced, light hop bitterness and a smooth finish.

“We are truly honored to receive this gold award which recognizes our little brewery for brewing the best American-style wheat beer in the world,” Brian Durham, co-founder and head brewer at Piney River Brewing Company, said.

Float Trip Ale has been brewed since the brewery opened its doors in March 2011. In May 2013 the brewery began packaging the beer for distribution in kegs and 16-ounce pint cans. The beer highlights the Ozark experience of “floating” in a canoe, kayak, raft or tube on a Missouri stream.

“Around the world, people of all ages enjoy activities on streams, rivers and lakes, but in the Ozarks we are known for using the term ‘float trip’, which describes what many men, women and children do every year in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways,” Durham said, explaining that the brewery seeks to highlight the Ozarks with its beer.

Durham noted that when he and Joleen, his wife and brewery co-founder, decided to start a craft brewery in the Ozarks, they planned to package their beer in outdoor and river friendly aluminum cans.

“It was only natural that we highlight the quintessential Ozark experience—a float trip—with one of our beers,” Durham said. “Joleen and I love floating, and we developed this beer as something that could be enjoyed all day long while floating or doing anything fun in the Ozarks.”

Piney River Brewing is located on the Durham’s 80-acre farm, operating out of a 70-year old barn. The brewery was founded in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system. Today the brewery has a seven-barrel brewhouse which turned out 1,100 barrels of beer in 2013. In addition to draft beer, the brewery cans all of their beer in 16-ounce aluminum cans. The brewery has distribution in Central and Southern Missouri and Arkansas.

Last October, Piney River Brewing received a gold medal for their Old Tom Porter, a brown porter style beer, at the Great American Beer Festival—a national competition.

“We are thrilled to again shine the spotlight on our brewery and the beer that we’re brewing right here in the Ozarks,” Durham said. “To receive the top award for one of our beer styles at national and international competitions within less than one year’s time is a huge recognition for us.”

The Float Trip Ale was brewed by Lucas Clem and Amber Powell, the two full-time brewers at the brewery. Four additional part-time employees also work at the brewery.

“I cannot say enough about our brewery team and their commitment to quality,” Durham said. “Our mission at Piney River Brewing has always been to brew high quality beer that celebrates the Ozarks, and this World Beer Cup gold award for Float Trip is the realization of our brewery’s mission on an international stage.”

World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 219 beer judges from 31 countries. Regarded as the “Olympics of Beer Competition,” the World Beer Cup saw an impressive field of 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. For more additional information, visit the World Beer Cup website.

Piney River Brewing received their gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup held in Denver on Friday night.  Shown here, left to right:  Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder; Joleen Durham, co-founder, and Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewer’s Association.

Piney River Brewing received their gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup held in Denver on Friday night. Shown here, left to right: Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder; Joleen Durham, co-founder, and Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewer’s Association.

Piney River Brewing Wins Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

In The Beer on October 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Piney River Brewing Company claimed a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 84 beer-style categories were announced October 12 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

“Everyone at Piney River is overwhelmed and honored to bring home a gold medal from our small brewery here in the Ozarks,” Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder at Piney River Brewing, said.

Piney River Brewing was recognized in the “brown porter” beer-style category for its Old Tom Porter a traditional English-style ale that features roasted malts that have chocolate and coffee flavors with a balanced hop profile.  The brewery recommends pairing Old Tom Porter with beef or grilled meats and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Durham developed the recipe for Old Tom Porter shortly after opening the Ozark brewery in 2011.

“We wanted to have a dark, full-bodied beer to go with other ales that we had in our tap room lineup,” Durham said. 

The beer’s name gives homage to the “old tom” American wild turkey, which is native to the Ozarks.   

“It’s not uncommon to hear a tom turkey’s gobble reverberating off the bluffs and hills around our farm and the brewery,” Durham said, explaining that his brewery staff and customers regularly watch wild turkeys foraging for spent grains in the manure the brewery cows spread around the farm.

“The old tom can be very elusive, and we wanted to honor the great wild turkey heritage we have in the Ozarks with our porter,” Durham said.

Piney River Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in the South Central Ozarks in Missouri.  The brewer specializes in craft beers that celebrate the Ozarks by highlighting the region’s limestone filtered water in their beers and packaging their craft brew in 16-ounce pint cans that are “portable in nature”.

“Since we opened our doors in March 2011, our goal has always been to brew high quality craft beers that celebrate the Ozarks,” Durham said.

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.  The seven-barrel brewhouse and related packaging equipment went into full-time use in the fall of 2011.  The brewery has distribution throughout Central and Southwest Missouri and Arkansas. 

“This year was the first time Piney River has entered any brews in a national competition,” Durham explained.  “We are beyond excited to bring home this win to our little brewery and to shine the spotlight on the rural Ozarks with this gold medal.”

Durham applauded the efforts of his two brewers, Lucas Clem and Amber Powell.  “We could not have done this without them,” Durham said.

The 2013 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 201 expert judges from the record number of 4,809 entries received from 745 U.S. breweries.

“The Great American Beer Festival brings together the most stellar brewers from around the country,” said Chris Swersey, competition director. “Taking home a medal at this premier beer competition is truly a symbol of brewing excellence.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2013 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com. Additional information about Piney River Brewing can be found at www.pineyriverbrewing.com

Piney River Brewing received their gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held in Denver on Saturday morning.  Shown here, left to right:  Lucas Clem, brewer; Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewer’s Association; Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder; Joleen Durham, co-founder and original keg washing queen. Not present, Amber Powell, brewer.

Piney River Brewing received their gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held in Denver on Saturday morning. Shown here, left to right: Lucas Clem, brewer; Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewer’s Association; Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder; Joleen Durham, co-founder and original keg washing queen. Not present, Amber Powell, brewer.

Music, Moonshine & Craft Beer in the Ozarks

In The Beer on August 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

Music, Moonshine & Craft Beer in the Ozarks

Seth Kugel, the New York Times “Frugal Traveler”, is traveling from Louisiana to North Dakota this summer, and of course he had to stop for a short time in the Ozarks. Part of his trip included a Dawt Mill float trip on the North Fork of the White River. Our Float Trip Ale makes an appearance at the end of this video. We got a little write up here: http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/travel/music-and-moonshine-in-the-mellow-ozarks.html?ref=frugaltraveler&_r=0

Looks like Seth had a perfect day in our neck of the woods!