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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

 

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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.

How Piney River Runs Through St. Louis

In The Beer on October 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

A couple of years ago, Brian and I poured beer at Augusta Bottoms Bierfest. We met John Hummel from Summit Distributing for the first time at that festival.summit

Like many people in the St. Louis area, John and members of his family had found a little convenience store near St. Louis where they could sometimes find Piney River beer. They wanted more.

John had also heard about Piney River through the Missouri wholesale distributor network. He let us know that he would like a seat at the table when we began talking to distributors in the St. Louis area. I’m pretty sure that we had no clue when that conversation would ever take place.

St. Louis? That’s a huge market. St. Louis? They have lots of great craft beer there already. St. Louis? How could we ever possibly meet the demand?

Fast forward to spring 2014. We began looking at ways to meet our current distribution needs. There were lots of thing we knew: We need a new brewhouse. We need a bigger place to brew beer.  And if we had a bigger place to brew beer and a bigger brewhouse, we would also need all the other stuff…bigger cellar, bigger cooler, bigger canning line. And If we had all of that, what would that mean for the Piney River brand?

IMG_3094Earlier this year, we picked that conversation with John back up. It was a beautiful Friday in April at the BARn. John, Brian Dix and Ryan Carolan stood on the new concrete waiting for the construction of a bigger barn. They tried our beers. They listened to our story of brewing beer on the kitchen stove and hauling old hay out of a barn loft to winning a World Beer Cup.

IMG_3111About a month later, we visited Summit’s offices and warehouse in St. Louis. We met more of the Summit management team. John and Kim Barrow gave us a tour of the warehouse (Wow!), and we talked some more about how the Piney River brand could fit into the Summit portfolio.

Later this summer, a contract between Piney River and Summit was executed. More importantly, John and members of his team came back to the BARn in August. At Piney River, we believe in sharing beer while enjoying nature, and that’s exactly what we did.

With the Summit team, we drank beer, we floated and flipped our canoes on the Big Piney River, we drank some more beer, and we worked out a plan for Piney River to flow through St. Louis.

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For as long as we’ve been brewing beer in Missouri, we’ve had the craft beer lovers in St. Louis and Kansas City asking for our beer in their bars and restaurants and on their store shelves. For the first time in about five years, we have finally reached the point where we are able to brew enough beer to begin to meet the demand a large metropolitan area places on a brewery. With every batch of beer on our new system, we are able to quadruple the amount of beer we turn out.

Why St. Louis?

Our microbrewer, Andy, shows our team a little love.

Our microbrewer, Andy, shows our team a little love.

We love the Cardinals. We love the Missouri Botanical Gardens. And City Museum. And Ted Drewes.

Seriously, the reality is that we are only 2.5 hours from St. Louis, so that’s a little easier to work around with our first foray into a major metro area. Brian and I still try to be at and do as many events as possible. We love the opportunity to share a beer with the people that enjoy our beer.

With this brewery expansion and the ability to provide lots more beer to the good people in the Ozarks, we have hired our first salesperson. Yay for Rick Lange, and the ground he’s helping us cover! Rick will also help us in the St. Louis market.

We are working diligently to fill the orders our current distributors—Grellner Sales, Heart of America Beverage, NH Scheppers Distributing, Bluff City Beer Co., and Glidewell Distributing have placed with us. We hope to help all of them grow the Piney River brand in their respective markets. And we’re excited to add Summit Distributing to the Piney River family of distributors.

So, the cat’s out of the bag. Piney River will be available in St. Louis city, St. Louis County, St. Charles county and Lincoln county. You’ll find Piney River in cans and on draft in bars and restaurants and on shelves. And if you don’t see it, ask for it.

A huge thanks to John Hummel for his efforts to bring Piney River to St. Louis. We are really looking forward to working with the entire Summit Distributing team. This is really happening!  The first week of November, Summit Distributing is will spread a little bit of the Piney River Farm all over St. Louis.

The Piney River Farm

The Piney River Farm

So this happened…

In The Beer on October 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Our secret is out. Stay tuned. ALL the the details are coming soon.