Raccoons, Hops, Craft Beer & Good Times in the Ozarks

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As a brewer, there’s that moment when you send that first case of a new beer out to the distributor or when you hand the first new pint over to a customer.  You feel like a parent.  You want the best because, after all, you created this beer.  You want the beer to stand on its own.  You want the beer to be a great representative of you. If you’ve followed Piney River Brewing for any time, you know that we’ve had a few proud parent moments…the consumer demand for Black Walnut Wheat, the GABF Gold medal for Old Tom…

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Another Piney River Craft Beer Story–Hot Date Ale

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“Are you trying to incite a riot?”  Brian asked. I had posted the graphic for our upcoming “Hot Date Ale” on the brewery’s Facebook page.  Folks went a little crazy over it. Yes, I was trying to gauge the interest.  No, I didn’t want to start a riot. Either way, Hot Date Ale is out there.  And yes, there’s a bra on the can graphic.  First time that’s ever happened?  Quite possibly. The question that we are constantly asked is, “How do you come up with stuff like this?” So here’s the story of Hot Date Ale…. Rewind to our…

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Craft Beer Shoot at the BARn*

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*There were no beers injured in the making of this blog post. There comes a time in every beer’s life where a professional must be called in.  In this case, the professional was once again Brooke Hamilton of Grindstone Studio. This time, Brooke brought her camera, a whole carload of “stuff”, and her mentor and teacher and our friend, Marian McKinney.  Here’s how it went down: The Star:  Piney River Beer The Professional:  Brooke Hamilton, Grindstone Studio The Assistant:  Marian McKinney, McKinney Forge & Design Studio The Beer Runner & Other Assistant:  Me (Joleen) The Beer Pourer :  Brian (while…

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