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March 2011

The Beer

The good life

When we started the brewery we knew that our wheat and our pale ale would get a thumbs up from the public.  The wheat is smooth and easy drinking.  The pale ale, for those that like a little more hoppy beer, also as one beer reviewer said, "tastes the way beer is supposed to be".  They both go great with all kinds of foods, too. We also had an amber ale that we were fond of.  Our friends were fond of it, too, but our amber ale is "different" because it has more caramel and biscuit flavors at the front.…
Beer Events

Base Camp with "Our People"

Wow.  That’s really the only way to describe our first Craft Brewers Conference. Sponsored by the Brewer’s Association, this year’s conference was held in San Francisco.   We had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from our hotel.   We rode the BART.  We ate dinner one night at Zuni.  We also attended a beer and chocolate event at Pier 17 and a concert at the Fillmore.  Other than that, the conference could have really been anywhere in the US. We spent most of our time in classes, in the exhibit hall or at hospitality events hanging out with other people…
The Beer

Soft openings

When we started this process, we thought we would save our old barn, make a little beer in it, and see what the interest was in beer hand crafted on the Piney.  We had barely cleaned the old hay and manure out of the barn before word started getting out about Piney River Brewing Company, and we kept hearing, "This is what this area needed!" After we got our licenses last year, we poured all of our energy into getting the BARn in shape to brew.  The brewing began in January, and the major construction work stopped.  Yet in between…
The Beer

What the heck IS a growler?

Well, here's a Piney River Brewing Company growler. These are half-gallon glass containers that hold beer. According to the Alstrom Brothers at Beer Advocate:  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home by means of a small-galvanized pail. Rumor has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term "growler" was coined. Before World War II, city kids used to bring covered buckets of draft beer from a local bar or brewery to workers at…
The Beer

10 to 2 Today

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.  We're open.  Yep, you heard it right, we've cracked the door to the BARn just a bit.  We have Bronzeback Pale Ale and Ozark Firefly Wheat on tap.  We've got growlers to fill, so you don't have to be thirsty. Back when we started this Piney River Brewing Company thing we thought that we would use our little Sabco system to test the waters.  We were going to brew some beer, create a really cool tap room with a spectacular view, and maybe, just maybe, drum up a few Piney River Brewing Company fans…
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