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Piney River Brewing Wins Two Medals at the US Beer Open Championship

Piney River Brewing recently won two bronze medals at the US Open Beer Championship for their Black Walnut Wheat and Bronzeback Pale Ale beers. The US Open Beer Championship is held annually in Oxford, OH. Over 5,000 beers from around the world were entered in 90 different beer style categories. The contest is open to professional brewers and home brewers. US Open judges hail from England, Canada and the US. Black Walnut Wheat won in the “American Wheat Dark” category. This American-style wheat beer is dark in color and is brewed with hand harvested black walnuts.   The beer features an…
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Brewcyrus Does Portland, A CBC 2015 Recap

“This is insane,” the cab driver said to Brian and I. He was talking about the 11,000+ people in attendance at the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Portland last week. “We aren’t able to handle groups like this,” the cab driver said. “We had a big coffee convention here, but those people didn’t go out to big events every night and need rides everywhere.”  (Which leads me to believe that the coffee folks just don’t have nearly as much fun as the beer folks.) This was our 5th time to attend a Craft Brewer’s Conference, our first time to visit Portland,…
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Craft Beer…It's Something We Can All Agree On

We don't claim to be particularly political at Piney River.  But we do believe in speaking up about things that are important to us to our elected officials. As we've learned over the past four years, craft beer crosses all political lines, and we can all come together to share a beer. And that's how this came to be. Brian shows off the new construction project to US Representative Jason Smith (MO-8). We were very honored to host our Congressman for Missouri's 8th District at Piney River today.  Representative Jason Smith and his aides Eric Harmon and Tammy Corrigan picked…
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4th Aleiversary—The Best One Yet

Yes, we had some anxiety about the 4th Aleiversary. Just like the 3rd Aleiversary, we planned to be overwhelmed. Portapotties? Check. Two food trucks? Check. Security? Check. Beer trailer with six taps outside? Check. ID bracelets and beer tickets? Had those to. We even had a brand spanking new deck addition--built just in time. Everyone knows that the sun always shines on the Aleiversary, so even though we began watching the weather religiously a month in advance, sunshine seemed pretty likely (insert fingers and toes crossed). On February 13th the construction on our building ground to a halt with snow,…
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Piney River Brewing Wins Gold at the World Beer Cup®

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,…
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The All True Story of Piney River’s First Trip to the GABF

There’s a really good chance you know how this story ends. But beyond the official photo and press release, you really need to know the whole story. Brian and I decided that we were going to attend the GABF (Great American Beer Festival) this year. We wanted the opportunity to enter our beer in a national competition—mostly to see what kind of feedback we would receive. We have two brewers that are new to brewing and to the industry—Lucas joined our team in January and Amber joined our team in April. We wanted them to get their first taste of…
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