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Piney River Brewing Wins Five Medals at US Open Beer Championship

Piney River's 2024 US Open Beer Championship winning beers (left to right) Float Trip Ale, Andy's Root Beer, Missouri Waltz, Black Walnut Wheat & Raise A Ruckus Imperial Stout Piney River Brewing won five medals at the US Open Beer Championship 2024 competition, announced this week from the US Open Beer Championship Headquarters in Oxford, OH. The 2024 competition included over 9,000 beers in 170 different beer style categories. The contest is open to professional brewers and award-winning beers from home brewers across the US.  US Open judges hail from England, Canada, and the US, and judging is completed annually…
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Piney River Brewing Celebrates Lucky Number 13 Aleiversary

Piney River Brewing Company is celebrating 13 years of brewing craft beer in the Ozarks at the brewery in Bucyrus with a party at the brewery farm. The “13th Aleiversary” party will be held at the BARn—the brewery and tap room located off Junction ZZ in Bucyrus—from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The annual party features beer releases, live music, and food. “After 13 years, Brian and I consider ourselves to be lucky to make award winning beers that celebrate the Ozarks on our farm in Bucyrus,” Joleen Senter Durham, co-founder and co-owner of Piney River Brewing,…
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Piney River Brewing Flows All the Way to Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers

Piney River Brewing Company has partnered with Craft Republic in St. Louis to get beer flowing from the Ozarks farm brewery all the way to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in St. Louis city, county, and surrounding counties. “We are very excited about the opportunity to send our award-winning beers to the largest beer-drinking population in our great state,” Brian Durham, head brewer, co-founder and co-owner at Piney River Brewing, said. Durham and his wife, Joleen, founded the brewery in 2010 with a small, one-third barrel brewing system on their 160-acre farm in South Central Missouri. The…
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Sixth Aleiversary Coming Up! You’re Gonna Be Here, Right?

Piney River Brewing Company is celebrating their sixth anniversary on Sat., Mar. 25th at the brewery in Bucyrus. The “6th Aleiversary” party will be held at the BARn—the brewery and tap room located off Junction ZZ—from 12 to 7 p.m. “Once again, we are looking forward to enjoying a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks at our upcoming Aleiversary,” Joleen Durham, co-founder and owner, said. Durham described the Aleiversary as “the biggest event in Bucyrus”. Each spring hundreds of people from across the region visit the Piney River Farm for the Aleiversary. “The event is family-friendly, and there is no charge…
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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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Valentine's is for Beer Lovers

We're so excited!  We've been invited to do another Valentine's beer dinner. Join us at one of the newest places in the area to grab a beer--Just a Taste in St. James--on February 13th at 5:30 p.m.  There will be five courses paired with specific Piney River beers.  And there will be an opening beer for a total of 6 beers plus dinner. Brian and Joleen will be there to raise a glass with you and tell you the stories behind the beer and the brewery.  There may even be some people present that can tell stories on Joleen and…
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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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The Behind the Scenes Peek at Our First World Beer Cup Win

I need to preface this blog post by saying that I feel like anything I write here is going to seem much less dramatic than Piney River's first big win at the Great American Beer Festival.  Even in those moments after we won Gold at GABF last October, I remember thinking, "There will never be another moment like this one."  There's only one first time. Shortly after the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, we were contacted to participate in the largest beer competition in the world--the World Beer Cup.  Also put on by the Brewer's Association, the World Beer Cup…
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