Piney River Brewing eighth anniversary event


Piney River Brewing Company is celebrating their eighth anniversary on Sat., March 23rd at the brewery in Bucyrus. The Aleiversary is a free event and open to all ages.
The “8th Aleiversary” party will be held at the BARn—the brewery and taproom located off Jct. ZZ in Bucyrus—from 12 to 7 p.m. This year’s event features special beer releases, two bands, and two food trucks. Weather permitting, most of Saturday’s activities will take place outside.
Mule Team IPA, an imperial India pale ale, is released annually at Piney River’s Aleiversary. The 2019 Mule Team will be a “brut-style” IPA—dry, crisp, and heavily hopped and dry-hopped exclusively with Nelson-Sauvin hops from New Zealand. The Nelson-Sauvin variety of hops is known for its tropical and fruit-forward aroma and flavor. Mule Team IPA will be 10-percent alcohol by volume, and only a few barrels of the beer is made and released annually.
“I am really looking forward to this year’s Mule Team IPA release,” Brian Durham, Piney River Brewing co-founder and owner, said. “The sole use of Nelson Sauvin hops and the brut-style will be complimentary to each other, and it’s something we can do with a small batch, limited release beer like Mule Team.”
  Also featured will be the brewery’s first Barleywine. The barleywine ale was aged for a year in bourbon barrels. 
“The process of barrel-aging provides additional flavor while mellowing the alcohol and hop notes in the beer,” Durham said. “Like many barrel-aged beers, we don’t know what we create in the barrel-aging process, but 2019 Barleywine is delicious.”
The Piney River taproom will have an extensive list of year-round and some limited release beers available during the festivities. Andy’s Root Beer, a non-alcoholic root beer, is available for kids and designated drivers. 
The special release beers will be available all weekend long, beginning on Friday afternoon when the taproom opens and going through Sunday evening, if they do not run out. Joleen Durham, co-founder and owner, noted that because Mule Team IPA is only released once a year, many people make extra efforts to purchase it the day of the Aleiversary.
The Layton Hollow Gals and The Hurricanes are the featured bands for the event.
The Layton Hollow Gals feature the vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments of Melinda Mullins and Betsy Mae Graves of Springfield and Emily Higgins of Bucyrus. The trio is known for performing the tunes of Melinda Mullins’ late father, Johnny Mullins, the Ozarks’ Grammy-nominated school janitor that penned hit tunes for Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner and Emmylou Harris, among others.
The Hurricanes are a five-piece Americana rock band featuring Springfield-based musicians Barak Hill and Mike Henderson on guitar, Jody Bilyeu on keys, Dallas Jones on bass, and Brandon Moore on drums. The band performs original tunes and rock covers.
Rounding out the music will be two food trucks—Bubba’s BBQ and Team Taco. Both food trucks hail from Springfield and feature unique spins on classic barbeque and tacos.
“We are looking forward to enjoying a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks at our upcoming Aleiversary,” Joleen Durham said. “If the sun is shining we encourage you to bring a camp chair to enjoy the bands, food, and beer outside with us.“
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 for admission.” Durham said, “Many Piney River fans look forward to this day…all year long.”
Piney River Brewing is located on Durham’s 80-acre farm. The Durhams founded the brewery in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system. The taproom and a portion of brewing operations are located in a restored 75-year old barn. Most of the brewing and packaging operations are located in a recently built 12,000 square foot barn on the property. The brewery has distribution throughout Missouri and Arkansas.
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