A large crowd enjoys the moment inside the BARn during the Piney River Brewing Company's fifth-annual "Aleiversary" in 2016.

Piney River Brewing Co. will celebrate its seventh anniversary Saturday (March 24) at the brewery in Bucyrus.

The “7th Aleiversary” party will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the BARn, the brewery’s taproom located off Highway ZZ.

“We are looking forward to enjoying a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks at our upcoming Aleiversary,” said co-founder and owner Joleen Durham.

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,” she said. “The event is family-friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Many Piney River fans look forward to this day at the BARn all year long.”

The Piney River tap room will pour several beers that are available year round in the tap room including Float Trip Ale, Black Walnut Wheat, Cerveza Rio Mexican-Style Lager, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Bronzeback Pale Ale, Old Tom Porter, Missouri Mule India Pale Ale.

Lizzie Twister, a Berliner-style weisse beer, and Missouri Waltz with Blackberries and Missouri Waltz with Raspberries, two mixed fermentation ales, brewed in the original BARn as part of the “Farm Raised Funk” line of beers will be poured.

Raise a Ruckus, a limited release imperial stout with coffee and vanilla, will be poured at the event, too.  Raise a Ruckus will be available in its 2018 and whiskey and bourbon barrel aged variants.

Piney River Brewing Co.
Piney River Brewing Co.

Also on the list to be poured at the event are Big Red Barn Ale, an imperial red ale, and Rainy Lake Lager, a beer brewed with North American wild rice.

“Our most anticipated limited release beer to be available at the Aleiversary will be our Mule Team India Pale Ale,” said co-founder and head brewer Brian Durham.

Mule Team IPA is an imperial India pale ale that was first brewed for Piney River’s 2013 anniversary event.

“This year’s Mule Team IPA has strong hop flavor and aroma from multiple additions of centennial, citra and mosaic hops,” Brian Durham said.

The 2018 imperial IPA will be 10 percent alcohol by volume.

“All of the brewing staff is very excited about releasing this year’s version of Mule Team IPA at the Aleiversary,” Brian Durham said.

Mule Team IPA will be available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans. It takes almost a month to complete from brewing to packaging. The “7th Aleiversary Limited Release” Mule Team label thanks the team of “dedicated employees, partnerships with distributors, support of friends, neighbors and craft beer lovers” who have helped the brewery achieve success over the past six years.

Mule Team IPA and several of the additional special release beers will be available all weekend long, beginning on Friday afternoon when the tap room opens and going through Sunday evening, if they don’t run out.

“Saturday’s party can be a little too busy for some people, so we will plan to have enough Mule Team IPA available to last all weekend long,” Joleen Durham said. “You will be able to enjoy a pint in the tap room or purchase a four-pack to take home.”

Durham said that because Mule Team IPA is only released once a year, many people make extra efforts to purchase it the day of the Aleiversary.

Weather permitting, most of Saturday’s activities will take place outside.

“If the sun is shining we encourage you to bring a camp chair to enjoy the bands, food and beer outside with us on the 24th,” Joleen Durham said.

In addition to the handcrafted ales, the Aleiversary will feature two bands providing live music – Joshin the Giants from Neosho and Jervis Jort from Kansas City. Both bands feature multi-talented instrumentalists and singers that perform Americana, folk and rock covers and original songs.

Food will be available, too.  Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats of Huggins will be on site all day Saturday with Irish nachos, smoked meat sliders, street tacos and more.  Piney River Brewing will have handmade pizzas available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the weekend.

Andy’s Homemade Root Beer, a non-alcoholic homemade root beer, is available for kids and designated drivers. The Aleiversary is a free event and open to all ages.

Piney River Brewing is located on Durham’s 80-acre farm. The taproom and a portion of brewing operations are located in a restored 70-year old barn. The Durham’s founded the brewery in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system.  Today, most the brewing and packaging operations are located in a newly built 12,000 square foot barn on the property.

The brewery has distribution throughout Missouri and Arkansas.

Additional information about Piney River Brewing and the 7th Aleiversary can be found at www.pineyriverbrewing.com.

7th Aleiversary poster

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