Yes. Yes. Yes. Piney River has wound its way to Kansas City.
My in-laws live in Lebanon, Missouri. About an hour’s drive up I-44 from Springfield. Though, in craft beer terms, it might as well be among the sand dunes of the Sahara rather than the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Though, there was one oasis on Route 66. One gleaming beacon of well-crafted beer not to be found in Kansas City but available in Lebanon. Piney River Brewing.
I’ve been gushing about Piney River even before our first trip to the BARn. That trek – admittedly not an easy drive – has become an annual summer adventure. Amazing beer among beautiful surroundings with the occasional cow bleating in the distance.
But now, the barn-brewed goodness has come to the city. North Kansas City Beverage has picked up local distribution of Piney River and we can all enjoy it without the trek. Upon hearing the news, I immediately ran out and grabbed a sixer of Missouri Mule IPA. And it’s my beer of the week.
The deep-golden ale bursts with a pack-animal-load of American hops. Bright, shining citrus, grapefruit, and pine needle aromas billow out of my fanboy can-shaped glass. With each drink, the hops part ever so quickly to allow a slightly honeyed maltiness to pass. Once that has gone by, the hops return with a vengeance to end with spicy, grassy solid bitterness.
Missouri Mule IPA is a tremendous example of a classic American-style IPA. Bold northwestern hops. Aromatic, crisp, and sufficiently bitter.
Piney River, once my alcoholic savior to Lebanon, can now be picked up in Kansas City and enjoyed in the friendly confines of my own couch. Which is awfully nice. But the view from the couch is not the view from the BARn. We won’t be strangers.