Microbrewery Becomes the First in State to Can Beer on Site

By Joleen Senter Durham

Bucyrus, MO–Beer history was made in the state of Missouri last Tuesday when Piney River Brewing Company in Bucyrus became the first microbrewery in the state to can beer on site.  McKinney Eddy Amber Ale was the first Piney River brew to be canned.

Using a two-head automatic Micro Can canning machine from Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, CO, 75 cases of beer came off the canning line in its first run.  At its peak, the machine was filling 23 pint cans per minute.

“When we decided to package our beer, we knew that we wanted to package our beer so that it could be enjoyed on the rivers and in other natural areas in the Ozarks,” Brian Durham, owner and brewer, explained.

Durham explained that many microbreweries across the nation are offering canned craft beer because cans provide the best way to preserve the flavor ofthe beer in addition to being recyclable and lighter to ship.

“The modern aluminum can has a protective coating inside the can that does not allow the beer to touch the aluminum,” Durham explained.

Piney River Brewing is using 16-ounce pint cans for their canned beer.

“We thought it was only appropriate to have ‘Piney pints’ in the Ozarks,” Durham said.

McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Missouri Mule India Pale Ale are the first two beers the Texas County brewery is canning.  Their cans will be distributed throughout the Ozarks by Grellner Sales and Service in Rolla and Heart of America Beverage Company in Springfield and Joplin.

Durham noted that retail stores in Texas County will be the first stores to offer the latest craft beer offering available in Missouri, and cases of beer will be distributed to other retail locations within the next few weeks.

“As our brewery grows, we hope to offer some of our other beers in can form, too,” Durham explained.

Piney River Brewing Company operates a tap room at their brewery location on Saturdays.  Several varieties of beer are available for customers at the tap room for sale by the pint glass or in half-gallon growlers “to go”.

The doors at Piney River Brewing opened in March as a “nanobrewery”, a microbrewery operating on a three-barrel system or less.  In October, Piney river Brewing installed a seven-barrel brew house in order to begin packaging beer in cans and in kegs.

Additional information about Piney River Brewing can be found at www.pineyriverbrewing.com.

Contact Info

Company: Piney River Brewing Company
Contact: Joleen Senter Durham
E-mail: missourigardener@hotmail.com