Plant, grow, feed, pick, cook, brew, serve, repeat! With the exception of a few instagram posts and an event or two, that is the whole of my world these days! We have an AMAZING, dedicated, supportive, loving and appreciative community of friends, family, customers, fans and partners! I’m just going to make it a point to include that in EVERY. SINGLE. POST. We could not have imagined in a million years the warm embrace we were met with when we started this journey, and we continue to relish and appreciate every single day! So thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!! We love you guys!
We have some pretty exciting events coming up over the next few months! This time of year is, after all, the most enjoyable to get out and see the Natural State…and boy, do they!
This weekend we celebrate the end of summer harvest with our own little Hatch Fest :-) Saturday and Sunday Sept 29/30 we will flood our menu with delicious dishes featuring our own Prestonrose Hatch Peppers prepared in as many ways as we can squeeze into that little kitchen! We held back a few bushels of those beauties to roast live for ya too….there really is nothing in the world quite like that beautiful smell of roasting peppers!! We will feature meats, cheeses and other items like locally grown rice from our farm partners….as well as lots of fresh crops right off our own farm! It’s a great weekend to check out the beer farm, and those tasty little peppers too! Plan on answering the all-important question when you order…..red or green?
Also this Saturday (Sept 29) we will release our annual batch of Jenny’s El Hefe! Brewed in honor of my sister Jenny, whose fave beer style was wheat, and she loved spicy things. She was also pretty bossy—so this fits the bill pretty well! We will be serving that up alongside our Hatch menu so look out!
Sunday Sept 30 is the Fall release of Patience! Bottles of our Imperial Stout brewed last winter and aged these last 9 months will be available in limited supply! Noon to 4pm Sunday only!
We still have a few spots left in PC2, our second edition of the Prestonrose Pint Club! I’ll post a separate note here to tell you how to claim your spot! It’s a great deal, and gets you all kinds of beer farm clout!
We’re cooking up all kinds of exciting things here on the beer farm this fall….stay tuned!!
hoooooEEE is it hot! and crazy! and wonderful!!
Things are in full swing around the farm, just trying to keep our heads above water while we play the eternal game of catch-up! But then...what's new?
A few whirlwind weekends to celebrate friends, family and loved ones graduating, having birthdays, getting matched to their medical specialty for residency....you name it. The result is we skipped straight from February to JUNE and didn't notice a second go by!
February saw the 2nd Beerthday Bash for the beer farm....We had a wonderful time and 4 big days of celebration, food, fun and friends! We can't believe it's only been 2 years....And that it's already been 2 years!!! We also traveled north to Omaha to see our Anna (future sis-in-law by way of Tommy, Preston's baby brother) receive her match for the next step in medical school-her residency. She got Denver! We are so excited to have both of our brothers and their families in one state! (My bro and family are in Colorado Springs). So much happening and our little circles are starting to overlap in the most wonderful ways!
March was our St Paddy's day feast--that was so insane I don't remember standing still ALL DAY! We released the annual Irish Ale Cailleach Ruadh, served up about 50lbs of house corned beef and lots of fun!
April saw our sweet Sandy's birthday (Preston's little sister), and the in-person Ohio delivery of her own Saison Cassandra, a french farmhouse saison made with over 40lbs per barrel of Arkansas blueberries! It was all a surprise and man was it worth all of it just to see the look on her face!!
The last week of April took us to Nashville for the Craft Brewer's Conference! Our first time there, it was a teensy bit overwhelming! 14,000 craft beer professionals attend this conference from all over the world! We were extremely honored for the opportunity to serve our beer at the welcome reception and got lots of positive feedback and praise about our Saison Cassandra and our Blue Centennial. I had several fan-girl moments, including meeting the founder of the Pink Boots Society Teri Fahrendorf, the current PBS president Laura Ulrich -also Stone Brewing's small batch brewer. nbd. We saw a talk with Sam Calgione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewing and got to chat with him afterward--he was so excited to meet fellow nano-brewers he took a selfie with us and said we inspired him ! I'm dead! Later I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Brooklyn Brewing's Garrett Oliver, also author of the Oxford Companion to Beer. BIG BIG week :-)
May plopped right down in our laps with our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, and the release of this year's batch of Mariachi Stout. This year I brewed it with Ancho chiles from the farm and A Mexican coffee roasted by our friend Liz over at Retro Roasters in Russellville! It turned out quite tasty, rich London style with a slight residual sweetness, little to no bitterness, all the depth of the oceans thanks to the mad skills of Troubadour Maltings, and just a tingle of heat on the finish. We still have a bit on tap if you missed out, or just want more! Food was a big hit that day too, despite our electrical challenges in the kitchen--as always our friends and neighbors came to the rescue and we were able to deliver hundreds of you those tacos you came for :-)
A few weeks after that we rushed off to Columbia Missouri to the graduation of a dear family friend's youngest....circled back to cook more food for ya, then hopped a plane to Colorado for my nephew Jeffrey's graduation! (Are you tired yet?) All feet are back on the ground and we are hitting the farm work HARD! Half of the new high tunnel is full, the old high tunnel has several transitions going on from the last of spring crop to the new summer stuff....500 Hatch plants are about to go in the ground...200 other peppers....flowers, herbs, veggies, fruits.....all going in better late than never!
That said....we would love to build a list of Friends of the Beer Farm volunteers to call on for various projects throughout the busy season. Please email me if you're interested! firstname.lastname@example.org There's not much pay but I'll feed you, send you home with veggies and of course, farm fresh beer!!
Currently: The old structures on the farm are being spruced up with the ultimate goal of offering airbnb on the farm.......storage containers are on the way so we can begin the gentle process of taking the old barn down and putting up the new brewery building....then putting up the old barn on top of it!.....the ever evolving kitchen has a new annex--the beer farm smokehouse! We will be serving up some mouth watering bbq in no time!.....we just started carrying Fort Smith Popcorn Co....adding to the snacks available during all business hours, not just kitchen hours!.......I have started making Popsicles! Last week was fresh Arkansas strawberries, farm fresh peppermint and cream....super yummy! They will be available most Sat/Sun and I'm pretty excited to feature seasonal stuff in a cool, summer treat! Watermelon Cucumber pops? Yes please!.......
Coming up......Beer Farm Yoga will return June 4! Every Monday at 7pm till the weather says otherwise. $10 per class, and the beer farm bistro is open for an hour afterward to enjoy a pint or take a growler home! Take that, Mondays!! Check our events page for more details https://www.facebook.com/pg/PrestonroseFarm/events/?ref=page_internal
Music on the farm! Los New Mexico Playboys will be here on the farm Saturday June 23! They will play from 5-7pm and our menu will be all New Mexican that weekend to celebrate! (Yes that means Hatch!!!).
Summer release of Patience comes on June 30--the 6 month mark is my favorite, when you really start to be able to taste/smell the evolving characteristics of the beer as it ages. 22oz bombers, first come first served.
On to 4th of July, which falls on a Weds this year--a perfect day for our Pint Club appreciation BBQ! If you're a member, and you have not RSVP'd, do it soon!.....
A few super cool media happenings of late....one was a podcast interview by James over at Basic Brewing, he came by, sampled some beer and talked shop. It came through as a pretty cool podcast you can hear here..... http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/d/e/3/de3a1c745cdbaf58/bbr03-29-18prestonrose.mp3?c_id=20019054&cs_id=20019054&expiration=1527621359&hwt=9118c5b220a23d6345dd1ece3d3f9393
In another radio event, our friend Steve Shuler, Little Rock writer, was invited to be a guest on Tap Time, a beer show on 103.7 The Buzz. He brought a little growler of some beer he purchased from us earlier that weekend and the love-fest that followed was nothing short of blush-inducing. I cannot say enough how much it fills my heart to hear people react positively to the product that comes from the work I've chosen as my path. It can be a little embarrassing, as I've never been great with praise...but mostly I get over that and sit back and graciously listen to the kind, supportive words friends have to offer. I am so, so SO thankful for the support and enthusiasm we have received thus far, and cannot wait to spend many more years working hard to bring smiles to faces and bellies all around us! You can hear the radio broadcast here...listen to the whole thing! They talk much of one of my absolute favorite breweries, Ozark Beer Co. as well. https://arkbeerscene.blogspot.com/2018/05/tap-time-radio-may-14th-2018.html?m=1
The latest print coverage is pretty magnificent too--our friend Lacey Thacker over at Arkansas Food and Farm as written a wonderful article about Prestonrose....it's not yet posted online but should be shortly at https://www.arkansasfoodandfarm.com
Just before that, we had a sweet little writeup in Southwest Brewing News! The feature was called Garage B(r)ands! It was a special section featuring breweries from every state in the region who are super small and unique! Check it out! http://swbnonline.brewingnews.com/publication/?m=9252&l=1
Again...we are overwhelmed with the love and support from our community, friends and family! Thank you all!
Love and CHEERS!!
Hello, dear Beer Farm Friends!
It came to my attention recently that we may have failed to inform when our full menu is available, and when we serve snack foods. The following should clear that right up....Apologies for any confusion...this is all a work in progress :-)
I added a page to the main website too, hopefully that will help! Also you can always find info on our facebook page!! And if there are special events, dinners, or menus we will always let you know in advance!
Hours, food, etc........current as of March 2018
Thursdays open 4-8pm---Food items include snacks like fresh sheep's milk cheese and local sourdough bread. Our kitchen is not open during this time....ready made stuff in the deli case only!
Fridays open 4-8pm---Food items include snacks like fresh sheep's milk cheese and local sourdough bread. Our kitchen is not open during this time....ready made stuff in the deli case only!
Saturdays 4-8pm---Saturdays and Sundays the kitchen is open, and our menu rotates weekly. We have usually 6 to 8 various sized dishes ranging in price from 6 to 18 dollars. We use meat from local, sustainably raised animals, and we always have a vegetarian option! We take great pride in the unique, locally grown, hand crafted food we serve here at the beer farm...and we hope you love eating it as much as we love making it! Please feel free to call ahead or send a facebook message if you would like to know what is on the menu before you come! 479-938-0199
Sundays 12-4pm---Saturdays and Sundays the kitchen is open, and our menu rotates weekly. We have usually 6 to 8 various sized dishes ranging in price from 6 to 18 dollars. We use meat from local, sustainably raised animals, and we always have a vegetarian option! We take great pride in the unique, locally grown, hand crafted food we serve here at the beer farm...and we hope you love eating it as much as we love making it! Please feel free to call ahead or send a facebook message if you would like to know what is on the menu before you come! 479-938-0199
Hey BFF's! We came across this opportunity and thought we'd give it a shot....we entered in the small business grant contest from Fedex! If you're so inclined, follow this link
and vote for us!! We plan to put any winnings toward the Big Barn Buildout and a bigger brewing system!!
More beer more better, right?!
Deck Life is just around the corner......
I keep typing and backspacing, noticing the little list to the left with all of the same sentiments I have already expressed over the last year on these little postcards...."well now". "coming up for air", "i promise i'll post again soon!" ... So at the risk of becoming even more redundant, I went with Happy New Year--since I seem to have missed that occasion ALL together! The glamorous life of a small business owner/farmer/brewer, and the cluttered mind of a woman with about 187 projects actively evolving in her head--makes for quite the entertaining collective :-) That said.....
WOW continues to be the theme around here....I'll just go from the most recent highlight in my mind to the last post and I should be done writing in a few days here.....!
We had a great Valentine's dinner, From California With Love, featuring a lovely spread of California themed and sourced food from our homeland! We flew in fresh Dungeness Crab, clams, fish....Offered favorites like artichokes and olallieberries, even sushi! Of course, we paired our California faves with our Arkansas creations....a good time was had by all. We are looking forward to events like this in the future, we love bringing you fresh, creative food in a comfortable, friendly setting...It's exactly what we set out to do! Be on the lookout for some collaboration dinners with other local faves as well!
As you can see in the photo up top....we added a deck! What a perfect place for the second cedar plank table made by our friend Kendall at Bright Moon Builders! We are seriously excited about the coming warm months so we can enjoy our friends and some good beer, and maybe even a little pickin and grinnin under the summer skies, making more and more memories along the way. Currently we have an outdoor heater (when it isn't raining anyway!) out there for the folks who just can't wait for the sun!
Because we just can't seem to stop adding tiny buildings......
Next tiny building on the horizon is a smokehouse! We will operate our commercial smoker, a grill and a fryer in this little space...making it just that much better to come eat lunch or dinner out on the beer farm!
We pulled off the nearly impossible....we left town and got to visit family! We left under the cover of night on a Sunday after close of business, and raced to California by plane, got in a rental car for 6 more hours, spend 3 glorious and painfully brief days with our littles (who are getting not so little!!) and raced back home. So exhaustingly magically wonderful! We squoze in all of our favorite food and breweries, got to bring family some of our beer, and got to bring some California beer home to share with our Arkansas family. It was sweet but too short--and we can't wait to get them back on this farm!!!
.....And then we turned TWO! Folks we cannot even BEGIN to tell you how much we appreciate your love, support, and your dedication to helping us make Prestonrose a reality! It truly has been a dream come true for us to build this venture and see all of our hard work and dreams come to life! For our 2nd beerthday celebration I brewed a pair of Belgian Abbey ales...one called Abbey Roots, celebrating seasonal root veggies, with carrots and beets blended into the brew, and one called Abbey Shoots, celebrating our wonderful malt produced by the Wizards of Troubadour Malting! We served them up with a terrine of beets, carrots and Green Dirt Farms fresh sheep's milk cheese, on top of a house made cracker featuring the same malted grains we brew with. I was really happy with this manifestation of so many things we hold dear....local farms, artisan grains, connecting food and beer, and sharing them with our community in a way that connects us all back to the roots and shoots that we live on!
We have formed a few new partnerships we are very excited about...We have started sourcing any veggies we don't grow from New South Cooperative, and meats from Grass Roots Cooperative! These are great organizations put in place to connect farms and ranches directly with consumers and restaurants in an agreement that benefits all, and distributes Arkansas bounty around the state for all to enjoy! Give em a look....and check out their CSA if you're in one of their service areas!! https://grassrootscoop.com/ & http://newsouthcoop.com/
I'll wrap up with the upcoming events at the farm and hopefully will be back with another installment of the fine goings on at Prestonrose.
Beer and Cheese Tasting! Weds March 7th 6:30pm. Tickets available here in the online store!
St Paddy's Day Celebration! Saturday March 17th normal business hours. We will have house cured local corned beef and lots of irish fare...as well as our annual release of our Irish Red ale, Cailleach Ruadh!
Spring release of 2018 Patience Imperial Stout! Saturday March 31st, normal business hours, release of our Imperial Stout brewed yearly and released in seasonal increments while we explore how it ages. Limited growler purchases, special food pairings will be on hand.
Look for the recipe for one of your favorite BFB treats in an upcoming issue of Arkansas Times! They were lovely and asked us to share some secrets about a few dishes...so I picked one I think you'll all be happy with! I'm hoping to be able to start blogging recipes here too as time goes on!
That gets us through March, friends! April will be a little light on events while we get this farm back in full swing! Babies are being started in the greenhouse soon, and the tiller is going back on my awesome red tractor :-) Before you know it the market bins will be back out and you'll be shopping the deck for locally grown organic heirloom produce while sipping your fave Prestonrose Brew!!
Much love and friendship from us to you!!
So....yeah. 999mph means sometimes you don't keep ALL of your commitments, and these last few months it was my blog that fell to the bottom of the stack....I'll make this brief as I'm in the middle of brewing and wanted to send a quick note off in light of the new subscriptions we've received this week!
We've had quite a time of if these last few months....bistro opening, farm to table dinner, lots of events off the farm, the close to a great farm season, and our big event commitments come to a finale in just about 10 days! The Farm and Craft Market, which is an event I started 4 years ago to act as a formal close of the farmers market season, and a welcome to the holidays. Our downtown merchants in Paris all hold their open houses that day, and Santa makes his first appearance, so it seemed like a perfect way to celebrate our seasons. In the years since, it has grown from 15 or 20 vendors in the park to an event with over 50 vendors, and one that requires that we close off 2 downtown streets, have food trucks, live music, and everyone's favorite....our Arkansas Craft Beer Garden. It's a great way to try other Arkansas beers we don't usually see around here, and this year is no exception! We will have Stone's Throw and Buffalo from Little Rock, Fort Smith Brewing Co and of course our own selves....serving up some fine craft brews! The event takes place Sunday November 19th from noon to 6 and it's sure to be a great time!! I'll leave you with our flyer for it below, and a whole hearted invitation to join us that day! Prestonrose will be closed that day so we can all go over and work the event!
Here's the link to the event pages!