Coming Up for Air....

in this light everything looks like magic.....

in this light everything looks like magic.....

Well here we are again....the END of August....wait!  I don't remember the beginning or the middle!!  I suppose it's cliche but we really are reaching an intimate understanding of the things all the "old people" told us when we were young....Life really does go by in a flash and it just keeps going faster as you get older.  Might as well enjoy it and make it enjoyable for everyone else....right?!

Alright....the reports....

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The Farm Report...

As you can see, peppers are upon us!  We have already done one very successful Hatch pepper harvest and will finish them off for the season this weekend (see events section!).  We have more than a dozen varieties of other peppers...in the photo starting with the bright red on the left and clockwise...Aji Dulce, Spicy Paprika, Shishito, Fish, Czech Black, Habanero (mustard, chocolate and regular varieties), Brazillian Starfish, Pimento, Pasilla.   Still tons and tons of those turning all the colors of the rainbow out there, and by the end of the month we should be knee-deep in fresh made hot sauce, powders and preserves made from these beauties!

We had quite a flash storm a few weeks back, 70mph winds knocked out power multiple times and took our sunflowers and some okra with it!  No major damage...the sunflowers were nearly done anyway...this just made for a more dramatic exit :-)  We spent a few hours the night of the storm with our friends Rick and Phil (who were visiting from Missouri and had no idea what they were in for when they came for a "vacation" on the farm!) helping clear trees from roads and highways surrounding the farm, and one BIG ol' whopper at our neighbor's house, blocking him from getting out of his driveway! So thankful we avoided big damage, and super happy to help out where we could.

We had a great hop harvest this year!  We picked a whopping 12 pounds (hey, that's a lot for us!) and the whole harvest went into an English IPA the very next day!  It will be available in a few weeks...We're pretty excited about that one!  Saved a few hops back for making mustard and incorporating into food items at the bistro :-)

Black eyed peas have been replanted in hopes of keeping us in peas all year...Limas are in, and we are excited about the harvest later this fall of the Cherokee black beans as well as the Rattlesnake green beans we will let dry to hard beans on the vine for some interesting refried beans on a future taco night :-) 

Tomatoes are preparing for their swan song...it's been a tomato roller coaster in there...from a bumper crop we could hardly keep up with to invaders-from-mars style tomato worm attack....we have done all we can do and are hoping to coax one more hurrah from them before the greenhouse is transformed for fall/winter.....

Okra is doing what okra does...growing well beyond 8 feet tall and producing more okra than people can eat....par for the course.....

 

 

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The Beer Report....

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Well, that new fermenter is sure getting a run for its money!  We are now at 18-20 barrels production a month, which is just about the limit for our little system.  We are looking into a few tweaks and improvements we can make to our brew house that would make the process more efficient...but as far as capacity goes...this is ALL WE CAN FIT in that little building!  We have a new mill coming, which will make the process of milling grains about 50x faster and much more consistent...just look at how pretty it is!  Huge shout-out to Jim over at Jimboney mills for custom building this cabinet for me, and having a frame and hopper custom welded to fit my rolling bin that I use to get grains from storage to the brewery :-)

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Also new in the brewery building is our commercial oven, and coming soon our 4-burner commercial stove....as we inch slowly toward a full service commercial farmkitchenbrewerything!

Beers....We blew through the last hefeweizen at a record pace, so I'll be brewing up my now-annual tribute to my sister, Jenny's El Hefe...a hot pepper Hefeweizen....to be brewed Sept 25, her birthday.  After that the beer tribute to mom in early October called Blue eyed Susan Brown, a chamomile brown that was very popular the first time around...this time brewed with chamomile we grew, harvested and dried ourselves.  PB Toast was yet again a big hit, so I guess we'll be hitting up Pilot malt house for another shipment soon!  This week we will release two newbies, one called Blue Centennial...which is a beer brewed with two of my favorite malts from Troubadour, Blue Ballad and Blue Serenade.  It's single hopped with Centennial....hence the name....which I came across in a different context recently as well....The National Parks just celebrated their centennial, and in honor of it they launched a new program called Blue Centennial.  This program will explore the possibilities of implementing National Parks in our oceans, which would offer the same protection for our ocean territories as we have on land in our amazing national parks.  We are looking into contributing a portion of the sale of Blue Centennial Ale to this!       

The other newbie, Orange Nib Red, is an American red ale brewed with cocoa nibs and orange peels!  It's mighty tasty, and the Red and Blue go down mighty easy.....

September 30 will mark our fall release of Patience, the oh-so-smoothly aging imperial stout we brewed last December.  It just keeps getting better.  With our kitchen in full swing, we should be able to whip up something tasty that pairs nicely.....

Lastly but not leastly, our friends over at Wylde Abandon blackberry farm surprised us with a stash of blackberries frozen fresh during the summer harvest!  So...naturally.....we had to make you some more Saison Wylde.  It was so popular we went ahead and made a double batch this time....one last hoorah for summer fruit!  Now....where are those apples, pears and muscadines.......

The last of the roasted hatch green chile witbier, Hatch-Wit, will be on tap for our Hatch Harvest event.....keep reading......

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A strange little rootbeer will be released here in a few days....I went all-out and hunted down (and by hunted I mean ordered--thanks San Francisco Herb Co!)  every ingredient that was listed in an "authentic" root beer recipe...sassafras, sarsparilla, wintergreen leaf, ginger, cherry bark, juniper berries, cinnamon, hops, licorice root, dandelion root...it was as fun to look at as it was to make!  The taste is, of course, completely different than what we know as root beer commercially....but I like it.  Hope you do too.

 

The Bistro Report

Seems only right to add this as a section here....the bistro is coming along nicely....slowly, but nicely.  Got those doors in, putting the baseboard up today....moved the beer serving cooler in there after it had a little checkup at the fixit shop....waiting on those tables and benches, and a ramp to get you up in it....and we should have ourselves a little Beer Farm Bistro!

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So much coming soon!!  So excited to finally get to share all of my kitchen adventures with you!!!

So much coming soon!!  So excited to finally get to share all of my kitchen adventures with you!!!

OK, ok ok....enough food porn....back to the reports....

Events

Coming Monday, Sept 4th!  Our labor day gift to you....more labor!  Lol.....we will celebrate labor day with the final hatch green chile harvest and a half-a-day celebration to share it with you!  Noon to 7....there will be food.  There will be beer.  It will be good.

September 30....Fall release of Patience Imperial Stout!  Don't miss out....limited quantities!!!  Small growlers only!!

November 19, Sunday....4th annual Farm and Craft Market in Paris!  There will be music, market and a beer garden!

Tossing around the idea of a small Octoberfest on the farm, old style....stay tuned.

The "grand" opening of the Beer Farm Bistro will be a 5 course dinner with beer pairings for every course.  This of course depends on the delivery of our lovely new tables and benches....more to come.

Thank you for reading all the way to the end!  Or at least scrolling here....Peace out.
 
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Bready Soapy Coffee Infused Tomato Green Bean Beer Soaked World with Roasted Chile on top!

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My friends, my friends....so much to report!  I'm going to try and organize my thoughts into topics (what a concept huh) so I don't leave anything out!  Needless to say, I likely *will* leave something out...please pardon me in advance :-)

32 POUNDS AND THE SWEETEST MOST AMAZING FLAVOR EVER.  Orange Glo

32 POUNDS AND THE SWEETEST MOST AMAZING FLAVOR EVER.  Orange Glo

The Farm Report

Cucumbers are done for the summer...the piles and piles of them recovered before removing the vines are becoming pickles today.  More seeds will go in shortly for the fall cukes.  Tomatoes are in full swing...which means a whole day each week now needs to be set aside for processing what we don't sell!  Juice (Micheladas and Beery Marys coming soon to Sunday Brunch?! I think yes), sauce, puree, frozen, sun dried....Green Beans are going bonkers, so those will have to become some dilly beans and frozen packs for the winter...Hatch chile is set to have another wave of harvest this coming weekend...so be sure to be here if you want your roasted chile fix!  Okra is full speed ahead, we will fry, pickle, gumbo and sautee as long as we can stand it then put the rest up frozen or pickled for the winter.  Sunflowers continue to perform daily...and serve as a habitat for what I believe to be nearly every little yellow finch in the neighborhood.  Think I'll just keep planting them until they stop growing this year!

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...late finish to the new high tunnel prep means winter squash seeds go in late...so fingers crossed there will be pumpkins for halloween!  If not well....we will have a big ol Squash party in November!  Black eyed pea wave #1 looks great, ready to seed #2 along with Lima beans, Edamame and some White Whipporwills and Razorback Reds....And the watermelon.  Oh. My. Goodness the watermelon!  If you haven't ever tried it, go get you some Orange Glo watermelon seeds from Baker Creek and GROW SOME! 

Also going in are carrots, mustard greens, des vertus french turnips and Georgia Collards.  And in another month, more cilantro and a few other cool weather beauties.

The Beer Report......

I really do brew every week.  Multiple Times.  I Swear!  Running low or out of beer has become the norm at the end of the weekend around here lately.....I kept thinking I was behind, or missed brew dates, or some event put us low or i'm just too slow....But no, you guys just come drink it all!  Some new equipment arrived a few weeks ago....30 more kegs and another 2 barrel (double batch) fermenter.  Just brewed the first summer saison in that bad boy, infused fresh grated ginger and California orange peel into the mix....can't wait to try that one!!  Here's hoping our additional equipment will calm the seas a bit....because quite honestly we are at capacity in our little "Brewette".....literally when you put all of our fermenters in their temp controlled room at once...you can't walk in.  So that's it folks.....this is what we can do in the space we have!! Let's make the best of it!!

The gluten free experiment continues.....With the aid of a FANTASTIC new false bottom screen custom made by our brewery builder, Ruby Street Brewing, and some wonderful GF malt from Grouse Malt House in Colorado, GF3 was made in this last brewing cycle and it's been very well received!  It isn't by any means certified gluten free since it is made in the same facility on the same equipment as the rest of our beers, but it is something that folks who are intolerant can enjoy.   This one is a little roasted nutty, a little fruity and came in at about 4.7% ABV. 

I finally got to dive into the beautiful bag of Antero Wheat given to us by our favorite Colorado maltsters, Troubadour Maltings, and made a big, fruity, 7.5% ABV Hefeweizen!  I would say you should come try some.....but it's gone.  Every drop, in one weekend.  Guess that one goes in the double batch plan next time!  Schooley also gave me a bag of an experimental roasted version of Antero Wheat....so we will see what madness I can stir up with that!

A new project I'm starting is Sunday Imperials....I'll make very small batch, very high gravity and super specialized brews about every other Sunday or so after we close....The first one will be an Imperial Stout...because there just aren't enough of those in the world :-)  OK, I love them and I wanted one.  But seriously, this little side project could prove to be kinda special....Thinking I need to bottle these rather than sell in pints....Only going to produce 2 or 3 kegs at a time....we shall see.  Anyone have a counter pressure bottle filler? 

Upcoming brews include the return (by almost threatening demand) of PB Toast, the aforementioned Summer Saison, West Coast IPA for you-know-who, A tasty Abbey, Coach's Cream Ale, Blue Eyed Susan Brown and of course Heritage, etc....Stay tuned!  I try to keep you up to speed on social media posting the beer menu as regularly I can, so you can make the trek out to the farm on the day that's right for you!

Coming Soon.....

I'll try and reserve this category for projects we are actually developing and working on-- rather than the ramblings of my wish-list style brain that has a million projects going on simultaneously! 

The Beer Farm Bistro.....Update: Doors going on this week!  Kendall over at BMR Builders is doing an absolutely stunning job artfully assembling the doors and soon tables and benches! Floors are in! Lights are on!  Sinks installed, A/C works!!! We are a couple hours of silicone sealing and baseboard installation away from making the big move with the beer serving cooler over to the new space! 

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The first official gathering in the new building will be a Table at the Farm dinner (get it?! lol) complete with beer pairings for each course.  We will announce as that date solidifies, and will likely have to do a few dates to take care of everyone who wants to attend....so stay tuned!

In addition to our special dinners and events, we will add a few small food/beverage items to our farm offerings, including espresso drinks, Beery Marys, brunch items, family style dinner options like lasagna, taco nite etc., and much more.  You'll be able to select from a variety of cheeses and house cured meats to enjoy at the farm or take home, and we will offer items made fresh from the farm- like sauces, salsas, pickles, etc.  So much to come!!!

We have been working for a while with our friends over at Viney Creek Farm in Dover, AR having them incorporate our beers into their line of dreamy soaps!  We have had a few bars here and there and everyone loved them, so we are happy to announce a full line of beer soaps made by miss Delinda LaRue herself will be on sale at the Beer Farm Bistro as soon as the shelves are up!!  Joining those wonderful soaps will be many items hand crafted right here in the Natural State...so stay tuned!!

 

In the News...

We have had quite the guest list these last few weeks! 

We had a beer farm first....Our friends Thomas Kiefer and his lovely bride Julia decided to announce their pregnancy to Thomas' Dad here at the beer farm!  They ordered a custom growler ahead of time imprinted with "Grandpa's Brew" and had us fill it up with beer and bring the special delivery to their table while they were here!  Grandpa's reaction was precious, and we were honored to be a part of that beautiful day!

You may have heard that small, independent craft breweries are registering as certified independent through our national Brewer's Association....Our independence and our craft are very important to us, and the association has devised a way to indicate to consumers that we maintain our independence.  We are proud to announce that we are Certified Independent Craft!  Read more about it here, and look for this label on ours and your other favorite craft brews!

As we continue to weave local partnerships into the fabric of the Beer Farm, we are super excited to announce our new partners, Fox and Fork of Clarksville, AR will be providing their amazing sourdough bread (and more varieties to come) both for meals served here at the farm and their monster 3-lb loaves to purchase and take home!  The obvious relationship between bread and beer is a beautiful thing, and it's materializing deliciously over here!!

We are also excited to announce our additional partnerships with Fort Smith Coffee Company, who already provides the coffee for our delicious Fort Smith Porter....they now feature Prestonrose Beer ON TAP in Fort Smith!  Currently they have the porter on tap, and will have Heritage back on later this week!  Spreading the beer farm love all over!!  Once we start espresso service in the bistro, we will use their fresh roasted fair trade beans to rev up your day!

On tap beautifully at FSCC!

On tap beautifully at FSCC!

Grain+Yeast+Water+Love =

Grain+Yeast+Water+Love =

We finally got the Beer Snob to the farm!  John the Beer Snob, a Little Rock writer of all things beer, made the journey with his wife out to the Beer Farm this last week, and visited, tasted and shopped....then wrote a lovely little piece that we are honored to be featured in for his weekly newsletter.  You can read it here

The Evolving shape of Farmers Market in Paris.....This season, I made a decision.  I stepped back from the Saturday morning Paris farmers market.  It was not easy....I spent 4 years serving my new community as the organizer for that market, and I believe we did some good.  We had a wonderful time, made new friends and learned a LOT.  The time has come to accept the fact that Prestonrose has grown to the extent that I am needed here on the farm 7 days a week (until we get that 8th day on the books anyway)....and to accept the fact that the majority of the vendors at the Paris market are very independent and prefer to lead themselves in their own way, on their own terms.  I am forever grateful to Paris and our regular customers for letting me get my feet wet as a new member of the community, a new farmer and a brief leader.  We will continue with our annual Farm and Craft Market on the square the Sunday before Thanksgiving...but our market efforts will be shifted to the online market www.parisarkansas.locallygrown.net and On-farm sales.  We will bring the ability for community members to use their EBT cards for fresh produce here at the farm and several other community improvement projects are in the works...Additionally the pop-up market here at the farm was such a success, we can't wait to do it again!  We are also still working toward a commercial incubator kitchen for our area....more to come on that.

The Farm Shop Online

The stainless growlers are back in stock!  You can order them here http://prestonrose.squarespace.com/new-products/ as well as purchase them when you visit the Beer Farm.  Shipping is available! 

T-shirts, on the other hand, are another story!  We proudly print on American Apparel tri-blend t-shirts and folks have come to know that brown paper bag colored, super comfy version of our shirt.  Alas, as is common in business these days, American Apparel has been sold to another company...unfortunately one who did not see that "tri-coffee" shirt as a big seller, and discontinued it!  We are currently in search of the perfect replacement.....And we will let you know when we find it!  At present I believe all we have left is XXL and small!

Events

Beer Farm Yoga continues Monday nights at 7pm....it has shaped up to be a very peaceful, positive way to begin our week here on the farm....and we are so grateful the lovely miss Anne Canada continues to grace us with her patient, loving instruction.  If you have not given it a try....come on by!  And share some conversation and a pint when you're through!

Table at the Farm Dinner....Date TBA, but know that it will be a Tuesday or Wednesday evening.  We want to be able to put all of our focus into presenting the best quality meal in the most enjoyable setting for these dinners....so we will hold them on nights the brewery tap room is not normally open, and we will limit seating to 18 people.  You'll be able to purchase tickets online and at the brewery once we announce.  We will feature 5 to 6 courses of exclusively local/regional cuisine (mainly sourced right off the farm) paired thoughtfully by the brewer/chef (lol that's me--it still feels weird to say it) with our unique farm crafted beers.  We hope these dinners grow into a tradition and a destination for our regular customers and new visitors alike.  So exciting!!!

Classes.....You've all been asking long enough!  We will add short, small sized classes to the beer farm very soon.  Included (not in this order) will be homebrew classes, cheese making, baking, cooking etc.  Also we are in talks with a local Arts and Crafts shop who would like to come and do a Paints and Pints (or the like) event here on the farm.  Schedules coming soon!

You guys....honestly.  I cannot begin to thank everyone enough, and I cannot explain what an absolute dream come true this adventure is turning out to be.  I think I really just let it sink in the other day that this is really working!  It only took a year and a half, lol, but I'm finally accepting that this business is succeeding and the dreams we had are becoming reality!  I'm writing schedules.  I'm documenting SOPs.  I'm making binders.  It's real.  Not one single second of it has been easy.  Not one single aspect of it has been simple.  Or cheap.  But it worked.  It's a no-days-off, sleep-when-you-can, always-in-business-mode, hot, sweaty, tear-filled, joyous, satisfying, exhausting ride.....and it's worth it.  Thanks for coming along with us!!!

Peace,

Liz

 

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POP UP!!

TUESDAY TUESDAY TUESDAY!

JUNE 27TH AT PRESTONROSE FARM AND BREWING

Come one, Come all!  We are hosting our first pop-up farmers market here at the beer farm next week....and we can't wait!

We have a great lineup! *Music by William Blackart *Fresh veggies, beer and food from Presonrose Farm and Brewing *Goat Milk Soaps and more from Viney Creek Farms *Face Painting and beautiful from the wonderful Feather on the Breath Studio *Homemade Dog treats and other items for your furry friends from Four Dogs Bakery *Fresh homemade bagels and other fine farm items from Pleasant View Farms *Grass Fed Beef, Pasture raised chicken, eggs and more from Meurer Ranch *Fresh Fruit and Veggies from Red Rooster Farm *Fresh Veggies and homemade goodies from the Spicer family *Fresh fruit, veggies and honey from Reavis Family Farm *Homemade Tye Dye Shirts and more from Cozmic Family Dyes *Hand made crafts and sign-up for crafting classes from Maggie’s Crafts The fun starts at 4 on Tuesday June 27th here on the farm! Kick off your summer with a fun, locally grown, family friendly good time on the farm…email us if you need directions, but google maps should get you directly here if you just type in “Prestonrose….” it will help you find us! Address is 201 St Louis Valley Rd Paris, AR 72855 Hope to see y’all here!!

We have a great lineup!

*Music by William Blackart
*Fresh veggies, beer and food from Presonrose Farm and Brewing
*Goat Milk Soaps and more from Viney Creek Farms
*Face Painting and beautiful from the wonderful Feather on the Breath Studio
*Homemade Dog treats and other items for your furry friends from Four Dogs Bakery
*Fresh homemade bagels and other fine farm items from Pleasant View Farms
*Grass Fed Beef, Pasture raised chicken, eggs and more from Meurer Ranch
*Fresh Fruit and Veggies from Red Rooster Farm
*Fresh Veggies and homemade goodies from the Spicer family
*Fresh fruit, veggies and honey from Reavis Family Farm
*Homemade Tye Dye Shirts and more from Cozmic Family Dyes
*Hand made crafts and sign-up for crafting classes from Maggie’s Crafts

The fun starts at 4 on Tuesday June 27th here on the farm! Kick off your summer with a fun, locally grown, family friendly good time on the farm…email us if you need directions, but google maps should get you directly here if you just type in “Prestonrose….” it will help you find us!

Address is
201 St Louis Valley Rd
Paris, AR 72855

Hope to see y’all here!!

Seems like forever.....and yesterday.

Nearly a month since last post? Sheesh....Full speed into summer....no easing into it this year!

WOOHOO was that ever a FUN Beer Fest!!  Cottontown Brews Fest Inaugural is in the books!  A great time was had by all, amazing beer, delicious food and ridiculously great music was flowing and the rain cleared just in time (like minutes) for our friends to arrive and have a good time!  Once the speed of summer slows a bit we will start planning for next year!  Thanks to all the fine folks who spent their Saturday (and Sunday!) with us!!

Cottontown festival grounds.....gorgeous.

Cottontown festival grounds.....gorgeous.

So since then, the wonderful, exciting, inviting, splendiferous Beer Farm Bistro arrived....check it out!  The floors go in today, plumbing is next, doors in a week, painting, table making, electrical, ramp building....all underway in the next few weeks!  We are hoping that will all just be a few weeks and by mid July we will be able to sit, feed and beer ya in a nice cool spot.  We are hoping to kick it off with a Farm to Table Dinner, so stay tuned!

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Oldest son Noah has ventured off the farm to work at the Outpost in Subiaco....so far he loves it, and they love him!  We are happy for him and his independence!  Youngest son Logan came all the way from San Diego to visit this month, and got to work the beer fest, check out the brewery and even helped brew a batch.  We brewed Logan's IPA, and that will be out this weekend!  It's a super hoppy West Coast style, of course :-)

Logan and Noah.....or as we often say Loah and Nogan <3

Logan and Noah.....or as we often say Loah and Nogan <3

Beer Farm Yoga is going well....every Monday at 7pm all Summer!  Come on out and stretch your worries away!  Then have a pint and enjoy sunset on the farm.  It really is quite blissful <3

Tuesday, June 27 will be our first pop-up Farmers Market on the beer farm!  We will have several vendors from surrounding areas come by with their Arkansas grown, made, baked, crafted and raised items from 4-8pm!  We will have food and beer available from the brewery, face painting for the kids, and Live music from William Blackart!!  We are hoping to have a few more of these over the season....it's a great way to bring new product to our area and get to know farmers and producers from different parts of the state!  We may even have a few veggies ready by then!

Father's Day saw a little fun here on the farm...once the rain stopped :-)  Such a dilemma, the farmer me wants the rain...the brewer me wants it to stop so people can come drink beer!  Once that little bistro is ready that should be much less of a problem!

June 30 is the Summer Release of Patience Imperial Stout!  Super limited supply as usual, available by the glass or small growlers only!  Come on out, this one just keeps getting better with age!  We will have some food pairing on hand for that release as well.  Next release will be Fall, end of September so get it while you can!

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The farm is finally showing signs of productivity....every one of the 600+ tomato plants have fruit, cucumbers are going wild (refrigerator pickles for sale at the brewery, SOON!), black eyed peas a plenty, herbs, flowers blooming, it's starting to look farmy around here again....of course the work is never done, this weekend the newest high tunnel with get its winter squash planting, cotton seed will go down, and another round of beans and squash will get sown.  So very worth it!! 

Last but not least we are **thrilled** to announce the addition of three regional artisan cheese lines to Prestonrose!  We will soon be offering charcuterie boards featuring them, as well as cheese-to-go sales!  More on that later.......We have been sampling, (hard work, but we do it for YOU!) and absolutely love the amazing creations from these fine folks, and cannot wait to share them with you!

Thanks for sticking with us, BFFs!  We love you and can't wait to bring you more great beer, food, fun and hospitality out here on the Beer Farm!

One Week Till Go Time.....

Just going to make this week's post brief....which is appropriate as we are all but consumed by this beer festival I'm going to talk about --which is approaching at the speed of light! 

We are actually really.....really....REALLY excited at how amazing the line-up ended being....check it out!!!

If you have not gotten those tickets to Cottontown and hope to go, please get them quickly!  Price goes up to $45 a piece at the gate (if we have any left that is!!)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cottontown-brews-festival-tickets-32482934331

is the place...now is the time!!!  We will see you there....PEACE!!

It's the most....wonderful time....of the year......

the week's storms have brought us some pretty spectacular light shows ...

the week's storms have brought us some pretty spectacular light shows ...

Y'all!  Just coming up for air to get a few notes out from the beer farm so you don't think we washed away!!  4 inches of rain in ONE NIGHT?!  It must be May in Arkansas......

Where to start?!  Since we last posted.....

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Well, Cinco de Mayo was a blast!  We had a great turnout....we estimated about 250 people came out that day to enjoy some music, sun, tacos and beer!  Compared to our usual 50 or so that was quite a day! It was everything we hoped for and more!  Perfect weather, great music, happy people.....WOO! Can't wait for the 2nd annual! A great time was had by all....we love our beer farm family!!

Speaking of family.....we had the pleasure of seeing our beautiful niece Kelsey graduate college in Fort Collins, CO on May 13th!  She's quite the dynamo, and we sure couldn't be prouder!  I think she had the biggest cheering section there!  Her beau, Marcus, graduated too....what a great day for them!  Now they're off in beautiful Hawaii, enjoying some MUCH needed decompression and relaxation.  Hoping to get them out to the beer farm soon!  Thanks to our trusty beer farm helpers Doug and Cass for manning and womaning the ship while we snuck away!

On our super speedy trek out there with Grandpa and Noah in tow, we managed to squeeze in a few visits with brew-folks....One of the best visits was getting the opportunity to meet some of our maltsters, Chris Schooley and Steve Clark of Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins, CO!  They are a BIG part of our brewery, and the magical malts they craft give us the unique, amazing flavors we have grown to love!  We got to see some wheat in its last stage of malting, and even got to bring home a bag of it along with the roasted version of it!  Cannot WAIT to play with that one!  We were so happy to be able to take a few minutes out and talk shop, geek out, put faces to names, and most importantly, share some beer!  The artistry woven throughout their amazing product that only comes from in-depth, honest relationships with the farmers who grow the grains and the brewers who transform them into delicious beer is as clear as the Colorado blue sky.  Chris and Steve are fantastic guys and we are one lucky beer farm to have artisan wizards like them in our corner!

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Another highlight of our travels was a visit with the wonderful couple who built our brewery for us!  Ruby Street Brewing is truly a one of a kind company and Brian and Bobbi are just some of the sweetest people you could ever meet!  When I presented my challenges to Brian with gluten free brewing, (namely the tiny birdseed sized grains I use falling through the false bottom in my mash tun) he took it as a challenge and just built me a new one.  Specifically for my needs, only in my brewery.  Can you imagine?!  Like all of our other partners, they are a small, family run business that hand crafts the awesome product they put out.  We had the pleasure of sharing a beer with them that we brewed on the system they built....it was a great 'full circle' moment in these beer farmer's lives...one we are tremendously grateful for!

In other news.....we finally got our new sliding barn door style screen for the brewery!  Local artist Patrick Voller delivered ***exactly*** what we wanted and we could not be happier!  Check it out!

 

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Last but not least....Prestonrose attended the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival Saturday May 20!  Our trusty beer farm helpers, Doug and Cass, served up samples of beer, stories and smiles in the fun loving, friendly and informative style you've all grown to love (and we have too!!)  We were sorry to miss it but we can't be in 2 places at once...and 700 tomato plants don't plant themselves in the greenhouse!   We will all be at the next festival....Cottontown Brews Fest June 3rd!!  The brewery will be closed for that special event, so get your tickets soon before they sell out!!  

Mudbugs, Babies and More Tacos.....

WHEW is May ever packed!! This is a busy post!  I'll try and sprinkle pretty colors throughout to hold your attention!

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We ended April serving our beer at our friends Amber and Evan's co-ed baby shower!  They've already got 2 adorable little boos of their own, pictured here at the table full of **delicious** fresh Louisiana crawfish!  This was not your average baby shower!!  We had a wonderful time and got to introduce our beers to a few new people...and a few not-so-new too!  :-)  We wish our friends all the best and a happy healthy delivery in July!!

A few new developments are on the books...today we were officially approved for our retail food permit....What does that mean?  Mostly it means you can eat some yummy snacks while you enjoy your farm fresh beer.....it also means farm to table dinners with beer pairings are right around the corner!

Speaking of yummy snacks....come on out Friday May 5 for our Cinco de Mayo celebration! .

....did you know Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862?  It's often confused with Mexican Independence Day...Which is actually September 16!  Being a native Californian, I grew up with many Cinco de Mayo celebrations all around us...and I found out recently (thanks Wiki!) that the American recognition and celebration of that holiday actually began in California when Mexican miners got word of the Puebla victory! 

Anyway!  We will host a small shindig here at the beer farm, and will sell our first official food during business hours!  We're keeping it simple as we grow, and thought tacos would be an appropriate place to start!  We will have brisket, chicken and vegetarian taco options, all made with as many local ingredients as we can get our hands on!  We also will release our new spicy stout called Mariachi....named for the Fort Smith Coffee Co. beans it was brewed with, called Mexico Mariachi.  This one has a little kick to it!  We added some dried peppers from last year's crop and man is it tasty!!  Notes of chocolate, coffee, a little tingle on the tongue....muy bueno! 

Poor Ol' Uncle Fatty will also be joining us with live music!  He has quite a little following....I think it's gonna be a full house!  ......er, uh....yard!  If you're coming, be sure you toss a few camping chairs in the car with ya, in case we run out of room!!  The weather is supposed to be beautiful, and we are looking forward to a great evening with our beer farm friends!  Gate opens at 4, music around 630. 

Have you ordered your Mother's Day Beer Farm baskets/boxes?  Orders MUST be in by the 9th of May to be ready for pickup Mother's Day Weekend!!

Farmers Market is back in Paris!  Saturday May 6 from 8am to noon, come on out and welcome your favorite farmers back at the good ol' Paris Courthouse Square and Eiffel Tower Park!  Every Saturday, same time.

On the beer-genda for next week is a nice classic hefeweizen, and following that will be a fun little hoppy brown!  Lots of chamomile self seeded from last year, so I've got a nice little crop to harvest this week and dry out....then get the first 2017 batch of Blue Eyed Susan Brown in the kettles!! 

On the farmfront....sprouts are everywhere and the tomato plants are trying to climb out of their little pots...so we are in full swing spring!  Just a few more patches of seeds to sow....always....

Our little beer farm bistro is under construction and hopefully will be on a truck in the next month!  We can't wait to get it here!  I'll see about getting some construction photos from our builder over in Stigler, OK!

Save the date!  Monday May 22 at 7pm will mark the beginning of our weekly Beer Farm Yoga!  Normal sessions will be $10 and will be taught by the most lovely Anne Canada.  Get your stretch on and have a beer.  It's a good pairing.....trust us!

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Our new food permit means a lot more will be available to you here at Prestonrose...I'll finally be able to sell you (instead of just post photos of them all the time!) all of those pickles, spreads, roasted peppers, breads and so much more that we produce.  Sky's the limit, so stay tuned!!

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