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!
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!
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!!
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!
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 :-)
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!
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!
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!!)
is the place...now is the time!!! We will see you there....PEACE!!
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.....
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!
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!
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!!
WHEW is May ever packed!! This is a busy post! I'll try and sprinkle pretty colors throughout to hold your attention!
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!
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!!
It's that time of year....time to bring everything back to life! The header photo there is one of the best things about living where we live...these perfect, entrancing, beautiful flowers just grow wild, everywhere...A friend from Japan once told me, upon seeing these flowers, It makes me thankful to have eyes.
As I type this my workspace is buried in hand written plans for each plot on the farm, sketches of our new building for the brewery, labels for beer festival posters, sketches of the yet-unbuilt cedar boxes for dwarf citrus trees, sketches of gift baskets, and piles...and piles....and piles of seeds. Jars, cups, bags of whole sunflower heads, dried okra pods bursting with future okra. Every year I purchase fewer and fewer seeds...and every year the boxes get more numerous and the number of things I don't have space to plant grows!
In the ground so far are watermelon, black eyed peas, cucumbers, dill, cilantro, chamomile, lots of flowers, 8 kinds of basil and much more. The heirloom tomato and pepper starts are all reaching for the sky in their little greenhouse...transplanting party soon!
The new tiny space for the brewery just got ordered...should be in place and getting decorated for our beer farm friends to enjoy in the next 5 weeks! Yet another work in progress, we know you'll grow into it along with us
We put together some locally produced goods and beer farm goodies for those wanting a little assist with their mother's day shopping! You can check them out on facebook, twitter, instagram and here on our "shop here" page. They're a little too delicate and cumbersome to ship so we're only offering on-farm pickup this year. We are super excited to form new partnerships with several more small, Arkansas based businesses including Bohemian Farms, Viney Creek Farm, Kyya Chocolate, Little Rock Crate and Basket and of course our friends the Merritts and their fantastic hand crafted wooden growler holders! Order by May 9th to pickup Mother's Day weekend!!
Cinco de Mayo is creeping up quickly...and we are getting ready! We have meats coming from Boyd Family Farm, Veggies from Red Rooster Farm and of course Kent Walker Cheese and Prestonrose Beer to cook up a great taco spread for you to enjoy while you listen to Poor Ol Uncle Fatty croon in the Holler. No food truck this time....it's all on me. It's ok...I can do it!!
And Chocolate! We are (probably a little too) super excited to bring another great Arkansas Made product to our neck of the woods...Kyya Artisan Chocolate will soon be available at Prestonrose...here to pair with your favorite craft brew, wine, coffee or just indulge in some amazing, hand crafted, beautiful chocolate...made the way it should be. We know you'll love it as much as we do!! More on the Kyya story soon.
Alrighty then....back on my head.
Well here we are on a blog space...hopefully for real this time! This is somewhat of a "test" post to see that my content actually makes it through to you....and I suppose to test how much you really want to see these posts at all--if you've hung in with me on the last 2 or 3 emails that lead to nowhere...THANK YOU! ....I think I have it worked out....at least the test emails I sent myself seem to make me think so.
So next on the agenda (besides brewing constantly, trying to farm, working out the farmers market, planning a beer festival, establishing a non profit, blogging, ordering, event planning for the brewery and entertaining various groups of tourists, friends, neighbors and customers) is the addition of another tiny building....this 11-30 structure will sit directly in front of and parallel with the existing "barn shaped" tiny building currently known as the warehouse....and will house the beer serving equipment, as many seating spaces as we can cram into it and yes....A/C for the summer and heat for the winter. This will be an interim space, a "waiting room" if you will, for us to welcome, feed and beer you in until such a time where we can present our expanded operations up in the barn. With the serving rigs moved out of the way, this should free up some space for me to make you hungry folks a few snacks....Also decks, pergolas, screen porches are all on the discussion board of late....it should be interesting to see where it all leads.
I'll leave you with that little tidbit....this post should have been enough to get you to the right place if you'd like to click "read more" and come to the blog page to read the posts you missed.
Thanks y'all....I'm gettin back at it.
Howdy y'all! As the sun started setting on our little beer farm tonight I realized it was time for this week's hello....so hello! Spring is springing everywhere here at Prestonrose...everything that possibly can be is turning green again....fireflies are making their seasonal debut...wildflowers are everywhere, the scent of the black locust trees is so sweet and so beautifully intoxicating, it often stops me in my steps and forces my eyes shut, just to enjoy it for a moment. Right behind them will be the honeysuckle, just as distracting with her smell...They remind me of wild plant versions of sirens, testing me to see if I'm really hard at work, trying their best to coax me off task. Nearly 5 years here in one spot, and it still never ceases to amaze me that each and every year we see critters, plants, trees, bugs that we have never seen before. Ever!
I started a "wildflower of the day" post on facebook a few years back....perhaps I'll pick that back up here or instagram...there are so many. The black locus tree was by far my favorite one to learn so far this year (Thanks Living Kitchen Farm!)...just imagine a cross between the smell of jasmine and grape hyacinth and honeysuckle.....heaven. Imagine a little sprig of that tied to your beer glass full of a light, fresh farmhouse saison....mmm...OK! Back on track......
Next event on the beer farm is this Saturday, April 22 at 9am....Sound a little early for beer? NEVER!! Our next installment of Beer Farm Yoga will begin at 9am, and once we're through saluting the sun and honoring the earth...it's time for breakfast beer! We will have pints and homemade bagels for all of our BFY'ers....as well as a special earth day gift of certified organic Prestonrose Farm seeds to plant at your own little corner of this beautiful rock. Be sure to check the events section at our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/PrestonroseFarm/events/?ref=page_internal
Cinco de Mayo is on the horizon! We will have a little "to-do" with some neighbors and friends....We will have our second installment of music on the farm...with the one and only Poor ol' Uncle Fatty! Check out his page..... https://www.facebook.com/Poor-ol-Uncle-Fatty-163545937006133/?hc_ref=SEARCH and come on out Friday May 5th for the release of our Mexico Mariachi spicy coffee stout, some good music and yanno....tacos!
The farm is coming along slowly, but surely! We are preparing beds for planting very soon, and the pepper and tomato starts are about ready for their transplanting! Get in touch with us if you want in on any of the farming fun!
New on tap this week will be our "Tea-S.B."...my take on an ESB (extra special bitter) which includes the added twist of green tea......get it? Also Abbey Rose will be added to the lineup later in the weekend (Saturday most likely)....It's a nice malty Abbey Ale fermented with Rose Hips. Turned out pretty nice actually :-) Ginger Ale will also be back in business.
Don't forget to grab those Cottontown Brews Fest tickets soon! They're going fast and it's sure to be a blast! The first of its kind in our area....we are pretty stoked! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cottontown-brews-festival-tickets-32482934331?aff=es2
Much love to sister in law Sandy on her birthday today....thinking of family and celebrations and all of the wonderful crazy people in our lives....and smiling.
Peace y'all....see ya soon on the farm.