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!!