Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lincoln Homebrewer Wins Sam Adams Longshot Competition

Photo courtesy of Tim Thomssen

Lincoln homebrewer Tim Thomssen's Raspberry Berliner Weisse has been announced as one of the three 2015 Sam Adams Longshot competition winners.  The annual contest takes on the task of judging thousands of homebrewed beers and narrowing them down to two homebrewers and one Sam Adams employee.  The winning beers will be re-brewed by Sam Adams, and distributed across the entire nation sometime in May of 2016 in a special six-pack.

Photo courtesy of Tim Thomssen

No stranger to winning on the national level, Tim is currently the reigning Midwest Homebrewer of the Year, High Plains Homebrewer of the Year, and Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing Grand Champion.  Tim also won two medals in this year's American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, which is the homebrewing equivalent to the GABF.  In short, Tim makes some incredible beer.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tallgrass Beer Dinner at Brix Midtown

On Thursday, October 15th, Brix Midtown will be hosting a beer dinner featuring Tallgrass Brewing Company's beer. See below for details.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dario's Fall Beer Dinner

Dario's just announced their fall beer dinner for September 30th. Check out the details below!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pick Your Own Pint Night at Crescent Moon and Max & Joe's

A pint night with a twist. You pick the beer! See below for more details from BeerCorner's newsletter.
Pick your own Pint Night! This coming Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.
 Officially the eve of the first Day of Autumn we will celebrate this beloved season with many Fall Seasonal Beers on tap for your drinking pleasure. Get a Crescent Moon  and Max & Joe's logoed globe glass for 6.50 and choose your first fill from as many as 10 Fall Seasonal beers! Keep the glass and get discounted $2.50 refills of your choosing all night long! 

Brickway's Bad Beer Amnesty Week (Happening Now!)

I must apologize to our readers out there in Omaha craft beer land. I was certain that I had posted something about this fantastic idea of Brickway's not too long ago. However, it appears that I dreamed doing so or something cause it's not where I thought it was.

Brickway Brewery & Distillery is sponsoring a "Bad Beer Amnesty Week" where you can bring in your "bad beer" to Brickway and exchange it straight up for a six-pack of Brickway beer free of charge. They'll be putting all the beer they receive to all sorts of good uses, including a dunk tank for brewmaster Zac Triemert to get dunked in tomorrow night, September 18th at 8pm.

Brickway has also been putting up videos each day at demonstrating the different good uses there are for your "bad beer." Check out the videos. I really did laugh out loud at a couple of them!

Here's their press release:
During Bad Beer Amnesty Week all adults with the right to good beer can now have it thanks to an act of goodwill by one Omaha brewery 
OMAHA, NE — SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 — Now through Saturday, Brickway Brewery & Distillery in the Old Market is offering alleviation from the oppression of bad beer. Omahans are being called forth to surrender whatever subpar swill they have lying around in exchange for fresh Brickway beer—no questions asked. In addition, Brickway officials will be putting the bad beer to good use in constructive ways, since it’s basically water anyway.
From September 13 to September 19, 2015, dubbed Bad Beer Amnesty Week, visitors to the tasting room at 1116 Jackson Street will receive a Brickway six-pack of their choice (Pilsner, Hefeweizen, or India Pale Lager) only once they give up a six-pack of another type of beer. No purchase is necessary but participants must be 21 years of age or older with ID, and individuals are limited to one six-pack per day. The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. 
There are many compelling reasons to offer amnesty to those in possession of bad beer. Perhaps you’ve been left with unwanted beer after Labor Day weekend or had to pick something up from the gas station you don’t really like. Maybe you’ve been meaning to try Brickway and haven’t gotten around to it. Whatever the reason, craft breweries like Brickway now represent more than 11 percent of the U.S. beer market, or 21 million barrels in 2014, according to the Brewers Association. It’s a better time than ever to find out why. 
The Brickway crew will be using the surrendered beer in a multitude of ways throughout the week: as moisture for a community garden, for example, and lubrication for an end-of-summer slip n’ slide. On Friday, September 18 at 8 p.m. at the tasting room, brewmaster Zac Triemert will take a dip in a dunk tank filled with it, along with other special guests. “We’ve discovered over the years that there are a lot of things you can do with bad beer that are better than actually drinking it,” says Triemert. “At the same time we want to offer the community a chance to see what Brickway is all about free of charge. It’s a win-win.” 
Visit for more information.
About Brickway
• We make beer for drinking: brewed fresh on premises according to strict standards, tested recipes, and years of experience. 
• Brewmaster Zac Triemert was named one of the “20 Entrepreneurs to Watch” by Worth and one of the “40 Big Thinkers Under 40” by Food & Wine. 
• This is Omaha’s only combination brewery/distillery and first since Prohibition. 
• Pilsner, Hefeweizen, IPL available in cans—all made with premium ingredients and zero adjuncts. 
• We also make Brickway Aged Whisky and Brickway White Whisky, both double-pot distilled with single-malt grain in Scottish-made stills. 
• Find Brickway beers in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota at quality retailers, including Hy-Vee, Baker’s, Whole Foods, Bucky’s, Beertopia, Brix and Spirit World. 
• 16 rotating taps at the Brickway tasting room in the Old Market, including seasonal small batch varieties. 
• On tap at 100+ locations in Omaha and Lincoln. 
Brickway Tasting Room 1116 Jackson Street Omaha, NE 68102

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Habitat For Humanity's Brew Haha

Tonight, from 5 - 9 pm at Stinson Park in Omaha, is the beer and food tasting event in support of Habitat for Humanity, Brew Haha. For more details, check out their website.

Beertopia's Beer School is Back

Beertopia's popular "Beer School" is starting again in October. Check out the details below!
Starting Monday, October 5th and continuing every Monday until November 16th, from 7-9:30pm our extremely popular Beer School returns so that you can expand your BQ... that's Beer Quotient! 
Hosted by Infusion Brewing Company head brewer Aaron Bush, and Beer Corner USA bartender, Chris Bettini. This is a class sure to please any beer minded drinker.
Have you ever wondered about beer cultures around the world? Been curious to why it's called an IPA? Have you heard why Russian Imperial Stouts were created? Do you find yourself perplexed by the difference between a Belgian Double, Trippel and Quadruple? Have you always wanted to try some of the more rare and unusual beer styles around? Then Beer School is for you!!

Besides, what other fun and informative class do you know where drinking and enjoying beer is course requirement?

* Each class includes 8-10 4 oz samples (or equivalent) of beer and snacks.

* Classes are only $18 per course (sign up for all 7 classes and save $18!)

* Payment is due when signing up.

* Enrollment going on now, stop in Beertopia to sign up.

* Make sure to sign up quick, each session is limited to only 25 people and fills up fast!

Courses are as follows:

October 5, 2015 * How Beer Is Made - Hosted at Infusion Brewing Company - 6115 Maple street, Benson, Nebraska. Step into the mind of a brewer and learn how ingredients used in the brewing process create the flavors in your beer, as well as the basics into how beer is brewed. This course will lay the foundation for the weeks following as we taste beers from major brewing sources around the world.

Held in Max & Joe's Belgian Tavern

October 12, 2015 * Beers of the United Kingdom - The great grandfather of many American beer styles, get back to your beers roots. No bollocks here!

October 19, 2015 * Biers of Germany & the Czech Republic - These old world beers have played a large part to the post prohibition era of beer in America, and in much of the word. Prost!

October 26, 2015 * Beers of the United States - American is no longer seen as lowly brewers of just pale lagers, and have now created a brewing scene that is changing the world. See how those styles are changing the face of brewing. USA! USA! USA!

November 2, 2015 * Beers of Belgium - Taste the "Disneyland of Beer Styles" and of of the worlds more eclectic brewing regions. One of the first "Beercation" destinations, see why Belgium has became so popular.

November 9, 2015 * Specialty Beer Styles - With over 20,000 beer styles in the world it no wonder we can't fit them all into each session. Those rare and unusual styles that you may have never heard of will make up the theme of the night.

November 16, 2015 * History of Omaha Breweries with Beer Corner USA & Infusion Brewing Company Owner Bill Baburek - Omaha has been a beer loving town since it was first incorporated and has a long love affair with its frothy goodness.