Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Omaha to Host Empyrean Beer Quest Homebrew Competition in May

From Empyrean Brewing Co.:

Attention homebrewers and craft beer fans.  Empyrean Brewing Co. is excited to announce that the next Beer Quest Home Brew competition will be held in Omaha instead of Lincoln.

“One benefit from the change of venue to Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill in West Omaha is the larger event space.  This will allow us to accept a bigger pool of contestants. And with more homebrews to sample we can, in turn, increase the number of attendees,” explained Brewery Manager Jim Engelbart.

This is great news for anyone who has tried to secure tickets to the event which, typically sells out within a week or two.  The Omaha location is welcomed news for homebrewers as it increases their odds of being able to compete.

The Omaha Beer Quest will be held on Sunday, May 17th, at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale starting April 6, for $20 plus tax. Attendees will learn the art of tasting beer, sample all finalists’ homebrews, cast their vote for best of show and enjoy appetizers from Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill.  Participants must be 21 or older.

Omaha is home to numerous independent and homebrewer’s clubs whose members have been unable to participate in Lincoln competitions due to logistics. Englebart said, “We know the homebrewing community in Omaha is thirsty for this opportunity.  If all goes well, we’ll hold one contest each May in Omaha and additional contests throughout the year at the brewery in Lincoln.”

The winner of Empyrean Beer Quest will have her or his recipe replicated by the brewery and put on tap at all Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill restaurants, FireWorks Restaurant and a few other bars and taverns in Lincoln and Omaha.  The winner’s name will be included on tap handles, the brewery website and posted on a plaque that hangs in Empyrean’s brew house.  The winner will be selected by non-contestant attendees during the Beer Quest tasting event. Empyrean has sponsored the Beer Quest event quarterly since 2004.

Homebrewers interested in entering can get contest information at www.EmpyreanBrewingCo.com/beerquest.html.  Tickets will be sold at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill restaurants and FireWorks Restaurant.

Dario's on TV Tonight and Maybe You Too!

Stop in to Dario's tonight around 5pm and you may end up on the Cooking Channel.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


From Tour de Brew LNK:

Moran's Liquor Works and Cycle Works presents Tour de Brew LNK a fun leisure bike ride and charity pub crawl wrapped into one awesome time! The ride is FREE for anyone over 21 to participate. Featuring a different craft brewery and charity each month. Hit the road for free samples, drink specials and raffle tickets for great prizes at the end of the ride!

March 19th: Foster Care Closet & New Belgium Brewing Co. ***FAT TIRE CRUISER GIVE AWAY!
April 16th: Lincoln Bike Kitchen & Boulevard Brewing Co.
May 14th: Malone Center & Lagunitas Brewing Co.
June 18th: JDRF & Empyrean Brewing Co.
July 23rd: Charity TBA & Zipline Brewing Co.
August 20th: The Light House & Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
September 17th: Charlie Brown Kids & Founders Brewing Co.


4:30-6:00 pm
Registration @ Moran’s Liquor Works (3400 A St).
$5 min donation, collect raffle ticket.

4:45-6:45 pm
Beer and Kitchen Sink Cookies at Cycle Works (720 N 27th St).
Collect raffle ticket.

5:00-8:00 pm
Grab a bite to eat and/or drinks at the partnering location of choice,
or ride straight on to the finish:
Brewsky’s Food & Spirits (201 N 8th St)
Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill (210 N 7th St)
Leadbelly (301 N 8th St)
Longwell’s (350 Canopy St)
Ploughshare Brewing Co (1630 P St)
Yia Yia’s Pizza & Beer (1423 O St)

5:30-9:00 pm
Finish @ Empyrean Brewing Co (729 Q St).
Sandwiches and beer. Prizes drawn at 8:30 pm.

MORE INFORMATION at www.tourdebrewlnk.com

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Zipline Benefit for Shaun McCabe, Zipline Brewing Company, April 11, 2015

My brother, Shaun McCabe, underwent an extremely rare Double Lung and Liver transplant at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus on March 10th, 2015. He will need a significant amount of money to help pay for a myriad of things during his recuperation process including travel between Lincoln and Denver after the initial recovery process. The folks at Zipline Brewing Company have been generous to host a benefit on his behalf on his birthday, April 11, 2015 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. There is no cost to attending the benefit. It is a free will donation event featuring food for purchase from Big Luvs BBQ and Catering and entertainment by THIRST THINGS FIRST, Red Cities and The Ghost Runners. I encourage any and all to attend.

If you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to Shaun's fund, please send your donations to:
Shaun McCabe's transplant fund

Much love and gratitude from Nebraska Beer Blog contributor,
Patrick McCabe

Zipline Brewing Company
2100 Magnum Circle
Suite One
Lincoln, NE 68522

Friday, March 13, 2015

NEbraska Cask Ale Festival Lineup

The Lincoln Journal Star has a great write up about about this weekends NEbraksa Cask Ale Festival.

Participating breweries include Ploughshare, Scriptown, Infusion, Upstream, Blue Blood, Thunderhead, Farnam House, Zipline, Lucky Bucket, Empyrean, Nebraska Brewing, Brickway, Benson, Brau Brothers, Tallgrass, New Belgium, Founders, Modern Monks and the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club.

When:  Fri, March 13th, 5-9pm / Sat, March 14th, 5-9pm
Where:  Ploughshare Brewing Company, 1630 P St, Lincoln
Tickets:  $25 in advance, $30 day-of-event (21+ only)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Nebraska Cask Ale Festival coming to Lincoln

When:  Fri, March 13th, 5-9pm / Sat, March 14th, 5-9pm
Where:  Ploughshare Brewing Company, 1630 P St, Lincoln
Tickets:  $25 in advance, $30 day-of-event (21+ only)

Cask beer fans rejoice! The 1st Annual NEbraska Cask Ale Festival is coming to Ploughshare Brewing Co. in Lincoln. Nineteen breweries featuring 24 casks will be participating in this unique event with all proceeds to benefit the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild. 

A paid ticket will grant patrons a collectable 12 oz. Willi tumbler glass along with unlimited cask ale samplings and discounts on select Ploughshare food items. The first 50 people for each session get a NECAF event t-shirt. On top of all that, live music will also be performed during the event. 

Matt Stinchfield, owner and master brewer of Ploughshare in Lincoln is very excited about hosting this inaugural festival. "We have some amazing beers including an Mosaic hopped ale with habaneros from Founders (MI), mint flavored Moo Joos from Brau Bros (MN), and dry hopped helles bock from Ploughshare." Stinchfield explains that the majority of the beers are from Nebraska breweries who are happy to participate and support the state guild.

Cask ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned and served from a gravity-fed cask without any added nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. For this event, all ales will be dispensed directly from the spigot.

Stinchfield did offer some advice for those planning on attending: "We recommend arriving at 4pm on either day of the event, eating a fresh pretzel or house made brat with the discount that comes with your ticket, then attending the festival in our 'chilly' brewery. Coats are advised." 

Following the Saturday night portion of the festival, there is a host of entertainment options in downtown Lincoln including the Chieftains at the Lied Performance Center and The Reverend Horton Heat playing at the Bourbon Theater.


For more details, check out the Facebook event page or visit Ploughshare's website.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spilker Ales is Releasing a New Beer!

Spilker Ales, brewers of Hopluia, have just announced a new beer to their, until now, singular line up of beer. Look for Sonar at the brewery on March 14th and on shelves in Omaha and Lincoln at a later date. Check out the press release below and also this article from the Omaha World Herald.
Spilker Ales will be launching its first new beer in 11 years, Sonar.  And not one, but three entirely different batches of hoppy Sonar adventures will be available in the brewery at one time.  This will be an aroma explosion of nose-pinging hops you won't want to miss.
We will have the Sonar release, open house and tours at Spilker Ales from 4:00pm-7:00pm Thursday March 12th3:00pm-7:30pm ish  Friday, March 13th, and 12:00-4:00pm Saturday March 14th.  402BBQ will be providing some great meats & eats all three days.
Sonar and Hopluia will be for sale by the case of six 22 oz. bottles, $4.6729/bottle ($30.00/case after tax) and remember to  keep'em cold.  Sonar will only be sold in mixed batch cases.  Each case of Sonar will hold 2 bottles each of the three different batches of Sonar.  There won't be a limit on case buys, we'll have enough.
The Lincoln and Omaha markets will roll out Sonar at a later date, it could be quite a while yet before we get all our ducks in a row.
Sonar was created to take you on an aroma adventure of all the incredible new hop varieties that have become available to brewers in recent years.  Sonar will focus on the waves of aroma and flavor of these hop varietals, and every batch of Sonar will be different and constantly changing.  Batch #'s C46, L15, and D40 will be available at the open house, learn more about them at spilkerales.com.
See you in Cortland at 300 W 4th st soon, and don't forget to bring a friend.