Friday, September 19, 2014

Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, & Spirits Festival


When:  Sunday, Sept 21st, 2-3pm (VIP entry), 3-7pm (GA entry)
Where:  Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St, Omaha
Tickets:  General admission ($45 ea), VIP entry ($95 ea)

From their press release----


Sixteen Omaha bars and close to 50 distilleries from around the world are partnering to present the 1st annual Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, and Spirits Festival. The event which is happening at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, will feature over 300 spirits, alongside cocktails created by the talented members of the Omaha Craft Bartenders Guild; a collection of dedicated professionals in the beverage industry that aim to raise the standards and awareness of craft cocktails in the area.

Participating bars include 801 Chophouse, The Berry & Rye, Boiler Room Restaurant, Borgota, Grane, The Grey Plume, House of Loom, J. Coco, Jake's, Krug Park, Le Bouillon, Lot 2, Nite Owl, Side Door Lounge, V Mertz, and Wilson & Washburn. Spirits from Jim Beam, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Koval, Jack Daniels, and many more will be sampled.

General Admission tickets ($45) will let guests sample spirits and cocktails. If old and rare whiskey is what you seek, a VIP ticket ($95) will grant access to the VIP tent where guests will find hyper-aged, rare Scotches, Bourbons, and rye whiskeys.

The festival is sponsored by Beam Suntory and hosted by the Omaha Craft Bartenders Guild. The guild hosted its first event, Breaking the Ice, in March at Joslyn Castle which drew more than 300 visitors. Now, with more bars and spirits producers in tow, the new Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, and Spirits Festival is aiming to showcase all of the best spirits available locally. 

Gates open at 3pm for general admission ticket holders and an hour earlier (2pm) for VIP ticket holders. The event will run until 7:00pm and food will be available on site from restaurants in Aksarben Village. A retail tent will also be available at the festival, allowing patrons to purchase some of those hard-to-find spirits and take them home at a discounted rate.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland.


For more details, visit their event website or Facebook page

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nebraska Brew, Vine, & Spirits Festival

When:  Sat, Sept. 13th, 11am – 8pm
Where:  10th & Capitol Ave, Omaha

From their press release---

The 2nd annual Nebraska Brew, Vine, and Spirits Festival will take place in Omaha’s Capitol District this Saturday, September 13th. This festival is a celebration of all adult beverages that are created throughout our state. Several of the state’s top producers will have their wares available for sample and sale. There will be food available for purchase from 9th Street Tavern and Grill as well as several area food trucks. Live entertainment will also be going on during the full course of the day.

Event organizer Jesse Roberts states, “This is a uniquely Nebraska event. Last year the state wineries asked us to create an event to showcase Nebraska products, and we’re delighted to be able to do so again in the Capitol District.”

This is a sampling event which uses a ticket system. Samples and full servings of any beer, wine, or spirit are priced according to the size and type. Full bottles of many of the items being sampled out will be available for purchase to take home.

Breweries featured at the festival include:  Storz, Schilling Bridge, Nebraska Brewing, Infusion, Blue Blood, Modern Monks, and Lucky Bucket.

For more details and a full entertainment schedule, check out their event website or Facebook page

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Brew HaHa

When:  Thurs, Sept 11th, 5-9pm
Where:  Stinson Park, 2265 S. 67th St, Omaha

From their press release---

OMAHA, Neb.  -  In 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha will build or renovate 50 homes. "Brew Haha 2014" is a fine food and beer tasting event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Omaha  and organized by Habitat Omaha's Young Professionals Group (HOYP). Proceeds from this event will go directly to Habitat Omaha. 

The 8th annual event will again be held at Stinson Park in Omaha. The event will showcase craft  and locally-brewed beer as well as food from area restaurants.

Tickets include all food and beer tasting. Advance tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for patron tickets. General admission tickets are $45 day of the event. Tickets are available online here or by calling Kathy Wells at (402) 884-5759.

About Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Young Professionals:
The Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Young Professionals (HOYP) was founded in 2008 to engage young professionals to influence positive change by promoting home ownership throughout our community in partnership with Habitat Omaha with an ultimate goal of eliminating poverty housing in Omaha. For more info, visit their website

About Habitat for Humanity of Omaha:
Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships, and breaks down barriers. Habitat Omaha partners with families that need safe and affordable housing. We eliminate vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of North and South Omaha while improving the overall appearance of our community. Our homeowners are required to complete 350 hours of Sweat Equity before purchasing their homes through 25 or 30-year no-interest mortgages. Through Habitat Omaha, more than 375 families have realized the dream of home ownership and are ending the cycle of poverty for their children. For more information, visit their website

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Oktoberfest Events!

We missed some Oktoberfest events in our previous post. We don't want to leave anyone out so here are the fests we missed before.

Jerry's Bar 

When: Saturday, Sept. 13th, 12pm to Midnight
Where: Jerry's Bar, 6301 Military Ave, Omaha, NE

There will be beer specials, food, live music and the game will be on the TVs.


Omaha Oktoberfest 

When: Friday, Sept. 19th, 5pm to 11pm
Where: 1302 North 60th Street, Omaha, NE

A fundraiser for the Benson Community Garden Sponsored by Benson Brewery.  Admission $5.00 “fresh food, local beer, live music and great people” 
Featuring Performances by:
37 Years
Hector Anchondo
Stephen Monroe
Monarchs of Speed



When: Oct. 4th, 2pm to 8pm
Where: 141 S 16th St, Ord, NE

Scratchtown Brewing Company have five food vendors confirmed, two bands and these sweet Oktoberfest mugs for sale the day of the event. SBC will also be serving up our own Oktoberfest lager as well.

Oktoberfest mugs will be $10 the day of the event, and a purchase of the mug will include TWO drink tickets. Founders Club members that come to the event will be able to purchase the mug (with two drink tickets) for $5. Mugs will be available for sale while supplies last. Doors open to the public at 10am; Scratchtoberfest begins at 2pm (along with mug sales).

SBC is looking forward to celebrating our first year of operation on 10/4.


Nebraska Brewing Company's DockToberFest

When: Oct. 11th
Where: Nebraska Brewing Company's Taproom 6950 S. 108th Street, LaVista, NE

Details TBA.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lincoln Beer Week Happening Now!

From the Lincoln Beer Week website:

Lincoln Beer Week has officially begun!  Check out he official website for a full list of tastings, tap take-overs, and the September 13th Lincoln Beer Fest block party!

 Monday, September 8th

Empyrean Cask Night
 Sponsors: Empyrean Brewing Co.
 Location: Empyrean Brewing Co.
 Time: 4pm
 Feature: Join us at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill in the Haymarket for the tapping of not one, but TWO casks from Empyrean Brewing Co.: Carpe Brewem Harvest Ale and Third Stone Brown.
 Cost: Free

West Coast Beer Tasting Sponsors: N-Street Drive-In
 Location: N-Street Drive-In
 Time: 4pm – 7pm
 Feature: Try some West Coast beers at N Street on Monday as we kick off Lincoln Beer Week at the store.
 Cost: Free

Nebraska Beers Sponsors: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Location: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Time: 5pm – 7pm
 Feature: Tasting of the beers of Nebraska. Breweries from around the state will be represented including Empyrean, Zipline, Modern Monks, Nebraska Brewing, Thunderhead, Blue Bloods, Lucky Bucket and Borgata.
 Cost: Free

Double Down with Founders Brewing Co. Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Founders
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 5pm
 Feature: Come hang out with Chad Atherton from Founders Brewing Co., out of Grand Rapids Michigan. We have set aside Double Trouble (double IPA rated 100 on RB) special limited release keg aside for those of you who missed out. PS. Maybe we will see some early Breakfast Stout. No promises!
 Cost: Free

Longwell’s Lagunitas Tapping Sponsors: Longwell’s
 Location: Longwell’s
 Time: 6pm
 Feature: Longwell’s will be tapping a special and limited selection from the great folks at Lagunitas! We are tapping Fusion 21 which is a red ale dry hopped with Mosaic hops! Should be tasty.
 Cost: Free

Deschutes Tap Handle Takeover/Educational Class Sponsors: Brewsky’s Haymarket
 Location: Brewsky’s Haymarket
 Time: 6pm – 8pm
 Feature: Paul from Deschutes will be giving an educational tour of their beers. This is open to the public and will help teach attendees about the brewing process.
 Cost: Free

Chico King Tapping Sponsors: Yia Yia’s
 Location: Yia Yia’s
 Time: 6pm – Close
 Feature: Come down and grab a pint of the Sierra Nevada/3 Floyds collaboration Chico King. After trying one or five pints of that, enjoy $1 off all Sierra Nevada beers.
 Cost: Free

Empyrean Brewery Tour Sponsors: Empyrean Brewing Co.
 Location: Empyrean Brewing Co.
 Time: 7pm
 Feature: Head brewer Rich Chapin will enlighten you on the many different aspects of crafting beer while our beer guru offers up 5 samples of craft beer from around the world. Train your brain, train you palate, have fun! Only the first 150 people make it in (lines form around 6pm). Show up early and grab a cask beer at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill in the Haymarket.
 Cost: Free

Zombie Monkie Monday Sponsors: The Hot Mess
 Location: The Hot Mess
 Time: 7pm – close
 Feature: Official release party for Zombie Monkie Porter by Tallgrass Brewing Co. All Tallgrass Brewery cans $3 all night. With a special appearance by Zombie Monkey and your favorite zombie movies on our big screens. Zombie costuming encouraged and rewarded!
 Cost: Free

September 9th

Tuesday Midwest Beer Tasting Sponsors: N-Street Drive-In, Arbella Distributing Co.
 Location: N-Street Drive-In
 Time: 4pm-7pm
 Feature: Midwest craft brews from Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota are in the spotlight Tuesday at N-Street.
 Cost: Free

22oz Tuesday Sponsors: North 27th Street Hyvee
 Location: North 27th Street Hyvee
 Time: 4pm – 7pm
Feature: A 22oz American Craft Beer Festival, featuring 22oz bottles of craft beer from Lagunitas, Stone, Rogue, Deschutes, Laughing Dog, Peacetree, The Boston Beer Co., with the possibilty of a few more. We will be bbq’n some brats for purchase, and will have specialty cheese platters out for sampling to go along with the beers. I’m in the process of trying to tie down some brewery representation for that day as well; hopefully Lagunitas, Deschutes, Rogue, and The Boston Beer Co. In addition to the sampling, all 22oz American craft beers will be $1 off.
Cost: Free

Longwell’s Infusion Brewing Tap Takeover Sponsors: Longwell’s
 Location: Longwell’s
 Time: 4:30pm- 8pm
 Feature: Longwell’s will be doing a Tap Take-over of Infusion Brews out of Benson, NE. We also will be hosting a benefit for Frosty Effects from 4:30pm-6:30PM.
 Cost: Free

Open Harvest Beer and Wings Pairing Sponsors: Zipline Brewing, Open Harvest, Moran’s Liquor Works
 Location: Open Harvest
 Time: 5pm-7pm
 Feature: Pairing beer with delicious hot wings!
 Cost: TBA

Beer + Cheese Sponsors: Arbella Distributing Co., Open Harvest, Moran’s Liquor Works
 Location: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Time: 5pm-7pm
 Feature: You don’t want to miss this cheese and beer sampling at Moran’s Liquor — Izzy, Cheese Buyer from Open Harvest will have a great lineup of imported cheeses to pair with five different Belgian beers.
 Cost: Free

Dempsey’s Founders Food Pairing Sponsors: Dempsey’s, Founders
 Location: Dempsey’s
 Time: 5pm
 Feature: Dempseys will be featuring 3 Founders beers on tap, Rubaeus, Nitro Pale Ale, and Double Trouble, all with great food pairings!
 Cost: Free

Trippin’ Over and Couch Trippin’Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Lagunitas
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 5pm-2am
 Feature: If you haven’t met Thomas Wrona with Lagunitas brewing Co., you are in for a real treat. He will be raffling off a couch! That’s right. A couch. For every Lagunitas beer you purchase today, you will have the chance in a raffle to take home a new couch. Check out “Couch Trippin” on to see how you can win a free party. Also, we have some rare treats on tap. Hop Stoopid, double IPA is finally here on draft and Fusion 21, IPA is new on the market.
 Cost: Free

Go Big Old Red Ale Night! Sponsors: Yia Yia’s, Empyrean Brewing Co.
 Location: Yia Yia’s
 Time: 5:30pm- close
 Feature: Come grab a pint Big Old Red Ale, brewed just down the street. Lincoln’s two craft beer originators united in a pizza joint.
 Cost: Free

Brewsky’s Tap Takeover Sponsors: Brewsky’s Haymarket, Zipline Brewing Co.
 Location: Brewsky’s Haymarkets
 Time: 6pm – 8pm
 Feature: Attendess will receive an education from Zipline Brewing Co. about their beers and food pairing with their beers.
 Cost: Free

Beer Academy: Last Day of School Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Blue Blood
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 7pm-End of Class Period
 Feature: Who doesn’t find studying a little easier while enjoying a few good brews? This is our last Beer Academy class for the semester. Join Blue Blood’s head brewer Gil to learn about malts, what they are and how they make your beer so tasty. He will have a few beers on tap for you to try and some malts and wort for you to check out. So, come prepared with your thinking caps and drinking pants!
 Cost: $10 per person

Wednesday, September 10th

Wednesday Colorado Beer Tasting Sponsors: N-Street Drive-In
 Location: N-Street Drive-In
 Time: 4pm-7pm
 Feature: Beer from the cradle of the craft beer movement, Colorado, is available for sampling on Wednesday at N-Street.

Abita Cask Sponsors: Longwell’s
 Location: Longwell’s
 Time: 4pm-6pm
 Feature: Longwell’s will be tapping an exclusive Abita Cask on Wednesday.

Pucker Up, Sourfest Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 5pm-2am
 Feature: Sour Beers are all the rave right now. Stop by for a cheesy snack to go with some of our favorite sours on the market. Check out the newest flanders oud bruin on the market from Castle Breweryn Van Housebrouch, Bacchus. For those of you New Belgium fans we will have the 2014 La Folie flowing as well. The cheese pairing will be determined by what’s at the market that morning.
 Cheese is free to those that purchase both sour beer selections.

Lagunitas Fusion 21 Tapping Sponsors: Yia Yia’s, Lagunitas
 Location: Yia Yia’s
 Time: 5pm – close
 Feature: Every Lagunitas tapping we have is a success, because everything they brew is exceptional. Come have a pint of another one of their exceptional infusions, Fusion 21!

Dempsey’s Lagunitas Tapping Sponsors: Dempsey’s, Lagunitas
 Location: Dempsey’s
 Time: 730pm
 Feature: Dempseys will be tapping Lagunitas IPA and Fusion 21. Lagunitas rep Thomas Wrona will be there so you don’t want to miss it!
 Cost: Free

Blue Blood U Beer & Brat Pairing Sponsors: Blue Blood Brewing Co.
 Location: Blue Blood Brewing Co.
 Time: 7pm – 9pm
 Feature: On September 10th, 2014 Blue Blood Brewing is partnering with Leon’s Gourmet Grocers to pair their gourmet Brats with our delicious Craft Beer. In celebration of Lincoln Beer Week we will hold this special tasting class for $20.00 and will have a BJCP Trained Beer judge teach about pairing beer and food. Come enjoy 10 different pairings to include cheese, brats, and dessert!
 Cost: $20

A Hot and Messy Tap Takeover Sponsors: The Hot Mess, Zipline Brewing
 Location: The Hot Mess
 Time: 7pm-close
 Feature: Zipline Brewery, one of Lincoln’s finest, is taking over our taps for the night!
 Featuring their new seasonal Brown Ale, the fresh and hoppy Mosaic Pale Ale, Kolsch, and their already classic Copper Alt.
Light Indian fare will be provided free of charge by Sher-e-Punjab and a brewery representative will be available for questions and conversation.
 Let’s geek on some local beer talent!
Cost: Free

Peace Tree Brewing Co. Tasting Sponsors: Moran’s Liquor Works, Peace Tree Brewing CO
 Location: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Time: 5pm-7pm
 Feature: Join us at Moran’s Liquor Works for FREE samples of beer from Peace Tree Brewing Co. and I bet a chance at some swag too! More about Peace Tree…

Peace Tree Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing handcrafted, full-flavored beers with a great attention to quality. Our brewery began in 2009 in a former Nash Rambler car dealership on Main Street in Knoxville, Iowa. Head brewmaster Joe Kesteloot came to us with years of professional and home brewing experience and brought with him a true passion and creativity for developing his own unique recipes. We held the grand opening for our 20-Bbl brewhouse in March 2010, and within a month, were producing and bottling our brews – hand-delivering them to stores, bars and restaurants around the state.

Since that time, we’ve grown quickly, adding four 40-Bbl fermenters to our original lineup of two 20-Bbl and two 40-Bbl tanks. We now distribute across the state of Iowa, as well as Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota.

 Today, we have 6 full time employees, who brew, package and sell our products. Our friendly taproom staff work the front lines to ensure you have a great visit.

 Brewing great beer is our passion, but we are also passionate about where we have come from and where we are going.

 The names of our beers often have connections to the places in our past, especially derived from memories and places in our community and our state.


 Red Rambler: .Since the brewery is located in what was once a Nash Rambler car dealership, it seemed appropriate to honor this history with a beer. The Red Rambler Ale is also one of the most popular in our taproom with its deep red color and malty flavor. The malt character is balanced with three varieties of hops. It is a versatile beer that can be enjoyed alone or pairs well with a broad spectrum of foods, especially flavorful meat, fish and cheese. 5.8% ABV Bottle or Draft

Hop Wrangler: Hop Wrangler 3 is a multi-national take on the classic India Pale Ale, which is known for its intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. We use American, English and Belgian malts for flavor, body and color. This brew includes six hop additions of American and English hops, one each in the mash and first wort, three in the boil and finally a dry hop addition in the fermenter. It is finished with Belgian yeast which develops esters that complement the bouquet of hop aromas. 6.25% ABV Bottle or Draft

Blonde Fatale: Our Belgian-style Blonde Ale will steal your heart as the unfiltered golden hue seduces your taste buds with surprising smoothness. It’s delicately hopped with Styrian Golding and Celeia for medium aroma with a crisp and refreshing bite. The Belgian yeast adds hints of fruity complexity, but be warned – it’s mysterious charm will draw you in again and again. And, at 8.5% ABV, will catch up with you if you’re not careful. Drink responsibly. Bottle or Draft AND MORE!!!
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 11th

Thursday East Coast Beer Tasting Sponsors: N-Street Drive-In
 Location: N-Street Drive-In
 Time: 4pm-7pm
 Feature: Craft Beers from out east on Thursday at N-Street.

Beer Camp Across America Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Sierra Nevada
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 5pm-2am
 Feature: Once a year, Sierra Nevada collaborates with 12 breweries from this great brewing nation of ours to produce a 12pk of amazing beers. We will happen to have two of those limited release beers for you to try on draft. Canfusion is a rye bock produced by way of the collaboration with the pioneers of canning beers, Oskar Blues. There and Back is an English-style bitter coming from a collaboration with, a brewery that doesn’t need to release their beer out of the state of Wisconsin to become one of the largest craft breweries in the nation, New Glarus.

Fall Beer Tasting Sponsors: Whole Foods Market
 Location: Whole Foods Market
 Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
 Feature: Come discover the robust flavors of fall with Tim Eck, our in house beer specialist. Tim will serve up a selection of his favorite fall beers, so can you taste and explore a wide range of brews perfect for cooler nights and football games. Please call Customer Service Team at 402-486-6000 to save your spot.
 Cost: $5

Yia Yia’s Reunited with Craig Sponsors: Yia Yia’s, Zipline Brewing Co.
 Location: Yia Yia’s
 Time: 6pm – close
 Feature: Before getting totally filled up on your Zipline favorites, try Zipline’s IRA Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
 Cost: Free

Belgian Beer Dinner at MoMo Sponsors: Arbella Distributing Co.
 Location: MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante
 Time: 7pm
 Feature: MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante will be hosting a Belgian Beer Dinner Thursday September 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM. This five-course meal will include five unique dishes prepared to specifically to pair with the beers. The beers included will be St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Kasteel Donker, Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau, Kasteel Rouge, and St. Louis Framboise.
Craft beer distributor, Arbella Distributing Co. will have owner Ryan Penke presenting each beer at the dinner. For reservations please contact MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante at (402) 261-5966.
 For more on the beers of Kasteel please visit their website:
 Cost: $50/person

Pig and Pint Sponsors: Zipline Brewing
 Location: Zipline Brewing
 Time: TBA
 Feature: The best kind of pairing combination gastronomy allows for. Featuring: Big Luvs BBQ, Greta’s Gourmet, Serendipities Cupcakes, Live Music by The Wondermonds, Smoked Beer Samples.
 Cost: Free entry

Friday, September 12th

Leon’s Foodie Friday Sponsors: Leon’s Gourmet Grocer
 Location: Leon’s Gourmet Grocer
 Time: 4pm – 7pm
 Feature: Beer pairing with a variety of foods.
 Cost: Free

Friday Local Beer Tasting Sponsors: N-Street Drive-In
 Location: N-Street Drive-In
 Time: 4pm – 7pm
 Feature: Time to check out what’s going on in our backyard. Lincoln, and Omaha area beers available Friday at N-Street.
 Cost: Free

Deschutes Brewing Co. Select and Seasonal Tasting Sponsors: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Location: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Time: 5pm – 7pm
 Feature: Join us at Moran’s Liquor Works for FREE samples of beers from Deschutes’ select and seasonal offerings. Some of the these include Not The Stoic, Mirror Mirror & Black Butt XXVI.
 Cost: Free

Raid the Cellars: Harumeku Barrel Busting Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Zipline Brewing Co.
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 5pm – 2am
 Feature: Loads of good things come out of a barrel. Whiskey, wine, monkeys… why not beer? Zip Line Brewing Co. has taken the Harumeku and aged it in apple brandy and bourbon barrels, and then infused it with Kimmel Orchard cider! That sounds like barrel of flavor!
 Cost: Free

Founders Dissenter and Double Trouble Sponsors: Yia Yia’s
 Location: Yia Yia’s
 Time: 6pm – close
 Feature: Founders night with two of Founders best brews. Come in and try one of each, or double the trouble with two of each.
 Cost: Free

Saturday, September 13th

Keg Tap Sponsors: Whole Foods Market
 Location: Whole Food Market
 Time: 12pm – until the keg is tapped out
 Feature: We’ll be tapping a keg of ‘There and Back’ – a Sierra Nevada/New Glarus Collaboration from the Beer Camp Series. This classic English-style Bitter is a complex yet easy-drinking mix of toasty malt and a fruity, herbal hop flavor.
 Cost: $3 for a take-home pint glass, $2 per fill

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting Sponsors: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Location: Moran’s Liquor Works
 Time: 12pm-2pm
 Feature: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting Join us at Moran’s Liquor Works for a special tasting of all 12 beers from this summers Beer Camp!
 The Beer Camp Across America 12-pack features the following coveted breweries, which were selected for their innovation and reputation for brewing world-class beers. Craft drinkers can explore all dozen beers in full detail at
Ticket sales start September 1St
 For tickets go to our eventbrite.
Cost: $10

Brave New Brew Running Crew Sponsors: Zipline Brewing Co.
 Location: Zipline Brewing Co.
 Time: 2pm
 Feature: Run off all the calories you have gained over beer week, and get rewarded a few pint.
 Cost: Free

Jake’s Lincoln Beer Fest Sponsors: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Location: Jake’s Cigars and Spirits
 Time: 4pm – 7pm
 Feature: Over 200 craft beers to sample from over thirty breweries from around the world. Including some very unique firkins from your local NE breweries. You may find yourself asking “What the f’ is a firkin?”. Curiosity got the cat, don’t let it have you too! Come and enjoy food, friends and most importantly tasty craft beer. Receive a commemorative LBW tasting glass, raffle ticket and all the tasty beer you can drink (responsibly!) with your ticket purchase.
Cost: $30 day of, $25 w/ student ID day of. Purchase your $30 ticket prior to get a $5 beer included with your ticket purchase.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Oktoberfest List 2014

Here’s the Blog’s annual list of Fall Fest beer events going on throughout the state that we know of (at this time). If we inadvertently missed an event going on somewhere, please email us and we can get it added to this schedule. Prost!!!


When: Fri, Sept. 5th, 5pm to Midnight; Sat, Sept. 6th, 5pm to Midnight
Where: Gerda’s German Restaurant, 5180 Leavenworth St., Omaha

Two outdoor tents with live Polka music performances, authentic German food including “ham shanks, roasted chicken halves, German Brats and Knackwurst, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, German Pretzels, Desserts, and much more.” Plenty of German beer options on draft. No cover charge and this is a family friendly event.


Lucky Bucket

When: Fri Sept 12th, 6pm to 11pm
Where: Lucky Bucket Brewery, 11941 Centennial Rd., La Vista

From their Facebook event page---

Our 2nd Annual OKTOBERFEST!!
Party kicks off with the Barry Boyce Polka Band playing live all night!

Enjoy Brats, Sauerkraut, Burgers and Pulled Pork from Fresh Catering and what's an Oktoberfest without pretzels! Bliss Bakery has hand crafted pretzels and delicious beer cheese for you to enjoy. The party keeps going with Polka Music, and our very own German Beer with Lucky Bucket's Oktoberfest Release!

Lederhosen and Dirndl Optional, but always recommended! Prizes will be awarded for best costume!
Get your ticket EARLY and get a Lucky Bucket Commemorative Oktoberfest Stein!
Tickets available at the door day of event for $5.

Must be 21 years of age or older, no kids or dogs please.

Beer sales will include Lucky Bucket Lager, Wheat, IPA, Evil, Big Pimpkin and Oktoberfest for $4
Cut Spike Distillery Cocktails available for $5
Cash or Charge accepted
Advance event tickets can be bought at


Hy-Vee Stony Brook

When: Sat. Sept. 13th, 1-5pm
Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha

5th annual event

This is a beer sampling event, $15 admission fee gives you access to “unlimited” 2 oz. sample pours. There are over 70 different beers to choose from, food will be available for sale, and the Barry Boyce Band will be playing polka music all afternoon for your enjoyment. This is a family friendly event.



When: Sat. Sept. 13th, 2pm until 2am
Where: Borgota Brewery & Distillery, 1116 Jackson St., Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

Inaugural Oktoberfest!

We've brewed our Oktoberfest and simply can't wait to share it with you!

Starting at 2pm on Saturday 9/13, $10 at the door will get the first 100 a full mug of Oktoberfest and $4 refills after that, plus you get to keep the mug!

There will be food available for purchase and live music of course.

Proper Oktoberfest attire is strongly encouraged, you may even win something for you festive spirit!


German-American Society

When: Fri. Sept 19th, 5pm to Midnight; Sat. Sept 20th, 11:30am to Midnight
Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St., Omaha

From their event website---

130th German Day / Oktoberfest

Admission is $5 for Adults,
Children 12 & under: FREE!
Active Military Personnel with ID: FREE!

Friday evening (5 pm to Midnight), will open with the great “umpa” sounds of the Barry Boyce Band in our main hall that replicates a great German Beer hall. Our South hall will be filled with the sounds of Bobby Z Polka Band and our lower Ratskeller will feature the versatile sounds of Wayne Miller. There will also be short appearances of German Folk dancers and singers as they prepare their full programs for Saturday afternoon. Great food and Bier will also be available in our large fest tent behind our Main hall.

Saturday (11:30 am to Midnight), the entire German-American Society complex will be open to admission.

The food will include Brats, Schnitzel, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork from several pigs cooked over our large barbeque pit, and sauerkraut, German potato salad, German tortes, pretzels and more. Friday evening will feature a smaller menu, but Saturday a full menu will be available from noon until 7:00pm as selections last. New this year - a Wurst Haus tent will add to our food selection with tasty German Sausages, more than just Brats!!!

And of course both days the Bar will feature several varieties of tap and bottled “Biers” direct from Germany along with domestic beers and non-alcohol selections.


Norfolk Family Festival

When: Fri. Sept 26th, 5:30pm to Midnight; Sat. Sept 27th, 10am to Midnight
Where: 609 W. Norfolk Ave, Norfolk

From their event website---

Norfolk's 2014 Oktoberfest Family Festival will be held Friday Sept. 26 & Saturday, Sept. 27 in Downtown Norfolk, Nebraska. The Lions Club Parade, Radtour and the Riverpoint Arts Festival, will fall under the umbrella of the Oktoberfest Family Festival, but they will maintain their individual names and traditions. The parade travels through downtown Norfolk, and the arts festival is in Johnson Park.

A special “Oktoberfest” beer will once again be brewed just for this event! Traditional German and contemporary bands will perform under a tent set up on the parking lot behind the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce building at Seventh Street and Norfolk Avenue. Food vendors will, serve authentic German foods. An inflatable midway will be available for children.

Live music and a “Biergarten” will be open both days. Check out their website for more details and a full schedule of events.



When: Fri. Sept. 26th, 4pm to 2am; Sat. Sept. 27th, 12pm to 2am
Where: Beer Corner USA, 3578 Farnam St, Omaha

From their Facebook event page---

Join us for our 13th Annual OKTOBERFEST!

Free Admission
HUGE Outdoor Space!

Live German Music
The Barry Boyce Band plays both Friday & Saturday at 5:30pm
Bobby “Z” and Polka Joy plays Saturday at 1:00pm

Lots of Great German Beer served In Authentic German Mugs, Large Selection of Glassware available to purchase (if you bought a 1/2 liter or liter mug in past years you may bring it back to use so you don't have to buy a mug again this year!)

Ceremonial Keg Tappings both days!

• Authentic Imported German Oktoberfest Biers On Draft
Spaten • Weihnstephaner • Hacker-Pschorr • Paulaner • Warsteiner • Ayinger • Hofbrau Haus

Shot Specials!!

Wonderful German Food (Brats, Chicken, Schnitzel, Pretzels and Desserts)

***Oktoberfest Contests on Saturday, 9/27 (All competitions are FREE to signup for)***.

Foot long brat challenge (6pm) - Open to the first six people who sign up, regardless of gender, to see who can eat a foot long bratwurst the fastest!
Speed Challenge (7pm) - Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 7pm immediately followed by the men.
Liter Endurance Hold (8pm) - Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 8pm immediately followed by the men.
Bavarian Pretzel Eating Contest (8:30pm) - Open to the first six people who sign up, regardless of gender, to see who can eat a authentic Bavarian pretzel the fastest!

German "costumes" thoroughly encouraged!

Families are welcome


Kearney Oktoberfest: 2014

When: Sat. Oct. 4th, 4-5pm (VIP session), 5-11pm (Regular session)
Where: Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 N Ave, Kearney

From their Facebook event page---

Regular Admission Tickets: $5
Drink Tickets: $3 each
Commemorative Mugs: While supply lasts-$15
VIP Ticket: $30 (includes complimentary mug, 2 oz samples, and 1 drink ticket)

The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce Kearney Oktoberfest: 2014. Kearney Oktoberfest is an opportunity to provide the Nebraska craft beer scene and the City of Kearney with a signature event to help generate awareness of our developing craft beer culture. Come out and experience German culture at its finest!!! The event will also feature the traditional keg tapping "O'zapft is", live music, beer-related vendors, fun games and a variety of local food. You don't want to miss out!!

VIP Hour: 4-5 PM gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beer and learn about the brewery's product.

Pre-Sale Information:

Tickets are available at the Kearney Chamber, 1007 2nd Ave. To order tickets either stop by or call (308) 237-3101 during business hours 8-5.


Sidney Oktoberfest

When: Friday thru Sunday, October 3rd-5th
Where: Cheyenne County Fairgrounds, 10955 Hwy. 30, Sidney

“One of the most popular festivals in western Nebraska”, the Sidney Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Noon with the tapping of the keg followed by plenty of fair and festival events during the entire three day weekend. Brats, ethnic food, and cold beer for purchase throughout the entire weekend.

For full details and a schedule of events, check out their event website


Okto Beerfest (Nebraska State Stroke Association)

When: Thurs, Oct. 9th, (VIP hour) 5:30-6:30pm, (Regular) 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Lancaster Events Center, 4100 N. 84th St., Lincoln

From their event website---

21st annual event

This is a food and beer sampling event. Regular tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. VIP tickets are $50 each in advance and $55 at the door (limited to 100). Choose from over 200 different beers from around the world to sample from, food from 20 to 30 top area restaurants and caterers, live auction and music featuring bag pipers and the Wilber Alumni Czech band.