Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hops for Harmony - 1 Week Away

From their email...


When: Wed, Jun 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Werner Park
What: Tickets will be $50 at the door. Save $10 (each ticket) by purchasing in advance one of the following ways:


You may order tickets on-line through June 5th for delivery by mail.

Tickets ordered June 6-13 will be held at Will-Call.


Purchase at any of the following Hy-Vee Stores (customer service counter).


11650 S. 73rd Street  (Shadow Lake)


180th & Pacific

96th & Q (Applewood)

156th & Maple

90th & Center

108th & Q

144th & Stony Brook

132nd & Dodge

51st & Center


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ploughshare Brewing Dinner @ HopCat (6/27)

What: Four Course Beer Dinner with Ploughshare Brwing Company
When: Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30PM
Where: HopCat, 601 P St, Lincoln

Our June beer dinner will be featuring brews by our friends at Ploughshare Brewing. Get behind the Plough and support this local brewery with this amazing Beer Dinner.

Welcoming Beer: Farmboy / 5% / Cream Ale

First Course:
Roasted Date and Pecan Crostini
Roasted Dates and Pecans spread topped with crispy pancetta and orange zest.
Paired w/ Red Zombie / 10% / Imperial Red IPA

Second Course:
Tomato-Citrus Gazpacho
A chilled soup consisting on tomato, melons, cucumbers, mangoes, with a hint of heat.
Paired w/  Pivo Bublina / 7.2% / Maibock

Third Course:
Seared Flounder
Fresh Herb Seared Flounder paired with Forbidden Black Rice topped with a Citrus Beurre Blanc.
Paired w/ St. Monica’s Stout / 4.8% / Nitro Irish Stout

Dueling Cannoli
Strawberry and Chocolate Ricotta filled Cannoli’s
Paired w/  Oak- Aged Sickle Moon / 8.5% / Weizenbock


Saturday, June 3, 2017

7th Annual Omaha Beer Fest (June 9-10)

When: Fri, June 9th, 5-9pm  /  Sat, June 10th, VIP Entry, 1pm, GA, 2-7pm
Where: Horseman's Park, 6303 Q St, Omaha
Tickets: GA---$35 advance, $45 Day-Of
VIP Tickets---$55 advance, $65 Day-Of ***SOLD OUT***

From their press release---


String up those pretzel necklaces, the craft beer event of the summer is fast approaching! Omaha Beer Fest returns for its seventh year on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th at its new location, on the infield turf at Horseman's Park.

Hundreds of unique craft beers, ciders, and meads will be available for tasting, including debuts from Defiance, First Street, and Saugatuck along with the return of some of your favorites like Oskar Blues, Infusion, and Backswing. Fourteen Nebraska breweries are included in this year's festivities, including Kinkaider Brewing (Broken Bow), Ploughshare Brewing (Lincoln), Thunderhead Brewing (Kearney), Nebraska Brewing and Upstream Brewing (Omaha).

Have you had a chance to experience a Silent Disco Party yet? Friday night, patrons can dance and enjoy their favorite music genre from wireless headsets in the Silent Disco Party tent! Fans can experience various channels as a group at the same time, despite the fact that onlookers can't hear what they are dancing to...which is half the fun!

On Saturday at 4:00pm, the highly anticipated BEER AND BEARDS CONTEST returns, sponsored by Bearded Builders and Horseman's Park. Dozens of hairy contestants will show off their manlihood for cash and other great prizes. Sign up when you get to the festival!

Saturday's VIP Lounge features a craft beer tasting by Tallgrass Brewing Co. and a buffet of delicious summer foods provided by Ralston Arena Catering. Also on Saturday, hourly Beer Academy sessions are free with admission, and include beer and food pairings as well as special and exclusive tastings.

Tickets are available online at OMAHABEERFEST.COM and at the following locations: Horseman's Park (6303 Q St), Omaha Tap House Pepperwood (579 N. 155th Plaza), Spirit World (6680 Center St), The Casual Pint (8718 Countryside Plaza), Thunderhead Brewing Tap Room (13304 W Center Road), Upstream Downtown (514 S. 11th St), and Lincoln Race Course (7055 S. 1st St, Lincoln). Save $10 when buying tickets in advance rather than at the gate on the day of the festival.

Attendance supports Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


For more details, check out their Facebook page. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Upstream's New Bottles Announced

Limited availability. Stop in or give them a call: 402.344.0200

Blueberry Sour - 5.7% ABV
Table Sour - 4.6% ABV
Spaghetti Policy Quad - 8.6% ABV
20 Years Heavy (Double Scotch Ale) - 13.3% ABV

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spilker Ales closing in Cortland, announce final tours

When:  Thurs/Fri. Apr 6-7th, 3-8pm, Sat. Apr. 8th, 12-5pm
Where:  Spilker Ales, 300 W. 4th St., Cortland, NE

From their email release---

Greetings from Spilker Ales, we've got some BIG changes happening.

The good news is that Hopaluia will live on, but produced in a new location. We've moving production of Hopaluia draft beer to Thunderhead Brewing in Axtell, NE thanks to a great team effort.

The other news is that April 6th, 7th, & 8th will be your last chance to celebrate Spilker Ales'  Frankenbrewery experience in Cortland. After 21 years of operation, we'll be ceasing production in Cortland and we'll be giving the brewery a great farewell with an open house, tours, sampling, collectibles, and food vendors on that weekend in April.

You won't want to miss the keg load of fun here in Cortland on those three days in April. Those will be the last days you can buy bottles of our Technique DPA. The last sips of Sonar JAM or Sonar Tropic Grunge ever sampled and the last brewery tours will surely be the best! Besides Technique DPA, Sonar Botanic Punch, and Hopaluia, we'll also have bottles of Apricot Jackpot for sale in 22oz bottles. No limits on any case buys, we'll have enough. Apricot Jackpot has a big stone fruit aroma and flavor with a lightly hopped background.

While Hopaluia keg beer will stay in production, the rest of our lineup will be phased out of distribution sometime this fall. Eventually Sonar, Hopaluia bottles, and Technique will come to an end in late 2017. The first batch of Hopaluia kegs brewed with our added teammates tastes like a piece of liquid art! We've brought a lot of wild and wacky techniques to the new home of Hopaluia and now there are plans for the beer to live on in cans within a year.

From Sam Spilker, owner/brewmaster---

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. I know many of you went above and beyond with your help! In addition, we look forward to keeping Hopaluia, the "Gospel of Hops", flowing that so many of you love. Special thanks to the support of my wife Lisa over the years as well as Lonnie Mulder for getting the dirty jobs done when it counted. The relationships we've made are priceless and will never be forgotten. Though its likely that brewing won't be my main occupation in the future, there still may be a very unique venture or two for Spilker Ales in the years to come. Please stay in touch!

See you in Cortland soon and don't forget to bring your friends and family to get the last tour of a pioneering brewery in Nebraska. Cheers! Sam Spilker---

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hops for Harmony - Save the Date

When: Wed, Jun 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Glacial Till Vineyard Dinner @ HopCat (12/29)

What: Pre-New Years Beer Dinner with Glacial Till
When: Thursday, December 29th at 7pm
Where: HopCat, 601 P St, Lincoln

For our December Beer Dinner, we're putting a bit of flair on it. With the New Year right around the corner, this dinner will be built around a New Years theme. It'll be an all cider event featuring Glacial Till Vineyard. Our Executive Chef, Brandon Bayne also has a great menu for you to indulge before your resolutions kick in.

Welcome Beer: Glacial Till Original Cider

Appetizer: Firecracker Shrimp
Fried Jumbo Butterflied Shrimp Tossed in Thai Sauce
Paired with: Hibiscus Ginger Cider

Soup: Lobster Bisque Soup
Scratch Lobster Bisque Soup Topped with Crème Fraîche
Paired with: Glacial Till Pumpkin Cider

Main Course: 45 Day--Dry Aged Ribeye-- Melt in Your Mouth Tender Steak
Served with Cheesy Au Gratin
Paired with: Glacial Till Barrel Aged Cider

Dessert: House Made Vanilla Bean Cheesecake-- this thing will be sure to satisfy any last sweets your want before your resolution.
Paired with: Glacial Till Coffee Cider

Get your tickets HERE.