Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beer and Cookies at Lucky Bucket

Milk and cookies? Not for us! Unless maybe it's a milk stout! Lucky Bucket will be hosting a cookies and beer pairing event on March 19th with Jonathan Bender, author of the book "Cookies and Beer." They'll have two sessions with room for 50 people in each one where they'll pair cookies with beers such as Up in Smoke, Heartland Wheat, and Certified Evil.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Cookies & Beer at the Lucky Bucket Brewing CompanyYour Saturday afternoon is about to get a whole lot better. Cookies & Beer is coming to the Lucky Bucket Brewery on Saturday, March 19.

Jonathan Bender, the author of the cookbook Cookies & Beer (which includes 40 cookie recipes and their recommended beer pairing/style), will be on hand to guide a tasting of four Lucky Bucket brews and cookies. He'll also talk about what to look for in given beer and cookie styles to help make you a pairing expert. The lineup will include Up in Smoke, IPA, Heartland Wheat and Certified Evil.

There are two sessions -- each with seating for 50 people -- at 1 and 3 p.m., so make sure you get the time you want. This ticket ensures that you get a flight of four brews and the matching cookies, along with the chance to learn how to keep pairing at home. Signed copies of Bender's cookbook, Cookies & Beer, will also be available for purchase.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winterfest at Farnam House

Farnam House will be celebrating Winterfest this Friday with a release of their 2016 doppelbock along with a few other beers and a special dinner. See the details below.
Farnam House Brewing will be celebrating Winterfest by releasing the 2016 edition of their doppelbock on Friday, January 29th starting at 4pm. The doppelbock, a fortified, dark, German lager with a big malt backbone, clocks in at 8.5% abv, but has a smooth drinkability.

Other keg tappings for the event will include more special releases such as the 2015 Doppelbock, 2015 Rum barrel-aged Doppelbock, 2016 Special Reserve Bock, and 2015 Farnam House Tripel. Chef Jeff Collins will feature a German-style knockwurst dinner special and special spent grain soft pretzels to pair with the beers for the event.

Monday, January 25, 2016

HopCat in Lincoln is Opening on Mar 19

From their press release...


HopCat – Lincoln opens March  19 with 130 craft beers on tap, free Crack Fries for everyone

> More than 30 Nebraska-made beers to be featured
> First 200 guests will receive card good for free order of Crack Fries every week for a year
> Hiring center opens Thursday (Jan 28)

JANUARY 25, 2016, Lincoln, Neb. -- HopCat - Lincoln today announced plans to open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 with more than 30 Nebraska-made beers on tap and free Crack Fries to everyone visiting that day. The first 200 people to visit will receive a card good for a free order of Crack Fries every week for a year.

The opening is contingent on receiving the necessary state and local approvals.

HopCat - Lincoln will feature Nebraska’s largest draft beer selection – 130 taps – plus a full menu serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

“We anticipate HopCat playing an integral role in the continued growth of craft beer in the state,” said Mark Sellers, the founder of HopCat. “We look forward to developing close relationships with brewers and breweries statewide, as we've done in all the states where we're located.”

HopCat’s hiring center will open at 601 P. St. (inside the Olsson Associates building) at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Hiring center hours thereafter will be Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.. HopCat is hiring experienced servers, bartenders and cooks along with hosts, barbacks, dishwashers, foodrunners and security personnel.

All servers and bartenders will undergo several weeks of training in HopCat’s Beer Bootcamp program, which is designed to teach them about their different styles of craft beer and help HopCat guests find beers they will enjoy.

All guests visiting the Grand Opening on March 19 will receive a complimentary serving of HopCat’s award-winning Crack Fries, named among the top 10 French Fries in America by Food Network Magazine in 2015. The first 200 guests will get a card good for one free order of Crack Fries every week for a year.

HopCat is committed to supporting Nebraska’s innovative craft breweries and will feature a daily Local 20 selection of Nebraska-made beers available year round. Additional Nebraska beers will be featured alongside craft beers from around the world on 110 additional taps.

HopCat will implement its industry-leading sustainability program, with a goal of composting and recycling more than 90 percent of the waste it generates.

HopCat’s kitchen specializes in “food your mom would make if she loved craft beer,” including its famously addictive Crack Fries, recently named among the Top 10 French Fries in the nation by Food Network Magazine.

When it opens, HopCat – Lincoln will be the eighth location for the award-winning craft beer bar, which was founded in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In January HopCat was named one of the nation’s best craft beer bars by Draft Magazine. For the past three years CraftBeer.com has named HopCat as one of its Top 5 Great American Beer Bars. Food Network named Crack Fries among America’s Top 10 French Fries in its July-August issue.

Follow HopCat Lincoln on Facebook at fb.com/hopcatlincoln and on Twitter and Instagram at @HopCatLincoln.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Free State Brewing is Coming Back!

We just received word Free State Brewing in Lawrence, Kansas will be coming back to Nebraska!

They will be distributed by Arbella Distributing. There will be lots of seasonal and one-off beers coming to shelves soon.

We are glad a locally-owned craft beer distributor brought back this brewery. Let’s hope soon the same can be said of others we have lost in the past: Avery, Left Hand, Funkwerks, etc.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pizza and Beer Pairing Dinner with Infusion and SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza

Everyone knows pizza and beer go together like hops and malt, right?
Have you tried the craft beer from the Benson hot spot Infusion Brewing Company? It's amazing, and we're pairing it with our fave SPIN! dishes Tuesday night!
Join us as we pair Infusion Brewing Co.'s flagship beers and seasonal favoriteswith a tasting course of SPIN! dishes. Along the way, our experts will guide you through the pairings so you can experience the robust match up of flavors.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19th
TIME: 6pm
WHERE: SPIN! Papillion
GET TICKETS: http://spinandinfusion.eventbrite.comOnly $25 per person for a favoloso evening of pizza, beer and fun!
(must be 21+ years of age)
Ci Vediamo!!!

Lost in the Woods with New Belgium at Beer Corner USA

Sour beer fans, don't miss out on this tasting event in February!
Do you have a passion for sour beer?
Come get Lost in the Woods with New Belgium at the Beer Corner!
Saturday, February 6th 7-10pm in Max and Joe's Belgian Tavern.
 An exclusive event hosted by New Belgium celebrating the official release of La Folie and Transatlatic Kriek. Here's your chance to be at one of the Lost in the woods parties that will take place across the US in each market including the New Belgium brewery. We will a virtual toast over our big screen to other Lost in the Woods events taking place around the country.
Reservations can be made starting this coming Monday, Jan. 18th at 10am in Beertopia! Call(402-905-2603) or stop in to make a reservation. Payment is required at the time of sign up.
$35 includes....
  • Hors d'oeuvres paired with the beer.
  • Your first beer served in a New Belgium globe that you take home.
  • Also a take home bomber of 2016 La Folie.
The beers to be tapped are....
  • 2016 La Folie, the award-winning sour brown ale that launched New Belgium's wood beer program back in 1997,
  • 2016 Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale brewed in collaboration with Belgium's Oud Beersel.
  • Blackberry Love's Leopold, the Felix (a sour base beer) aged in whiskey barrels with blackberries! This special one-off draft only brew is exclusive to this event!
These beers are all aged in their Foeder Forest. Foeder is a Dutch word loosely translated to "giant oak barrel" and pronounced "Fooder" New Belgium currently has 64. Which
might not sound like a lot, until you consider that most of these foeders holds 130 hectoliters, or roughly 104
barrels (208 kegs), of beer!

Crescent Moon's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, February 5th will mark quite the milestone for the Crescent Moon. 20 years of serving the Omaha area up craft beer! Celebrate with them with a pint night, a foosball tournament, karaoke, and more!
Celebrate 20 years and put down a few with our Special Edition Pint night highlighting breweries that were in the Crescent Moon's original tap line-up twenty years ago! Get your very own 20th Anniversary logoed glass! First fill is $6.50, keep the glass, and get $2.50 refills all night. The beers included in this Pint night will be announced soon.
If you're old enough, you may remember playing foosball at the Moon! To celebrate this long lost tradition we are renting a Tornado table and hosting a foosball tournament starting at 7pm! Call or stop into Beertopia (402-905-2603) to sign-up your 2 person team now for only $20. Payment is due when you sign up. The tournament is open to the first 16 teams and will fill up fast so don't wait. This is a single elimination tournament so brush up on your skills ladies and gents.
Foosball Tournament Team Prizes are as follows...
1st place $200 cash!
2nd place $100 cash!
3rd place gets their entry fee back, $20 cash!
Dig out your oldest Crescent Moon shirt and squeeze into it for the night to win a prize! We will have something for the person wearing the oldest Moon logoed shirt in the house. Sorry guys, employees are not eligible for prizes, just bragging rights.
Got a favorite song from 1996? Get down and get funky with Karaoke hosted by DJ Sue on this very special occasion. Karaoke starts at 10pm.