Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hop Lovers Rejoice; Knee Deep Brewing Company Coming To Nebraska

From the Knee Deep Brewing Company Press Release:
Knee Deep Brewing Company of Auburn, CA. will begin selling their lineup in the state of Nebraska in August. “We have been selling with Quail Distributing Arizona for a year now. The brand has been strong and the relationship with them has been great, said Andrew Moore Sales Manager of Knee Deep Brewing Co. When Quail Nebraska reached out to us, it was a no brainer for us to expand our partnership with their sister company. We look forward to the similar success with their great organization.”

 “Quail Nebraska is beyond thrilled to partner with Knee Deep Brewing in the Cornhusker State said Craft Manager Tim Burke. We look forward to a great partnership with this stellar brewery.”

Knee Deep Brewing Company began brewing in 2010, moved to their current brewery in Auburn in late 2013 and brewed the first Auburn beer in January 2014.  Knee Deep continues to grow its distribution network, actively selling in 16 states and internationally.  Knee Deep currently produces 14 different beers on a regular basis but is most commonly know for the multiple award winners Breaking Bud IPA, Hoptologist and Lupulin River DIPA, and Simtra Triple IPA.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cursive, Criteria, Columbia Vs Challenger top Hear Nebraska-Zipline fundraiser lineup (9/24)

From the Hear Nebraska Website:

In honor of the kinship between local music and local craft beer, Hear Nebraska and Zipline Brewing Co have partnered to bring together five Nebraska bands and five local breweries in a fundraiser for Hear Nebraska.

Cursive headlines the inaugural Beer Nebraska concert and beer tasting event Saturday, Sept. 24. Criteria, Universe Contest, Better Friend and, for the first time in seven years, a reuniting Columbia Vs Challenger will perform in the Lincoln brewery’s parking lot, 2100 Magnum Cir. The bands will be paired with five local breweries —Zipline, Empyrean, Blue Blood, Get Lost and First Street — which will offer a special creation specifically for the event.

“In addition to brewers and beer dorks, many of us at Zipline are musicians and music nerds, so this collaboration is a no-brainer,” says Zipline resident cicerone Craig Reier.

For Columbia Vs Challenger, this will mark the Lincoln band’s first show since waving goodbye from the now-defunct Box Awesome stage June 12, 2009. Founding member and current Powerful Science vocalist/keyboard player Joshua Miller says the band has been kicking the idea around for a couple of years, but is looking forward to making an original lineup reunion a reality.

“I expect it’ll be weird and challenging to put ourselves back into a headspace from 7 years ago, but that’s also probably the most exciting part,” Miller says. “We’ve all grown and can add our new experiences to our music.”

Neither Criteria’s Stephen Pedersen (a HN board member) nor Cursive’s Matt Maginn could recall the last time their bands played together. Pedersen is a founding member of Cursive.

Tickets to Beer Nebraska go on-sale HERE Monday, July 25, and are $30. The fee includes entrance and three samples per brewery. Proceeds benefit Hear Nebraska. Food trucks will also be in attendance. RVSP on their Facebook event page HERE.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brew At The Zoo in Omaha this Saturday

When:  Saturday, July 16th, 8-11pm
Where:  Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St, Omaha

From their press release---

Lions and tigers and BEERS, oh my! Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium will be hosting its third annual Brew at the Zoo this Saturday night from 8 to 11pm. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from dozens of local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines. There will be live music from Will Stallions and Red Delicious, food, fun games, and, of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo!

General admission tickets are $50 per person for Zoo members and $60 each for non-members. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. A ticket grants you a souvenir sampling glass and unlimited sampling of a variety of beers and wines.

This is an after-hours, adults-only event. ALL GUESTS must be 21 or over. Tickets (if still remaining) are available at

Participating Breweries and Wineries:
Blue Blood Brewing Co, Bolo Beer Co, Brickway Brewery and Distillery, Farnam House Brewing Co, Infusion Brewing Co, James Arthur Vineyard, Kinkaider Brewing Co, Lucky Bucket Brewing Co, Mac's Creeek Winery, Moonstruck Meadery, Nebraska Brewing Co, Ploughshare Brewing Co, Scriptown Brewing Co, Upstream Brewing Co, Vis Major Brewing, Whiskey Run Creek Wineyard and Vinery.

Three breweries medal at 2016 U.S. Open

Boiler Brewing of Lincoln, Nebraska Brewing of LaVista/Papillion, and Scratchtown Brewing of Ord were all medal winners this past week at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Nearly 5,000 entries were judged at this international competition with the final round of judging taking place in Oxford, Ohio.

Having only been open to the public since April 1 of this year, the first two medals won by Boiler Brewing as a commercial brewery is quite an impressive feat. Nebraska Brewing is no stranger to this event, having medaled at the U.S. Beer Open in multiple categories in all eight years this competition has existed. Scratchtown Brewing medals for the same beer, Black Eye Imperial Porter, for the second consecutive year.

Congratulations to all three breweries!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HopFest @ The Happy Raven (7/15 - 7/17)

From The Happy Raven Facebook event page:

A full weekend of hoppy beer for the biggest event we have hosted yet! Featuring 48 unique draft offerings over the three day weekend. Open at noon each day. Live music and food as well!

We will be updating confirmed keg list as it gets finalized until HopFest. Stay tuned for more confirmed brews! ALL BEERS WILL TAP AT NOON EACH DAY.

Scratchtown Wonder Twins
Bell's Double Two Hearted
Surly Todd the Axeman
Kinkaider specialty TBA
Infusion Nelson Galaxy
Short's Goodnight Bodacious
Zipline IPA
Empyrean Mango IPA
Stillwater G13
De Ranke XX Bitter
Moylans Hopsickle Imperial IPA
Infusion TBA
Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday
New Belgium Hop Kitchen Botanical Imperial IPA
Surly Overrated
Mikkeller Session IPA
Tallgrass Cherry Lemonade Half Pipe Ferkin

Scratchtown Tiny Tiles
Oskar Blues Pinner
Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
Farnam House Belgian Double IPA
Zipline Double IPA
Blue Blood specialty TBA
Founders Devil Dancer
Bell's Hopsoulution
Alpine Hoppy Birthday
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
Odell Mycenary
Stone Go To IPA
Surly Furious
Surly TBA
Gigantic IPA

Bell's Two Hearted
Great Divide Hercules
Firestone Walker Easy Jack
Kinkaider speciality TBA
Ploughshare specialty TBA
Blue Blood specialty TBA
Against the Grain Rico Sauvin
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Gigantic Ginormous
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Alpine Pure Hoppiness
Stone Ruin Ten
Surly TBA
Deschutes Hop Slice
Avery Maharaja
Sierra Nevada TBA

Visit the Facebook event page HERE

The Happy Raven, 122 N 11st St, Lincoln

Zipline Brewing Beer Dinner @ HopCat Lincoln (7/26)

From HopCat Lincoln:

What: Zipline Brewing Beer Dinner
When: Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30pm
Where: HopCat, 601 P St, Lincoln

Join us for an expertly paired 4-course, 5 beer dinner featuring our friends at Zipline Brewing Co.

Welcome Beer: Hibiscus Saison

First Course: Roasted Grape and Blue Cheese crostini - Thyme and Blue Cheese spread topped with roasted grapes served on a
crostini drizzled with honey.
Paired with: Zipline IPA

Second Course: Tomato and Cucumber salad - Local tomato, cucumber, jalapños, snap peas. Drizzled with a soy vinaigrette topped with roasted sesame seeds
Paired with: Kolsch

Third Course: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin- Medallions topped with Mushroom Demi, Roasted Tarragon Potatoes.
Paired with: IRA (India Red Ale)

Fourth Course: Flourless Chocolate Cake with a marshmallow drizzle
Paired with: BBA Double Chocolate Stout

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lincoln welcomes Mikkeller San Diego! (7/7)

From Good Life Provisions:

Thursday, July 7th

Perennially one of the top brewers in the world, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (the Godfather of Gypsy Brewers) is famous for his prolific variations, experiments and specifically his Beer Geek series of coffee beers originating with Beer Geek Breakfast (first brewed in 2006 in Denmark).

Mikkeller is likely best known in Lincoln as the brewer of Peace and Bourbon Barrel Peace (both brewed in Belgium). While Mikkeller's gypsy days continue at borrowed breweries in Belgium, Norway and other places, they recently worked with Alesmith to take over their existing San Diego brewery after Alesmith moved on to a new facility not far down the road. Nebraska is the first market outside of Southern CA and the Bay Area to get a glimpse of the now maybe-not-a-gypsy-brewer's beers.

Tapping this Thursday, July 7 at 3 locations around the city of Lincoln, Mikkeller Invasion is real and it is happening.

Tapping times may vary slightly from place to place.

Morans (3400 A St.)
Beer Geek Brunch
California Common
Cream Ale

Jake's (101 N 14th St.)
Beer Geek Breakfast (1 of 2 kegs on this opening shipment)
Hop Geek Breakfast
California Common
Sparks pale ale

Happy Raven (122 N 11th St.)
Beer Geek Breakfast (1 of 2 kegs on this opening shipment)
Black Malts & Body Salts (Collab with To Øl)
Shapes Blonde
Brown Ale