Saturday, April 30, 2016

Surly Brewing announces May kickoff calendar

Twin Cities-based brewery begins Nebraska distribution on Monday, May 2nd

To herald the much-anticipated arrival of this Minnesota craft brewery, Surly has released their calendar of their "invasion" of the state, including events and appearances at local bars, stores, and restaurants.

  • Monday 5/2---
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 145th & Stonybrook (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover Night at Hop Cat (Lincoln)
    • Tap Takeover Night at Cunningham's Pub & Grill (Omaha) 
  •  Tuesday 5/3---
    • Tap Takeover Event at Inglenook (Lincoln)
    • Kickoff Party Event at Crescent Moon (Omaha)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 132nd & Dodge (Omaha)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 84th & Holdridge (Lincoln)
  •  Wednesday 5/4---
    • Tap Takeover at Moran's Liquor Works (LIncoln)
    • Pint Night Event at Longwell's (Lincoln)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 78th & Cass (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover at Blatt Beer & Table (Omaha)
  •  Thursday 5/5---
    • Sampling Event at The Still (Lincoln)
    • Tap Takeover at The Happy Raven (Lincoln)
    • Tap Takeover at LeadBelly (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover at Yia Yia's Pizza & Beer (Lincoln)
    • Sampling Event at Beertopia (Omaha)
  • Friday 5/6---
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 180th & Q (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover Event at N-Zone (Lincoln)
    • Tap Takeover Event at Jake's Sports Bar & Grill (Blair)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 108th & Fort (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover at Library Bar (Lincoln)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 70th & Pioneers (Lincoln)
  • Saturday 5/7---
    • Sampling/Tap Event at Whole Foods Regency (Omaha) 
  • Monday 5/9---
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 156th & Maple (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover Event at Crescent Moon (Omaha)
    • Kickoff Party Event at Crossbones (Omaha)
  • Tuesday 5/10---
    • "Meet The Brewers" & Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 145th & Stonybrook (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover Event at LeadBelly (Lincoln) 
  • Wednesday 5/11---
    • Beer Dinner at Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar (Omaha)
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, Williamsburg (Lincoln)
    • Event at McFarland & Sons Irish Pub (Lincoln)
  • Thursday 5/12--
    • Beer & Cheese Pairing Event at Hy-Vee, 27th & Superior (Lincoln)
    • Pint Night at Grata Bar & Lounge (Lincoln)
  • Friday 5/13---
    • Sampling Event at Hy-Vee, 180th & Pacific (Omaha)
    • Kickoff Tap Event at Brix Village Pointe (Omaha)
    • Tap Takeover Event at Omaha Tap House (Omaha)

More information can be found on Surly's Nebraska webpage and via the NE Surly Twitter feed


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bob's Donut Hole Maple Donut Porter Tapping Party @ Scratchtown Brewing Company (4/30)

From Scratchtown Brewing Company:

Help us kick cancer's ass! We're tapping Bob's Donut Hole Maple Donut Porter on Saturday, April 30 at 5pm to support our friend and fellow brewer Bobby Myers [Modern Monks].

Some background for the unfamiliar: Sometimes beer is more than just "beer". To us it's a livelihood where many friendships are made. About two years ago, our good friend Bob Myers brewed 447 Maple Donut Porter with us here in Ord. Fast forward to February 2016 when we learned Bob was diagnosed with coleorectal cancer. We felt the best way we could support our friend is brew 447 again and donate the proceeds to his cancer treatment fund.

This go-around, we're making 447 again with two dozen donuts & two gallons of maple syrup. We're renaming it Bob's Donut Hole Maple Donut Porter. Help us kick cancer's ass and support the recovery of our friend, a guy who's been a part of the Nebraska's craft beer scene since it's been a scene.

So join us for a great time - all proceeds of the beer will be donated to Bob's cancer fund. You can follow Bob's recovery here:

Scratchtown Brewing Company - 141 S 16th St, Ord, NE

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Smoked Beerfest and BBQ Competition at Scratchtown

Scratchtown is celebrating both American Craft Beer Week and National Beef Month by holding a smoked beerfest and BBQ competition on May 21st. Check out the details below and at their Facebook event page.

We're hosting our own smoked beerfest along with a BBQ competition on 5/21 to celebrate American Craft Beer Week and National Beef Month in collaboration with our local Nebraska Cattlemen - Burwell Affiliate.
That same day we're also hosting a food and fundraiser for the Ord Food Pantry. Details for the event are coming soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

1st Annual Happy Raven Sour Fest - April 23rd

From the Happy Raven Facebook event page:

A full day of Sour and Wild Ales! Tappings every hour and bottle featured every half hour. Looking forward to seeing Big Luvs BBQ & Catering and Kitchen Sink Cookie Company at Sourfest!



1 PM
Rubeaus Nitro
Nebraska Apricot Au Poivre Saison
Blue Blood (TBA)
Farnam House (TBA)
Odell Meddler
Ritterguts Gose
Destihl Here Gose Nothing

2 PM
Jolly Pumpkin IO Saison

3 PM
Grand Dame Oud Bruin

4 PM
Way Brewery TBA (Brazil)

5 PM
To Ol Sur Citra

6 PM
Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Raspberries)

7 PM
St Louise Gueze Fond Tradition

8 PM
De Proef Wekken Sour

9 PM
Lagunitas Aunt Sally

10 PM
Goose Island Lolita

11 PM
Mikkeller Spontanpeach


1 PM
Monk's Cafe
Madhouse Black and Blue
Brau Brothers Village Tart
Brauwerij Slaapmutske Flemish Old Style Sour Ale (FLOSS)
Kerkom Reuss
To Ol Sur Amarillo
Cuvee Des Jacobins
Goose Island Juliet

2:30 PM
Drie Fonteinen TBA

3:30 PM
Crooked Stave Serenata Notturna Reserva with Blueberries

4:30 PM

5:30 PM
Goose Island Gillian

6:30 PM
Boulevard Love Child #7

7:30 PM
Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien

8:30 PM

Tilquiin Gueze A L'Ancienne

Tilquin Stout Rullquin

Stay tuned for the finalized list to be announced along with the two special releases!

The Happy Raven - 122 N 11th St, Lincoln
Facebook event page HERE

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Whisky & Girl Scout Cookies at Brickway

Could there be a better pairing with whisky than girl scout cookies?
Whisky and Girl Scout Cookies, two of our favorites paired together. Come by Brickway any time after 6pm and we will set you up with a flight of four whiskies paired with 4 different Girl Scout Cookie varieties. We can't think of a better way to spend $20.
Brickway's FaceBook event page.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Inglenook: A Look Inside Lincoln's Unique New Craft Beer Bar

Lincoln's beer scene has been on a war path to greatness as of late, and one of the new gems in town is little bar named Inglenook.  Located in the Haymarket at 728 Q Street, owners Matt Taylor and Diana Gutsche have created a place to enjoy good beer and conversation with great people in a relaxed environment.  The design is subtly bursting with character and well thought out details that are complimented by their top notch craft beer selection.  We got a moment to catch up with Matt to learn a bit more.

(Photo courtesy of Inglenook's Facebook page)

What was the vision behind creating Inglenook?

Inglenook was created because there was an opportunity to create an environment in a small space within a well known neighborhood. Also, Inglenook was created because it was very important for me to show my employees that there is room for growth in this industry. I have the benefit to employ many people that believe in our company culture and stay with our brand for a number of years. In order for them to pursue their professional career, we need to give them opportunities for growth. Unless I had a manager quit or get fired, there was no room for talented and motivated employees to cultivate careers. Inglenook focuses on craft beer first, but it also curates craft cocktails. There is an opportunity in this market for a bar that offers well crafted beer and cocktails in an adult environment. The fireplace, plants, lounge furniture and books are used to create an environment that feels like an extension of our home and family. My Uncle has a personal study in his house that I have always loved and is where the inspiration came for the decor. With the help of Loft and Craft, the inspiration became realized through all the beautiful furniture and antiques that help to create the cozy atmosphere in Inglenook.

(Photo courtesy of Inglenook and Joe Andersen of 4E Photography)

What are your backgrounds?

I was a business major at UNL and quickly after college learned that the finance industry was not a good fit. I opened Tavern in 2010 with a business partner and then later opened The Other Room in 2013. After experiencing the entrepreneur life I realized this was a much better fit. I love betting on my strengths and hiring people that are great at my weaknesses. Most of the business plans deal with finding people that are great at what they do and staying out of their way!

Diana has a well rounded career in the service industry. From humble beginnings popping popcorn and scooping ice cream to managing others in retail shops, bartending has proven to be where her passion lies. While working at the Blue Orchid she had her first experience behind a bar in 2005. Through the experience of using fresh ingredients and a wide variety of spirits she had the opportunity to build cocktails specific to her customers. She found joy in building relationships with customers, employees and others in the craft industry. She quickly outgrew the restaurant bar and sought out a job at a new bar, Jake’s Cigars and Spirits in 2009 where she grew into a management position quickly. Managing the bar at Jake’s Cigars and Spirits helped her to acquire a wealth of knowledge in craft beer, and craft beer came natural to her. The sense of community and the education involved in an ever growing craft beer industry creates an environment for her to learn and grow with other passionate people in the industry. Another opportunity for growth was provided when we asked if she'd like to work at The Other Room. It was a move away from craft beer, but a chance to find her future business partner. In a very short period of time we found that each others strengths would help in establishing a new bar in the Haymarket. Through education of product and personal relationships she creates a welcoming environment at Inglenook.

(Photo courtesy of Inglenook and Joe Andersen of 4E Photography)

Where did the name come from?

“Ingle” means fireplace in Old English, and “nook” is the area that holds the fireplace. Originating in medieval times, the inglenook was the room used to welcome guests and make them feel comfortable. As houses became smaller the inglenook developed into the hearth or kitchen area of the house. In Nebraska, sod houses had no separation of rooms. A guest was welcome to sit by the fireplace and make themselves comfortable. With our establishment, the customer makes their way inside our main building with the thought that they are walking into an office building. Once they open the doors to our establishment, they are greeted by a warm and cozy environment.

(Photo courtesy of Inglenook and Joe Andersen of 4E Photography)

What types of events can we expect regarding the craft beer program?

The beer program at Inglenook is modeled around education. There are so many beers available in the market now. The goal at Inglenook is to provide a variety of craft beers for customers to broaden their knowledge with every sip. 8 taps and 40-50 bottles/cans will help consumers experience a variety of different craft beers. There will be a number of events throughout the year focused on providing special release craft beer.

April Beer Events @ HopCat

From HopCat's event calendar:

SuperDank Fest (4/20 @ 4:20)

Join us as we'll be featuring a number of big, dank, resiny IPAs and other holiday themed beers on 4/20. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a custom Super Dank Zippo lighter.

Some of our featured beers include:
Green Flash Brewing Co. Imperial IPA
Lagunitas Brewing Co Waldo's Special
New Belgium Brewing Hop Kitchen Botanical Imperial IPA
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
Stone Brewing Enjoy By 4.20

Earth Day (4/22, all day)

As part of our continuing efforts to be environmentally conscious we are teaming up with a local organization that is working to add carbon-sequestering green space to our urban environments for Earth Day. We will be working with Big Red Worms, the organization that takes our compost! This division of the Nebraska Farmer’s Union uses traditional hot composting, and then feeds this material to worms to create a nutrient-dense soil.

We will also enlist the help of our brewery friends. We will be donating a portion of pint sales from the following beers to Big Red Worms and we will match this donation up to $300.
Green Flash - American Imperial IPA
Lagunitas - Waldo's Special Ale
New Belgium - Hop Kitchen: Botanical Imperial
Sierra Nevada - Hop Hunter

From 11:00am until 2:00pm on 4/22, Big Red Worms will be on hand with information on what they do in our community and volunteer opportunities for our guests.