Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Darkest Day Dark Beer Fest in Ord

This coming weekend marks the start of the Winter Solstice aka the First Day of Winter aka "the shortest day of the year". One Nebraska brewery will be holding a unique themed event to celebrate the welcoming of the Winter season.

When:  Sat, Dec 20, 2-10pm
Where:  Scratchtown Brewing Company, 141 S. 16th St, Ord

From their press release----

Scratchtown Brewing Company is hosting the Darkest Day Dark Beer Fest this Saturday, December 20th at the brewery in Ord.

Eleven different dark beers will be tapped that day, with 7 dark beer favorites back on tap, 3 special releases, and one new beer: The Lord of Ord Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

SBC is also providing four different flavors of cupcakes to pair with beer that day. Beer pairing suggestions include:
  • Dark chocolate with white chocolate frosting (Black Eye Imperial Porter or Sideburns' Milk Stout)
  • Chocolate fudge with salted caramel frosting (Prairie Fire Smoked Schwarzbier or Trif3cta American Style Black Ale)
  • Toffee crunch (MMR Brown Ale or 447 Maple Donut Porter)
  • Mocha fudge (Lord of Ord Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

No tickets are required to attend this event.


For more details, visit their website or Facebook page

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homebrewers Appreciation Event at House of Loom

Homebrewers, check out this event at House of Loom coming up this Saturday afternoon! There's no cover charge, you'll only need to pay for any beer you may order.
This Saturday afternoon, December 20th, we will be hosting a Home Brewer's Appreciation/Holiday event at House of Loom. It will begin at 4:30pm and run until 9pm or so. This event is meant to be a casual gathering for all who enjoy beer but we’re also encouraging homebrewers to bring some of their own creations to swap with others, if they wish. And, for an extra bit of fun, we'll be tapping the only keg of Odells "Forbearance” (Belgian IPA) that has ever, and will ever, reach Nebraska (it was only available at the brewery; really small production). We’re also going to tap a keg of Deschutes “Abyss". As always, we’ll have a solid selection of other beers on our remaining 10 taps.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blue Blood and Storz Part Ways

From the Blue Blood Brewing Company Facebook Page:

The time has come for us to part ways with Storz Brewing Company. We here at Blue Blood wish to focus on our continued growth, great new beers, and all of our old favorites. We wish them the best of luck in their continued success!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blue Blood Hosts Homebrew Day Every Second Saturday

Photo courtesy of Casey Diekmann

The second Saturday of each month throughout the winter, Blue Blood Brewing in Lincoln will host a homebrewing afternoon at their brewery, starting December 13th.  The idea is to give people a place to gather, brew, and hangout. They will be opening the place to the first 20 kettles, and will provide the crushed 2 row, and the brewers can brew whatever they like! Homebrewers just need to bring their kettle and mash tun plus any specialty grains and hops.

Blue Blood's Brian Podwinski said about the event "This is how we started, and in the winter it's hard trying to find warm brew days, so why not here?".

For more info, visit the Blue Blood Facebook event page HERE.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New package beer from Lucky Bucket

From their press release----

LaVista, NE -- Lucky Bucket Brewing Company is excited to announce the release of their newest beer, Jug Thumper, a malty brown ale. This new year round offering is the first new package beer release in almost two years. Jug Thumper will be available on draught and in six packs in retail accounts throughout the state.

Lucky Bucket played off their pre-prohibition style theme for this brew stating on the label: "Just as the jug player was the backbone of old-time bluegrass bands, malted barley is the backbone of great beer. Jug Thumper is packed with a plethora of delicious barley varietals -- 2 Row Barley, Caramel malt, and Chocolate malt." Jug Thumper six packs will join the five other Lucky Bucket beers currently available in the market starting in mid December. It is also expected to be available on tap around the Omaha/Lincoln metro areas starting this week.

"We brewed several test batches and received feedback from our fans before releasing Jug Thumper", says Mike Cunningham, head brewer for Lucky Bucket. "We're very excited for people to try the final product -- it's exactly what we were shooting for."

Lucky Bucket will celebrate with a release event for Jug Thumper today (Thursday, December 4th) in their tasting room from 4-10pm.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Beerfest this Saturday

When:  Sat, December 6th, 1-5pm
Where:  Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam St., Omaha
Tickets: $23 (in advance), $28 (at the door day-of)

From their Facebook event page-----

Don't miss the 8th Annual Holiday Beerfest!!!

Sample close to 100 holiday beers so you know what to stock up on for the winter and what to bring to that special Holiday party you have to go to... good beer always makes the Holidays more fun!

Limited Tickets will be sold, so get your ticket before it is SOLD OUT!!

Your Ticket Includes:
• 4 hours of unlimited sampling
• A souvenir tasting glass
• Holiday Beerfest program


Saturday, 12/6 is also the first day that tickets will go on sale for the Extreme Craft Beer Dinner hosted by August Schell's Brewing Co. on Friday, February 20th and the Extreme Beerfest the following day on Saturday, February 21st, 2015! Tickets for both events will be available at Beertopia in Omaha at 10am this Saturday morning.

Krampus Nacht Party at Farnam House

From Farnam House's press release:
Farnam House Brewing Company is hosting a night of fun and revelry with it's first annual Krampus Nacht event on Friday, December 5th starting at 6pm.  Farnam House will celebrate the eve of St. Nick by releasing their Christmas Bock - a roasty, dark German lager.  Come dressed as Krampus, St. Nick's evil counterpart, or St. Nick and get your stein for free.  The kitchen will be cooking up a house-made German knockwurst dish and other food specials.  $10 gets you an official Farnam House beer stein and first fill.  Refills $4 and the steins will be used for future beer releases.