Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2nd annual Omaha Beer & Bacon Festival

When:  Saturday, August 2nd from 3-8pm
Where:  Old Mattress Factory, 13th & Cass, Omaha
Tickets:  $30 each, available online or at the door

From their press release-----

Beer and bacon, what more could you ask for! The First Annual Beer and Bacon Festival tempted the crowd's taste buds and raised over $12,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. Over 1,200 attendees sampled brews and bacon dishes from various vendors around Omaha and the Midwest.

The Second annual festival is going to be bigger than the first and will be held on August 2, 2014 at the Old Mattress Factory on 13th & Cass Sts. This is an event attendees won't want to miss out on! This year's festival will start at 3pm and tastings will end at 6pm CT. Live music performance during the festival by Too Drunk To Fish. The festival will conclude at 8pm.

The first 1,000 attendees to purchase a ticket will receive a 2014 Beer & Bacon commemorative mug. The ticket cost is $30 which includes dozens of delicious brews to sip on while trying the various bacon dishes to sample!

This event is organized by the Omaha Jaycees with proceeds again this year to benefit the local Ronald McDonald House.


For more details or to purchase advance tickets, visit their event website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

John G. Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival, August 16, 2014, Lincoln, NE

For the Second year in a row, the John G. Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival will be held at the historic Ferguson House at 600 South 17th Street, across the street from the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln, NE
The event will take place on August 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
You will enjoy a hilarious beer related limerick contest and given the opportunity to sample 30 craft beers at this event.
Tickets are $25 and include membership to the Neihardt Foundation, which is sponsoring this fundraiser.
Tickets to the 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival  are available from foundation members, or by calling the Neihardt Center, 1-888-777-4667.
 Poets must attend, or buy a fest ticket, to submit a limerick.

Empyrean’s Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA Now Available

From Empyrean Brewing Co.:

One of the most sought after beers from Empyrean Brewing Company is returning to the market, this time with a wider distribution. The Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA was released in draft form this past June and was tapped dry in a matter of weeks.

“Due to its desirability and summer deliciousness,” commented Jim Engelbart, operations manager at the Nebraska brewery, “we’re releasing a few more batches, this time packaged in 4-packs as well as being made available on draft.”

The brewery describes the beer as being “ripe with aromas of mango and tropical fruits, followed by layered flavors of bright hop bitterness and sweet mango that becomes stronger as it warms in your glass.”

Brewed with natural mango, Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA rings in at 90 IBU’s, 17.0o OG and 7.0% alcohol per volume. Look for this beer in Nebraska markets as early as next week.  While Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Wichita, Rapid City, Fargo and their surrounding areas will begin retailing the coveted brew in August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ale Storm from Nebraska Brewing Company Wins a Gold Medal

From Nebraska Brewing Company's press release:
Nebraska Brewing Company Ale Storm ® Wins Gold 
World Class in Every Glass®
(Papillion, NE) – Nebraska Brewing Company today announces a Gold medal for its newest addition to the suite of packaged products. In its very first competition, Ale Storm was awarded a Gold Medal in the Golden/Blonde category at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition.
Ale Storm was produced in partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Omaha based Triple-­‐A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The beer, to date, has been sold exclusively at Werner Park, the home to the 2013 Triple-­‐A National Champions. Plans to expand distribution began earlier this year and the beer will now be available in draft and cans in all of the markets where Nebraska Brewing Company is currently distributed. The official can launch will take place at Werner Park on July 17, 2014. 
Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “We’re thrilled to partner with the Omaha Storm Chasers in a way that we feel best suits a perfect day spent in the bleachers. We can literally see the ball park from our back yard and vice versa. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that our beers are putting smiles on fan’s faces. To enter into and win Gold at an international competition underscores our mantra of quality above all else. This beer married up with our very own Triple-­‐A National Champions is quite simply the best of both worlds.” 
“Quality. Local. Fun. That is what our vision was when entering this partnership with Nebraska Brewing Company,” said Omaha Storm Chasers president and general manager Martie Cordaro. “We are thrilled that our brand will not only be showcased in Nebraska, but throughout the country.” 
Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “Baseball is one of America’s greatest pastimes. A great beer in a first class venue watching a National Champion team is a great way to spend an afternoon. Entering into a partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers has proven to be an unparalleled experience with a bright future.

Nebraska Brewing Company Announces Expanded Distribution

Nebraska Brewing Company announced that, beginning in May and July of this year, they have expanded their distribution into Kansas and Minnesota, respectively.
Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “For years we’ve had latent demand in both of these States but until the new packaging brewery came online, we simply didn’t have enough beer to embrace these markets.” Adding, “We’re extremely excited to finally get into areas that are essentially our backyard. The growth of Craft Beer has been phenomenal and we’re humbled to know people have embraced our beers as they do.”
Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “Both of these markets have the mature craft beer scene we look for when considering new territories. We are thrilled to work with the respective distributors in these states to bring Nebraska Brewing Company beer to an eager group of consumers.”
 It's always good to see local breweries expanding their markets!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Brew At The Zoo" in Omaha Saturday night

When:  Saturday, July 19th, 7-10pm
Where:  Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St, Omaha
From their press release---

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a suds sippin’ safari as we host our first-ever Brew at the Zoo. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from several local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines. Spend your night with live music, food, fun games and of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo.  Cost is $50 per person for Zoo members and $55 per person for non-members. Tickets will be $60 per person at the gate (if available). Tickets include: souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of a variety of Nebraska beers and wines, live music, up close and personal animal encounters, fun adult games and much more!  This is an after-hours, adults-only event. ALL GUESTS must be 21 or older and must bring a valid ID to the event. No exceptions made for any reason. Please drink responsibly.

To keep the Zoo running, we rely heavily on earned revenues, membership dues, donations, corporate sponsors, grants and events like Brew at the Zoo.

Participating Breweries & Wineries:
Benson Brewery
Upstream Brewing Company
Moonstruck Meadery
Lucky Bucket Brewery Company
Infusion Brewery Co.
Farnam House Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Company
Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery
Whiskey Run Creek Winery

For more details or to purchase advance tickets, visit the Zoo's Special Events page

Ales for Tails fundraiser Friday night

When:  Friday, July 18th, 7-11pm
Where:  Marriott Regency Hotel, 10220 Regency Cir, Omaha
Tickets:  $30 in advance online, $40 day of event

Ales for Tails presented by Benson Brewery is an annual fundraising event for the Nebraska Humane Society. An event ticket grants patrons three pints of beer, snacks, and an event t-shirt. Live music provided by The Fishheads. Raffles for prizes will be taking place throughout the event.

As an event sponsor, Benson Brewery has crafted a special beer just for this event named Barley's Belgium. NBB readers might remember that Barley is a shelter rescue dog and was missing from the brewery for a short while back in early May but was quickly found thanks to our readers and the greater local brewing community as a whole.

***Please note: This is a human-only event. No animals or pets are permitted to join this event.***

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out this event page here