Thursday, May 26, 2016

Benson Beer Fest 2016

Benson Beer Fest will once again be shutting down a good chunk of Maple Street and opening up a bunch of beer for you to try this June! In my personal opinion, it is one of the best beer fests in Omaha each year. There's just something about the atmosphere that feels right!

Don't miss it! June 4th from 3 to 7pm with a VIP hour starting an hour earlier at 2pm.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lincoln Beer Week (May 16th - 22nd)

Lincoln Beer Week 2016 kicks off Monday, May 16th going through Sunday, May 22nd.

This year they have created an app that includes a digital passport that will let you check-in at participating locations to win prizes, access the full calendar of events, search for locations that are nearby you, and share your check-ins through Facebook and Twitter to help support Lincoln Beer Week.

Android App DOWNLOAD
Website Event CALENDAR
Official Facebook PAGE

Participating establishments:

The Happy Raven
Jake's Cigars & Spirits
Tavern on the Square

Blue Blood Brewing Company
Boiler Brewing Company
Empyrean Brewing Company
Ploughshare Brewing Company
Zipline Brewing Company

Lazlo's South
Lazlo's Haymarket
MacFarland and Son's Irish Pub
McKinney's Irish Pub
Miller Time Pub & Grill
Single Barrel

Leon's Gourmet Grocer
Meier's Cork n Bottle
Moran's Liquor Works
N Street Drive In
Stop N Shop
Whole Foods

Nebraska Brewers Win at the World Beer Cup

At the recent World Beer Cup, two Nebraska breweries took home medals. Farnam House won a silver medal for their Bier de Garde and Ploughshare won silver for their blond bockbier, Pivo Bublina. Congratulations, you guys! Here's to more future medals!

By now I am sure you have heard that Farnam House took home a silver medal for our Biere de Garde. It was in the category for Belgian and French style Ales. There are many great beers in this category and to even be considered is an honor. To be judged as one of the three best is very humbling to say the least. We got to share this stage with Gold Medal winner Barrel Aged Woodthrush from Little Fish Brewing in Athens, OH. The Bronze went to Domaine DuPage from Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL. Cheers!! #Nebraskabeer #worldbeercup#worldbeercup2016 #craftbeer #Omaha #Nebraska#Wedontcoast #explorenebraska

Ploughshare Brewing Co. Wins Award at World Beer CupLincoln, Nebraska • May 9, 2016—Ploughshare Brewing Co. claimed a silver award in the 2016 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers. Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were presented May 6, 2016 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ploughshare was awarded the silver award in the German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock beer style category for its Pivo Bublina, a
blond bockbier with notable honey, marmalade, and floral hop notes and an off-sweet finish. Maibock, literally a bockbier (strong lager) brewed for release around May 1st, is a traditional pale colored bock style and is generally hoppier and crisper than the sweeter dark bocks brewed brewed for Christmas and Easter.
 “This beer exemplifies what craft brewers can do to honor classic beer styles. Our custom brewhouse allows us to craft lagers such as Pivo Bublina in the same manner as the best German and Czech brewers,” said Matt Stinchfield, Founder at Ploughshare. “We chose the best quality German malt, hops, and yeast, which along with our exceptional brewing water and patience, gave us all the ingredients to produce a world class lager.”
 Pivo Bublina is Czech for “beer bubble.” Stinchfield explains the name: “After two glasses of this deceptively strong lager, you might find yourself in a place of mellow wellbeing. We call this “being in the beer bubble, hence the name.” The winning beer is on tap at the brewery’s taproom and at better draught accounts in the Lincoln area. World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 253 beer judges from 31 countries. Regarded as the “Olympics of Beer Competition,” the World Beer Cup saw an impressive field of 6,596 entries from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries. Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. For more additional information, visit the World Beer Cup website. Ploughshare is a 15-bbl microbrewery located at 1630 P St. in Lincoln. The brewery specializes in brewing classic styles of ales and lagers, as well as adventurous seasonal styles. Ploughshare has been selling its beers in draught format for just 18 months. Special cask beers are tapped weekly. The taproom also offers wine, gluten free beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, including fresh French pressed coffee and nostalgic sodas as well as an ever-changing beer-inspired menu.  The brewery sources only the highest quality ingredients for its beer and food.  Matt Stinchfield, Owner and Head Brew Master, opened Ploughshare Brewing Co. in July 2014. Learn more at:
Ploughshare founder Matt Stinchfield receives the silver award for Pivo Bublina from BrewersAssociation president Charlie Papazian at the 2016 World Beer Cup awards ceremony in Philadelphia, May 7, 2016.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beer to There - For Bobby (5/14)

From Beer to There:

Beer to where? Beer to There!

A little history about the event….
A few years back, Bob Myers and Dan Warren joined forces to replicate what other cities were already doing – city-wide brewery to brewery bike tours. In 2013 with beer, bikes, and polka, the inaugural Beer to There brewery ride in Lincoln came to be! The kickoff started at Misty’s Restaurant, home of the Modern Monks, where participants sampled beer from both the Modern Monks and Ploughshare. Other stops included Empyrean, Blue Blood, and Zipline. The event was topped off with Jerk & Go and Pepe’s food trucks as well as live entertainment from the Bolzen Beer Band. Bob fondly recalls the weather was on their side that first year. The day after, Lincoln was hit with a major snow storm! This year, May 14th marks the 6th Beer to There event (or is this the seventh or eighth? How can we be sure when it involves beer?!)

This go round it’s all about who? A handlebar-mustache-sporting brewer, that’s who! A little history about Bob Myers…

He is one of Lincoln Lagers original members and long-time local craft brewer. Together, Robert “Brother Bob” Myers and Dave “Brother Dave” Oenbring, founded the Modern Monks Brewery.

It all began In the 90’s when Bob partnered with Sam Spilker to help establish Spilker Ales in the not-too-far-away town of Cortland. Longing for a brewery of his own, he eventually moved back to Lincoln and converted his garage into an extensive home-brew operation. He met “Brother Dave” through Lincoln Lagers during this time which later led to the birth of the Modern Monks. Along the way, two became four as Joshua “Brother Josh” Ames and Davey “Brother Davey” Norris were indoctrinated into the Monks.

Over the years, Bob has played a significant role in cultivating the craft brew industry in Nebraska. He has partnered with others in the trade such as Thunderhead in Kearney, The Chicken Coop in Grand Island, Scratchtown in Ord, and Scriptown in Omaha just to name a few. The rarity and beauty of it all is that Nebraska’s craft brewing community is an impenetrable bunch where celebrating each other’s successes comes second nature. What’s also second nature to this group is coming to each other’s aid when someone is down…

Bob was diagnosed with colorectal cancer this February. He has 6 weeks of both chemotherapy and radiation under his belt. Surgery and six more months of chemo are yet to come. Bob is the father of two amazing kids; daughter Sydney, owner/dance instructor/choreographer at Greater Impact (, and son Owen, 2nd grader at Prescott. You may follow him on his journey to remission at

So dust off your bike, pump up those tires, and join us for this season’s Beer to There (for Bobby!) brewery bike tour on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Yes, you’ll pedal all about town to some of Lincoln’s finest breweries, Yes, there’ll be several opportunities to acquire Beer to There schwag, swig frothy beverages, and munch on tasty treats along the way.

Registration: $30 for wristband, Beer to There schwag, and a helluva good time!

Make life easy and pre-register by sending your registration to: Warren, 1411 N 37th St, Lincoln, NE 68503.

The Route (departure times are fluid. please stagger to help offset the rush):

9:00 – 9:30 am: Cultiva Labs, 2510 Randolph St, ***NOT South Downtown location*** for the pre-ride briefing, Cultiva coffee, Pepe’s breakfast burritos, and late registration

9:45 – 10:00 am: Depart for Zipline, 2100 Magnum Cir

10:45 – 11:00 am: Depart for Boiler, 129 N 10th St

11:45 – 12:00 pm: Depart for Ploughshare, 1630 P St

12:45 – 1:00 pm: Depart for Blue Blood, 925 Robbers Cave Rd

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Depart for Modern Monks, 200 N 11th St

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Depart for Empyrean, 729 Q St, for the after party with live entertainment from the Bottle Tops and food trucks for more nourishment

Don’t forget to log your miles with the National Bike Challenge at!

Facebook Event Page HERE

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Omaha Beer Fest returns for 6th year in June

When:  Fri June 11th, 5-9pm / Sat June 12th, 1-5pm (VIP access at 12pm)
Where:  Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St., Omaha
Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day-of-event / Saturday VIP tickets $55 (SOLD OUT)

From their press release---

Omaha Beer Fest returns for its sixth year on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11 at Aksarben Village's Stinson Park. Hundreds of unique American craft beers, ciders and meads will be available for tasting from 60+ breweries, including debuts from Surly (Minneapolis, MN), Toppling Goliath (Decorah, IA), 10 Barrel (Bend, OR), and DESTIHL (Normal, IL). Sixteen Nebraska breweries will be in attendance including Farnam House Brewing Co and Upstream Brewing Co (both in Omaha), Kinkaider Brewing Co (Broken Bow) and the newly opened Bottle Rocket Brewing Co (Seward).

On Friday night, patrons can taste through dozens of experimental brews at the Homebrewer Expo. Participants include members of 14 different homebrewing clubs, including Local 402, Homebrewers Anonymous, Iowa Brewers Union, and the Greater Topeka Hall of Foamers.

On Saturday, the highly anticipated "Battle Of The Beards" returns, sponsored by Bearded Builders, where dozens of hairy contestants will show off their manliness for cash and other cool prizes. Cunningham's Pub & Grill is sponsoring Saturday's VIP Lounge.

Saturday also features free hourly "Beer Academy" sessions and include unique food and beer pairings and special tastings. Schedule to be announced.

On the park's main stage, live music will be featured all weekend long including Omaha and The Six on Friday, and Thrift Shop Radio and Joystick on Saturday.

Tickets are available online and at the following locations:  Cunningham's Pub and Grill in Omaha, LIV Lounge in Omaha, Moonstruck Meadery in Bellevue, Ploughshare Brewing in Lincoln, Spirit World in Omaha, and Upstream Brewing in Omaha (both Old Market and West Omaha/Legacy locations).

Attendance supports Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


For more information, check out their event website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Empyrean Brewing Company Beer Dinner @ HopCat (5/31)

From HopCat Lincoln:

Empyrean Brewing Company Beer Dinner
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm

Join us Tuesday, May 31st, at 6:30pm for our first ever beer dinner at HopCat Lincoln. You'll take pleasure in a one-of-a-kind beer experience with our friends from Empyrean Brewing Co. This dinner features four unique courses perfectly paired with astounding beers that are proudly brewed right here in Lincoln. Come enjoy a Tuesday evening out on the town, and savor the flavor of what pairing hops with food is all about.

First Course: Crab Cucumber Canape - avocado mousse, crab spread, garnished with scallions
Beer Pairing: Luna Sea ESB

Second Course: Caprese Salad - vine ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil chiffonade, olive oil drizzle, blood orange balsamic glaze drizzle
Beer Pairing: Chaco Canyon Gold

Third Course: Marinated flank steak pinwheel, roasted garlic potato, Béarnaise
Beer Pairing: Third Stone Brown

Fourth Course: Sea Salt Caramel Panna Cotta
Beer Pairing: Dark Side Vanilla

Dessert Beer: Barrel Aged Mochachino Stout

Get your tickets HERE.

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