Friday, October 20, 2017

Wood and Wild Festival @ HopCat Lincoln (10/22)

When: October 22nd from 10am to Midnight
Where: HopCat Lincoln, 601 P Street

From HopCat Lincoln:

We’ve raided our cellar and called in the favors to make our annual Wood & Wild festival the best one yet. Prepare to witness the tapping of 35+ of the best Barrel Aged & Sour beers in existence. The early bird gets the glassware, so the first 100 guests through the door will receive a limited-edition Wood & Wild logo beer glass. Not a morning person? No worries, we got you covered, as there will also be timed tappings throughout the day on some of our most unique offerings. Check out the list and plan your attack. We’re about to get Wood & Wild!

Tapping at 10AM:

1. Peace Tree Brewing Co. / Templeton Blonde Fatale / Whiskey BA Belgian-Style Blonde Ale / 9.5%

2. Empyrean Brewing Co. / Carpe Brewem: BA Brandy Lager / Grape Brandy BA Lager / 7.3%

3. Ploughshare Brewing Co. / Sickle Moon / Oak BA Weisenbock / 9%

4. Odell Brewing Co. / Dark Theory /American Wild Ale w/ Dark Cherries / 7.5%

5. Almanac Brewing Co. /Hoppy Sour Mosaic / BA Sour Blonde Ale Blended w/Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale, Dry-Hopped w/ Mosaic Hops/ 7%

6. Fort Collins Brewery / Sled God / Oak BA American Brown Ale w/ Brown Sugar & Hazelnut Coffee / 7.8%

7. North Coast Brewing Co. XIX Old Rasputin / BBA Russian Imperial Stout / 11.2%

8. Green Flash Brewing Co. / Barrel Master’s Reserve: Lustrous Frumento w/ Coffee / Old Forrester BA Black Ale / 13.1%

9. Surly Brewing Co. / BA Darkness / BA Russian Imperial Stout / 12%

10. Empyrean Brewing Co. / Carpe Brewem: BA Baltic Porter / Cabernet BA Baltic Porter / 8%

11. Brickway Brewery & Distillery / BA Blackout Stout / BA Russian imperial Stout / 17%

12. White Elm Brewing Co. / Rum BA Coffee Stout / Rum BA Coffee Stout / 12.1%

13. Abita / Bourbon ST.: Whiskey Sour / BBA Pale Ale / 9%

14. Founders / DKML / BBA Malt Liquor / 14.2%

15. Founders / Green Zebra / Gose w/Watermelon & Sea Salt / 4.2%

16. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. / Hellderado / BA Blonde Barleywine / 12.8%

17. Founders / Froot Wood / Maple BBA Cherry Ale / 8%

18. Redstone Meadery / Tequila BA Mead / 12%

19. Boulevard / Tell Tale Tart / American Wild Ale / 6.2%

20. Boulevard / Love Child #8 / Wood Aged Blended Sour Ale / 9%

21. Moonlight Meadery / Destiny / Utopia BA Sweet Mead w/ Blueberry, Black Cherry, & Black Currant. / 14%

Tapping at 12PM:

22. Green Flash Brewing Co. / Divine Sauvage / Red Wine BA Belgian-Style Tripel / 9.7%

23. Lagunitas / Rum BA Brown Shugga’ / Rum BA American Strong Ale

24. Lagunitas / High Westified / Whiskey BA Imperial Coffee Stout / 12.2%

25. Saugatuck Brewing Co./ BBA Bonfire Brown w/ Coffee & Vanilla

Tapping at 3PM:

26. Destihl Brewing Co. / Saint Dekkerra Reserve: Vuile Blonde / French Oak BA Sour Blonde ale / 6.1%

27. Destihl Brewing Co. / Saint Dekkerra Reserve: Bruin / Belgian Style Oud Bruin / 6%

28. Destihl Brewing Co. / Saint Dekkerra Reserve: L’envoyé / French Oak BA Sour American IPA / 6%

29. Destihl Brewing Co. / Saint Dekkerra Reserve: Rouge/ French Oak BA Sour American Red Ale / 6%

Tapping at 5PM:

30. Oskar Blues Brewery / BBA 2016 Ten Fidy / BBA Imperial Stout / 12.9%

31. Oskar Blues Brewery / BBA 2017 Ten Fidy / BBA Imperial Stout / 12.9%

32. Oskar Blues Brewery / Rum BA Death by Coconut / Rum BA Irish Porter w/ Cacao & Coconut /11.5%

Tapping at 7PM:

33. New Holland Brewing Co. / Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mash/BBA American Stout / 17%

34. New Holland Brewing Co. / Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake / BBA American Stout w/ Toasted Chiles, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon / 11%

35. New Holland Brewing Co. / Dragon’s Milk Reserve s’mores / BBA American Stout w/ Toasted Marshmallow & Graham cracker / 11%

For more info, visit the Facebook page HERE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Green Flash Brewing Opening 3rd Brewery in Lincoln, Nebraska

The location is 1630 P Street, which is Ploughshare Brewing's location. Here's their press release:



San Diego, CA – August 16, 2017

Less than one year after opening doors to their second brewery on the east coast, Green Flash Brewing Co. announces they are expanding into the Midwest and opening a third location in Lincoln, NE.  They have purchased a 10,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room with a restaurant in the Nebraska state capital, and will join Lincoln’s burgeoning craft beer community. The new brewery was purchased intact, and Green Flash expects the tasting room, restaurant, and brewhouse to be open and operating by the end of this year. Upon opening, Green Flash will be able to offer fresh beer with regional prices in the Midwest, and will focus on the consumer connection in their Lincoln tasting room. The move reveals Green Flash's long-term strategy to increase their strength as a national brand by establishing regional footholds in key cities across the United States.

“We hope to become a local favorite in our new Nebraska home,” states Mike Hinkley, Co-Founder of Green Flash Brewing Co. “And we're excited to be closer to our fans across the Midwest. We’ll be sending them fresher Green Flash beer, and hope they will visit us in Lincoln.”

The turn-key space includes first-class brewing, tasting room, and restaurant equipment. When it is up-and-running, the facility will employ 20-plus locals who will fill roles including front and back of house as well as brewing positions. This will be the first full-scale restaurant venture by Green Flash, and approximately 2,000 square feet of the space will be dedicated to food and beer service for about 100-seats. The menu will include beer pairing suggestions, and feature well-executed, simple dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Most importantly, the tasting room and restaurant location will cater to the needs of the bustling downtown business district and is in walking distance to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“We will strive to offer the best possible guest experience and will cater to the community that surrounds us,” says Dave Adams, Vice President of Retail Operations for Green Flash Brewing Co. “This includes A/V provisions for Huskers sports during the season, allowing those in the immediate area to enjoy fresh Green Flash and Alpine beer both on and off premise.”

From a production standpoint, the new brewery will operate with a 10,000 BBL annual capacity under the direction of Brewmaster, Erik Jensen.  In Nebraska, they will focus on brewing both Green Flash and Alpine beers to increase the supply of supply fresh, locally priced beer to the region.

Green Flash will celebrate their 15-year anniversary this fall and is currently available in all 50 states and select international markets.

About Green Flash Brewing Co:

Green Flash Brewing Co., is headquartered in San Diego, California, and was founded in 2002 by Mike and Lisa Hinkley. Brewmaster, Erik Jensen, leads brewing operations. Green Flash is an award-winning brewer of fine, handcrafted ales, and specializes in brewing assertive and distinctive beers, such as the nationally acclaimed West Coast I.P.A.: an award-winning beer whose wide acceptance has helped define a category. The brewery opened their 2nd full-scale brewing operation and tasting room on the East Coast in Virginia Beach, VA in 2016. Please visit the Green Flash website for more information.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hops for Harmony - 1 Week Away

From their email...


When: Wed, Jun 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Werner Park
What: Tickets will be $50 at the door. Save $10 (each ticket) by purchasing in advance one of the following ways:


You may order tickets on-line through June 5th for delivery by mail.

Tickets ordered June 6-13 will be held at Will-Call.


Purchase at any of the following Hy-Vee Stores (customer service counter).


11650 S. 73rd Street  (Shadow Lake)


180th & Pacific

96th & Q (Applewood)

156th & Maple

90th & Center

108th & Q

144th & Stony Brook

132nd & Dodge

51st & Center


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ploughshare Brewing Dinner @ HopCat (6/27)

What: Four Course Beer Dinner with Ploughshare Brwing Company
When: Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30PM
Where: HopCat, 601 P St, Lincoln

Our June beer dinner will be featuring brews by our friends at Ploughshare Brewing. Get behind the Plough and support this local brewery with this amazing Beer Dinner.

Welcoming Beer: Farmboy / 5% / Cream Ale

First Course:
Roasted Date and Pecan Crostini
Roasted Dates and Pecans spread topped with crispy pancetta and orange zest.
Paired w/ Red Zombie / 10% / Imperial Red IPA

Second Course:
Tomato-Citrus Gazpacho
A chilled soup consisting on tomato, melons, cucumbers, mangoes, with a hint of heat.
Paired w/  Pivo Bublina / 7.2% / Maibock

Third Course:
Seared Flounder
Fresh Herb Seared Flounder paired with Forbidden Black Rice topped with a Citrus Beurre Blanc.
Paired w/ St. Monica’s Stout / 4.8% / Nitro Irish Stout

Dueling Cannoli
Strawberry and Chocolate Ricotta filled Cannoli’s
Paired w/  Oak- Aged Sickle Moon / 8.5% / Weizenbock


Saturday, June 3, 2017

7th Annual Omaha Beer Fest (June 9-10)

When: Fri, June 9th, 5-9pm  /  Sat, June 10th, VIP Entry, 1pm, GA, 2-7pm
Where: Horseman's Park, 6303 Q St, Omaha
Tickets: GA---$35 advance, $45 Day-Of
VIP Tickets---$55 advance, $65 Day-Of ***SOLD OUT***

From their press release---


String up those pretzel necklaces, the craft beer event of the summer is fast approaching! Omaha Beer Fest returns for its seventh year on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th at its new location, on the infield turf at Horseman's Park.

Hundreds of unique craft beers, ciders, and meads will be available for tasting, including debuts from Defiance, First Street, and Saugatuck along with the return of some of your favorites like Oskar Blues, Infusion, and Backswing. Fourteen Nebraska breweries are included in this year's festivities, including Kinkaider Brewing (Broken Bow), Ploughshare Brewing (Lincoln), Thunderhead Brewing (Kearney), Nebraska Brewing and Upstream Brewing (Omaha).

Have you had a chance to experience a Silent Disco Party yet? Friday night, patrons can dance and enjoy their favorite music genre from wireless headsets in the Silent Disco Party tent! Fans can experience various channels as a group at the same time, despite the fact that onlookers can't hear what they are dancing to...which is half the fun!

On Saturday at 4:00pm, the highly anticipated BEER AND BEARDS CONTEST returns, sponsored by Bearded Builders and Horseman's Park. Dozens of hairy contestants will show off their manlihood for cash and other great prizes. Sign up when you get to the festival!

Saturday's VIP Lounge features a craft beer tasting by Tallgrass Brewing Co. and a buffet of delicious summer foods provided by Ralston Arena Catering. Also on Saturday, hourly Beer Academy sessions are free with admission, and include beer and food pairings as well as special and exclusive tastings.

Tickets are available online at OMAHABEERFEST.COM and at the following locations: Horseman's Park (6303 Q St), Omaha Tap House Pepperwood (579 N. 155th Plaza), Spirit World (6680 Center St), The Casual Pint (8718 Countryside Plaza), Thunderhead Brewing Tap Room (13304 W Center Road), Upstream Downtown (514 S. 11th St), and Lincoln Race Course (7055 S. 1st St, Lincoln). Save $10 when buying tickets in advance rather than at the gate on the day of the festival.

Attendance supports Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


For more details, check out their Facebook page. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Upstream's New Bottles Announced

Limited availability. Stop in or give them a call: 402.344.0200

Blueberry Sour - 5.7% ABV
Table Sour - 4.6% ABV
Spaghetti Policy Quad - 8.6% ABV
20 Years Heavy (Double Scotch Ale) - 13.3% ABV

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spilker Ales closing in Cortland, announce final tours

When:  Thurs/Fri. Apr 6-7th, 3-8pm, Sat. Apr. 8th, 12-5pm
Where:  Spilker Ales, 300 W. 4th St., Cortland, NE

From their email release---

Greetings from Spilker Ales, we've got some BIG changes happening.

The good news is that Hopaluia will live on, but produced in a new location. We've moving production of Hopaluia draft beer to Thunderhead Brewing in Axtell, NE thanks to a great team effort.

The other news is that April 6th, 7th, & 8th will be your last chance to celebrate Spilker Ales'  Frankenbrewery experience in Cortland. After 21 years of operation, we'll be ceasing production in Cortland and we'll be giving the brewery a great farewell with an open house, tours, sampling, collectibles, and food vendors on that weekend in April.

You won't want to miss the keg load of fun here in Cortland on those three days in April. Those will be the last days you can buy bottles of our Technique DPA. The last sips of Sonar JAM or Sonar Tropic Grunge ever sampled and the last brewery tours will surely be the best! Besides Technique DPA, Sonar Botanic Punch, and Hopaluia, we'll also have bottles of Apricot Jackpot for sale in 22oz bottles. No limits on any case buys, we'll have enough. Apricot Jackpot has a big stone fruit aroma and flavor with a lightly hopped background.

While Hopaluia keg beer will stay in production, the rest of our lineup will be phased out of distribution sometime this fall. Eventually Sonar, Hopaluia bottles, and Technique will come to an end in late 2017. The first batch of Hopaluia kegs brewed with our added teammates tastes like a piece of liquid art! We've brought a lot of wild and wacky techniques to the new home of Hopaluia and now there are plans for the beer to live on in cans within a year.

From Sam Spilker, owner/brewmaster---

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. I know many of you went above and beyond with your help! In addition, we look forward to keeping Hopaluia, the "Gospel of Hops", flowing that so many of you love. Special thanks to the support of my wife Lisa over the years as well as Lonnie Mulder for getting the dirty jobs done when it counted. The relationships we've made are priceless and will never be forgotten. Though its likely that brewing won't be my main occupation in the future, there still may be a very unique venture or two for Spilker Ales in the years to come. Please stay in touch!

See you in Cortland soon and don't forget to bring your friends and family to get the last tour of a pioneering brewery in Nebraska. Cheers! Sam Spilker---

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.