There’s nothing I love more than a really good craft beer. I love going on tours, talking to the brewers, and learning all that I can about malts and hops. I enjoy a good flight, taking solid notes, and remembering what I want to come back to. It’s become a really fun hobby in the past few years.
If you weren’t aware, Nebraska has some really, really good beer that I would put up against any in the country. From hoppy IPAs to refreshing wheats, Nebraska brewers know what’s up. Today, I’m sharing five breweries that you should definitely check out - enough to fill up a flight next time you go out.
I love Zipline beers. They won me over originally with this Kӧlsch, which is incredibly refreshing. Other faves: the Copper Alt and the India Pale Ale. If you are around Lincoln, be sure to check out their taproom. It just looks so dang cool (I’m a sucker for good branding).
Brewery fact: Zipline was named so because the founders wanted to connect with like-minded individuals who have a sense of adventure.
If you ever get a chance, go on the Brickway Brewery & Distillery tour. I learned a lot - particularly about the distilling process, which I was clueless about. Their beer is really, really good. I’ll be honest - I tried this one pictured on a whim and didn’t love it. May I recommend the Hef and the IPL, though? You won’t regret it.
Brewery fact: Brickway uses cans instead of bottles. Not only does this keep out light (the enemy of beer), but they’re easier to recycle!
Broken Bow, Nebraska
Western Nebraska, represent! I’m a very recent fan of Kinkaider. I picked up their Oktoberfest, and LOVED it. I’m hoping to find more of their beer around Omaha soon (send some to Spirit World, pls), but in the meantime, maybe I’ll take a road trip to the Sandhills!
Brewery fact: They did this beer relay, which is really just delightful.
White Elm is another one of my recent finds, and I haven’t yet made it to their taproom. I had their Hibiscus Saison, and if you like a beer that is sweet, this is the one for you. I’m very much looking forward to trying their Skinny Legs IPA and their Farmhouse Ale!
Brewery fact: White Elm is named after the white elm tree in the owner’s backyard.
I love Infusion. The Vanilla Bean Blonde is a local favorite, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it. I’m partial to Olson’s Amber Ale, which is just straight up delicious. We had an amazing time on the brewery tour, and I am a frequent visitor to the tap room. If you see one of their beers in stores, BUY THEM. You will love ‘em.
Brewery fact: The brewery is located in what was once a butcher shop in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood. They’ve kept may of the original details of the building (it’s a great space), and even named one of their beers after the store.
More to Come
There you have it - five great Nebraska breweries that you should be on the lookout for next time you hit your local bar. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. I’ll be back with even more great breweries for your next flight.
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