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Local Breweries

Nebraska Brewing Company - La Vista, NE

This is about the taproom.  For the brewpub, see the brewpub page.  I recommend the taproom, which is attached to the production brewery.  Everything they make is going to be on tap unless it is out of season.  There is food, but the selection is limited.  This is out west at about 108th and Harrison, very close to The Bullet Hole if you want to go shooting... obviously come here afterward.

Lucky Bucket - La Vista, NE

Has consistency issues with quite a few of its beers. This seems to be improving with time. Available widely in the area, even at places you wouldn't expect it. Check their website for tour hours, etc. There is also a distillery on premises, which is somewhat unique when it comes to brewery tours.

Infusion Brewing Company - La Vista, NE

The production facility out west is what this entry is about.  It's quite near the NBC and Lucky Bucket facilities.  And Pint 9 / Kros Strain.

Kros Strain - La Vista, NE

Out west, next to Pint 9.  Just opened in June 2017.  Excellent beer so far.  Was on a bachelor party the one time I visited, but it was early enough to get that the quality is there.

Pint 9 - La Vista, NE

Right next to Kros Strain.  Opened in June 2017.  I haven't been nor had their beers yet... looking to fix that here shortly... perhaps later today.


Named after the original neighborhood in Omaha (where the railworkers lived), this brewery focuses on sessionable beers.  Recently added 'Yotus' and 'Yitz & Yots' to the lineup which are damn fine IPAs.


Formerly Borgata, this is right downtown around the corner from Upstream.  Is also a distillery.  The whisky is worth a try.

Vis Major

Near 35th and Center.  Beers with a side of religion.  Quality beers from what I've sampled so far, but can be a bit hit or miss.

Jukes Aleworks - Elkhorn, NE

Not open yet.  However, these guys make some excellent beers.  Knowing these guys, they are going to be focusing on BIG Stouts and Barleywines.  Case in point:

Soaring Wings - Springfield, NE

Technically outside of the Omaha area, this winery recently started making beers. Springfield isn't far and it’s nice to get out into the country and walk around the winery. Afterwards, I would suggest hitting up the bars in town to get a local feel. No distribution, only available on site and at various beer fests in the area.
  • SR-71 Blackbird Stout
  • A bunch of other beers that I can't recall at the moment.

Other Nebraska Breweries

Blue Blood - Lincoln, NE

Started by a bunch of ex-cops, each beer they make has a badge number associated with it.  They have had consistency issues.  

Zipline - Lincoln, NE

A fairly important player in the Nebraska brewing scene.  Most of their beer is quite good.  There's a taphouse in Omaha in NoDo to check out as well.

Thunderhead - Kearney, NE

If you happen to be driving west on 80 through Nebraska, stop here. Neat little brewpub. I particularly like the Cornstalker Dark Wheat. They have a taphouse West in Omaha.

Gottberg - Columbus, NE

A bit out of the way.  Used to be fairly active in the brewing scene.  I haven't heard from them or seen them represented in Omaha in quite a while.

Ploughshare - Lincoln, NE

This brewery closed 7/3/17 - RIP.  An excellent brewery gone well before it's time.

Scratchtown - Ord, NE

About an hour and a half north of Kearney, and well off the beaten path.  I can't say I have been, but they do make a decent beer.  Most likely found on tap at Local.

Kinkaider - Broken Bow, NE

About an hour west of Scratchtown.  Again, I haven't been.  Most likely found on tap at Local.

Backswing - Lincoln, NE

Fairly new.  I honestly haven't had much from them.

White Elm - Lincoln, NE

Fairly new. I've not had many of their beers.

Boiler Brewing Company - Lincoln, NE

Fairly new. People seem to enjoy "THAT!" a lot.  I've not been nor had any of the beer.  I really need to get to Lincoln and just spend the night or something.

First Street - Hastings, NE

Fairly new. I've not had many of their beers, either.  I did like their take on an ESB, however.

Lazy Horse - Ohiowa, NE

Fairly new.  Way out in the middle of nowhere, doesn't get to town very often.