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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 148
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
514 S 11th St
phone: (402) 344-0200
Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.
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Reviews by goatgoat:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The beer was good. They brew a range of styles so anyone can find something they like. My great-aunt had the honey raspberry wheat while my great-uncle enjoyed the gold lager and pilsner. I explored the heavier side with the ESB and Ebenezer double stout.
The service was good overall. They were very accommodating of my great-uncle's wheelchair and seated us quickly. We had to wait a short while for a refill but I prefer that to being constantly checked on.
The atmosphere at Upstream is typical of a slightly upscale brewpub - dark wood, plenty of booths, but very clean. There were several families that came in for Sunday dinner while I was there.
The food was good but not outstanding. The appetizers were unimpressive. The burger was good and should have been for the price. The best thing I had there was the gouda soup, delicious.
The prices were a bit higher than I was expecting (there's a reason I left the west coast!) but it seems like they have decent happy hours during weekdays.
12-12-2008 19:59:40 |
More by goatgoat
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The night I came here this place was packed, although it was nestled in one of the nicer parts of Omaha. I noticed they sell variants of beer from a reserve out front which is always a plus, although they did appear to be a bit on the pricey side. Inside it was nice place, although they were understaffed and the employees didn't seem very knowledgeable about beer. Most of their beers seemed to be standard fare on tap, although I did try the barrel aged Kurgan Wee Heavy which was very good. I will probably stop again because it is in such a nice area and for those that haven't been there it is worth a stop if you're in the area as you never know what they might have on tap out of their reserve.
03-15-2013 01:48:58 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was passing through Omaha & found this place on BA. I am so glad I did. it is a large space with a warm & welcoming vibe. I It is a large rectangular bar w/ an old time feel to it.The beer was excellent as was the food. The service was good, but not perfect. I have nothing negative to say. The prices are reasonable , the beer is inexpensive. The food prices were competitive. I will return @ every opportunity.
02-19-2013 16:36:01 |
More by aeibrean
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Upstream is in the Old Market of Omaha, such a great neighborhood. Stopped here during a blizzard, so it was rather quiet! Food was good, beer was good, atmosphere was great. Got a growler of Firecracker Red Lager to go, decent beer. Will be back again!
01-28-2013 04:17:40 |
More by KateK
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The last time I was in downtown Omaha, Randy Madsen and I were coming back from Dan Gable's Tiger wrestling camp at the University of Iowa. In 8th or 9th grade, our bus from Iowa City had broken down in Des Moines because the AC was out. As a result, we missed our connection home in Omaha to home and spent the night together at the Omaha bus station. One of use would stay awake to watch our stuff while the other slept. In the course of the evening, we played cards with a guy who was rolling a joint and each were propositioned by several hookers. All in all, a good learning experience.
Staying at the downtown Econolodge and walking to Upstream Brewing reminded me of my last trip. Still seems like a tough neighborhood (remember, I lived in LA below south central), but the rough wrinkles smooth by the time I got to the refurbished downtown area with a lot of bars and restaurants. My guess is that most folks drive and park nearby, and don't see much of the surrounding area. Classic refurbished downtown area for any large city.
Inside, Upstream Brewing is expansive with a beautiful brewhouse behind glass. Large bar and a ton of beers, but it's been a hot day and I'm not up for tasting all of the brews on tap. I order water and a menu to start, and get to having a Flagship IPA and fish and chips for dinner. Flagship is a marmalade colored, solid west coast IPA that reminds me a bit of Masala Mama from Town Hall, especially the color. Clean and fresh, it blends well with the good beer battered fish and mediocre chips.
For a second beer, the Saison was off for the Brewer's Whim, so I tried the 1936 Strong ESB for a lighter beer. Off white head dissipates quickly on top of a muddled amber ale. English hops on a caramel, malt and mineral base. Hearty ESB that one could sip for an evening.
Upstream is a perfectly good brewpub, but feels more like a tourist trap than a real local like Nebraska Brewing early today. Nothing wrong, per se, but not much to really attach to as a pub for me. If I find myself in downtown Omaha ever again, I would gladly stop for lunch but I wouldn't go too far out of the way.
10-11-2012 02:09:18 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
huge establishment in a really neat part of town. was glad to find a brewery here on my long drive from upstate ny to denver. we sat upstairs out on the patio, was a fantastically beautiful place to have a few beers and a meal after a long drive. this place is really really big, so i can only speak for the upstairs outside space, but it was lovely. maybe 10 beers on tap, all the basics plus a couple of interesting saisons they had on. all were quite good, nothing mindbendingly spectacular. food is hit or miss, the chicken wings were stellar while the ceasar salad left a bit to be desired. prices were fair though, and service was friendly for a busy place. overall im glad we stopped here, there was a laid back vibe and the beers were interesting enough to excite me. check it out when passing through for sure.
08-28-2012 20:10:14 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh, what a gem of a brewpub, nestled right in the artsy little market district.
This large establishment stretches several floors and patios, with a large bar area downstairs.
I've been here twice now, and it really seems to just be getting better. The first time I was here they had a saison, now they have two! Huzzah.
Brick and old warehouse-type architecture and wide spaces gives a nice open atmosphere, while tall booths provide close spaces. The patios are shady and the one upstairs is draped in flowers and vines, very appealing.
The beer selection is quite good, with their IPA a standout, very juicy and citrusy, like a good west coaster (racer 5-esque?). Their seasonals and specialties are quite good as well (i already mentioned the pair of saisons).
Food is a bit up from pub grub, with some unique offerings scattered about.
Every weekday is 2.50 pints for happyhour, and half-price apps or half-price pizzas, or some deal. Like. That. A. Lot.
So yeah, the beers, food, service and atmosphere all pass muster. Aside from finding parking, I'd say this place could be my favorite beer spot in town.
09-01-2011 15:41:08 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the historic downtown area of Omaha NE. It would seem to the place to have a brewpub with the local walking traffic and exposed brick buildings. Perfect location to have a pint!
The inside is your normal dark wood and brass with exposed brick and brew kettles highlighted. Nice and clean with a good oval bar that allows for conversation and elbow room.
The food selection and quality was good for a brewpub. I would reccomend the steak, as it is Omaha!
In terms of beer...they have a beer engine with a good selection. The normal IPA, Porter, and light beer are there for uninitiated. However, they do have a rotating beer engine along with some tasty seasonals. I liked the fact that they have lagers AND 750ml of exotic beers like barley wines and Grand Cru's if you are so inclined.
While, I don't think I would make a special visit for Upstream (like I would for Russian River, etc) this is a top 3 place to visit while in Omaha. They have a great location and solid beers. Check em out!
08-01-2011 19:10:35 |
More by ndolover
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On the multi state hop today tonight, just over the line now from one to another. Bright lights, pretend city. I’ve got to tell you, Omaha is fuckin’ hoppin’, at least this little stretch of town is. Brick streets lined with cool shops & eateries, lots of beautiful people, I do dig. And parking lotside for a big $8 = Love. Time for a beer before highway heading East again. Halfway or more between here and there, this stop along the out of the way...
Big brick building a block away, enter and drop down to the bar, a large stained & dinged copper top rectangle, with a wood lip and piping foot rail, and baby lamps by which I write this along all around. Seating for 2 dozen on backed chairs, seems like it would hold more. 12 tap stainless steel box tower on each end, and a hand pump sunken below halfway down the bar.
Brick wall up front running the length, with tall narrow windows every 6 feet or so, and mounted flat screens in between along with mounted lamps or beer boards alternating. Rear wall is a glass front brew room with a logo board listing tap selections alongside, and the far wall is brick with larger arched window panels. Brick pillars separating the bar area from the rear room are nicely framed, done up with mounted TV’s and light paintings. The ceilings above me are black with playing cards stapled to it in clusters (silly casino town), blended duct work, drop framing piece in the center of the room with spot & track lighting, and spinny fans. The rear room shows stupid vaulted ceilings where the second floor isn’t, at least in the center of the room where the mezzanine runs around its perimeter. A ½ dozen hightops up front below the windows, plus another 3 dozen booths & tables between the area down past the bar and the rear; its seating sectioned and sharing benches in some places.
Sampler of 12 served in baby glasses on a mat, with standard entries noted, and spots for seasonals, brewer’s whims and cask add-ons. Everyone around me is marveling at my awesomeness and asking what it is like they’ve never seen a sampler before. Um, first time in a brewpub, freak?
6 standard house beers (“O!” Gold, a light light, slight bite; Honey Raspberry Ale, mild raspberry flavor, not enough to annoy; Capitol Premium Pale Ale, decent hoppiness, it’s a Pale Ale; Firehouse Red, a Vienna Lager, has the toffee, caramel sweetness I like in a red; Flagship IPA, big hoppiness, nice bitterness, good balance; Dundee Export Scotch Ale, full on maltbomb without the band-aid, hooray), 3 rotating style seasonals (Uptoberfest Octo, their seasonal Lager, a bit spritzy, malty, nicely balanced; Flussaufwarts Hefeweizen, their seasonal wheat, more clovey than banana, a solid Hefe; Wolfhouse Schwartzbier, their seasonal dark, wonderfully chocolatey roastiness, total win), a pair of brewer’s whims (Schnniedelwichsen Rauchbier, okay, that’s where the band-aid be, Ouch; Schnitzengiggle Roggenbier, good rye spiciness), and a single cask offering (Flagship IPA, all the corners off and everything else, too. Just meh).
Wolfhouse Schwartzbier was the absolute best of the lot, but the Uptoberfest Octo, Flussaufwarts Hefeweizen, Firehouse Red Lager, Dundee Export Scotch Ale and Schnitzengiggle Roggenbier were also very good. The weakest links in the collection were the cask Flagship IPA and the band-aid Schnniedelwichsen Rauchbier, but otherwise, I must admit that mostly everything is pretty good or better. Yes, I was totally surprised; it is Omaha, after all.
I have to go upstairs and investigate some (I just have to). I climbed the goddamn stairs, I did, and found that the front side holds a ½ dozen pool tables, with seating down on the end. The back side holds a dozen and a half tables running around 2 sides of the mezzanine, and a 12 seat bar up front with a dozen tables adjacent. Access from there to the rooftop deck with some seating there. Now back on the ground floor barside, I decided that I just couldn’t be bothered to go see what’s going on downstairs in the basement space (though I’m sure it’s mischief).
Good grown up crowd this Friday night, except I’m seated next to Cougarfest 2010. Lady, your perfume stink is killing my beer. And to think I nearly hit the pork potstickers but bagged having decided that food is so overrated. Just as well, wouldn’t been able to taste ‘em anyway. Good tunes, I got stuff that Randy would’ve hated hearing like ELP, ‘From the beginning’ (he’s so not prog rock); it’s too bad I just a few hours before, had to drop his shit off in Kansas City forever. Solid joint, good house, cool scene. No crazy Belgians or anything (although it seems they make a Grand Cru you can get at, bottled for $19), but some really well made beers.
05-04-2011 21:12:43 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Situated in the Old Market area in downtown Omaha. A really nice place to go to whenever I'm in the area. This is a big old brick building with a ton of space, and great variety to seating options. There is a nice bar area, big dining area, pretty outdoor sidewalk seating and an upstairs pool hall. There is a place for every type of group here. There is a huge upstairs bar and another even bigger room full of pool tables and dart boards. Awesome playground here! Service was attentive, though not terribly knowledgeable on the beers. The beer selection was slightly above typical for a brewpub this size 9-10 regulars and a seasonal. They do an 11 beer sampler I think. The menu is quite varied, from steak to sandwiches to pizzas. Food isn't the best here just like the beers here. Overall above average.
02-24-2011 19:19:31 |
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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE