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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 198
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
514 S 11th St
phone: (402) 344-0200
Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here on our way home from our vacation to Nebraska for the sandhill crane migration. This was the third brewpub that we visited in the state of Nebraska during our trip and when we left we asked ourselves "what is with Nebraska and these great brewpubs?" Upstream was wonderful. The service was second to none. We had our children with us and they were welcome. The kids menu was very good and the kids meals were real food. The kids mac and cheese was not the "from the box" variety of many restaurants and the fish and chips was worthy of being served to adults. My wife and I each had a cup of soup and a sandwich. They were all very good. The tilapia reuben was the special and was what I had and I was pleased as it was unique and done well. The beer list was extensive. All of the beers were good, but the darker beers were more noteworty. The seasonals that were in our sampler were the oatmeal cookie and the irish red. The oatmeal cookie was a very different type of beer and the irish red was one of the better beers in the sampler that included 12 different beers. My only disappointment was that we were just passing through and only had the opportunity to split a sampler. After our trip to Nebraska both my wife and I agreed that if we ever end up living in Nebraska at least we know we can find good beer.
04-02-2009 18:35:28 |
More by Ragingbull
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by a few days ago before a family reunion to make sure I was able to stand the people there (Oh, and you know, to pick up some of the lovely oak-aged ebenezer and sample the rest).
Atmosphere is what I would define as pleasant. A massive bar and enough table seating that me and 7 others were able to sit comfortably and on no advance notice. While they were assembling the tables for us (About 5 minutes) I decided to wander off and inquire about the beer. The man at the front desk immediatly ran me down to the bar and started feeding me tasters of everything he found interesting, including the seasonals. I think it was about 6 beers I tried, and there were quite a few more
The food was great- I had an Omaha Steak (which is still the only reason to go to nebraska) with a 90 Shilling Export ale (which was on the good side of average). I found the prices to be rather reasonable- I was there at lunch and the range was about $8-12 for a meal, sans pint.
Afterwards, I went to collect my loot before leaving (a bunch of OA Ebenezer, some Batch 1000 and a growler of Poor Man Doppelbock). I was astounded when my tab came up at roughly half of what I was expecting. Some sweet beers for a sweet price.
A very pleasant trip if such a thing exists.
02-10-2009 01:14:19 |
More by SuperWhite92
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here yesterday for lunch.
I really like the atmosphere of the place as it built into an old fire station. As being a firefighter is in my family blood, I can appreciate it its intersection with my other passion.
The place is very open - with woodworking everywhere. The back wall hosts all the fermenters behind glass.
The service is my only knock - I asked for help with identifying their best beer for me. The guy obviously had no clue, and only could match the word I asked for (Stout) to the list of beers he had in front of him.
8 regulars + 2 seasons - good selection.
I had the BBQ Chicken Pizza - with crimini mushrooms. Dang good.
Well worth the stop if you are forced to spend a day in huskerland.
01-03-2009 23:25:03 |
More by katan
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This Upstream location is located in the Old Market area of downtown Omaha. This area is a lively place to shop, dine, and drink. During the day it is a fun place to walk around and look in the stores and at night it comes alive with places to drink and people watch. Everyone from a western NE farmer to the most liberal city-dweller will find something here to enjoy.
The brewery has exceptional atmosphere because it is located in a renovated fire house. I always find myself wondering where the horses were kept and what life was like for the guys at the station.
Now to the good part - the beer. I have had just about everything that Upstream has to offer. I really like the Blackstone Stout and the IPA, but those are generally my taste. Other relatives and friends find the Honey Raspberry Ale or the O! Gold to be their favorites. Again - something for everyone.
The food, although a bit on the expensive side, is good also. Try a pub salad with basil vinaigrette and the jambalaya for a real treat.
Overall - A good place to eat, drink, and hang out. But, plan to spend 50 - 70 dollars for a few beers and dinner for two with tip.
01-02-2009 21:26:16 |
More by ghebel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Upstream is great. Location in Old Market is perfect, they have a huge space in a historic building. Pool tables, huge bar and a warm inviting dining area.
The bar has a great atmosphere and the food is terrific. All of the beers are clean and tasty.
The brewer has no fear of expermenting, this week e had a Belgian style brown with fruit and spices that was great. The flavors are excellent and not overpowering.
The menu is also extensive, from Jambalaya to Pork Chops and Chinese chicken salad. Everything is excellent.
The staff is a little slow, but friendly. if you drink too fast you will go empty.
12-04-2008 22:17:59 |
More by moreyeel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
On the corner of 11th and Howard Street with street parking in front and lot parking in the area. Clean brick and wood older building with bar in middle and tables on the right for food and beverages and brewing operations in the back behind glass. Twelve on tap and are offered as a sampler. All were solid drinkable brews. Freindly bartender with good knowledge. Good full menu with starters and full dinner. I was there late and had the calamari app. Good portion and was fresh and tender.
Good location and well worth the stop.
11-30-2008 23:47:16 |
More by tmoneyba
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Here's one of the few reasons I actually go back to the crossroads to hell, otherwise known as Omaha, NE.
The brewpub is located is the Old Market district of downtown Omaha. Parking is a bitch to say the least. Once inside you have the option to sit at a booth, the bar, of one of two patios. I usually choose the patio because the amount of noise in the main area is just unrully.
Since I only go there two or three times a year I treat myself to the Omaha Steak's selection. It's pricy, but they are the juiciest steaks I've ever had. The selection of house brews is great.
My only gripe is they charge for samples. Rock Bottom doesn't.
07-07-2008 03:33:26 |
More by DesMoinesMike
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Upstream Brewing is a solid, urban, "comfort brewpub" in downtown Omaha. Which is to say, this is your standard brewpub that does everything well, hitting all the right notes and then some.
Standard 'brewpub decor' atmosphere. It's spacious, woody, and the servers mostly wear dark colors. The beers--an impressive twelve on tap, inlcuding the two seasonals and cask option--were solid; I especially enjoyed the light lager, oatmeal stout, and cask IPA. The 'saison' is a great spiced beer as well, but it's not a saison in any traditional kind of way.
Friendly service, tasty food (a great reuben on homemade bread), and free WiFi to boot.
There were several bottled beers as well--a Flanders red, lambic, oak-aged tripel and small-batch barley wine--but they were priced too far out of my range.
There's nothing mind blowing here, but the quality is consistently above average throughout; highly recommended for anyone driving through Omaha.
06-11-2008 21:19:25 |
More by benito
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This brewpub and restaurant are located in a 100 yr old firehouse. The atmosphere, decor, lighting were superb. Omaha has a non smoking ordinance so that was also a plus.
The quality of their beer was great. I tried three kinds and enjoyed all. Very fresh and reasonably priced.
The service was very good with friendly waitresses who had time to interact and talk to us.
The food was wide in variety and tasted and looked like it was prepared fresh and at the restaurant. The variety was so broad that I wondered if it could all be good. Everything we tried was great. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, jambalaya were just a small cross section of the menu.
I thought it may be a tad high. Entrees were from $15-$50. Good portion sizes.
Overall, the best dining experience Ihave had in some time.
06-04-2008 23:56:42 |
More by daledeee
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
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