Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 204
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.83/5 rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This brewpub and restaurant are located in a 100 yr old firehouse. The atmosphere, decor, lighting were superb. Omaha has a non smoking ordinance so that was also a plus.
The quality of their beer was great. I tried three kinds and enjoyed all. Very fresh and reasonably priced.
The service was very good with friendly waitresses who had time to interact and talk to us.
The food was wide in variety and tasted and looked like it was prepared fresh and at the restaurant. The variety was so broad that I wondered if it could all be good. Everything we tried was great. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, jambalaya were just a small cross section of the menu.
I thought it may be a tad high. Entrees were from $15-$50. Good portion sizes.
Overall, the best dining experience Ihave had in some time.
06-04-2008 23:56:42 | More by daledeee
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
We stopped in here last weekend and had a wonderful dinner. I went with a non-beer drinker too, and she enjoyed her dinner very much. The price I put $$$ because the food is upscale. We tried steaks, lamb, and fish. All were very delectable. The beers were wonderful, we took back a growler of the American Pale Ale, and the growlers were brown (nice!).
Parking is a bit of a challenge but the ramps are not too pricey so it's worth it to avoid the frustration and park in the ramp. We went on a very busy night, there was a fair across the street and we got seated quickly because we called ahead, I definitely recommend calling ahead.
05-25-2007 03:55:25 | More by Reneejane
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the 178th brewpub I've visited in north america (where they brew their own beer on site). Business travel has its advantages.
I sat outside on a cool night and my only trip inside was for the restroom. From what I saw, the place had a cool interior and it looks like they have some sort of rooftop garden. It's in what's probably the coolest section of downtown Omaha which makes it a no brainer if you're in town. Lots of neat shops and restaurants if you want to eat elsewhere although our meals were both very good.
The beer. Well, anyplace that serves a double IPA is fine in my book. In fact, they didn't have a pale or standard IPA which seems a bit weird. I should have asked how much of the double they sell. Seems like a risky beer to have on tap. They also had a nice Belgium sesional and an ESB which were both very good.
The only problem I we had was the hilljacks behind us chain smoking the entire evening. It was outside so not too bad.
09-18-2006 20:49:18 | More by Yetiman420
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is one of my favorite places in Omaha. The atmosphere is great, fairly darkly lit, very clean, not too excessively loud, and pretty much anything else I tend to expect from a decent pub.
The building used to be an old firehouse serving the Old Market district, so it is a huge open warehouse type of building that has been revamped for a more post-modern feel, much like most buildings in the Old Market that have been converted to loft style apts. There is a large bar in the middle of the main floor and plenty of billiards tables upstairs. The house beers vary from average to amazing, and are quite cheap. You can even get a free sampler if you're wary to make a choice. I highly recommend checking out whatever is on cask.
The service has always been awesome whenever I come here. Our waiter brought out some fresh bread with our appetizers, compliments of the house, just because it was some of the best tasting bread he'd had since he started working there and he wanted somebody else to concur. It goes without saying that the wait staff are friendly and courteous. On top of that, they seem to have good knowledge of their house brews, which is a key aspect to any brew pub.
The selection was fairly large compared to most brewpubs I've visited. I didn't have time to sample more than one at the time, but given more time I would have liked to sample them all. I didn't see anything about non-house beers listed on the menu, but surely there are some of those as well for the non-adventurous.
The food is awesome. Surely you must try the Spinach Artichoke dip for an appetizer if you are making the trip to Omaha. Everything I've ever eaten here has been wonderful. Many menu items are made using house beers as well, such as the beer bread. Definitely try the food if you ever come here.
Prices are reasonable as well. I don't remember exact prices, but I believe growlers ran at $9.00 while refills were $7.50. Pints or house beer ran at about $2.50 if I remember correctly.
05-28-2005 00:44:40 | More by MABZ
4.51/5 rDev +11.9%
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
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Upstream is great. Location in Old Market is perfect, they have a huge space in a historic building. Pool tables, huge bar and a warm inviting dining area.
The bar has a great atmosphere and the food is terrific. All of the beers are clean and tasty.
The brewer has no fear of expermenting, this week e had a Belgian style brown with fruit and spices that was great. The flavors are excellent and not overpowering.
The menu is also extensive, from Jambalaya to Pork Chops and Chinese chicken salad. Everything is excellent.
The staff is a little slow, but friendly. if you drink too fast you will go empty.
12-04-2008 22:17:59 | More by moreyeel
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I was traveling from a return trip from Philadelphia Beer week. I called ahead to get directions. Heather directed me in from Council Bluffs, Iowa accurately. However, the Department of Transportation had the exit closed & a lot of work on the west bound Interstate crossing on the Missouri River bridge.
The atmosphere inside is a work of art. Rosewood finished walls, tile floors & great color contrast.
The business was brisk but the bartender, Daren, guided me to my selection in quick time. He was so busy, he could not spend much time with me, but did provide the beer samples I requested. In my opinion, he needed some help behind the bar to permit more customer service time. For a familiar & frequent crowd, the level of customer service I required would be unnecessary.
The potsticker appetizer was extremely tasty. I should have ordered two. The chicken wings were reported to be 8 in a serving but when delivered they were not all wings and covered in a spicy sauce. There were chicken legs & I should have ordered the wings cooked hard with sauce on the side. I reported the variance in the quantity I was told I would receive & Adrian checked the menu. He corrected his statement & I received an insincere, "Sorry 'bout that!"
The beer is very tasty. The Mai bock is a very good but not exceptional brew. The O'Gold IPA is a refreshing thirst quencher.
Overall the experience was not bad, but attention to a few extra details would make this brewpubs a home run!
Be aware, they will not fill or refill growlers which does not have their own labeling. They will not refill a generic growler & apply their own adhesive label. This may be policy or Nebraska law, I don't know.
06-24-2010 20:04:27 | More by RLaurel
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Much variety on tap. Sweet flight available of everything they had to offer. Bottles of specialties to go. A management staff that seemed to apprecaite you being there, hit or miss with the bartenders. Great neighborhood and nice outdoor seating as well.
08-16-2013 19:10:52 | More by jklecko2
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This place was fantastic.
I side what I was told to be an old fire house, Upstream Brewing is a top notch brewpub.
I stopped by for lunch. I was greated at the door buy a 'Appropiate Attire Required' sign. After entering, I am under the impression that it is meant for the dinner crowd. All brick inside with modern flair. A few good sized TVs in the bar area
Our server was prompt, curtious, and knowledgeable about the menu and beer.
My wife and I ordered
2 sandwiches $7.75 each
1 soda $1.75
2 pints $3.25 each
1 pint cask ale $3.75
Seems to be inline with most places. The difference here is that our sandwiches where great, and the beer was above average.
Well worth the 3 hour trip from KC.
08-01-2004 00:58:10 | More by tjthresh
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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
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