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Nebraska Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 914
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7474 Towne Center Pkwy
phone: (402) 934-7100
The 8 taps include 6 standard beers, a rotated tap for a Brewer's Choice, with the final "Tap 8" reserved for NBC's Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers and "party pigs" to go.
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Reviews by bditty187:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
NBC is located behind the Hy-Vee at the far end of Dick's Sporting Goods' parking lot. As such, there is plenty of parking. While some folks in Omaha think Sarpy County is on the other side of Mars, NBC is easy to get to as it sits on the corner of 72nd St. & Highway 370.
-The beer! Since NBC opened the beer has steadily improved. Their IPA is excellent, the Pale Ale is solid but the gem of their core lineup is EOS Wheat... a true German-style weizen. I'd say EOS is the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've ever had (and, yes, I've had Live Oak's version). Seasonal beers and "brewer's choice" beers have been, at least, above average to excellent. Their Eden Amber was topnotch; the Bock was so drinkable... the Belgian Blonde was well worth the wait. They offer an "Ale Nation" club allowing you to drink out of the "8th Tap." It is $75 a year to join... to rich for me.
-The brewing equipment and tanks are in plan view.
-There are great photos of old breweries and such in Omaha.
-Dean, Tyson, and Paul are all topnotch people and have things going in the right direction. Cheers guys! Way to advocate beer.
-They hold special events and beer dinners.
-Service. Sitting at the bar the service as been fine but sitting at a table the service as been somewhat slow but competent. I'm sure this will improve in time.
-Atmosphere. Personally I like my brewpubs to be more pub than restaurant. NBC is clearly more restaurant than pub. The brewpub is one large room with an upstairs and a bar. Fairly barren walls, off-orange paint, tile, dark wood and black metal are the decor. The bar itself is long but the bar area is kind of cramped. A few nice plasma TVs hang above the bar. Not many frills but that is okay. Not very warm and cozy but it is growing on me.
-Food. I'm sorry to say but the food is not up to par, IMO. I've tried the pizza, burger, pasta, soup, salad, and steak. I wasn't wowed by anything but nothing was bad. I'd tweak a few things... smaller plates, whole leaf lettuce on the burgers, richer pasta sauce, and "better" cooked pizza. That said I still eat here without issue... I'm just nitpicking a bit. The potential is there.
Overall: A welcome addition to the Omaha beer scene. IMO, the beer is better than Lazlo's (and maybe Upstream?), the food is not as good as the latter too. If I wanted just to hangout and drink some beer I'd go to NBC. If I had a family dinner I would think twice about eating at NBC... at the moment. I'll be the happiest BA to edit my review. I am sure the food will improve; this is still a young business. Still, the beer is so damn good it is a must visit. I am a fan.
04-14-2008 14:45:08 |
More by bditty187
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped twice in Omaha for an overnight and came here for beer and dinner when passing through town on a vacation trip (coming and going). The pub is located in a newish retail area with multiple store buildings with exterior entrances, and not the standard enclosed mall setting. The interior setting tends toward a new, sterile feeling, but the sitting area where the bar is located has a good vibe to it. There is also a patio.
We ordered a sampler so that we could try all of their beers, and 8 beers were included. We typically don't enjoy the light-flavored beers (Blonde, Wit and a Wheat), but we drank them so that we could evaluate them to style. Each was brewed very close to their respective style, and all of them were tasty. I liked Hop God (a Belgiany IPA) the best. The brewery has a barrel-aged line of beers (I think it was 4 of them), but none were available on tap (carry-out only in 22 oz bottles, plus bottles of the Hop God.)
The food menu has enough items on it so that anyone coming here would find something to their liking, and all of it sounded very good. We were quite satisfied with our selections.
If we stop in this area again we'll definitely come back here.
05-10-2013 16:02:59 |
More by Mothergoose03
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Tyson Arp (Head Brewer) and his wife, Angela are some of the nicest people on earth! Wonderful beers of which their Hop God aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels stands to rank in my Top 10 of all time. 2013 marks an enormous growth, as they are expanding to include a production facility and will be canning (4) of their flagship brews. I wish them all the best and thank them for all of the hospitality.
05-08-2013 21:22:27 |
More by threeviews
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$$
Stopped here on a weekend, the barrel aging concept was prevalent throughout the taproom. It had a nice atmosphere, although the star here is the beer itself which is outstanding. It is a bit on the pricey side, but that is often the case with aged beers. Service was ok, but not exceptional which I had hoped with a place with beer of such high quality. Selection was ok, but nothing over the top or as varied in other places I've seen. I will stop here again for sure if in Omaha, which is likely now that I am in Nebraska and it is by far the best brewery in the state.
03-15-2013 01:27:41 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Enjoyed this pub on our mid-west pub crawl this summer. Located in the mall, although there is supposed to be two of these around. The beer samples were tasty and the food was good too. Had hamburgers, fries, salads, steak within our group of 5. The samplers came with 7 samples, NE Blonde, Infinite Wit, EOS wheat, Brunette Nut Brown Ale, Cardinal Pale Ale, IPA and Rye.
Fun place, couldn't believe people come here and order bud light, oh well. Only disappointment is they were out of shot glasses, which we like to collect on our trips as memorabilia.
08-20-2012 20:28:00 |
More by lauran24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nebraska Brewing is on the outskirts of Omaha in Papillion, Nebraska in a big mall across the street from Dick's Sporting Goods. This is definitely the best brewpub I've visited that's in a mall. Brewpubs in malls tend to be on the Granite City variety--technically a brewpub but not very inventive. NB is clearly not in this category.
Long dark wood beer is inviting and the brewery is well displayed behind glass. Hard working brewery staff with work apparent in the brewhouse, including putting on labels on bottles by hand at one of the big tables on the slow afternoon.
For lunch, I had the four cheese spent grain pizza. Cheese combo is good on top of the thin, grainy crust. Fresh grated parmesan if you want that works very well. Offered a personal and full size, which is much appreciated. Not the best pizza I've ever had, but very good and hits the spot today nicely.
At the bar, a marine was on his second day of retirement and enjoying a sandwich with "death sauce." Evidently the super-hot habanero death sauce can come on wings and other items. I did not try it myself since I had a long day ahead of me.
From stickers on one tank and flags on the wall, the bar seems to be a local for many from the military base. When asked, the bartender didn't really categorize NB as a military bar, but many of the regulars stop in on the way home from the base and there's clearly a supportive relationship between the bar and those that serve our country.
I can see NB's famous Melange a Trois and Fathead Barleywine in bottles, so will go home with those for sure to end a very nice first stop in Nebraska. Added Black Betty as a last minute impulse buy. Of my samples, I really liked Hop God, which is basically a Belgian IPA. Listed as a trippel crossed with west coast IPA, Hop God has plenty of hops that are supported by a yeasty Belgian funk to make it very interesting.
Easily my best stop of the day in Nebraska, I wouldn't hesitate to return to Nebraska Brewing.
07-19-2012 20:17:37 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
NBC sits in the midst a newer upscale shopping plaza, but once you step inside, it becomes nice and cozy. They've got a bar area, family dining room, and a balcony area for groups or overflow.
Their beer selection features like 8 taps and a single seasonal. To our relative dismay, the seasonal has been their Pumpkin ale since like August...really wish they change it soon. Their normal year-round brews are solid, and they've won some GABF awards recently. They are good brewers, and I'd put their stuff up on par with some decent Colorado breweries; clean and flavorful.
The food is above-average pub grub. A few of their sandwiches are quite tasty.
Service has been hit or miss. We've gotten busy overwhelmed bartenders, friendly ones, inattentive ones, and really knowledgeable ones. A bit inconsistent, but never terrible.
12-14-2011 23:55:22 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I visited Nebraska Brewing on a Thursday lunch, right as they opened. We were the first ones into the restaurant, so I can't really give a great feel for how the place does when it gets busy or full, but the decor was good. There is a large, long bar with a few TVs showing sports on the left, with a two level dining area taking up the majority of the floor. The brewhouse is at the end of the bar in the back left. Wooden barrels are in use all over the place with signs on them letting you know what is actually in them. While a lot of places have barrels for decoration, this one actually uses the ones on the floor. I watched the brewer racking and testing beer from one of the barrels of barleywine. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard, but well-lit brewpub. No complaints.
The house beers are fine from what I tried (I brought home several growlers), but nothing special. I do commend this midwestern brewpub for having both an IPA and a Belgian IPA as part of their regular line up. The seasonal was an appropriate Red Ale which I did not taste. I think that there were 9 different taps of their own beers. They do occasionally have limited releases in bottles, but I was unable to try one of these.
The food was average in quality, but a little bit different in terms of selection. Nothing crazy different, but a little more than standard burgers and fries. The food was presented quickly and hot. Again, no complaints, but nothing outstanding in the food area.
The service was overall good by our waitstaff, but as a whole, they really went above and beyond for our table. One of our party was a little unhappy with a situation that wasn't the fault of the Nebraska Brewing Company. The bartender quickly got a manager (even though he didn't have to do so) and the manager went far above and beyond to make this person happy.
All in all, I'd go back if I was in the area, but I won't make a special 4 hour drive just to get there. A quality place for Nebraska.
03-07-2011 17:34:25 |
More by gwguest
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
I've been to NBC many times, but rarely do I go for the food. I've given them several tries in that department, but they simply come up short. Their prime rib sandwich is not very inspiring. The meat is thin and dry and the bun is clearly just something pulled out of a big Sysco bag. As for their burgers, well the meat just tastes bland, and the buns are the same big, white ones you could grab a grocery store, while the toppings have no spices or anything to them that suggests anyone back in the kitchen cares.
Now regarding the beer, I've never failed to be impressed. I even joined the mug club for a bit. Their Hop God Belgian/IPA hybrid is their best, followed by their Barleywine, Cardinal Pale Ale, IPA and Nut Brown. Their seasonals and specialties are always worth trying, as the brewers seem to like changing things up and trying new recipes.
NBC's special occasions, like the South O Day, are what I'd like to see more of in the area where the brewpub is located, but even on that day the food was unexciting, albeit the beer and music were great.
All in all they've got aces on the brewery and they're drawing squat on the kitchen.
02-26-2011 01:35:57 |
More by gall0wsp0le
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Update Feb 2011: Returned recently. The food has improved and the staff really does take care of you. Not the best pub food, but you can get by with some good choices from the Apps menu. They have some fun evening events that really round out the experience.
The only salvageable piece to a night at the NBCo is the beer. Since this is a beer forum I will say that yes, it's worth trying, just don't go on an empty stomach. The burger I ordered medium came out crumbly, odd-shaped, and well done. The pizza my wife ordered lacked any sort of culinary effort. The pizza sauce was clearly bulk store sauce and the cheese was definitely low grade American cheese. I had a nice wheat beer served in the proper glassware. I had high hopes from the beer presentation, but they were soon dashed by the poor service and even poorer food.
My understanding is that it was a local homebrewer/retired business man turned restaurant owner. My impression is that he recruited well in the brewing department, but failed to invest in the menu or staff to adequately prepare the items on it.
I would return for an occasional beer if in the shopping center, but I never intend to eat their again unless they undertake some serious retooling of the food.
02-23-2011 18:37:15 |
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Nebraska Brewing Company in Papillion, NE