Nebraska Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 1,089
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had a great time here with my brother. I wasn't expecting world class beer in Nebraska, but I got it anyway.
The building looks like any sort of chain restaurant/ middle America restaurant, and inside is the same with flat screen tvs and a big long bar. However, this place sets itself apart with California Chardonnay barrels all over the place.
The beer selection is solid, with a few standouts like Hop God and Summertime Rye.
My brother and I shared a plate of onion rings that were very good - better than your standard onion rings.
On top of everything, the bartender was great, friendly, and hooked us up with a sample of a very green and tasty barleywine.
08-03-2010 17:40:58 | More by palmdalethriller
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Edited review 1/3/10
The beer here is the best beer brewed in NE in my opinion.
I've had everything in their line-up at least twice and there are numerous great beers to choose from.
I love wheats/wits and the Infinite Wit is a outstanding example. It has a very unique profile along with being so clean and crisp. Their brown used to be sub par but they reformulated it and now it's definitely a top notch beer. Then there is HopGod. What an outstanding beer and I'm glad they pulled the red (which was their weakest) and made this seasonal a yearlong endeavor. The best beers they have are in their barrel aged series. They are a little pricey but very delicious.
NBC is the most experimental brewery in NE too. I always love to try the Tap 8 offering. They had an absolutely stellar Apricot beer on during this spring/summer.
The restaurant decor is a little too cookie cutter for me. They definitely went for an upscale look similar to Lazlo's or Upstreams west location but it feels a little sterile at times.
The only thing holding this place back is the service. I used to be very displeased with the food but everytime I visit the food quality keeps rising. I was just there for New Year's Eve and all the food was delicious. I've heard from others how the food is inconsistent but the last three times it was great.
The service is still weak. I constantly seem to get servers that are either too cool for serving or know nothing about the beer. I actually had a server come EOS to Shock Top. I had to laugh and wonder what the brewers would know if they compared a wonderful hefe to Big Beer crap.
If Paul or Tyson are in they are all very humble and great to talk too. Both Paul and Tyson are very approachable to talk to about their beer or homebrewing. Even when I asked very basic questions, they always gave me detailed answers to my inquiries.
Lastly, I really enjoyed last year's Great Nebraska Beer Festival and am glad they are doing it again this year. I think it's a great opportunity to try a variety of regional beer that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer.
07-27-2010 20:09:04 | More by clarkm04
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped for lunch on the way from the West to the airport.
First thing a beer geek notices on the way in is the racks of wine barrels aging beers. They have signs indicating what is aging in what which I though was a nice touch and make me wish I could be back in town in a year or so.
I was there for a late lunch and had the bartender, who was extended family, all to myself. A very friendly guy. I got a sampler with wit, hefe, nut brown, pale, IPA, and hop god seasonal. I though the wit was outstanding and had a pint of the IPA because hops are good.
I got the seared ahi tuna as a meal with sweet potato fries. The fries were great.
04-16-2010 02:09:57 | More by Yetiman420
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Nebraska Brewing is located in a large outdoor mall. It was a bit hard to spot from the main road, but I found it eventually.
Being in a mall, this pub has a certain chain restaurant feel to it. It's a bit sterile for my tastes. Seating is split between the main floor and a balcony that overlooks the rest of the brewery. The bar is at the back, with the brewing equipment next to it behind big windows. The lighting is a bit dim. There are a lot of TV's that lend the place a certain sports bar vibe.
I can't comment on the food too much, as I only grabbed dessert. The menu is standard pub fare. The food I saw going by me looked to be served in very generous quantities.
There were 8 beers on-tap. Six were the year-round offerings, while the other two were seasonals. I had the Hop God Belgian IPA. It packed quite a kick. I also sampled their regular offerings. Those were more mainstream in nature.
My server was very knowledgeable, and despite the big Saturday night crowd, he was quite attentive. Prices were a bit steep, but in the realm of most suburban brewpubs I've been to.
If I'm in the area again, I'll be back.
07-20-2009 22:00:43 | More by Rayek
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The place to be if you love great beer. Dark wood fixtures and earth tones are inviting. Long bar extends along one side of the brewpub. The silver fermenters and bright tanks are clearly visible. The brew system is visible through windows at the end of the bar. Historical photos of Omaha's brewing past are proudly displayed on the walls. While food is available, it's really all about the beer here. They have 8 taps with 6 regulars, 1 brewer's choice and a special "Tap 8" for the special Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers and "party pigs" to go. The "pigs" are a good deal for parties and special occasions. The food menu has your traditional pub offerings, but many items have a little "something special" to set them apart. Prices and portion sizes are reasonable. Service has improved since opening. If you're in town, or are a local, come out and support this local brewery.
07-03-2009 22:35:50 | More by beerhobo22
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I've had mixed results with the Nebraska Brewing Company in terms of service and food, but the one thing that has been consistent is that the beer gets better each time I try it. That's the only thing that keeps me coming back.
Anyways... the place is located in the Shadow Lake development on 72nd & Hwy 370. The first few times I went, it was after work and rush hour, so I always just assumed this place was way the fuck in the middle of nowhere because it added an extra hour to my commute back home (and the adjacent cornfields didn't help dissuade my attitude either). I've since realized it's actually not that bad to get to if I skip out on after-work pints here, and if I suck it up and pay the dollar to get across the Belleview toll bridge, but most people reading this probably won't be approaching the brewery from SW Iowa...
Anyways, I thought the place looked pretty classy, in league with the Upstream in that regard. It's part of a new open-air shopping mall complex, which evidently has become all the rage for all the West Omaha Luxury SUV Housewives Collective. I was hoping for something that would blow my mind away after enduring rush hour traffic to get here, but then again the demon on my other shoulder was hoping it would be a total tank so I wouldn't really have an excuse to drag my ass out there again. As it turned out, the experience falls somewhere in between. Worth going to, but only once in a while.
As you walk in the place, you notice that there is a second story loft with a few tables, but I never got a chance to go up there and check it out. Looks like it would be a cool view of the restaurant, as well as the clearly visible brewing apparatuses. Bonus for that, as nothing is worse than going into a brew pub and not seeing any pieces of brewing equipment. I want to feel more connected to the product as opposed to getting the feeling that, for all I know, they don't even brew on premises... but I digress. Everything looks nice and clean, though this comes as no surprise as the place is quite new. Basically, the decor is just like any other "upscale" restaurant in Omaha. It just doesn't seem like the typical bar environment where you'd go for the sole purpose of throwing down a few beers, as opposed to a place like the Moon which is a little rougher around the edges and thus a more comfortable atmosphere for a scruffy nerfherder such as myself. Nonetheless, I definitely don't feel out of place or uncomfortable at this fine establishment.
The service is typical of any brewpub I've been too. If you're blonde and have a nice smile and a decent set of tits... "Congratulations, you have a job. What? You don't even drink beer? Pssshhhht... Nobody will care as long as you smile!" The selection is fairly small. Just four regular house beers were available, along with two rotating seasonals. As I said before, the quality of the beer improves with each subsequent visit. At first I was kind of, "meh" about it, but I loved the food so I went back. So interestingly enough, after about 10 visits I love the beer, but some of the food haunts me in my nightmares. Seriously! Chill the fuck out on the salt!
The food is kind of hit or miss. It's either EXCELLENT, or like licking a block of rock salt, depending on what you order or possibly who the chef is that night. Even though it is imperative that you have at least one Reuben during your stay in Omaha, avoid this particular Reuben at all costs. Their corned beef is all blubber and salt... ick. The prime rib sandwich was kind of lame too (another thing that's usually blasphemy to pass up on while visiting Omaha). Definitely worth checking out for the food if you find the right thing. I would highly suggest a burger or something, and the Asiago and Beef Tip appetizer is amazing, but be prepared to drink a lot of beer with it because it's quite salty. And don't even THINK about trying their complimentary pub chips unless you brought a 5 gallon camelbak in with you.
Perhaps I painted a bit of a harsh picture of this place, but I wanted to make sure others don't get the wrong experience out of this place, for instance if the one and only time they came here they had the Reuben. Overall, I do like it, but as I said, unless you live near the place it's not really a destination drinking establishment. The Crescent Moon (and sister establishments) and the Upstream are recommended instead, but if you live in Omaha, you really have no reason not to go try it out for yourself. If nothing else, hit this place up for some fresh growlers to round out your beer diet.
07-02-2008 23:33:24 | More by MABZ
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I stopped here at the beginning of a two week stay in Omaha. It was so good, I had to back again before heading home. I was thoroughly impressed by this brewpub, and will make a stop every time I'm in the area. IMO this is hands down the best brewery in the Omaha area(including Lincoln). I had a sampler of their beers each time I was there. I can honestly say that there was not a single beer that I did not like. I'm used to prewpubs having one beer on the menu for the BMC crowd...not here, this was a place for beer lovers. They even had copies of BeerAdvocate, All About Beer, and a beer trade publication out on the bar for people to read while they enjoyed the fine brew. I've never seen this anywhere, and I loved it! The seasonals were a Rye IPA, and a belgian double, both delicious, especially the RIPA. Each of their regular brews was distinctive and showed the craftsmanship I expect from a top-notch brewpub. Since I was an out of towner, the bartender let me sample their "exclusive beer club" tap selection, A Weizenbock...it was fantastic. This is definitely a must-visit for any BA in Omaha.
Also, they give ya a free basket of delicious home-made chips at the bar
06-21-2008 23:39:20 | More by brewgetter
4.44/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Until today, I had never wished that I lived in Omaha...
Nebraska Brewing is one of the most recent additions to the Nebraska craft beer scene: it opened only seven months ago (that is, late 2007). Yet, there's some magic in the air here...a mix of the enthusiasm of a new (quality) brewpub and just plain, old great beer.
I added NBC to my list of places to visit while driving across Nebraska because of the recommendations from other BAs, and shortly after I quizzed the Midwest forum, Paul, the owner, shot me a BeerMail offering to give me a tour and talk me through the beers.
When I arrived, I was a little skeptical. An outdoor mall setting seemed more appropriate for a Gordon Biersch, Rock Bottom, or Big Horn Brewery. Aren't craft beers about localism after all? But my anxieties were quickly allayed. And, as Paul pointed out, the mall setting guarantees a great client base for a fledglng brewpub.
The interior is a chic, clean brewpub with glass windows onto the brewhouse and two-floor seating. It was clean, classic, and friendly.
I have sampled beer with brewers before and always a little hesitantly because I don't always manage to filter out harsh comments about the beer. As I sat down to sample the eight brews on tap (the five standards--hefeweizen, wit, APA, IPA, and nut brown; two seasonals--rye IPA, dubbel; and 'members only' club beer--weizenbock), my anxieties surged up...I reminded myself to be polite, cautious.
But then something strange happened. I didn't have to be cautious. Never, never, never did I expect that the beer would be this good. From a place so young, in such a variety of styles. I could genuinely gush about the beers here--the restraint with the spices in the wit, the nice caramel touch in the hefe, the complexity of the nut brown, the long peppery finish of the rye IPA--and Paul was equally enthusiastic to talk about them and share them. I didn't try the food, but if it were even in the same ballpark as the beer, it would be phenomenal.
This is a must visit for any 'serious' beerfly--a young brewpub with amazing beers.Currently, NBC is available at the brewpub and on tap in Iowa and Nebraska. I hope they conquer the country.
06-10-2008 01:26:04 | More by benito
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I visited NBC with my wife and son for a casual dinner. The brewpub sits on the Southern Edge of a new outdoor mall in in the Papillion area, the location is on a corner and appears as any new construction of this era would.
Inside is a bit smaller than I had expected with a long bar along the north wall with ample stools and flat-screen tv's with sports a plenty. The brew kettles and equipment sit behind the bar and are shielded from full view by brushed aluminum shelves which hold the glassware used at the pub. The whole place has an industrial feel on one side and a softer feel in the dining area....kind of juxtaposed.
I really like the use of the mezzanine for seating it allows a nice eagle eye view of the place and gives a bit more quaint feel for dining. The TVs at the bar are still in view from some seats as well. The only drawback is the waitstaff being forced to tromp up and down the stairs, which lead, almost assuradly, to our slower service.
I had the IPA and a Rye. The Rye beer was very good, reminicent of Hop Rod....yea, I liked it. The beer was served at .01K, holy crap it was cold.
The food was decent, my wife had a prime rib sandwich, I had Chicken Wings, my son had pizza. Typical pub grub, ok but not great. I would go back again, but not for a special occasion or expecting a gourmet meal.
Overall this is a great place in a great location for the South Omaha BA.
05-16-2008 20:30:11 | More by hoffman
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
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
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Nebraska Brewing Company in Papillion, NE
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