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Nebraska Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 1,073
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7474 Towne Center Pkwy
phone: (402) 934-7100
The 8 taps include 6 standard beers, a rotated tap for a Brewer's Choice, with the final "Tap 8" reserved for NBC's Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers and "party pigs" to go.
(Place added by: angelaa on 12-15-2007)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Update Feb 2011: Returned recently. The food has improved and the staff really does take care of you. Not the best pub food, but you can get by with some good choices from the Apps menu. They have some fun evening events that really round out the experience.
The only salvageable piece to a night at the NBCo is the beer. Since this is a beer forum I will say that yes, it's worth trying, just don't go on an empty stomach. The burger I ordered medium came out crumbly, odd-shaped, and well done. The pizza my wife ordered lacked any sort of culinary effort. The pizza sauce was clearly bulk store sauce and the cheese was definitely low grade American cheese. I had a nice wheat beer served in the proper glassware. I had high hopes from the beer presentation, but they were soon dashed by the poor service and even poorer food.
My understanding is that it was a local homebrewer/retired business man turned restaurant owner. My impression is that he recruited well in the brewing department, but failed to invest in the menu or staff to adequately prepare the items on it.
I would return for an occasional beer if in the shopping center, but I never intend to eat their again unless they undertake some serious retooling of the food.
02-23-2011 18:37:15 |
More by BCraig
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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
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
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
On day four of our cross country trip we took a small detour in Nebraska to make this stop at one of Vickie's favorite brewers. The brewpub is located in a modern, sprawling reail plex and is surprisingly small given the number of bottles they seem to put out. A nice place, clean and with both inside and outdoor seating and a decent sized bar area.
The sampler was very nice across the board (no pale ale for whatever reason). We went with an IPA, a hefeweizen, a red and a seasonal Belgian, all very nice. Food was solid but not exceptional. Service was very nice but unattentive. We had to go looking for the server whenever we wanted something. Oddly enough you can not buy merch at the pub, only online which was kind of a bummer.
On the whole though very nice people (the brewer and one of the owners stopped by to chat when they found out we were from out of town) and worth the hour or so detour for sure.
07-25-2013 16:19:49 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon. Was COLD in the place. There are these things called THERMOSTATS that regulate temperature by controlling the heating and cooling equipment. This place hasn't learned to set one for the customer's comfort. Overheard other tables with similar comments.
It was in the middle of the afternoon when we arrived. Only a few tables were occupied. The host took us ALL THE WAY to the BACK of the place, and attempted to seat us RIGHT NEXT to the one of the few occupied tables in the place. Geez. So we declined to sit there, and requested a booth. Our server was friendly. Described the seasonal beers (didn't try these). I had their IPA, and Nettie had a pale ale. Their pale ale seemed a bit hoppier than their IPA. My second beer was the pale.
Ordered the blue cheese burger. Very tasty. Registers a 8 to 9 on the burger-ometer.
Free WiFi. Submitted this review over their free WiFi.
04-12-2008 21:12:51 |
More by RECiPE
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
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: 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: 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
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