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Nebraska Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 1,082
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7474 Towne Center Pkwy
phone: (402) 934-7100
The 8 taps include 6 standard beers, a rotated tap for a Brewer's Choice, with the final "Tap 8" reserved for NBC's Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers and "party pigs" to go.
(Place added by: angelaa on 12-15-2007)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
On day four of our cross country trip we took a small detour in Nebraska to make this stop at one of Vickie's favorite brewers. The brewpub is located in a modern, sprawling reail plex and is surprisingly small given the number of bottles they seem to put out. A nice place, clean and with both inside and outdoor seating and a decent sized bar area.
The sampler was very nice across the board (no pale ale for whatever reason). We went with an IPA, a hefeweizen, a red and a seasonal Belgian, all very nice. Food was solid but not exceptional. Service was very nice but unattentive. We had to go looking for the server whenever we wanted something. Oddly enough you can not buy merch at the pub, only online which was kind of a bummer.
On the whole though very nice people (the brewer and one of the owners stopped by to chat when they found out we were from out of town) and worth the hour or so detour for sure.
07-25-2013 16:19:49 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$$
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 | 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: 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: 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
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
NBC sits in the midst a newer upscale shopping plaza, but once you step inside, it becomes nice and cozy. They've got a bar area, family dining room, and a balcony area for groups or overflow.
Their beer selection features like 8 taps and a single seasonal. To our relative dismay, the seasonal has been their Pumpkin ale since like August...really wish they change it soon. Their normal year-round brews are solid, and they've won some GABF awards recently. They are good brewers, and I'd put their stuff up on par with some decent Colorado breweries; clean and flavorful.
The food is above-average pub grub. A few of their sandwiches are quite tasty.
Service has been hit or miss. We've gotten busy overwhelmed bartenders, friendly ones, inattentive ones, and really knowledgeable ones. A bit inconsistent, but never terrible.
12-14-2011 23:55:22 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 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 |
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