Friday, September 4, 2015

Pride of Nebraska Festiv-ale

This Sunday, September 6th, the Nebraska State Fair will hold a beer festival featuring Nebraska Breweries and Distilleries. Check out the details from their website below.
Come out and enjoy some of Nebraska's finest breweries. To purchase tickets, click here! VIP ticket includes the following:*Early Admission at 1:00 PM*Private time with vendors*Festiv-ale tasting glass*Festiv-ale t shirt*Vast number of Tastings*Complimentary. Hors d'oeuvres during VIP hours.
General admission includes:*Admission to Festiv-ale from 2:30 to 6:00pm*Vast number of tastings*Commemorative Festiv-ale Glass.
**Does not include Gate Admission****Festiv-ale goers must be 21 or older and present proper I'd at the gate.**

Monday, August 31, 2015

ATTENTION HOMEBREWERS: 2015 Sower's Cup Homebrew Competition

From the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club:

The Lincoln Lager's Homebrew Club is excited to announce the 2015 Sower’s Cup homebrew competition. Entries are being accepted now through September 18th in all 28 BJCP beer, mead and cider categories, as well as our special “Sower in the Rye” category and GABF Pro-Am “No Workaround Decoction” category.

The “Sowers in the Rye” category is open for any and all beers brewed with rye. How much rye is necessary to qualify? That is up to you, but the judges will be looking for bold, distinct rye character in an otherwise best-damn-beer format.

**GABF Pro-Am Contest**  Ploughshare Brewing Company will be hosting a category called “No Workaround Decoction”.  The categories accepted will include: 1-5, 15, and 22a.  The conditions are: 1) you must brew the recipe using decoction mashing (cereal mashing, single, or double decoction), 2) you must provide your recipe and mash/decoction schedule to Ploughshare prior to the re-brew, 3) Ploughshare will do a 15-bbl scale up of the recipe and mash schedule, 4) brewing will take place sometime between January and March 2016, 5)Ploughshare will supply ingredients and labor, but the winning brewer is expected to get themselves here on their own dime, and 6) The winning beer will be entered in the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition*.
(*Due to the Brewing Association accepting GABF Pro-Am entries on a first come basis, we are unable to guarantee entry, but we are 99.99% sure of it)

Follow the links below for more info on entering your beers, meads and ciders into the Lincoln Lagers 2015 Sower's Cup:

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Oktoberfests Are Coming! (updated 9/1/15)

It's that time of year. Oktoberfest time! Obviously, there are several celebrations happening throughout the state and rather than making a post for every single one, we're going to list all of the ones we know of in one post. If we miss some (not hard to imagine), please let us know via the Contact Us link so we can get them all.

Scratchtoberfest - Scratchtown Brewing Company
Join us for our birthday and Oktoberfest celebration we call Scratchtoberfest!
We have six confirmed food vendors:Sandstone GrillThe Flippin Sweet Food Truck Epic GrillAJ Cetak's Meat MarketMaschka's Sausage Shop- Tim Todsen
Three great bands will be joining us:- The Czechlanders Orchestra Lite- Ashton Dugan and the Band Dave - Jerry Neeman and his Triumphant Return
Commemorative .5L mugs will be for sale while supplies last. ID's will be required to enter.
Due to the expected crowds, we will NOT be doing:- tabs- flights- growler/howler fills.
Tickets for drinks, mugs and merch will be for sale at our merchandising area.
We are looking forward to having you all to celebrate our Terrific Twos!
DockToberFest - Nebraska Brewing Company
Join us for our 2nd Annual DockToberFest at Nebraska Brewing Company Brewery & Tap Room!
On Sunday October 4th we're gonna' get Kitschy! We'll Take the party outside, have the German food smelling up the place, the Dock-Toberfest Beer pouring and Polka music from the Barry Boyce Band filling the air! 
Bring your Steins! 
Get your FREE Ticket for our 2nd annual German fest via Eventbrite (Tickets are Required) 
With the popularity of Oktoberfest's in the area this year, we've heard about waiting in a lot of lines & we've got a few ideas that we think will go a long way in an effort to avoid lines as much as possible. 
1) Purchase your beer/food tickets early (starting Thursday October 1st)2) Saturday ticket purchases will be managed by a dedicated person. 2) Outside beer pouring area, as well as beers in the taproom.
Oktoberfest at German-American Society
Come celebrate the 131st Oktoberfest & German Day Celebration @ the German-American Society on September 18 - 19, 2015. This festival is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so invite your friends! Enjoy authentic music, food, beverages, dancing, singing, and all around German merriment! Full details posted on the event page wall!
Oktoberfest at Gerda's
Gerda's Oktoberfest 2015 at 5180 Leavenworth:Friday, Sept. 4th from 5pm till 1 am Saturday Sept. 5th from 2 pm till midnightLive German Oompha Band5 Imported German Beers on TapClassic German Food and Dessert.
Oktoberfest at Beer Corner USA
Join us for the The Crescent Moon Alehouse and The Huber Haus German Bier Hall's 14th Annual OKTOBERFEST!
Friday Sept 25, 2015 4:00pm – 2:00amSaturday Sept 26, 2015 Noon-2:00am
• Free Admission
• HUGE Outdoor Space!
• Live German MusicThe Barry Boyce Band plays both Friday & Saturday at 5:30pmBobby “Z” and Polka Joy plays Saturday at 1:00pm
• Lots of Great German Beer served In Authentic German Mugs
• Large Selection of Glassware available to purchase
Again this year, we have custom logoed ½ liter mugs for only $5
If you bought a ½ liter or liter mug in past years you may bring it back to use so you don't have to buy a mug again this year.
If you have a favorite mug you want to bring that does not have a fill line on it, you can still bring it, we will just pour your bier in a plastic cup and you can transfer it into your decorative stein.
Like wise, we are no longer going to fill mugs half way. It's too hard to know where the half measure actually is and don't want to over charge someone.
• Ceremonial Keg Tappings both days!
• Authentic Imported German Oktoberfest Biers On DraftSpaten • Weihnstephaner • Hacker-Pschorr • Paulaner • Warsteiner • Ayinger • Hofbrau Haus
• Try great American Oktoberfest and Fall beers on tap in the Crescent Moon Alehouse
• Shot Specials!!
• Wonderful German Food (Brats, Chicken, Schnitzel, Pretzels and Desserts)
• Oktoberfest Competitions
Contests will be held on Saturday, September 27th.Signup sheets will be at the shot stand.
We ask that all competitors arrive under the tent (by the band) 5-10 minutes prior to the competition start time. A prize will be awarded to first place.
All competitions are FREE to signup for.
• Foot long brat challenge (6pm)Open to the first 6 men and women who sign up to see who can eat a foot long bratwurst the fastest! The women will go first at 6pm immediately followed by the men.
• Speed Challenge (7pm)Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 7pm immediately followed by the men.
• Liter Endurance Hold (8pm)Open to the first six men and women that signup. The women will go first at 8pm immediately followed by the men.
• Bavarian Pretzel Eating Contest (8:30pm)Open to the first 6 men and women who sign up to see who can eat a authentic Bavarian pretzel the fastest! The women will go first at 8:30 immediately followed by the men.
• German "costumes" thoroughly encouraged!
• Families Welcome
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Kearney Oktoberfest
The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to host our second annual Kearney Oktoberfest. Kearney Oktoberfest is an opportunity to provide the Nebraska craft beer scene and the City of Kearney with a signature event to help generate awareness of our developing craft beer culture. Come out and experience German culture at its finest!!! The event will also feature the traditional keg tapping "O'zapft is", live music from Whiskey Bent & Leo Lonnie polka, beer-related vendors, fun games and a variety of local food. You don't want to miss out!! 
VIP Hour: 4-5 PM gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beer and learn about the brewery's product. 
Regular Admission Time: 5-11 PM
Regular Admission Tickets: $5 Pre-sale $7 day of event
Drink Tickets: $3 each
Commemorative Mugs: $15 (While supplies last)
VIP Ticket: $30 (includes complimentary mug, 2 oz samples, and 1 drink ticket)

Pre-Sale Information:

~NO ONE UNDER 21 is allowed to pick up or purchase admission tickets!
~Attendees will be required to show their IDs to pick up the admission tickets AND to gain entrance the night of the event
~VIP Attendee will receive complimentary mug and drink ticket the night of the event. Must attend the event to receive mug and ticket.
~NO REFUNDS on event tickets.
~Tickets are available at the Kearney Chamber 1007 2nd Ave. To order tickets either stop by or call (308) 237-3101 during business hours 8-5 or purchase on our website:
Drink Tickets: $3 eachCommemorative Mugs: $15 (While supplies last)VIP Ticket: $30 (includes complimentary mug, 2 oz samples, and 1 drink ticket)
Pre-Sale Information:
~NO ONE UNDER 21 is allowed to pick up or purchase admission tickets!~Attendees will be required to show their IDs to pick up the admission tickets AND to gain entrance the night of the event~VIP Attendee will receive complimentary mug and drink ticket the night of the event. Must attend the event to receive mug and ticket.~NO REFUNDS on event tickets.~Tickets are available at the Kearney Chamber 1007 2nd Ave. To order tickets either stop by or call (308) 237-3101 during business hours 8-5 or purchase on our website:
Oktoberfest at Brickway
Brickway will be hosting its 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Saturday Sept. 12th starting at noon.
We will feature traditional Marzen style Oktoberfest and German eats including sausage, sauerkraut and warm German potato salad. 
First 100 people get a Brickway Oktoberfest 1/2 liter mug for $10 full, $4 refills all day. Bring in your own German Bier Stein and get $6 fills.
We will be giving away a gift card for the best German costumes male and female, at 9pm, must be present to win.

Oktoberfest at Lucky Bucket
Lucky Bucket Brewing Company Proudly Presentsour 3rd Annual OKTOBERFEST!!
Friday September 11th, 2015. Doors Open at 6pm, party goes until 11pm!
Party kicks off with the Barry Boyce Polka Band playing live all night!
Enjoy Brats, Saurkraut, Burgers and more and what's an Oktoberfest without pretzels! The party keeps going with Polka Music from the Barry Boyce Polka Band, and our very own German Beer with Lucky Bucket's Oktoberfest Release! 
Lederhosen and Dirndle recommended! Prizes will be awarded for best costume!
Get your ticket EARLY to secure a Lucky Bucket Commemorative Oktoberfest mini Das Boot! If you cannot attend the festival you must pick up your glassware by Sept 25th. 
Ticket Options:
-Entry, commemorative Lucky Bucket mini boot + 1 drink ticket. $10 *limited tickets available!* 
-Entry Only and no drink ticket. $5 
Tickets available at the door day of event for $5. 

Must be 21 years of age or older to drink, No ID No alcohol 

Beer Sales will include Lucky Bucket Lager, Wheat, IPA, Evil, Big Pimpkin and Oktoberfest for $4
Cut Spike Distillery Cocktails available for $5

Cash or Charge accepted
Oktoberfest in Sydney
Sidney’s Oktoberfest is one of the most popular festivals in western NebraskaWhen: First full weekend in October Friday through Sunday.What: 3- day festival includes: live bands, parade, floats and fans attending from surrounding states. This classic fall festival features hundreds of entertainers from musical to dance and comedy, and of course there’s an adequate supply of brats, ethnic food and cold beer. Craft show and many vendors.
  • Friday starts off with the tapping of the keg at noon and free entertainment all afternoon and into the evening, with a dance held Friday night under the big tent with a top quality band. 
  • Saturday’s 10am  Oktoberfest Parade is huge, with large crowds, antique cars, community floats, clowns and top quality bands that often includes Denver’s Bagpipe band marching in full Scottish regalia.  There is High School Band competition held at the Sidney High School Football field Saturday afternoon. Saturday night finishes up with another dance held under the big tent with a top quality band.    
  • Sunday you can find local talent up on the open stage from Noon until 2pm, Horseshoe tournament 9am, Crafts, farmer market, ethnic food 10am-3pm. A fun event “Running of the Wiener’s” Dog Races at Legion Baseball Field in Legion Park starts 1:30pm.
Where: Sidney Nebraska Fairgrounds, 10955 Hwy 30, Sidney, NE 69162Contact: 308-254-2932   (Always call and confirm events.)Rod & Roll Show: Custom auto show is also a big part of the Oktoberfest celebration, with Friday night generally reserved as “cruising” night. You can sit along the sidewalk downtown and watch as dozens of vintage cars and trucks relive the time honored tradition of driving up and down Main Street, showing off their ride!  Saturday there is the Rod & Roll Show and Shine held in Legion Park at the baseball field 1pm to 5pm. A supper and  60’s dance at the Elks Club is held Saturday night.  Sunday there is a poker run in the morning around Sidney ending at the Elks Club for awards and recognition. Phone 308-254-2268 for more information about Rod & Roll Show
Norfolk Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest started in 1810 in Bavaria to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig I. Today Norfolk area residents celebrate the area’s German heritage and the fall harvest every year with a two day family festival.  Occurring at the end of September Oktoberfest grows yearly with live music, German food, beer garden, and family entertainment.  Usually held in conjunction with the Lion’s Club Parade and Riverpoint Arts Festival the Norfolk Oktoberfest is a must see! 
Okto Beerfest in Lincoln
On behalf of the Sertoma Clubs of Lincoln and the scores of brewery reps and volunteers, we welcome you to the Okto Beerfest website. Once again we will host the 22nd annual charity event for the Nebraska State Stroke  Association. With our line-up of 130 beers and over two-dozen food vendors, this is looking to be our biggest festival ever! In addition, this year we’re adding a live auction! Take a look around, get your tickets soon, and we’ll see you on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Cheers!
Oktoberfest at Storz Brewing
Mark October 4th on your calendar!
For the first annual Oktoberfest On The River party sponsored by Storz and City of Omaha Parks & Recreation.
12pm to 7pm: Outside on the green space just south of Storz on 345 Riverfront Drive
FREE ADMISSION – Tickets can be purchased on-site for food and drinks
Enjoy a beautiful fall day by the river with fun for the entire family. Food, games, music, activities for the kids and of course beer for the adults.
German FoodRock climbing wallBounce houseGames and ContestsPerformers from Heartland of Conservatory of Dance will perform polka dances, the chicken dance and other classic Oktoberfest celebrations – you know you’ll want to join in!Live bands on stage – from noon to 5 we’ll have German themed music/bands and from 5 to 7 yet another band will take the stage and put you in the dance mood. (Stay tuned for more details)We’ll tap our new Storz Einheit Oktoberfest small batch beer to celebrateAnd much more to come…
Five percent of the event proceeds will be donated to the Omaha Parks Foundation for the Playground Initiative. 
7pm to 12am: Inside Storz Trophy RoomAs the sun goes down, we’ll move inside. We’ll have the TVs on so you can enjoy the Nebraska game. We’ll continue to serve German food and Storz beer. Plus continue with some grown-up games, contests and activities.
After the game (9ish) we’ll have live music on stage.
Stay tuned for more details.
Oktoberfest at the Stony Brook Hy-Vee
Join us for our 6th annual parking lot Oktoberfest!
$15 Admission Fee grants you access to a wide variety of beers and wines to sample from, all which are sold in-store.
Food and merchandise available for purchase and the Barry Boyce Band will be performing for your entertainment!
Zipline Festbier Release Party 2015 at Zipline Brewing Co.
Zipline Brewing Co. will be hosting an Oktoberfest party to celebrate their latest small batch release, Festbier, this Friday, September 4th.
Limited edition German Rastal Mugs will be available for purchase ($8 with your first beer, $3 refills after that) and Big Luvs BBQ will be on hand serving BBQ and sausages by Freddie Lee W├╝rstmacher.
In addition, Moran’s Bottle Shop will be sampling a variety of Oktoberfest beers and Kitchen Sink Cookie Co has paired cookies with a variety Zipline’s German-inspired ales and lagers.
About Zipline Festbier:"Cold conditioned for 3 months, this golden lager was inspired by the beers served in tents at the modern day Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. Drinks smooth and crisp with hearty malt flavor. Prost!"

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beer Corner USA's Annual Golf Tournament

Beer Corner USA's annual golf tournament is coming up next month. If you like gold and craft beer, give it a look-see!

Join us for Beer Corner USA's Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 20that Elmwood Golf Course!
First tee time at noon.  
Grab your best golfing buddies for a day of golf and craft beer! Only a few four team spaces open!! Cost is $240/foursome ($60 per person) and includes:
Please note that the team cost is non-refundable
  • 18 holes of golf.
  • Two golf carts per foursome.
  • Three free craft beers each on the course.
  • A 'sampling' keg on the 10th hole.  
    (keg stands anyone?)
  • Discounted craft beers on the course.
  • Food & beer at the after party in Max & Joe's.
  • PLUS Pin prizes!!
If you are interested in signing up or just want more information, please email Kandace at Kandace.G@BeerCornerUSA.comTee time will be confirmed at the time of signup with Kandace.

Extreme Beerfest Logo Competition

Calling all graphic designers and artists! The folks at Beer Corner USA are looking for a new logo for their ever-popular Extreme Beerfest. You'll get a $10 gift card just for submitting a correctly formatted design and if you win, you'll get two passes to the Brewer's Reception, two VIP beerfest tickets, and two t-shirts featuring your design. Check out the details below.

Logo Competition Deadline for submission is Monday, Sept. 7th.  
Our 10th Annual Extreme Beerfest takes place in February of 2016. Since we have so many creative, beer loving customers we decided to hold a logo competition  For an entry done in the correct format you will receive a $10 gift card. The designer of the winning logo will receive two passes to the Brewers Reception (2/26), two VIP Extreme Beerfest tickets (2/27) and two Extreme t-shirts that will feature their winning logo.
If you would like to submit your designs please email Kandace, our events coordinator, at She can provide you with more details and answer any questions you may have.  
 What we are looking for:
  • A full color logo (four color max) that will be used in ads, social media, t-shirts, etc.
  • A color logo (two color max) that will be used for the sampling glasses.
The glass logo should be a variation of the shirt design.
  • Try to utilize the entire print space on the glassware
  • Dimensions for the GA glass 2"w x 1.25"h
  • Dimensions for the VIP glass 2.5"w x .75"h
  • Please stray away from very small details as they will not translate onto the small print area.
  • Logos must be submitted in PDF format. 
  • Must include 'Beertopia's 10th Annual Extreme Beerfest' as we carry over the same type of lettering each year (previous Extreme logos can be sent to you for reference).
  • Logos need to be related to beer.
  • We are leaning towards the idea of a hand holding a sampling glass filled with beer and foam pouring out.  Should appear that it is coming at you or as if the image is jumping off the page.
  • We are open to other beer related ideas as well (just please email your ideas first).
*Beer Corner USA reserves the right to cancel the extreme logo competition at any time based upon the number of entries we receive.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival

Do you live in Lincoln and can't make it up to Omaha for the great Nebraska Beer Fest but you still want to festival it up? Check out the Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Goose Island Beer Dinner at The Old Mattress Factory Tonight

There's a beer dinner at The Old Mattress Factory tonight featuring Goose Island beer. Check out the flyer below.