Thursday, July 24, 2014

John G. Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival, August 16, 2014, Lincoln, NE

For the Second year in a row, the John G. Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival will be held at the historic Ferguson House at 600 South 17th Street, across the street from the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln, NE
The event will take place on August 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
You will enjoy a hilarious beer related limerick contest and given the opportunity to sample 30 craft beers at this event.
Tickets are $25 and include membership to the Neihardt Foundation, which is sponsoring this fundraiser.
Tickets to the 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival  are available from foundation members, or by calling the Neihardt Center, 1-888-777-4667.
 Poets must attend, or buy a fest ticket, to submit a limerick.

Empyrean’s Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA Now Available

From Empyrean Brewing Co.:

One of the most sought after beers from Empyrean Brewing Company is returning to the market, this time with a wider distribution. The Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA was released in draft form this past June and was tapped dry in a matter of weeks.

“Due to its desirability and summer deliciousness,” commented Jim Engelbart, operations manager at the Nebraska brewery, “we’re releasing a few more batches, this time packaged in 4-packs as well as being made available on draft.”

The brewery describes the beer as being “ripe with aromas of mango and tropical fruits, followed by layered flavors of bright hop bitterness and sweet mango that becomes stronger as it warms in your glass.”

Brewed with natural mango, Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango IPA rings in at 90 IBU’s, 17.0o OG and 7.0% alcohol per volume. Look for this beer in Nebraska markets as early as next week.  While Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Wichita, Rapid City, Fargo and their surrounding areas will begin retailing the coveted brew in August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ale Storm from Nebraska Brewing Company Wins a Gold Medal

From Nebraska Brewing Company's press release:
Nebraska Brewing Company Ale Storm ® Wins Gold 
World Class in Every Glass®
(Papillion, NE) – Nebraska Brewing Company today announces a Gold medal for its newest addition to the suite of packaged products. In its very first competition, Ale Storm was awarded a Gold Medal in the Golden/Blonde category at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition.
Ale Storm was produced in partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Omaha based Triple-­‐A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The beer, to date, has been sold exclusively at Werner Park, the home to the 2013 Triple-­‐A National Champions. Plans to expand distribution began earlier this year and the beer will now be available in draft and cans in all of the markets where Nebraska Brewing Company is currently distributed. The official can launch will take place at Werner Park on July 17, 2014. 
Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “We’re thrilled to partner with the Omaha Storm Chasers in a way that we feel best suits a perfect day spent in the bleachers. We can literally see the ball park from our back yard and vice versa. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that our beers are putting smiles on fan’s faces. To enter into and win Gold at an international competition underscores our mantra of quality above all else. This beer married up with our very own Triple-­‐A National Champions is quite simply the best of both worlds.” 
“Quality. Local. Fun. That is what our vision was when entering this partnership with Nebraska Brewing Company,” said Omaha Storm Chasers president and general manager Martie Cordaro. “We are thrilled that our brand will not only be showcased in Nebraska, but throughout the country.” 
Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “Baseball is one of America’s greatest pastimes. A great beer in a first class venue watching a National Champion team is a great way to spend an afternoon. Entering into a partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers has proven to be an unparalleled experience with a bright future.

Nebraska Brewing Company Announces Expanded Distribution

Nebraska Brewing Company announced that, beginning in May and July of this year, they have expanded their distribution into Kansas and Minnesota, respectively.
Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “For years we’ve had latent demand in both of these States but until the new packaging brewery came online, we simply didn’t have enough beer to embrace these markets.” Adding, “We’re extremely excited to finally get into areas that are essentially our backyard. The growth of Craft Beer has been phenomenal and we’re humbled to know people have embraced our beers as they do.”
Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “Both of these markets have the mature craft beer scene we look for when considering new territories. We are thrilled to work with the respective distributors in these states to bring Nebraska Brewing Company beer to an eager group of consumers.”
 It's always good to see local breweries expanding their markets!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Brew At The Zoo" in Omaha Saturday night

When:  Saturday, July 19th, 7-10pm
Where:  Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St, Omaha
From their press release---

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a suds sippin’ safari as we host our first-ever Brew at the Zoo. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from several local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines. Spend your night with live music, food, fun games and of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo.  Cost is $50 per person for Zoo members and $55 per person for non-members. Tickets will be $60 per person at the gate (if available). Tickets include: souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of a variety of Nebraska beers and wines, live music, up close and personal animal encounters, fun adult games and much more!  This is an after-hours, adults-only event. ALL GUESTS must be 21 or older and must bring a valid ID to the event. No exceptions made for any reason. Please drink responsibly.

To keep the Zoo running, we rely heavily on earned revenues, membership dues, donations, corporate sponsors, grants and events like Brew at the Zoo.

Participating Breweries & Wineries:
Benson Brewery
Upstream Brewing Company
Moonstruck Meadery
Lucky Bucket Brewery Company
Infusion Brewery Co.
Farnam House Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Company
Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery
Whiskey Run Creek Winery

For more details or to purchase advance tickets, visit the Zoo's Special Events page

Ales for Tails fundraiser Friday night

When:  Friday, July 18th, 7-11pm
Where:  Marriott Regency Hotel, 10220 Regency Cir, Omaha
Tickets:  $30 in advance online, $40 day of event

Ales for Tails presented by Benson Brewery is an annual fundraising event for the Nebraska Humane Society. An event ticket grants patrons three pints of beer, snacks, and an event t-shirt. Live music provided by The Fishheads. Raffles for prizes will be taking place throughout the event.

As an event sponsor, Benson Brewery has crafted a special beer just for this event named Barley's Belgium. NBB readers might remember that Barley is a shelter rescue dog and was missing from the brewery for a short while back in early May but was quickly found thanks to our readers and the greater local brewing community as a whole.

***Please note: This is a human-only event. No animals or pets are permitted to join this event.***

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out this event page here

Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival Sponsored By Empyrean

From the Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival website:

What: Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival
Where: The Railyard, 350 Canopy St., Lincoln, NE
When: July 18-19, 2014 (Friday 7-11 pm, Saturday noon-11 pm)
Wild Child, David Mayfield Parade, Union Specific, The Bottle Tops, Toasted Ponies, Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band, Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes, Jack Hotel, Bud Heavy & the High Lifes, Shawn Cole, David Boye, Gerardo Meza, Bonehart Flannigan, Jack Hotel, Southpaw Bluegrass Band, FCC brothers and many more to come.

With help from sponsors including the Downtown Lincoln Association, Hyatt Place, Hear Nebraska, Miller Lite and many others, the Railyard is proud to present the first in what hopes to become a yearly series of festival events called the Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival.

For the first year we’ll be keeping things pretty simple. We’ll have two stages, one located within the Railyard at the south end under the cube, with sound brought in from an outside production company. The stage at Vega (located on the second floor of the Railyard) will also be utilized, for later in the evening shows to respect the sound curfew for the district.

There are currently a number of national, regional and local acts confirmed, including Wild Child, David Mayfield Parade, Union Specific, The Bottle Tops, Toasted Ponies and many others, with additional bands to be added to the lineup. In all, the expectation is to host 25-30 bands over the two-day event.

While Friday’s event will be geared more toward a 21 and older crowd, Saturday’s festivities will include a number of activities geared toward children of all ages and will be an all ages event during the daytime hours.

The folk and roots genres of music are widely encompassing, and the music has been enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds for decades. Folk and roots inspire dancing and laughter, but also introspection and stories told about the moments in life that make us stronger in the long run.

We’re excited to share that myriad of feelings with the people of Lincoln and beyond at this inaugural event, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding specific details as they become available.

Find more info here: