Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blue Blood Brewery Plans New Location At Historic Robber's Cave

Blue Blood Brewing Company has announced that they will be moving their brewing operations to the site of the historic Robber's Cave in Lincoln.  The facility is to include a 9,000 square-foot brewery and taproom with a restaurant.

Owner Brian Podwinski was able to give us a peek into his plans saying, "The new brewing facility will allow us to produce up to 20,000 BBLs per year. The plan is to also include a barrel processing room to work with sours and other styles we want to keep away from main line beers. This room will also be large enough for a packaging line to fill our 750mL bottles. Additionally, we will have a beer garden which will be approximately 1/2 acre in size. We hope to offer a bit of an oasis in the middle of town for people to enjoy a park like environment with a beer. We also will be doing beer dinners in the cave. We want to make sure our retailers know we love them all so we will be inviting various chefs and other restaurants in to be a part of the beer dinners to help promote them as well."

Additional media coverage with historical information can be found in the links below:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Brewery to Nebraska: Renegade Brewing Company

Renegade Brewing Company, out of Denver, CO, has just announced their upcoming entry into the Nebraska craft beer market! Welcome, Renegade!
Renegade Brewing Company announces 2nd out-of-state market
Renegade Brewing Company, based out of Denver, is ready to announce a new state for distribution. In just their fourth year of operation, Renegade has built a production facility which has allowed them to extend distribution to Kansas and now Nebraska.
Until June of 2014, Renegade was self-distributed and built their brand across the front range. As their cans, Redacted Rye IPA, Elevation Triple IPA, and 5:00 Afternoon Ale grew in popularity the brewery looked to expand their can options as well as their distribution. In June Renegade started distributing in Colorado through Elite Brands. Soon after they launched new year-round cans, Consilium Pale Ale and Hiatus Cold Coffee-Infused Oatmeal Ale. In December Renegade signed on with Worldwide Wine and Spirits out of Lenexa, Kansas as their first out-of-state distributor.
On February 4, Renegade signed a contract to distribute in Nebraska through Johnson Brother's Distribution. Johnson Brothers distributes other great Colorado brands such as Ska, Breckenridge, Great Divide, and Odell. Renegade products will be available in the state starting the week of March 30. Throughout that week, residents of Omaha and Lincoln will be able to attend events at bars and restaurants to celebrate Renegade's entrance into the market. During this time, Renegade will be introducing a new seasonal can to all markets. Contrarian Imperial Pilsner will hit shelves in Colorado in mid-March and enter Kansas and Nebraska soon after. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Attention: Nebraska Commercial Hop Growers

All commercial hop growers please contact the Nebraska Hop Growers Association (NHGA) at nehopgrowers@gmail.com and they will send you a survey to be completed.

The NHGA and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture are trying to determine the state of the Nebraska Hop industry.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Omaha Beer Week 2015 is coming!

Ten Day Festival Will Run February 13th-22nd

From their press release----

On Friday, February 13th, Omaha Beer Week 2015, the metro area's premier craft beer experience, will return bigger and better than ever with 10 days worth of events.

This year, more than 100 events will be taking place across nearly 40 participant locations, ranging from specialty tap takeovers and special keg tappings to food pairings and dozens of giveaways.

Two of the biggest events this year will be a pair of bus tours that will show participants all the amazing beer that the Omaha metro has to offer.

On Saturday, February 14th, Omaha Beer Week participants will be able to take part in the popular Craft Beer Bus Tour, which will be held from noon to 10pm. For just $12 in advance ($15 day-of-event), interested participants can purchase a wristband which will allow them to take shuttle buses to participating locations around Omaha.

On Sunday, February 15th, Omaha Beer Week is hosting a Craft Brewery Bus Tour which will begin at noon. For just $20, participants will get to choose between two tour options that will visit four breweries each. Also included in the price is an Omaha Beer Week t-shirt!

Ticket information for both tours, as well as a full schedule of the week's events, is available on the Omaha Beer Week website. Be sure to also check out Omaha Beer Week on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Omaha Beer Fest 2015 announced

The 5th annual edition of the Omaha Beer Fest will be held on Friday/Saturday June 5-6 at Aksarben Village's Stinson Park (67th & Center). Event tickets for this year's festival will be available online starting Sunday, February 1st.

A new festival option this year is the Weekend Pass, granting ticket holders the ability to attend all events, including the Homebrewer Expo on Friday and the Beer Academy sessions on Saturday. "Each year, we see more and more out of town attendees treating Omaha as a craft beer destination and making a weekend out of attending the festival. Now everyone has a chance to attend all events at the beer fest, and check out some of the local breweries and craft beer bars," says Jen Kocher, festival producer.


For more details, visit their website or Facebook page

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lucky Bucket's 6th Birthday Party

This month marks 6 years of Lucky Bucket's existence and they're throwing a party to celebrate! Check out the info below.