There's that moment when you try a better beer, a beer that's not your average Coors/Bud/Pabst/Enter One-Syllable Beer Name Here, and you're hooked. Today craft breweries have taken over the market and the US now has the most breweries it has ever had; with an estimated 650 new craft breweries opening the past year alone!
Check out our picks for the top spots to enjoy a craft brew in...
1. Infusion Brewing Company
Home of the Radial IPA and Vanilla Bean Blonde, this historic butcher shop restored as a taproom offering 10 creative craft beers & brewery tours.
2. Brickway Brewery & Distillery
Located in the heart of the Old Market District, Brickway Brewery & Distillery taps into Omaha’s rich history by handcrafting beer and spirits that are as tried-and-true as the brick paved streets.
3. Scriptown Brewing Company
Located just off the corner of 40th & Farnam Street in the Blackstone, Scriptown's mission is to brew and serve classic examples of traditional beer styles, mostly session-strength beers. Enjoy the exposed brick, the beautifully hand-crafted horseshoe bar and open-timbered ceiling over one of their brews.
4. Farnam House Brewing Company
Farnam House Brewing Company, an independent craft brewpub located in the Blackstone District of midtown Omaha, diverges from the norm with a diverse range of beer styles from artisinal farmhouse ales and traditional European lagers to American sours and wild beers. Old world beer styles and creative experimentation help define the eclectic beer lineup.
5. Nebraska Brewing Co.
The brewery is where you’ll find great tours of the facility, a much larger expansion of their barrel aging program, a beautiful tap / tasting room, and a wonderful meeting space adjacent to the tap room for private parties or business meetings. The largest and most accoladed brewery in Nebraska has something to offer – you really should check it out!
6. Thunderhead Brewing Taproom
Purveyors of the fine ales and lagers since 1999! Omaha's laidback taproom has plenty of different varieties of beers on hand that are part of the brewery as well as other breweries around the local area.
7. Lucky Bucket Brewing Company
Lucky Bucket is a distinctive new brewery that's as big on taste as it is in range. From exceptional renderings of classic styles to big barrel-aged ales, Lucky Bucket is quickly becoming known for real beers that just about any beer drinker can enjoy.
8. Benson Brewery
Cradled in the heart of Benson on Omaha’s north side - you will find Benson Brewery, a cozy neighborhood brew-pub welcoming everyone looking for friendly company, good conversation, house made beers and solid drinks.
9. Upstream Brewing Co.
Upstream Brewing Company in Downtown Omaha’s Historic Old Market is well known for its great food, friendly service, and terrific atmosphere. It's hard to get any fresher than beer brewed thirty feet away from your table!
10. Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
From the taps at Lazlo's Brewery flow their house-brewed beers including their award winning LunaSea ESB. Their handcrafted ales are straight from their in house brewery, one of Nebraska's largest microbreweries.
More breweries coming to Omaha! Don't miss out!
Vis Major Brewing: Currently in planning for early 2017. VMB strives to create a community-centric brewery producing quality beers with balance, character and complexity to push the palate of the true craft beer drinker. Stay up to date with them: http://www.vismajorbrewing.com/
Zipline Brewery: Zipline plans to open its Omaha taproom summer of 2017, just blocks from TD Ameritrade park. It will fill a warehouse alongside two longtime Omaha businesses- the Slowdown and Film Streams. Keep up with their progress: http://ziplinebrewing.com/