Nebraskans take their alcohol very seriously which is why it was dubbed the most hungover city in 2013. It is only right that a city that loves its drink has a thriving craft beer scene. The city has many breweries that produce a range of beers. Being the beef state, many breweries come along with steakhouses. Don’t worry about being bored in Omaha; visit these 7 breweries on our list to make your experience memorable.
We recommend these breweries for a classic Omaha brewery experience: Farnam House Brewing Company, Infusion Brewing Co., Zipline Brewing Co., and Nebraska Brewing Co. If you want to enjoy the full beef state experience and have a meal along with your craft beer, we recommend Upstream Brewing Co., Jaipur Brewing Company and Restaurant and Vis Major Brewing Company.
When you find yourself in Omaha, the breweries in the city are a must-visit. Whether you have a refined palate or you just enjoy a cold glass of beer, Omaha has something for everyone. This list will help you on your quest to find the best beer in Omaha.
- Farnam House Brewing Company
- Infusion Brewing Co.
- Zipline Brewing Co.
- Nebraska Brewing Co.
- Upstream Brewing Co.
- Jaipur Restaurant and Brewing Company
- Vis Major Brewing Company
Farnam House Brewing Company
Farnam House specializes in the well-traveled style of beer from the beer-producing regions of Europe such as Belgium, France, and Germany. Located in the trendy Blackstone district of the city, Farnam house produces artisanal and classic beers to satiate all kinds of diverse tastes.
Try their Hop Complex New England IPA for a classic clean taste. If you like your beer to be more innovative, the brewery also provides several beers with combinations you would not have thought of incorporating in beer before.
Try the Fried Ice Cream Stout for a novel experience for your taste buds. A stout flavored with graham and cinnamon crackers, you will likely not forget this drink for a very long time.
Infusion Brewing Co.
Infusion is a major player in Nebraska’s craft beer scene. It has different locations in Southwest Omaha and Benson. The Benson location is based in the historic Olson Meat Market. The brewery is located in a 1917 building and the owner has made efforts to restore and preserve every historical aspect of the building.
The owner decided to make his dream of opening a brewery a reality once he found out that the building was available. This passion is clear to see in the carefully brewed beer and the brewery tours that can be booked.
The taproom rotates between 10 brews so the menu might be a little different every time you go to Infusion. Try their Cherry Limeade Kettle Sour for a good time for your taste buds. If you want a more classic option then the Buckwheat Boys Wheat Beer is ideal for a good time.
Zipline Brewing Co.
Zipline was created to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit of beer lovers. The founder’s innate sense of adventure and a passion for Nebraska’s craft beer scene led him to establish the brewery, which crafts artisanal ale and lagers with high precision. The overall aura of the brewery is clean and simple, hyper-focused on the beer and its complexities.
Zipline has two locations in Omaha and two in Lincoln. The company is further looking to expand and connect with adventurous beer lovers. Book lovers can also get in on the act as their West Omaha location even has a lending library. Books and beer are the ultimate combinations.
Zipline produces 24 craft beers. These include the year-round favorites, the seasonal drinks, the limited edition collaborations, and the barrel-aged beer. We recommend trying their Dear Old Nebraska brew, a crisp lager designed by the University of Nebraska Alumni. A Russian Imperial Stout called Calavera on the menu also has its share of admirers.
Nebraska Brewing Co.
Located just outside the Omaha Metro, The Nebraska Brewing Company is still a major part of the Omaha craft beer scene. Established in 2007, Nebraska Brewing has cemented itself as an innovator in the Midwest beer scene, especially because of its artisanal barrel-aged beer. The brewery provides tours and has a taproom. There are also game nights every month which makes this a place for everyone rather than just hardcore beer lovers.
The brewery has a broad lineup of drinks. These include its core series which is always available, the reserve series which consists of barrel-aged beer, and the limited series, which is seasonal beers available for a limited amount of time.
We recommend trying their Brunette Nut Brown which is a classic English-style pale ale. Their specialty is barrel-aged beer; we recommend Apricot au Poivre Saison, especially aged in chardonnay barrels with apricot and pepper.
Best Breweries in Omaha with Food
Here are some more of the best breweries in Omaha with food.
Upstream Brewing Co.
Upstream is Omaha’s oldest brewpub. It has been around since 1996 and is considered a pioneer in the Omaha craft beer scene. Their brews are highly acclaimed and award-winning, and their food is classic American pub grub. It is this combination that keeps the patrons coming back to Upstream, comfort food paired with carefully brewed local beer is an unbeatable combination.
Located in the heart of the Old Market District, Upstream maintains a rustic charm and also provides a shaded patio for people who want to eat outside. The pool tables are an added bonus. We recommend trying any of their hand-cut steaks. It would be a mistake to visit the beef state and not indulge in a steak. Pair it with their freshly brewed Gold Light Lager as it is a lighter drink.
Jaipur Restaurant and Brewing Company
An Indian restaurant that serves in-house brewed beer, Jaipur is a delight for both the food and the beer lover. Indian cuisine is vast and has incredible complexity in its flavors. Pair that with the nuanced flavor of craft beer and it is an unbeatable combination.
Try their Chicken Kadhai with Garlic Naan to tantalize your taste buds. Take it up a notch by pairing it with the Jalapeno Ale and it will be an experience you would want to revisit.
Vis Major Brewing Company
Vis Major is a laid-back place without any bells and whistles. It is like a neighborhood bar you pop in from time to time except this one has a rotating menu of artisanal locally brewed beers. This has made Vis Major such a hit in Omaha with the locals and visitors.
Try their specialty pizza, The Goonie. Consisting of unheard toppings such as crab, cream cheese, and wonton strips, this pizza will be an experience. Pair this innovative pizza with the brewery’s Watermelon Gose called Summer Seeds to further expand your horizons.