Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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Upstream Brewing Company - Old MarketUpstream Brewing Company - Old Market
BEER AVG
3.55/5
Based on:
36 Beers
246 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

514 S 11th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-2808
United States
phone: (402) 344-0200

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Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 54
Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

On the multi state hop today tonight, just over the line now from one to another. Bright lights, pretend city. I’ve got to tell you, Omaha is fuckin’ hoppin’, at least this little stretch of town is. Brick streets lined with cool shops & eateries, lots of beautiful people, I do dig. And parking lotside for a big $8 = Love. Time for a beer before highway heading East again. Halfway or more between here and there, this stop along the out of the way...

Big brick building a block away, enter and drop down to the bar, a large stained & dinged copper top rectangle, with a wood lip and piping foot rail, and baby lamps by which I write this along all around. Seating for 2 dozen on backed chairs, seems like it would hold more. 12 tap stainless steel box tower on each end, and a hand pump sunken below halfway down the bar.

Brick wall up front running the length, with tall narrow windows every 6 feet or so, and mounted flat screens in between along with mounted lamps or beer boards alternating. Rear wall is a glass front brew room with a logo board listing tap selections alongside, and the far wall is brick with larger arched window panels. Brick pillars separating the bar area from the rear room are nicely framed, done up with mounted TV’s and light paintings. The ceilings above me are black with playing cards stapled to it in clusters (silly casino town), blended duct work, drop framing piece in the center of the room with spot & track lighting, and spinny fans. The rear room shows stupid vaulted ceilings where the second floor isn’t, at least in the center of the room where the mezzanine runs around its perimeter. A ½ dozen hightops up front below the windows, plus another 3 dozen booths & tables between the area down past the bar and the rear; its seating sectioned and sharing benches in some places.

Sampler of 12 served in baby glasses on a mat, with standard entries noted, and spots for seasonals, brewer’s whims and cask add-ons. Everyone around me is marveling at my awesomeness and asking what it is like they’ve never seen a sampler before. Um, first time in a brewpub, freak?

6 standard house beers (“O!” Gold, a light light, slight bite; Honey Raspberry Ale, mild raspberry flavor, not enough to annoy; Capitol Premium Pale Ale, decent hoppiness, it’s a Pale Ale; Firehouse Red, a Vienna Lager, has the toffee, caramel sweetness I like in a red; Flagship IPA, big hoppiness, nice bitterness, good balance; Dundee Export Scotch Ale, full on maltbomb without the band-aid, hooray), 3 rotating style seasonals (Uptoberfest Octo, their seasonal Lager, a bit spritzy, malty, nicely balanced; Flussaufwarts Hefeweizen, their seasonal wheat, more clovey than banana, a solid Hefe; Wolfhouse Schwartzbier, their seasonal dark, wonderfully chocolatey roastiness, total win), a pair of brewer’s whims (Schnniedelwichsen Rauchbier, okay, that’s where the band-aid be, Ouch; Schnitzengiggle Roggenbier, good rye spiciness), and a single cask offering (Flagship IPA, all the corners off and everything else, too. Just meh).

Wolfhouse Schwartzbier was the absolute best of the lot, but the Uptoberfest Octo, Flussaufwarts Hefeweizen, Firehouse Red Lager, Dundee Export Scotch Ale and Schnitzengiggle Roggenbier were also very good. The weakest links in the collection were the cask Flagship IPA and the band-aid Schnniedelwichsen Rauchbier, but otherwise, I must admit that mostly everything is pretty good or better. Yes, I was totally surprised; it is Omaha, after all.

I have to go upstairs and investigate some (I just have to). I climbed the goddamn stairs, I did, and found that the front side holds a ½ dozen pool tables, with seating down on the end. The back side holds a dozen and a half tables running around 2 sides of the mezzanine, and a 12 seat bar up front with a dozen tables adjacent. Access from there to the rooftop deck with some seating there. Now back on the ground floor barside, I decided that I just couldn’t be bothered to go see what’s going on downstairs in the basement space (though I’m sure it’s mischief).

Good grown up crowd this Friday night, except I’m seated next to Cougarfest 2010. Lady, your perfume stink is killing my beer. And to think I nearly hit the pork potstickers but bagged having decided that food is so overrated. Just as well, wouldn’t been able to taste ‘em anyway. Good tunes, I got stuff that Randy would’ve hated hearing like ELP, ‘From the beginning’ (he’s so not prog rock); it’s too bad I just a few hours before, had to drop his shit off in Kansas City forever. Solid joint, good house, cool scene. No crazy Belgians or anything (although it seems they make a Grand Cru you can get at, bottled for $19), but some really well made beers.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Situated in the Old Market area in downtown Omaha. A really nice place to go to whenever I'm in the area. This is a big old brick building with a ton of space, and great variety to seating options. There is a nice bar area, big dining area, pretty outdoor sidewalk seating and an upstairs pool hall. There is a place for every type of group here. There is a huge upstairs bar and another even bigger room full of pool tables and dart boards. Awesome playground here! Service was attentive, though not terribly knowledgeable on the beers. The beer selection was slightly above typical for a brewpub this size 9-10 regulars and a seasonal. They do an 11 beer sampler I think. The menu is quite varied, from steak to sandwiches to pizzas. Food isn't the best here just like the beers here. Overall above average.

Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I brought my whole family in last Friday for lunch on a road trip through Omaha to see the wife's family.

It's a pretty nice place with an open bar area and plenty of tables. Brewkettles are visible through glass in the main seating area. Playing cards on the ceiling give it a pretty unique feel, the kids thought that was pretty cool.

Service was attentive, knowledgable, and friendly. The waiter knew what was on tap without looking and was able to discuss each of the offerings. They were there if we needed anything but didn't hover.

They had a pretty good selection of beers on tap and it was hard to choose knowing I only had time for one (considering I was driving). I settled on the Oktoberfest and found it quite enjoyable. Malty and flavorful, it was quite tasty. My wife had the seasonal wheat beer which was a bavarian hefeweizen. I stole a couple sips and was quite impressed, it had a solid banana/clove flavor and was quite quaffable.

The food was definitely a highlight. The Brewer's Pork Sandwich was awesome and included a mustard cole slaw on the sandwich. I inhaled that thing and wish I could eat there way more often. My wife had the Turkey Club and loved it. They also had a nice (and predictable) kids menu that went over real well with the kids.

This is the type of place that got me into finding brewpubs in the first place. Good atmosphere, great food and beer, and just a cool place to have a meal or a few drinks. A place like this could make me road trip to visit the in-laws more often!

Visited Friday 10/8/10 for Lunch.

Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here when passing through on a road trip to Los Angeles with fellow BA Mooseky. The building is in a beautiful location in town and the interior is warm and inviting with high ceilings and lots of wood. The burger was tasty and the beers on tap were pretty standard. Our waittress decided it was time to have dinner while we were there, so we got handed off to another server (not a big deal, just noting it here). They had some vintage 750 ml bottles for sale for ~$18. All in all, it is definitely worth a stop for a good meal and some beer, but don't expect anything to blow you away.

Photo of clarkm04
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The food and the majority of the beer in this location is the same as the one in West Omaha.

Overall, I love this location much better.
- They have two beers on cask and normally they are outstanding. The new brewer brewed up an Imperial Red and both the traditional draft and cask conditioned were outstanding.
- The atmosphere here is just better and more brewpub like than the west location.

I'm not a big fan of their mainline beer. It's very true to style with nothing that truly stands out. The only time I was very disappointed by their beers was last August when I went there for my birthday. I had three beers and all were terrible. I swore off this place for 10 months but have been back since and feel the beer is even better than what it used to be in 2006 or 2007.

The food and service is usually outstanding. Like all brewpubs in Omaha, few of the wait staff can help you with the beer menu.

Luckily, the beer menu is laid out well and since the beers are brewed to style there aren't any surprises.

I've eaten numerous dishes and they are all fairly outstanding. I little on the pricey side but overall a great experience. I typically try to come here every month or two for the food and to try the experimental beer.

If it's available, purchase their Grand Cru. I haven't tried it yet myself (despite having two bottles cellaring right now) but the reviews on this beer are top notch. They hand bottle it and label each bottle individually.

If you are in town and have access to the Old Market, I would recommend this place to any visitor.

Photo of Mud
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

With Zac gone and Mike now brewing the beer has gotten better. Not that Zac wasn't good because his Lucky Bucket is very good and so is his Joss Vodka (IMO is exceptional) Mike focus and Upstream is now that of seasonal s. There reg offerings are still nothing to write home about but, they frequently are make two or three beers every month which are too many to list or describe. In short 80% of them are on the money and exceptional. When I move here I quit going because the reg beer weren't great nor good and did very few seasonal's but now I go there at least once a week. The IPA is very good for a Neb. effort of a west coast style and not as good as Zac's Lucky Bucket. For the metro Omaha area it is not going to get any better at this moment.

The atmosphere is upscale retro trendy and the food price foo foo-very good but a $13 Bacon Cheeseburger....come on. It is a freakin burger. $30+ for a steak...it is not a chop house! The steaks are good but not that good. I can't comment on foo foo because I don't eat foo foo food.

If you are in the Old Market/Downtown area this is worth a stop. Then head to other great beer bars within 5 mins of the area....walk or drive.

Photo of RLaurel
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was traveling from a return trip from Philadelphia Beer week. I called ahead to get directions. Heather directed me in from Council Bluffs, Iowa accurately. However, the Department of Transportation had the exit closed & a lot of work on the west bound Interstate crossing on the Missouri River bridge.

The atmosphere inside is a work of art. Rosewood finished walls, tile floors & great color contrast.

The business was brisk but the bartender, Daren, guided me to my selection in quick time. He was so busy, he could not spend much time with me, but did provide the beer samples I requested. In my opinion, he needed some help behind the bar to permit more customer service time. For a familiar & frequent crowd, the level of customer service I required would be unnecessary.

The potsticker appetizer was extremely tasty. I should have ordered two. The chicken wings were reported to be 8 in a serving but when delivered they were not all wings and covered in a spicy sauce. There were chicken legs & I should have ordered the wings cooked hard with sauce on the side. I reported the variance in the quantity I was told I would receive & Adrian checked the menu. He corrected his statement & I received an insincere, "Sorry 'bout that!"

The beer is very tasty. The Mai bock is a very good but not exceptional brew. The O'Gold IPA is a refreshing thirst quencher.

Overall the experience was not bad, but attention to a few extra details would make this brewpubs a home run!

Be aware, they will not fill or refill growlers which does not have their own labeling. They will not refill a generic growler & apply their own adhesive label. This may be policy or Nebraska law, I don't know.

Photo of kleffman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped directly from the airport and found the imperial red on cask. Score! There is cask ale in Omaha?? And it was damn good. Tried the special which was a steak salad. Steak was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Nice lunch. Parking right outside. Wanted to try more of the beers but had a long drive ahead of me. Nice inside, with plenty of TVs at the bar and a very friendly bartender. Also picked up a bottle of the grand cru which was pricey but in line with similar beers in San Diego. Looking forward to cracking it open. Will return for sure.

Photo of gixxerman
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Tried them on a Tuesday night, straight from the airport at around 9 PM. Parking was available right outside of the front door. I sat at the bar, there was not much of a crowd.

There are flat screens around the bar, all had sports on them. One thing which was sort of annoying was their placement of the beer chalkboard in a dining area away from the bar. There was a chalkboard in the bar area, but it only had a drink special listed.

I ordered a few milk chocolate double stouts, they were very good. They were served at a good temperature as well, not too cold. I sort of suspect I was given a 12 oz glass, even though I ordered a pint.

For a meal I ordered a medium ribeye, which was basically raw when it arrived. I don't send things back to the kitchen, so I ate it, but it was quite rare.

After the meal I tried their cask offering, which was an IPA and also very good.

I might stop back again for a few beers, but I would not eat here again.

Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by here while on my way to Chicago from Denver.

First off, this place is very big and very dark. Upstream takes up both floors of a large old firehouse in the heart of Omaha's riverfront district. Its one of, if not the biggest, brewpubs I've been to. Walls are exposed brick, the woodwork is dark and the ceiling appears to be painted black. Lighting is limited. One neat feature is the large number of playing cards stuck to the ceiling. I'm sure there must be a story behind them, but I didn't ask. For those seeking respite from the dark, a small patio area is available. An oval bar dominates a large section of the first floor. It has several large flat-screen TV's showing sports.

I was there for dinner at about 7:00 on a Tuesday. The place was packed. With a full house and all those hard surfaces, Upstream is rather loud. If you want peace and quiet, pick a different time of day.

With the big crowd, service suffered. I was sitting for longer than normal before my waiter arrived. Although he was kept very busy, he did a nice job of attending to me.

Food here is on the expensive side. Sandwiches are reasonable, but the many steak offerings are on the upscale side of the pricing scheme. I had a black bean burger that was quite good.

Of course the real reason to be here is the beer. They had 12 on-tap that night: 9 year-round offerings, two seasonals and one cask. The year-round beers were what I would call mainstream offerings, while the others were more daring.

All in all, I'm glad I came. If I'm in Omaha again, I'll probably stop in.

Photo of gfreed
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

If you like to eat or drink in a VERY VERY VERY LOUD RESTAURANT, this is the place for you. Upstream is housed in an old firehouse-- it's big and the acoustics are as hard as they can be. The food selection is about what you would expect for a midwestern pub-- burgers, fries, pasta, fish and chips; nothing outstanding. The beer selection is quite wide and, on paper at least, appealing. However, the three beers my wife and I tried-- wit, IPA and brown ale-- were average at best. All were lacking character. The IPA had a decent bite to it but tasted soapy, and the wit had the consistency of old orange juice. Most disappointing, however, was the fact that none of our beers came with a head. This place is a brewery?! Feh.

If you have a car, drive out to 50th and Underwood and visit the Dundee Dell instead. The food is better and the beer selection is huge and reliable (although the Dundee is not a brewery).

Photo of Ragingbull
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in here on our way home from our vacation to Nebraska for the sandhill crane migration. This was the third brewpub that we visited in the state of Nebraska during our trip and when we left we asked ourselves "what is with Nebraska and these great brewpubs?" Upstream was wonderful. The service was second to none. We had our children with us and they were welcome. The kids menu was very good and the kids meals were real food. The kids mac and cheese was not the "from the box" variety of many restaurants and the fish and chips was worthy of being served to adults. My wife and I each had a cup of soup and a sandwich. They were all very good. The tilapia reuben was the special and was what I had and I was pleased as it was unique and done well. The beer list was extensive. All of the beers were good, but the darker beers were more noteworty. The seasonals that were in our sampler were the oatmeal cookie and the irish red. The oatmeal cookie was a very different type of beer and the irish red was one of the better beers in the sampler that included 12 different beers. My only disappointment was that we were just passing through and only had the opportunity to split a sampler. After our trip to Nebraska both my wife and I agreed that if we ever end up living in Nebraska at least we know we can find good beer.

Photo of SuperWhite92
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by a few days ago before a family reunion to make sure I was able to stand the people there (Oh, and you know, to pick up some of the lovely oak-aged ebenezer and sample the rest).

Atmosphere is what I would define as pleasant. A massive bar and enough table seating that me and 7 others were able to sit comfortably and on no advance notice. While they were assembling the tables for us (About 5 minutes) I decided to wander off and inquire about the beer. The man at the front desk immediatly ran me down to the bar and started feeding me tasters of everything he found interesting, including the seasonals. I think it was about 6 beers I tried, and there were quite a few more

The food was great- I had an Omaha Steak (which is still the only reason to go to nebraska) with a 90 Shilling Export ale (which was on the good side of average). I found the prices to be rather reasonable- I was there at lunch and the range was about $8-12 for a meal, sans pint.

Afterwards, I went to collect my loot before leaving (a bunch of OA Ebenezer, some Batch 1000 and a growler of Poor Man Doppelbock). I was astounded when my tab came up at roughly half of what I was expecting. Some sweet beers for a sweet price.

A very pleasant trip if such a thing exists.

Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here yesterday for lunch.

I really like the atmosphere of the place as it built into an old fire station. As being a firefighter is in my family blood, I can appreciate it its intersection with my other passion.

The place is very open - with woodworking everywhere. The back wall hosts all the fermenters behind glass.

The service is my only knock - I asked for help with identifying their best beer for me. The guy obviously had no clue, and only could match the word I asked for (Stout) to the list of beers he had in front of him.

8 regulars + 2 seasons - good selection.

I had the BBQ Chicken Pizza - with crimini mushrooms. Dang good.

Well worth the stop if you are forced to spend a day in huskerland.

Photo of ghebel
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This Upstream location is located in the Old Market area of downtown Omaha. This area is a lively place to shop, dine, and drink. During the day it is a fun place to walk around and look in the stores and at night it comes alive with places to drink and people watch. Everyone from a western NE farmer to the most liberal city-dweller will find something here to enjoy.

The brewery has exceptional atmosphere because it is located in a renovated fire house. I always find myself wondering where the horses were kept and what life was like for the guys at the station.

Now to the good part - the beer. I have had just about everything that Upstream has to offer. I really like the Blackstone Stout and the IPA, but those are generally my taste. Other relatives and friends find the Honey Raspberry Ale or the O! Gold to be their favorites. Again - something for everyone.

The food, although a bit on the expensive side, is good also. Try a pub salad with basil vinaigrette and the jambalaya for a real treat.

Overall - A good place to eat, drink, and hang out. But, plan to spend 50 - 70 dollars for a few beers and dinner for two with tip.

Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The beer was good. They brew a range of styles so anyone can find something they like. My great-aunt had the honey raspberry wheat while my great-uncle enjoyed the gold lager and pilsner. I explored the heavier side with the ESB and Ebenezer double stout.

The service was good overall. They were very accommodating of my great-uncle's wheelchair and seated us quickly. We had to wait a short while for a refill but I prefer that to being constantly checked on.

The atmosphere at Upstream is typical of a slightly upscale brewpub - dark wood, plenty of booths, but very clean. There were several families that came in for Sunday dinner while I was there.

The food was good but not outstanding. The appetizers were unimpressive. The burger was good and should have been for the price. The best thing I had there was the gouda soup, delicious.

The prices were a bit higher than I was expecting (there's a reason I left the west coast!) but it seems like they have decent happy hours during weekdays.

Photo of moreyeel
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Upstream is great. Location in Old Market is perfect, they have a huge space in a historic building. Pool tables, huge bar and a warm inviting dining area.

The bar has a great atmosphere and the food is terrific. All of the beers are clean and tasty.

The brewer has no fear of expermenting, this week e had a Belgian style brown with fruit and spices that was great. The flavors are excellent and not overpowering.

The menu is also extensive, from Jambalaya to Pork Chops and Chinese chicken salad. Everything is excellent.

The staff is a little slow, but friendly. if you drink too fast you will go empty.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On the corner of 11th and Howard Street with street parking in front and lot parking in the area. Clean brick and wood older building with bar in middle and tables on the right for food and beverages and brewing operations in the back behind glass. Twelve on tap and are offered as a sampler. All were solid drinkable brews. Freindly bartender with good knowledge. Good full menu with starters and full dinner. I was there late and had the calamari app. Good portion and was fresh and tender.

Good location and well worth the stop.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Here's one of the few reasons I actually go back to the crossroads to hell, otherwise known as Omaha, NE.

The brewpub is located is the Old Market district of downtown Omaha. Parking is a bitch to say the least. Once inside you have the option to sit at a booth, the bar, of one of two patios. I usually choose the patio because the amount of noise in the main area is just unrully.

Since I only go there two or three times a year I treat myself to the Omaha Steak's selection. It's pricy, but they are the juiciest steaks I've ever had. The selection of house brews is great.

My only gripe is they charge for samples. Rock Bottom doesn't.

Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Upstream Brewing is a solid, urban, "comfort brewpub" in downtown Omaha. Which is to say, this is your standard brewpub that does everything well, hitting all the right notes and then some.

Standard 'brewpub decor' atmosphere. It's spacious, woody, and the servers mostly wear dark colors. The beers--an impressive twelve on tap, inlcuding the two seasonals and cask option--were solid; I especially enjoyed the light lager, oatmeal stout, and cask IPA. The 'saison' is a great spiced beer as well, but it's not a saison in any traditional kind of way.

Friendly service, tasty food (a great reuben on homemade bread), and free WiFi to boot.

There were several bottled beers as well--a Flanders red, lambic, oak-aged tripel and small-batch barley wine--but they were priced too far out of my range.

There's nothing mind blowing here, but the quality is consistently above average throughout; highly recommended for anyone driving through Omaha.

Photo of daledeee
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This brewpub and restaurant are located in a 100 yr old firehouse. The atmosphere, decor, lighting were superb. Omaha has a non smoking ordinance so that was also a plus.

The quality of their beer was great. I tried three kinds and enjoyed all. Very fresh and reasonably priced.

The service was very good with friendly waitresses who had time to interact and talk to us.

The food was wide in variety and tasted and looked like it was prepared fresh and at the restaurant. The variety was so broad that I wondered if it could all be good. Everything we tried was great. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, jambalaya were just a small cross section of the menu.

I thought it may be a tad high. Entrees were from $15-$50. Good portion sizes.

Overall, the best dining experience Ihave had in some time.

Photo of johnyeast
3.53/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The steak that I got was definately the best part about Upstream Brewing. It was top notch. Definately a fancier place than your average beer swilling place. The beer was a solid average. My buddy and I each had a sampler. There were a few good ones in the sampler but I just should have tried a couple and had the $2 happy hour pint. The ipa was good and the pseudo belgium was probably the best. The atmosphere was definately on the high end side of things. Not a bad place, just not as stellar as I was expecting.

Photo of Reneejane
4.65/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We stopped in here last weekend and had a wonderful dinner. I went with a non-beer drinker too, and she enjoyed her dinner very much. The price I put $$$ because the food is upscale. We tried steaks, lamb, and fish. All were very delectable. The beers were wonderful, we took back a growler of the American Pale Ale, and the growlers were brown (nice!).

Parking is a bit of a challenge but the ramps are not too pricey so it's worth it to avoid the frustration and park in the ramp. We went on a very busy night, there was a fair across the street and we got seated quickly because we called ahead, I definitely recommend calling ahead.

Photo of RBorsato
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Visited on 11/06/06.

Cool location in the downtown Old Market area. Large warehouse-like environment with 2 levels. I was not impressed with the service at the bar as the bartenders were essentially "Locals"-focused and really knew nothing of the beers...

The beer quality is just above average but the selection was wide reaching at 10 beers plus one of them on cask. The cask beer (Scottish Ale) was one of the best beers that night but it sucked on tap. The Honey-Raspberry was really nice and anything made with noticeable hops (ESB, Pale Ale, and Double IPA) was also done very well ... The Gold, Blonde, and Wheat had no life and left a lot to be desired.

I liked the selection here but liked the atmosphere of Jobber's Canyon a bit better ... Beer quality was a toss-up between the two.

Photo of orsulacp
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I hit the Upstream two nights in a row on a trip to Omaha. The first night I got there late and there was a big crowd when all the other restaurants in the Old Market were emptying out, a very good sign. I got a table very quickly and the server was right there. She didn't have a great knowledge of the beers, but did say I shouldn't start with the special beer, she didn't say why but she was right on (see review of the Snyder bier). I got the double IPA, which was very tasty, not up to east or west coast DIPA hoppiness or ABV, more like an APA. Next I had the cask Scotch ale, it was ok. I had the special of Mahi Mahi, yes they can get fresh fish in NE, it may have been frozen but it was as good as I've had anywhere else (except fresh in Hawaii). The second night I sat at the bar and had just as good a dining and drinking experience. The staff was knowledgeable, the beer was good/great, and the food was very good. Overall, I would say this place ranks up there with the better brewpubs both on food and beer; it reminds me of Iron Hill.

Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.