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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

Not Rated.
Upstream Brewing Company - Old MarketUpstream Brewing Company - Old Market
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 245
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @upstreambrewing

Notes:
Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

avisong, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

canawler, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Much variety on tap. Sweet flight available of everything they had to offer. Bottles of specialties to go. A management staff that seemed to apprecaite you being there, hit or miss with the bartenders. Great neighborhood and nice outdoor seating as well.

jklecko2, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of jaz58
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%

Very nice decor inside and out. We sat upstairs Nice mix of restaurant and lounge. Upstairs area had pool tables which wasn't distracting.There is a second bar upstairs.

Menu selection was interesting. A hit right off the bat was their smoked gouda and ale soup. It's worth having. Nice flavours of the gouda and ale meld well.

Pork Schnitzel was one entree enjoed and the second was Mac and Cheese with Blackened Chicken.

The schitzel was a fiar size with a ok breading. It was cooked well yet dry. Mashed potato and veg were good sides.

The mac and cheese was ok. The sauce was thin and it didn't bind with the pasta. Not a stick to your ribs M&C. Blackened chicken was good.

jaz58, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%

The night I came here this place was packed, although it was nestled in one of the nicer parts of Omaha. I noticed they sell variants of beer from a reserve out front which is always a plus, although they did appear to be a bit on the pricey side. Inside it was nice place, although they were understaffed and the employees didn't seem very knowledgeable about beer. Most of their beers seemed to be standard fare on tap, although I did try the barrel aged Kurgan Wee Heavy which was very good. I will probably stop again because it is in such a nice area and for those that haven't been there it is worth a stop if you're in the area as you never know what they might have on tap out of their reserve.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of aeibrean
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%

I was passing through Omaha & found this place on BA. I am so glad I did. it is a large space with a warm & welcoming vibe. I It is a large rectangular bar w/ an old time feel to it.The beer was excellent as was the food. The service was good, but not perfect. I have nothing negative to say. The prices are reasonable , the beer is inexpensive. The food prices were competitive. I will return @ every opportunity.

aeibrean, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of KateK
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%

Upstream is in the Old Market of Omaha, such a great neighborhood. Stopped here during a blizzard, so it was rather quiet! Food was good, beer was good, atmosphere was great. Got a growler of Firecracker Red Lager to go, decent beer. Will be back again!

KateK, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.78/5  rDev -6%

The last time I was in downtown Omaha, Randy Madsen and I were coming back from Dan Gable's Tiger wrestling camp at the University of Iowa. In 8th or 9th grade, our bus from Iowa City had broken down in Des Moines because the AC was out. As a result, we missed our connection home in Omaha to home and spent the night together at the Omaha bus station. One of use would stay awake to watch our stuff while the other slept. In the course of the evening, we played cards with a guy who was rolling a joint and each were propositioned by several hookers. All in all, a good learning experience.

Staying at the downtown Econolodge and walking to Upstream Brewing reminded me of my last trip. Still seems like a tough neighborhood (remember, I lived in LA below south central), but the rough wrinkles smooth by the time I got to the refurbished downtown area with a lot of bars and restaurants. My guess is that most folks drive and park nearby, and don't see much of the surrounding area. Classic refurbished downtown area for any large city.

Inside, Upstream Brewing is expansive with a beautiful brewhouse behind glass. Large bar and a ton of beers, but it's been a hot day and I'm not up for tasting all of the brews on tap. I order water and a menu to start, and get to having a Flagship IPA and fish and chips for dinner. Flagship is a marmalade colored, solid west coast IPA that reminds me a bit of Masala Mama from Town Hall, especially the color. Clean and fresh, it blends well with the good beer battered fish and mediocre chips.

For a second beer, the Saison was off for the Brewer's Whim, so I tried the 1936 Strong ESB for a lighter beer. Off white head dissipates quickly on top of a muddled amber ale. English hops on a caramel, malt and mineral base. Hearty ESB that one could sip for an evening.

Upstream is a perfectly good brewpub, but feels more like a tourist trap than a real local like Nebraska Brewing early today. Nothing wrong, per se, but not much to really attach to as a pub for me. If I find myself in downtown Omaha ever again, I would gladly stop for lunch but I wouldn't go too far out of the way.

FightingEntropy, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

huge establishment in a really neat part of town. was glad to find a brewery here on my long drive from upstate ny to denver. we sat upstairs out on the patio, was a fantastically beautiful place to have a few beers and a meal after a long drive. this place is really really big, so i can only speak for the upstairs outside space, but it was lovely. maybe 10 beers on tap, all the basics plus a couple of interesting saisons they had on. all were quite good, nothing mindbendingly spectacular. food is hit or miss, the chicken wings were stellar while the ceasar salad left a bit to be desired. prices were fair though, and service was friendly for a busy place. overall im glad we stopped here, there was a laid back vibe and the beers were interesting enough to excite me. check it out when passing through for sure.

StonedTrippin, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Ahh, what a gem of a brewpub, nestled right in the artsy little market district.
This large establishment stretches several floors and patios, with a large bar area downstairs.
I've been here twice now, and it really seems to just be getting better. The first time I was here they had a saison, now they have two! Huzzah.

Brick and old warehouse-type architecture and wide spaces gives a nice open atmosphere, while tall booths provide close spaces. The patios are shady and the one upstairs is draped in flowers and vines, very appealing.

The beer selection is quite good, with their IPA a standout, very juicy and citrusy, like a good west coaster (racer 5-esque?). Their seasonals and specialties are quite good as well (i already mentioned the pair of saisons).

Food is a bit up from pub grub, with some unique offerings scattered about.

Every weekday is 2.50 pints for happyhour, and half-price apps or half-price pizzas, or some deal. Like. That. A. Lot.

So yeah, the beers, food, service and atmosphere all pass muster. Aside from finding parking, I'd say this place could be my favorite beer spot in town.

SurlyDuff, Sep 01, 2011
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.