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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

Not Rated.
Upstream Brewing Company - Old MarketUpstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Based on:
35 Beers
260 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 54
Visits: 88
Avg: 4.02
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @upstreambrewing

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Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.
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Photo of gfreed
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
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).

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of ghebel
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of moreyeel
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was the other brewpub in the Old Market area (yes, I was paying attention during your whirlwind introduction to the area, Fugazmi) and it sat on the corner of 11th and Jackson Streets in a former fire station (Firehouse BC, Rapid City, SD, here I come!).

Entering through the wide vestibule, I was suddenly in an even wider foyer that included a glass counter containing logo items straight ahead; the maitre d’ station slightly left; a cooler of growlers slightly right; and the washrooms off to the right, down a passageway. The copper-topped, wood-framed bar was to the left, down a couple of steps. Its shape was rectangular and I sat with my back to the window, but facing the restaurant area with its booth and table seating and beyond that, the brewhouse and fermenters. The décor included lots of exposed brick with the rest of the color scheme in muted earth tones of red, green and tan. The kitchen was down a passageway aft of the maitre d’ station. Next to the glass display case was a rack of house-baked breads (!) – Ed’s Breads, are you listening? They also featured a “Barrel-O-Meter”. Among the logo items for sale, there were growlers, growler covers, and an embroidered sweatshirt, all of which appealed to me.

The second floor was called “Upstream Billiards” and consisted of eight (8) billiards tables; foosball; a vintage Ms. Pac-Man machine; its own bar; a large restaurant area; and an outdoor deck. It was an impressive setup. It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished with space and money. Even more impressive was the idea that they did not tear anything down to create this new place. Most impressive of all was the thunderstorm that blew through while I was upstairs gazing out the window. Trees were jumping around, the rain was sheeting, and the sky was a color that I hope that I never see again, outside of being deep underground taking shelter.

The sampler included eleven (11) beers, including two (2) barleywines (cask and CO2), which made me long for the days of the huge sampler at LNCBC. My favorites were the IPA, the Blackstone Stout and the cask-conditioned barleywine, although all of them were quite good.

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Photo of hanco005
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Was in Omaha recently on business and visited this place with a few co-workers. We had just completed a 6 hour drive and were ready for some good beer and some good food. Upstream did not disappoint

It is located in the Old Market in downtown and was a few short blocks from our hotel. It is an old warehouse looking building with two levels (that I saw…not sure about a basement). We sat upstairs close to a pool table as watched a World Series game. There is bar service both upstairs and on the main level.

I had 4 pints in this visit and they were all good (see individual reviews for details). I can’t say they were outstanding, but they were good. The food, however, was outstanding. I had the fish and chips and it hit the spot.

Service was very good as well and our server seemed very knowledgeable about their beer. She was very polite and attentive.

I would go back for sure when in Omaha. They sell growlers, but for me the beers were not so memorable that I needed a growler.

Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was the 178th brewpub I've visited in north america (where they brew their own beer on site). Business travel has its advantages.

I sat outside on a cool night and my only trip inside was for the restroom. From what I saw, the place had a cool interior and it looks like they have some sort of rooftop garden. It's in what's probably the coolest section of downtown Omaha which makes it a no brainer if you're in town. Lots of neat shops and restaurants if you want to eat elsewhere although our meals were both very good.

The beer. Well, anyplace that serves a double IPA is fine in my book. In fact, they didn't have a pale or standard IPA which seems a bit weird. I should have asked how much of the double they sell. Seems like a risky beer to have on tap. They also had a nice Belgium sesional and an ESB which were both very good.

The only problem I we had was the hilljacks behind us chain smoking the entire evening. It was outside so not too bad.

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Photo of slyke
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Upstream Brewing Company's Old Market location twice during my weekend in Omaha. It is located in an old two story brick building that has been refurbished. A lot of dark wood throughout with a bar and dining area on the ground level and another bar with billiards above.

Friday evening I tried the Peach Wheat Ale seasonal offering, liking it quite a bit, and tried several of the other beers when I split a couple of the samplers with some friends. The Blackstone Stout and 90 Schilling Scotch Ale were particularly enjoyable.

Sunday for lunch I drank the their Capitol Pale Ale on cask - yummy stuff. I ate the grilled chicken sandwich and found it very tasty. Everyone in our group found Upstream great place that we will hit again when in Omaha. Not far off the I-480 through downtown, this place is well worth a stop.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very nice, clean, looking atmosphere. Very large capacity with a spacious bar area and plenty of dining. Luckily it wasn't a very busy time when we arrived. The place is in an old brick building, but looks very classy on the inside. There is also an upstairs but I didn't go up there so I can't speak on it. The waitress was very friendly, and whe asked she knew a fair amount about the differences between the beer styles. Lucky for me they have rotating cask-ales so I tried the only one avaialble- the Capitol Pale Ale. It was excellent. The menu has a wide assortment of appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, steaks, specials, and more. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food immensely.

Considering the wide selection of beer, solid eats, good atmosphere, and especially the ales on-cask, I highly recommend this brewpub.

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Photo of swid
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Old Market Brewpub Tour, Part 1:

Stopped in on a Tuesday night while waiting to pick up a friend from the airport. Upstream is a rather large brewpub, spread out over several floors. Even on a random Tuesday evening, the place was nearly full (on the first floor). The brewpub is decorated in a classy and elegant manner. Sadly, the cask ale tap was down while we were there; it took our server a couple of visits to the bar to confirm this. He wasn't terribly knowledgeable about beer either, but other than that, service was friendly and fast. I had the IPA and the Scottish ale; both were very enjoyable.

While the beer at the Upstream is quite good, the food is where the brewpub truly shines. The spinach articoke dip was wonderful. My friends swear by the smoked Gouda soup; I tried a sample of it and I understand why. Finally, I ordered for myself one of their 12" thin-crust pizzas, the Ojo Caliente, which was very tasty. Many of the entreés are fairly expensive, the burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas are only marginally more so than at an Applebee's or an Old Chicago. Portions are large and filling.

If you're in Omaha, do yourself a favor and go to the Upstream. In retrospect, I can't believe it took me this long to get around to eating/drinking there.

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Photo of naderator55
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The Upstream is in the Old Market of Omaha. So parking sucks on the weekends. It is in an old renovated warehouse. I like the decor it is a good combination of upscale but not snobbish. I have visited several times and the beers that I ordered were all fair to good, I never felt that I got screwed out of my money. The crowd I was not a huge fan of, I was visisting at around midnight and they all still had suits and ties, a little bit to yuppy for my liking, but this is in downtown omaha so that's that. Did not try the food so I will not comment on that.

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Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

It is time to update my 2002 review, for freshness' sake.

I've been a steady customer at Upstream for years now. The range of beer is very solid and the standards are good drinking beers, IMO. I like the American Wheat, Stout, Scotch, ESB, and DIPA. I get very annoyed with some of the seasonal beers; I don't understand their fruity ale/wheaty drinks as they are redundant and a total waste of tap space. The cask beer rotates and, more times than not, better than the tap version. I was very happy to be able to get a pint on cask in Omaha. The best beer they brew is Ebenezer, a winter seasonal.

The food is very good. I do wish they would offer a couple cheap and easy appetizers to munch on while drinking the beer. That is the biggest flaw with this place, IMO. Some of the menu items are too pricy when I am just looking for something simple to eat, on the other hand, the menu sets up well for dinners. I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.

The décor is typical, classy brewpub in a downtown setting... it looks A LOT like Court Avenue in Des Moines! The crowd is a good mix of T-shirt & jeans, "business" casual and polo's. It is dark inside with lots of exposed bricks and wood. The first level has a rather large rectangular bar with a few TVs. It is a smoking section. The rest of the first level has restaurant seating, the brewing equipment is exposed. Upstairs is a smaller bar, some outside balcony seating, 8-10 pool tables and more restaurant seating. This place can get very busy so do your best to sit wherever you can or allowed too. There is also patio seating on the main level. The basement is for parties and receptions.

I really like the pizzas ($7-12 for a 12 inch dish). My favorite is the BBQ-Chicken. The pasta dishes are flavorful and not too pricey. I like the jambalaya and fish and chips. The burgers are cheap and simple, sometimes overcooked. The steaks are out of my price range and thus I have never tried one...

The wait staff and bartenders are always friendly. Sometimes they don't know jackshit about the beer and that really pisses me off. I have heard them say the stupidest things to other customers, like "Oktoberfest beers are made with pumpkins." If you are sensitive to beer stupidity, you have been forwarded.

All in all, I like Upstream... I wish the seasonal beers were better but I still keep coming back. The food is good, I like the atmosphere too. Parking is okay, it is downtown so you might have to pay to park.

IMO, Upstream is a "must try" if you visit Omaha's Historic Old Market.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Not often do I get to visit Omaha, so I was excited I when my party didn’t mind going to Upstream. Located in downtown, it’s not too difficult to find but you can easily get lost. Also with the one-way signs and the limited parking, it can be a deterrent to go there.

Once in side that old bring building brings out a classy charm. There are two levels, with bars at both. The larger is downstairs but there are pool tables and other games upstairs. Also there is a small patio up front.

Once seated, they had about eight beers on tap including 2 seasonals, which one was cask conditioned. I sampled a few and then ordered their IPA. The selection was good for a late summer day. Although there were a few wheat beers including their seasonal blueberry, the selection offered a good variety for different tastes. I ended up ordering the IPA and the Scottish. Probably there best two from what was available. None of the beer selection seemed to be very big (i.e. Imperials or Double IPA or bigger Belgians). The beers I did sample were all pretty good. Nothing outstanding but definitely better then most.

The food was good. I order the pulled pork sandwich witch was actually an open face sandwich, and was thought it was very good. I lived in the South for a while and it was pretty close to Southern cooking. Others were not as impressed with the food but overall were still happy with what they got. I remember specifically the bread was homemade or at least was very fresh.

The service was not that great. Our waitress was pretty young and not very receptive or helpful. I can help reading other reviews and notice better results. So I guess this will be just a push.

One thing to add is that it was a little pricey for everything. Although the atmosphere and the staff and the location really note a higher end quality, it’s nice to note before you go. Overall I enjoyed my experience and will go again.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite places in Omaha. The atmosphere is great, fairly darkly lit, very clean, not too excessively loud, and pretty much anything else I tend to expect from a decent pub.

The building used to be an old firehouse serving the Old Market district, so it is a huge open warehouse type of building that has been revamped for a more post-modern feel, much like most buildings in the Old Market that have been converted to loft style apts. There is a large bar in the middle of the main floor and plenty of billiards tables upstairs. The house beers vary from average to amazing, and are quite cheap. You can even get a free sampler if you're wary to make a choice. I highly recommend checking out whatever is on cask.

The service has always been awesome whenever I come here. Our waiter brought out some fresh bread with our appetizers, compliments of the house, just because it was some of the best tasting bread he'd had since he started working there and he wanted somebody else to concur. It goes without saying that the wait staff are friendly and courteous. On top of that, they seem to have good knowledge of their house brews, which is a key aspect to any brew pub.

The selection was fairly large compared to most brewpubs I've visited. I didn't have time to sample more than one at the time, but given more time I would have liked to sample them all. I didn't see anything about non-house beers listed on the menu, but surely there are some of those as well for the non-adventurous.

The food is awesome. Surely you must try the Spinach Artichoke dip for an appetizer if you are making the trip to Omaha. Everything I've ever eaten here has been wonderful. Many menu items are made using house beers as well, such as the beer bread. Definitely try the food if you ever come here.

Prices are reasonable as well. I don't remember exact prices, but I believe growlers ran at $9.00 while refills were $7.50. Pints or house beer ran at about $2.50 if I remember correctly.

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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.