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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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canawler, Oct 30, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Located in the historic downtown area of Omaha NE. It would seem to the place to have a brewpub with the local walking traffic and exposed brick buildings. Perfect location to have a pint!

The inside is your normal dark wood and brass with exposed brick and brew kettles highlighted. Nice and clean with a good oval bar that allows for conversation and elbow room.

The food selection and quality was good for a brewpub. I would reccomend the steak, as it is Omaha!

In terms of beer...they have a beer engine with a good selection. The normal IPA, Porter, and light beer are there for uninitiated. However, they do have a rotating beer engine along with some tasty seasonals. I liked the fact that they have lagers AND 750ml of exotic beers like barley wines and Grand Cru's if you are so inclined.

While, I don't think I would make a special visit for Upstream (like I would for Russian River, etc) this is a top 3 place to visit while in Omaha. They have a great location and solid beers. Check em out!

ndolover, Aug 01, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

slander, May 04, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

tmitch75, Oct 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

david131, Aug 08, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Mud, Jul 16, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

RLaurel, Jun 24, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

kleffman, Jun 22, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

gixxerman, Jan 31, 2010
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.