Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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Upstream Brewing Company - Old MarketUpstream Brewing Company - Old Market
BEER AVG
3.47/5
Based on:
31 Beers
235 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a solid restauraunt in the Old Towne section of Omaha. The food is quite good, with the main cuisine being Contemporary American without being too trendy. The menu ranges from gourmet pizzas menu to Omaha Steaks. The jambalaya and pork chops are quite good also. The building is a rennovated old warehouse or manufacturing establishment with lots of old brick and wood. Large areas open to the upstairs, where there are many pool tables. Large bar area. The beer is good, but not extrodinary. Yet this is well worth the trip if you are in the area!

Photo of mlomaw
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Living in the Old Market, I am able to frequent the Upstream a bit more often than most. I do enjoy the Upstream, but there are some thing of which to be aware.

Firstly, parking is not an issue for me, but for those visiting on a weekend or during a 'peak' time, go ahead and shell out the money to park in a lot rather than circling the Market for an open space.

Secondly, visting the Upstream during a non-peak time is definitely a different experience than coming on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. If you live in Omaha (or are just visiting), try coming during the happy hour (until 6pm) during the week. Pints are only $1.50, the smoke is lessened in the bar, and you will be able to concentrate on the beers rather than the crowds. Wednesday nights after 9pm, the happy hour prices kick in again.

Thirdly, always try the seasonal when visiting and the cask conditioned in the hand crank. These tend to be the beers that are more 'interesting', and obviously will only be around for a short time. Personally, I have had good and bad experiences with the seasonals, but I am always glad I have taken the time to try something new, even if it disappoints.

Now, onto the beers. Let me talk about what I like: the IPA and the Dundee Scotch. Both are good quality beers, the IPA being pleasantly hoppy while the Scotch is malty and full flavored. Both are about 6.5%ABV, so know your limits if you are driving; if you are sans automobile (like me) when visiting, you can afford to imbibe a bit more. The IPA seems to mellow a bit after a few, so I usually start with the Scotch and move into the IPA to offer some counterpoints. Of the seasonals, I thoroughly enjoy the Ebenezer when available; it is superior in every way to the standard Stout the Upstream offers. Unfortunately it is served in 10oz glasses only, and patrons are allowed three glasses at most (house rule). Whether this is due to the small batches or the 9.5%ABV is unknown to me, but I could have a lot more than they allow!

There are usually about nine to ten beers of the different Upstream brews on tap; not the best selection in the world, but passable. I have never tried the bottled selections here, so I cannot speak to their selection other than what is on tap.

The food here is good, I especially like the Tomato and Cheese soups; hearty, tasty, and a good compliment to an evening or afternoon of drinking beer. The entrees can be a bit pricy, but in a pinch, the fish and chips is as good of a value as anything.

Service can range from adequate to good; depending on your server and how busy it gets. During the slower times, I would recommend just sitting at the bar and conversing with one of the bartenders to ensure your glass is in his/her mind. When it becomes crowded, it is often better to get a server to get the bartenders' attention.

If you enjoy billiards, coming on the weekend during the day is a great time to enjoy the 12+ pool tables in the upstairs bar/billiards area. There is a foosball table and dartboard tucked in the back (occasionally inaccesible due to that being the private party area, too) for those not interested in pool, but still wanting diversions. The service upstairs is almost always inferior to the service downstairs as a warning.

One other thing to recommend, if you find a beer that you enjoy here, take some home with you in a growler. 1/2 gallons come out to about the same price as those happy hour pints, and are sent home to you in brown bottles to minimize light damage to your selection.

Rumor is that another microbrewpub will be opening in the Old Market within the next year; I do hope that the competition will spur the Upstream to be an even better experience for those who visit.

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

This place was fantastic.

I side what I was told to be an old fire house, Upstream Brewing is a top notch brewpub.

I stopped by for lunch. I was greated at the door buy a 'Appropiate Attire Required' sign. After entering, I am under the impression that it is meant for the dinner crowd. All brick inside with modern flair. A few good sized TVs in the bar area

Our server was prompt, curtious, and knowledgeable about the menu and beer.

My wife and I ordered

2 sandwiches $7.75 each
1 soda $1.75
2 pints $3.25 each
1 pint cask ale $3.75

Seems to be inline with most places. The difference here is that our sandwiches where great, and the beer was above average.

Well worth the 3 hour trip from KC.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

So I finally made the trip to Omaha for a overall facility and network security evaluation. I've been anticipating this trip for quite some time and although my flights to and from Chicago (both there AND back) completely sucked canal water I was happy with the town.

Very simple to find, the restaurant sat in the Old Market Area of downtown Omaha. Ample parking and close to the center of the Market the location is great.

Red bricked with an "old world" style and modern flair, the outside appears nice. Inside is fairly large, subtle lighting makes the atmosphere quaint even though the dining area is large. I chose to sit on the patio right along the street edge.

Erin (my server) greeted me rather quickly and after he recited the specials upon request brought me the beer list. We discussed each of the brews he bought and we described his favorite and what he's come to expect from each style. It's good to have a fellow advocate helping out with selections.

The selection was good even though they weren't offering the nine I was told they had and a brief description of each brew was provided.

I had the Salmon special. Outstanding! I haven't had a better Salmon dish anywhere, and this is Omaha?! The dinner was a little on the pricey side but well worth it. I will definitely visit again the next time I'm there.

Photo of elmocoso
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had my inlaws take me here when we got to town. It is a nice building. Really classy. Almost too classy, enough to loose any kind of a homey feel. It is a big place with a glassed in brewery. Lots of servers and lots of people eating and drinking.

Food was good, but pricy. I am poor so got something cheeper - A salmon salad. It wasn't bad but with a whole lot of samplers to drink and rate, my attention was elsewhere.

I got about 9 samplers for 6 something. not bad. The pints were relativly cheep, also. But I just moved here from California, so it might be the local going rate.

Anyway. Hit this place, because around here, the pickin's are pretty slim and it is a decent joint with quite a range of beer styles and decent food.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A 2-day survey at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant meant my first visit to Nebraska. The 24hr Hotel Shuttle Driver recommended to our party of 4 that we hit the Upstream Brewing Company for good food & beer.

Situated in the Old Market Area, a nice part of town, with plenty of other attractions, the area has a rather trendy feel.

The Upstream Brewing Company has a Wooden Hanging Sign, the style often seen swinging outside UK Pubs. The UBC is also located in the corner part of a large multi-floored red-bricked building. Near the entrance, there is a neatly organized outside dining area equipped with high quality furniture. Inside, you can either sit at the downstairs island Bar, or wait to be seated at the plethora of booths & Tables. You can also opt to sit upstairs as well, & eat there also, if you can get a Table. It was very busy on our visit, so we decided to wait for a downstairs Table, whilst drinking at the Upstairs Bar, made less formal with its Pool Tables & younger crowd, where it was also much easier to get served as well.

The beer range was 9 house brews, & with varied styles, though our Table Waiter seemed a little confused by the beer at times. A good job then that each Table has a short explanation of each beer on a UBC crib-card. I had several of the beers, including the Gold Coast Blonde, the IPA, Brown Ale, ESB, Stout & a 90 Shilling Ale. I was impressed with the range of styles, hence the 4.5, much better than the usual 4-5 suspects found in other BrewPubs.

The food range was good, well cooked, wholesome, & it arrived in good time. I had the Jambalaya; it was chunky & nicely spiced. The Steaks looked good also, but my co-workers thought they were a little pricey, even though we were eating on Expenses.

Downstairs the impressive looking Stainless Steel & Copper Brewery is set against the back wall, hidden behind a large glass viewing window. There is a good range of Brewery T-Shirts, Glasses, etc. on sale, hinting at an operation that is more commercially astute than beer focused perhaps. This may well be a harsh observation from just one visit I hasten to add.

All in all; on my one visit, I found most of the beers to be of well-above average quality, the food was good & solid, and the welcome warming. I especially enjoyed the IPA & Railyard Ale which was well on form during my visit. Next time I am in Omaha, I would not think twice about coming here again, alone or with co-workers. It is well worth a visit.

Last Visit: 23rd Sept. 2003

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Situated in the cool and eclectic Old Market section of Omaha along with many other nice restaurants, bars, theaters, and shops. This is an enormous place. Very dark, with brick walls, hardwood floors, a large bar area, and lots of restaurant space on multiple levels.

They served 7 of their own brews, plus bottled beers. The brews will appeal to most tastes (Blonde, Pale, ESB, IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Scotch Ale, Wheat, Honey-Raspberry), but they really need a good brown ale and perhaps a porter. The IPA was fairly average. They claim 55 IBU's, but it sure didn't seem too hoppy. It was crisp and refreshing, but not full of hops power. The stout was very tasty, although a bit watery.

The menu covers the whole spectrum of meat, fish, and pasta. I had a burger and fries, which were okay, nothing special. Very decent and worth a visit, but I wsn't tempted to stay all night and sample all the selections.

Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I like to go here anytime that I’m in Omaha for business. It’s located in the Old Market, which is an area of town that has been refurbished and now contains shops, bars, restaurants, etc.

The building is very attractive. It is light and airy and they did a nice job of maintaining some of the old architectural features. It is slighty more fancy than some brew pubs, but not stuffy at all.

The beer is good. I enjoyed their wheat beer and their pale ale. The honey raspberry ale is fine, but I can only have one, because it becomes a little too sweet. The ESB is well within style.

The food is also slightly fancier than pub fare. It is solid, if not outstanding and portions are decent. I have even hosted a few business diners here and have had good results.

The service given by the bar staff is very good. They are knowledgeable about beer and not stingy with samples. The wait staff was just ok and could use a little more training.

Seems to draw a nice crowd with a mix of locals and business travelers. I would recommend a stop when in Omaha.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is an excellent place to quench your thirst and get some good food besides. The atmosphere was of an old building that had been remodeled, leaving some of the old decor around (old bricks etc.). There were ten pool tables to play on up-stairs with a bar and tables as well. The in-house brewed beer was pretty good, with the average selection (porter, ESB, English and Scottish Ales, hefeweizen, lager, raspberry wheat, etc. with seasonals also avialable). I did not ask about the other beers offered as I like to enjoy in-house brewed when I go to a brew-pub. One drawback was the sampler tray was 75 cents per 4 oz. sample. The food however was excellent with a wide range of choices from pizza and burgers (~$8) to fillet mignon ($22). So an excellent choice for when in the area.

Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.