Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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

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

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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 54
Photo of daledeee
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Yetiman420
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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 neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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 aeibrean
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of jklecko2
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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.

Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visited Friday 10/8/10 for Lunch.

Photo of tjthresh
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 SuperWhite92
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

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

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

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

A very pleasant trip if such a thing exists.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Ahhdball
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 slyke
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 kleffman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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 clarkm04
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of elmocoso
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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 +3%
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

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

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

Good location and well worth the stop.

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Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
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