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Beertopia

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68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
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3570 Farnam St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68131-3304
United States
phone: (402) 905-2603

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 48
Photo of Moonshae_D
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So much awesomeness in such a small space. I want to pick it up and take it home with me.

Photo of bigotecircus
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I am still amazed at how much beer they cram into this tiny shop. Not shit beer either. This is great stuff. The guys know their stuff too, and are great for recommending new beers.

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Beertopia is an oasis of great beer in Omaha, a place where an outsider may think there won't be any good beer, but would be seriously mistaken. This is not a huge store but has a great selection of beer, including some good midwestern beers that are not available on either coast. The dudes that work in there are very friendly and enthusiastic and have nice beer tastings frequenctly. This store is aptly named given its location, if you happen to be in Omaha and are looking for good beer you'll be very pleased when you stumble into Beertopia.

Photo of Honisbygonis
4.11/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First time at the store review: staff were friendly in extremely helpful / informative. Helped me and discussed selections to try based on current favs.

Free State sampling rep there at time of visit and with several customers in store, was not impressed with either the beer or the rep.

As a business traveler, value was reasonable to a bit above, but selection surpassed Hy-Vee that I had maxed out on potentially new sampling prospects (so may not be saying much--only time and additional trips to store will tell).

Store is linked to several bar/taverns next door to them, but have not yet "sampled".

Overall, the guys there treated you with respect and genuinely interested in helping you.

Will go again and update review accordingly.

Photo of Sincronicity
4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

It took me awhile to find an outlet that had Schlitz without having to drive forever, X2 if you figure in a round trip. The beer I had been looking for was Schlitz. Beertopia is like mother's milk and the big bang theory all in one place. Big Bang Theory, so much beer crammed in one space and BAM, some ended up on the warm shelf and some on the cold sheves. Doesn't matter what is there as long as the consumer is content. On my first visit, the gentleman in the store asked if there was something in particular I was looking for. As soon as I said the name, he pointed out where it was in the store and said he also had cold brew on hand. Friendly, and if you don't see it, someone will point it out for you. I won't say 650+ brews in a small store is a bad thing. If you're concerned about that, then this store would be a put off. But if you're looking for that elusive brand, this is the place to start.

Photo of PPOmaha
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is certainly the best place to buy craft beers in Omaha. The employees are always very knowledgeable and helpful. By far the best selection of Belgian beers in Omaha and the surrounding areas. If you order early enough, you can get pretty much any keg beer that is distributed in the area within the week.
They are always adding new beers so be sure to check out their website.

It also doesn't hurt that they are attached to the Crescent Moon next door which has over 40 craft beers on tap at all times.

The only bad thing that I can say about this place is that parking is sometimes a pain on Friday or Saturday nights when the Crescent Moon is packed but someone will always help you carry beer to the car.

Photo of pigc
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - Beertopia has a cool, friendly vibe in their somewhat cramped, small space but make the most of it using nearly every square foot available.

Quality - All the top craft brews available in the area.

Service - Top notch. Very friendly and knowledgable about all styles. Willing to talk about beer at the drop of a hat.

Selection - Very good selection. If it's available in Omaha you can bet that Beertopia will have it or get it. Great selection of Odell, Ska, Mikkeller, Great Divide, and many many others.

Food - Not available at the Beertopia but next door at Crescent Moon has a decent selection to soak up the beer of your choice.

Photo of Whadawookie
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beertopia is a wonderful treasure for beer nuts (of the human variety) in Omaha. Packed in all directions with more beer than I will ever get to know intimately. The employees also are great help in finding you a beer you are looking for if it is overwhelming you sifting through that large of a selection.

Great deals abound there too. I laugh when I go into a store with a lot of buying power like Hy-Vee and I see them trying to sell certain craft brews for sometimes 10 to 20% more than what Beertopia has it on sale for. Not only are the beers great prices, but you can get a plastic card that keeps track of your reward points you earn (1 point per $1). I think you can start cashing in rewards around 50 points for anything from gift certificates to merch or glassware from various breweries around the world. If you save up enough...a paid trip to Germany (the amount of money spent on beer would easily pay for the trip and more, but still!)

The staff is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about brews. I got in a conversation while checking-out with the manager about homebrewing and found out he was a homebrewer himself. Without me even asking, he offered to let me borrow this recipe book he had without even asking for my name or number.

Cheers to Beertopia for all they've done promoting good beer in Omaha!

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can I say, other than this is the best bottle shop in town.
It's easily on-par with someplace like Belmont Station in Portland OR...except for the sales tax part, grr. Stock seems fresh and the place is fairly popular, so don't expect old beer. I'm sure, based on the interactions that I've had, the staff would take back bad bottles, seems to be a cool community place.

The staff is amazing, open to requests and happy to talk beer at the drop of a hat.
Prices are fine, though some 22s and 750s reach past $20. They get new inventory in on a regular basis, so expect to be surprised every week or so.

Photo of pBRale
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I live in southwest Iowa where there is very limited selection for beer lovers like myself. I have been to Omaha many times but never noticed beertopia before. Wow, what I've been missing out on!

The place is small, actually cramped if more than a few customers are browsing at the same time, but no space is wasted. There are shelves from floor to ceiling absolutely packed with beer. The selection is great--you can find a very wide variety of beers and a large selection of brews within each beer style. Prices are very fair--I didn't see anything in the store that I had seen elsewhere for significantly less, and in fact most of my purchases were the cheapest regular prices I had seen around.

The staff was very knowledgeable and offered great suggestions to suit my tastes/what I was looking for.

I was very pleased with my beertopia experience and plan to return many, many times. After all, with their customer rewards, how could I turn it down?

Photo of Midwestbeerpro
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I recently drove up to the city of Omaha in search of the best beer establishments. My goal was to discover the following:
1) Best establishment for the largest selection of beers.
2) Best establishment for employees with beer knowledge
3) Best establishment for the concept of selling, supporting, and developing the craft beer market
4) Best establishment of an overall experience.

With a little research on where to go I went to Omaha. I went into a local grocery store and was very dissappointed in the selection of craft beers. So I asked, where can I find the best places to buy craft beers. The young man told me go to Beertopia or some specific Hy-Vee's. So, I headed to Beertopia. Where do I start; Wow. What a great concept. They have a retail shop with an awesome selection. I did go to Hy-Vee's and a place called Brix when I was in Omaha. I will review them seperately. All I can say is if you are serious about craft beers, or specialty imports this is the place to go in Omaha. The people have great knowledge, they are promoting the beers as well. Want to taste a seasonal or specialty beer? No problem, they have many on Tap next door that you can explore. I didn't have the chance to meet the owner. The gentlman told me his name is Bill. So if you go there tell him thanks for me. I was in heaven here. I learned that they hold beer classes, bus tours of a small local brewer, and also host the city and states largest beer events. I see that they truely focus on beer knowledge while hosting the events. They run winter, summer, and other seasonal only beer events. Oh, and I was told to come back in the fall for their Oktoberfest. I think I will.
As I mentioned before, I did go to a few other places, they were in West Omaha. From the looks of the Hy-Vee's I went to; they do have a nice selection of beers. The Hy-Vee I liked best was on 96th and ?? You can tell they have a nice business going in here. Another place I went to was Spirit World, a fair selection of beers. But not a main focus. In the far west of Omaha I drove to a place called Brix. When I walked in I realized this was a wine store. Tucked back in the corner they had a wall of beer coolers. Ton's of empty holes in there. Wasn't sure if they were down sizing their selection or what was going on. No one was around to help or ask questions. I did ask a person up front if they could speak about beers with me and the answer was not now. They do not promote beers on tap next door. Not a real beer place. But a great place for fine wine shopping. While driving I did manage to find 2 local brew pubs. Upstream and Lazlo's. I had a couple of samples at each. Both places offered friendly smiles and a quick explanation of their beers.

Overall, Beertopia/Cresent Moon are by far the best places in Omaha to buy beer, sample/drink beer, and has people that can and love to tell you about their beers. All they really need to be the best thing since sliced bread is actually brew their own beer. Oh, and if they ever do...You can bet that like everything else there...It will be fantastic. I will try to explore and do a review of their Oktoberfest this year.

Next best place to go in Omaha? Hy-Vee. I know they don't all have the same selection as I went to two of their stores. However, they had some great pricing, size selection and the latest finds of seasonals.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Every time I'm in town visiting the in-laws, I always try to stop by, seeking out a few beers that we don't find in Kansas City.

The front section is stocked with a pyramid of seasonal and oft-purchased six-packs from a variety of breweries. There is also a small cooler adjacent, filled mostly with bombers and other single bottles.

Past the counter are five ceiling to floor shelves, filled with a variety of singles and sixes. Directly across from that is a cooler with much the same.

The selection is pretty decent, featuring everything you might expect in a good Midwest beer store, plus a few fun finds from regional, national and international breweries.

Helpful staff pointed me to a few of their favorites, recommending beers based on what I was looking for.

If in Omaha, and have the means, I highly recommend it.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Beertopia always offers a good selection and the brews I buy are at acceptable prices more often than not. There have been a few selections that hit the wallet hard but they were big beers and well worth the purchase in the end. The people running the joint (regardless of who it is) are always extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They're always willing to help find a beer and even bring you a cold version of your selection from the cooler. Definitely my favorite place to purchase beer, it's like Toys-R-us for adults!

Photo of mondegreen
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is really cool. Lots of good beer, locals and imports. A bit cramped, but well organized and easy to navigate. I'm on a quick trip, so I could only pick up a few bottles, but everything is very reasonably priced, and the staff are very helpful. I asked a few questions about the beer and glassware, and the staff was spot on.

I picked up some Boulevard, Odell, and Goose Island. I saw about 100 other bottles I would have taken home given the chance.

This place is a gem. Highly recommended.

Photo of lawlerj
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I live in the Omaha metro area and work not far from Beertopia. This is my go to place for beer - I don't shop anywhere else if I can avoid it. The guys in the store are always really friendly and helpful.

The selection is awesome, definitely the best in town. I always love going in and coming out with a few beers I've never had based on recommendzations of the staff.

The prices are reasonable - comparable to other stores in the area that have a somewhat comparable selection.

Just a great store - I look forward to every trip to Beertopia.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Living in Iowa you get tired of being in a smaller market where many beers aren't available due to lack of demand. Omaha is a bigger market so you figure the selection at a store like this would be bigger. The selection is bigger with items I can't get back home but there were items all over back home that they didn't carry. It was almost overload on new beers.
The service I got was a pleasant surprise. After browsing for a few minutes the clerk asked what I was looking for and spend about 5 minutes showing different items and telling personal reviews. His knowledge of the merchandise was great to the point my wife thought it was a bit annoying. I overheard another customer looking at different items say to a buddy the prices were a bit high, but it was stuff I hadn't bought before so I don't have anything for a base comparison.
Parking is a bit annoying because it's on the street and Omaha people drive like Helen Keller on absinthe.
Overall this is a must do if you're in the area and looking for great variety, just watch the traffic.

Photo of brianandpiper
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This place has great beer. Good varieties of imperial stouts, ales, and IPAs and Belgians. They have beer in bombers, singles, sixers, etc. This great beer is sold at very reasonable prices. l Every employee that I have encountered there is knowledgeable about styles, quality, and also friendly. They have a nice rewards program. Rewarding customers for buying beer...what a novel idea. If you live in the Omaha metro, and like beer, or are passing through I would highly recommend this store. The only drawback is that it isn't open late enough at night.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

An oasis in the Great Plains.... that is Beertopia. Found coolers of beers from Santa Fe and Tallgrass for example, that I had never seen before. Service was superb, and even traded some beers with someone who worked there. The place was also easy to find and had ample parking. They also had many high end releases for beers that the can get in Nebraska. I only wish that somehow they would round up some of the beer from the little breweries of the state... although that may be impossible. Western Nebraska is big and far in between and there might be some hidden relics out there somewhere. That would make this desitination an ABSOLUTE must.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.15/5  rDev -11.1%

While in town for the Omaha Marathon my wife and decided we would hit some of the beer establishments above and beyond the Upstream Brewing Company. We didn't get to really review the Crescent Moon and Huber Haus as they were having an Oktoberfest celebration and everything was going on outside. Normally this is right up our alley, but with the kids in tow and planning to run 26.2 miles in the morning we were disappointed to not find a simple restaurant meal. We ate some bratwurst, german potato salad and then went to the beer store.

So all of that is unimportant to the review except to paint the picture that I was a little disappointed when I walked in and its only fair to note that. However, the Beertopia establishment lifted my spirits. They had a lot of beer to choose from. Not all of it was exactly the stuff I was looking, but I did find some interesting things to try and also some beer that we used to get in Minnesota that we were "missing." Overall the selection was very good, the service was the highlight as the guy working told me more about the things I was looking at than I asked him to. I appreciate that however. I love when someone takes their time to talk with me about something they are passionate about. It especially helps when I am passionate about it as well. Anyway, this place is a fine establishment to find some beers to take home if you are an "out-of-towner" or if you are in a hotel and need a cool one. As for how it stacks up to other local establishments I will leave that to the locals to tell you.

Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

It's a hole in the wall just outside of downtown Omaha, but don't let the size fool you, the beer is packed in there. As far as the Midwest goes, this is about as good as it gets for a beer store. The staff is knowledgable, and can help you find what your after.

No garbage beer in the store at all, only microbrews and some more popular macro-microbrews. Excellent selection of singles, especially imports. Prices are good, especially the fridge that has all 12oz singles for $1.60. And don't forget to stop into the bar next door...

Photo of clarkm04
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

Best beer store in Nebraska. Period.

Brix might have slightly more selection but nobody beats the selection, prices, and knowledgeable staff at Beertopia.

If Beertopia doesn't have a beer, you can't get it in NE since they carry everything. Great import and American craft. I love any store that the only BMC beer you can get is via kegs.

Prices are generally cheaper here than Hy-Vee or Brix.

For instance, I had a beer tasting for some friends in the spring. Out of the thirteen beers I purchased, 10 were cheapest at Beertopia and Beertopia is the only place to offer a rewards program to customers.

Beertopia's manager is a great guy. Knows a ton about beer and homebrewing and can answer almost any beer question.

If you live in NE and love beer you better be going to Beertopia.

Photo of dudasaj
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%

This place has best selection in Omaha. Brix is a close 2nd place in Omaha Despite my following criticisms you will not find better a selection until you travel to Kansas City, Minneapolis,
Chicago, St Louis, or Denver.

Beertopia does offer mix six but it is a very small selection to mix from.

I found this store lacking in the Californian craft selection.
None or limited selection of:
Stone
Lost coast
Anchor
Bear Republic
Firestone/Nectar
Green Flash
Karl Strauss
Lagunitas
Not to mention many smaller California brewers
and
Dogfish Head
Alaskan
Victory

Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

Transcribed from notes taken on T, 04 Aug 2009

This is part of the growing Crescent Moon complex, overseen by local beer guru, BDitty187 (I understand that he has since moved on - ed.). As soon as I got into town on this trip, I cabbed it over to see the establishment that was only in the works on my previous visit in July 2006. The counter was to the immediate left and BDitty187 was happy to see me as I walked in. Aft of the counter, running down the left-facing wall, were racks of bottled beers. An extensive bank of coolers ran along the right wall and held bottles, CANs, sixers, you name it. I personally bought a sixer of CANs from Thunderhead BC in Kearney, NE. This would be the penultimate stop for beer in Omaha, NE IMHO.

Photo of KCHops
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I was unsure if I was going to be able to find a good beer supply while in town over the weekend and I was more than satisfied with the supply @ beertopia! I found some Weyerbacher TINY, HERESY, INSANITY Lucky Bucket IPA, and WELLS BANANA BREAD BEER (sounded different) which I am looking forward to cracking open soon.

They also have a nice wall of glassware to expand your collection.

If you want beer in Omaha, this little corner is the place to be! (great little craft bar next door)

Thanks Steve, your service was great!

Photo of dbossman
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

This is my beer store, and if I go more than two weeks without going there, I feel empty inside. So I will try to stay unbiased. For what is available in Nebraska, the selection and quality is at the top. They do a pretty good job moving beers through and are extremely knowledgeable about beer--that's all they do after all. The service is unmatched. The employees are never shy to offer their two cents in an unpretentious way; plus, they will give samples and split a beer or two if you are curious about a beer. I love this place, and even though Omaha has gotten a few other good beer shops in the past couple years, this place will always be my home beer store. And it doesn't hurt that it's all a part of the wonderful beer corner (Crescent Moon, Max and Joes, and Huber Haus).

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Beertopia in Omaha, NE
100 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.