Nebraska Brewing Company
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 1,717
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bditty187:
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
NBC is located behind the Hy-Vee at the far end of Dick's Sporting Goods' parking lot. As such, there is plenty of parking. While some folks in Omaha think Sarpy County is on the other side of Mars, NBC is easy to get to as it sits on the corner of 72nd St. & Highway 370.
-The beer! Since NBC opened the beer has steadily improved. Their IPA is excellent, the Pale Ale is solid but the gem of their core lineup is EOS Wheat... a true German-style weizen. I'd say EOS is the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've ever had (and, yes, I've had Live Oak's version). Seasonal beers and "brewer's choice" beers have been, at least, above average to excellent. Their Eden Amber was topnotch; the Bock was so drinkable... the Belgian Blonde was well worth the wait. They offer an "Ale Nation" club allowing you to drink out of the "8th Tap." It is $75 a year to join... to rich for me.
-The brewing equipment and tanks are in plan view.
-There are great photos of old breweries and such in Omaha.
-Dean, Tyson, and Paul are all topnotch people and have things going in the right direction. Cheers guys! Way to advocate beer.
-They hold special events and beer dinners.
-Service. Sitting at the bar the service as been fine but sitting at a table the service as been somewhat slow but competent. I'm sure this will improve in time.
-Atmosphere. Personally I like my brewpubs to be more pub than restaurant. NBC is clearly more restaurant than pub. The brewpub is one large room with an upstairs and a bar. Fairly barren walls, off-orange paint, tile, dark wood and black metal are the decor. The bar itself is long but the bar area is kind of cramped. A few nice plasma TVs hang above the bar. Not many frills but that is okay. Not very warm and cozy but it is growing on me.
-Food. I'm sorry to say but the food is not up to par, IMO. I've tried the pizza, burger, pasta, soup, salad, and steak. I wasn't wowed by anything but nothing was bad. I'd tweak a few things... smaller plates, whole leaf lettuce on the burgers, richer pasta sauce, and "better" cooked pizza. That said I still eat here without issue... I'm just nitpicking a bit. The potential is there.
Overall: A welcome addition to the Omaha beer scene. IMO, the beer is better than Lazlo's (and maybe Upstream?), the food is not as good as the latter too. If I wanted just to hangout and drink some beer I'd go to NBC. If I had a family dinner I would think twice about eating at NBC... at the moment. I'll be the happiest BA to edit my review. I am sure the food will improve; this is still a young business. Still, the beer is so damn good it is a must visit. I am a fan.
04-14-2008 14:45:08 | More by bditty187
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