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Thunderhead Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thunderhead Brewing CompanyThunderhead Brewing Company
very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 259
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 16
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

18 E 21st St
Kearney, Nebraska, 68847-5402
United States
phone: (308) 237-1558

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Open Monday through Friday; 11am - 1pm and Sunday at noon but growler sales are not allowed on Sunday per Kearney "blue laws."

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Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
2.78/5  rDev -27%

I got to this place a little late in the evening so it was pretty dead, but that meant the service was decent. The restaurant itself is nothing spectacular, but they do well with what they have to work with. Banners of their four beers hang above a service window. There are lots of local decorations, and a staircase, which I’m now wondering whether or not it leads to more of a bar atmosphere with games, darts, and a real bar.

Their house special calzone was different but excellent. It featured a white sauce with ham I believe. However, the menu is quite limited, but I would definitely drop by here if driving across I-80.

There were only four house beers, and they weren't anything special. The best two were the honey wheat and a smoked amber, which was a bit overdone. And keep in mind that I hate honey wheats, which isn't a compliment for this particular one, more like a WTF to the rest of the beers here.

bigkingken, Apr 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

LXIXME, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

This was stop #3 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. This brewery visit was to have dinner and to try their beers. The place is located in the downtown area in a storefront setting. The interior was typical of many brewpubs.

We ordered a pizza and a sampler flight of 5 of the 10 beers that were available. (We typically don’t like the styles that were the other 5 beers, i.e. fruit beers and light-flavored ales, so we didn’t order them.) There were also 6 guest beers on tap, and we ordered a pint of one of them that we were curious about. (I wish we hadn’t.)

The 5 beers from this brewery were all brewed to style, but there was nothing exceptional about them. The pizza that we ordered was also good, but just a typical pizza.

Although the place was okay, we know there are many brewpubs out there that offer a much better experience, but when you’re in the middle of Nebraska and looking to have a craft beer, this place is okay.

Mothergoose03, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of kvnklingler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Gatch, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%

A shining beacon of light in the middle of nowhere? Maybe, but to those in western and central Nebraska this is craft beer. I think the Cornstalker Dark Wheat is very good, as well as the Tiny Tim which I had a chance to try. The rest of their line up is a little above average, as it would seem the palates of beer drinkers here might not be ready for a challenge of a variant of a DIPA or whatever. This is because the atmosphere there is good but not great which also to be said about the selection. With some little opportunities in the area this is a worthwhile stop, but not worth driving extra hours to visit. On a side note, I was told at another business in town their pizza is very good, although I haven't tried it.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

literally the only show from lincoln to denver as far as brewing goes along the i80 corridor. neat little pizza place in the small downtown area. pool hall upstairs, small bar downstairs with bench tables, relaxed, tons of taps. there were some ten beers from thunderhead on, as well as local and even foreign drafts, and a menu with mostly pizza. the beers were unique for nebraska, some good, some not so good. loved the leatherhead red, the jalapeno ale, and the smoked porter. the honey wheat in cans is also excellent. has a cheese bread, tasted good, average maybe a little better. felt bad, only one guy working the place and it was packed. i swear he was bartending, waiting, bussing, cooking, cleaning, it was a nightmare for him. nis name was shane and he was a great guy, who took the time to talk to me about the nebraska brewing scene, his beer interests, and advised us well about the town. i cant say anough about the guy, who was working so damn hard and was obviously stressed, but still recognized that we were beer people and took the time. great great man. overall a place i will surely stop in again just because of its location in the heart of the state in relative isolation, but it was a great stop. quality beers in what i had previously considered to be a beer wasteland.

StonedTrippin, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Kittiwakedave
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Stopped there on the way home from Omaha. Not a fancy place at all, but comfortable. Although the menu is fairly limited the food was good - really enjoyed the thin crust pizza.They had several of their beers on tap as well as a few guest taps. The wheat beers - Golden Frau and Cornstalker Dark were much better than I anticipated as I'm not a wheat beer fan. We picked up a six pack of each to take home. I especially liked the Cornstalker Dark Wheat beer. It reminded me of a Brown with a nice dry finish. I would have liked to try a couple more of their beers but still had a few more hours of driving left to do. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definitively stop there again.

Kittiwakedave, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%

Unfortunately I went here after eating and was unable to enjoy the full array of their two flites, but the service was friendly and eager to share passionately about the beer. The quality was top notch and fresh tasting. The selection was two flights of 20 beers so who can complain? The value was very reasonable and the beers were absolutely delicious. Everything I asked about was answered with full details promptly and passionately. Awesome artwork and the atmosphere was so comfortable and relaxed. Awesome place and I almost wish I lived nearby.

JayS2629, Aug 13, 2011
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Thunderhead Brewing Company in Kearney, NE
87 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.