Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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Upstream Brewing Company - Old MarketUpstream Brewing Company - Old Market

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

514 S 11th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-2808
United States

(402) 344-0200 | map

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

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of daledeee
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Reneejane
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.63/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Yetiman420
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of aeibrean
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of moreyeel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of RLaurel
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jklecko2
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of ghebel
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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