Nebraska Brewing Company

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Nebraska Brewing CompanyNebraska Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

7474 Towne Center Pkwy
Papillion, Nebraska, 68046-4805
United States

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Notes: The 8 taps include 6 standard beers, a rotated tap for a Brewer's Choice, with the final "Tap 8" reserved for NBC's Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers to go.
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Reneejane from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

We stopped here for dinner on our trip on I80. It was a great idea. A few points off on vibe because seating options were needlessly limited. We were seated near a trivia night dj, and it was a bit loud.

Food was great, I had a perfect steak. Entrées ranged in price from $8-$22.

We ordered the sampler flight and they had a great hop parallel on their ipa, one with cascade and one with mosaic, so it was a great opportunity to better understand the flavors. The rest of the beer selections were solid (traditional ) examples of the style. They had a great selection of mead from Moonstruck which is down the road, and offered samples of that and sold bottles, as well.

Dec 31, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

this place looks like it took over an applebees or something, so new and corporate looking, weird, because their beer is so good. booths and high tops near the bar, tables in a dining room looking area, not a ton of space, but a ton of taps, something like 15 beers all told when you count the bottled offerings too. comfortable in here, but impersonal it felt, generic looking, an odd vibe is cast by the surroundings, but they do a nice job overall. they have several ranges of beers, from basic to gnarly barrel aged, and most of them are very good. i loved the summertime rye here, and also had an interesting series of barleywines. the selection is great. service was nice too, but perhaps not quite all the way schooled up on the beers, a little juvenile, but nothing negative. the food was good, better than average pub food, but nothing overly ambitious. i liked it here, but i actually liked the vibe up at their production facility a little better. the beers were of course the same, but something here felt a little cookie cutter to me...

Sep 02, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in here a few times but always seemed to be on a Wednesday night when they host their 'Trivia Night" and since it was always so loud and crowded, we skipped it. Anyway, stopped in at around 3 PM yesterday on 3/26/16 to get a few appetizers and try a brew or two. Since I tried 5 of their 'common' brews before that are sold in cans locally, I wanted to try something I haven't seen or tried. What I tried would be their "Apricot Saison" which was served in own of their "13-ounce snifter glasses for $7.50. I also got a free 2-ounce sample of their "Infinite Wit" which was tasty also. We ordered 2 appetizers which was a "Margherita Flatbread" for $8.99 and their "NBC Antipasto Platter" for $10.99. Both came out very fast, in like 5 minutes which surprised us both. The flatbead was good and very tasty and worth the money while the antipasto was nothing special at all and worth maybe half of what they charged. Not a great valve or really tasty at all. Service was decent. Wanted to buy their snifter glass but the server said it was $7.00 BUT if I go to their other location in West Omaha , it would only be $5.00. What? Seriously? Even after I drank a brew and spent close to $30? I didn't buy the glass. Overall, which their brew was good, some improvement is needed.

Mar 27, 2016
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Once you get past the families and strip mall the beer is great. Service this last time was a bit interesting, but the place is a must stop if you are driving through Nebraska. Or if you live there, I am jealous of the beer you get to enjoy.

Oct 01, 2015
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Chasmill70 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very good food, very good beer, EXCELLENT service! The only drag was that the server told me how much better the other location would be. Now I have to go back to Omaha for another visit!

Jun 14, 2015
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The5Car from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +23.8%

The best brewery in Nebraska. Their flagship Cardinal Pale Ale carries a strong lineup of beers. If you are looking for a great brewery this one is a must try.

Oct 25, 2014
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BeerTwigs from New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Stopped in while passing through town on weekday and had some good beers. I stopped in in the early afternoon so it was very slow which gave me an opportunity to ask the bar tender some questions. The service was good and the set up was similar to any brew pub located in a strip mall. A nice bar with 15-20 seats which was separated from the dining area. They had brew tanks right behind the bar which was cool to see and more in the back. This is their original location which was amazing considering how widely traveled and acclaimed their beers are.

Beers were good, I had their Cardinal Pale Ale and Hop God. I would have gotten a flight to try out more of their beers but I wanted to try these both. Pale ale was well balanced and a nice refreshing beer. Hop God is a big Belgian IPA and was definitely my favorite.

I recommend checking this place out and their new location as well. I didnt have any food, so no comment their. They distribute across the US so check out their bigger beer series too if you get a chance.

Sep 18, 2014
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

On day four of our cross country trip we took a small detour in Nebraska to make this stop at one of Vickie's favorite brewers. The brewpub is located in a modern, sprawling reail plex and is surprisingly small given the number of bottles they seem to put out. A nice place, clean and with both inside and outdoor seating and a decent sized bar area.

The sampler was very nice across the board (no pale ale for whatever reason). We went with an IPA, a hefeweizen, a red and a seasonal Belgian, all very nice. Food was solid but not exceptional. Service was very nice but unattentive. We had to go looking for the server whenever we wanted something. Oddly enough you can not buy merch at the pub, only online which was kind of a bummer.

On the whole though very nice people (the brewer and one of the owners stopped by to chat when they found out we were from out of town) and worth the hour or so detour for sure.


Jul 25, 2013
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped twice in Omaha for an overnight and came here for beer and dinner when passing through town on a vacation trip (coming and going). The pub is located in a newish retail area with multiple store buildings with exterior entrances, and not the standard enclosed mall setting. The interior setting tends toward a new, sterile feeling, but the sitting area where the bar is located has a good vibe to it. There is also a patio.

We ordered a sampler so that we could try all of their beers, and 8 beers were included. We typically don't enjoy the light-flavored beers (Blonde, Wit and a Wheat), but we drank them so that we could evaluate them to style. Each was brewed very close to their respective style, and all of them were tasty. I liked Hop God (a Belgiany IPA) the best. The brewery has a barrel-aged line of beers (I think it was 4 of them), but none were available on tap (carry-out only in 22 oz bottles, plus bottles of the Hop God.)

The food menu has enough items on it so that anyone coming here would find something to their liking, and all of it sounded very good. We were quite satisfied with our selections.

If we stop in this area again we'll definitely come back here.

May 10, 2013
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threeviews from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Tyson Arp (Head Brewer) and his wife, Angela are some of the nicest people on earth! Wonderful beers of which their Hop God aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels stands to rank in my Top 10 of all time. 2013 marks an enormous growth, as they are expanding to include a production facility and will be canning (4) of their flagship brews. I wish them all the best and thank them for all of the hospitality.

May 08, 2013
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Stopped here on a weekend, the barrel aging concept was prevalent throughout the taproom. It had a nice atmosphere, although the star here is the beer itself which is outstanding. It is a bit on the pricey side, but that is often the case with aged beers. Service was ok, but not exceptional which I had hoped with a place with beer of such high quality. Selection was ok, but nothing over the top or as varied in other places I've seen. I will stop here again for sure if in Omaha, which is likely now that I am in Nebraska and it is by far the best brewery in the state.

Mar 15, 2013
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lauran24 from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Enjoyed this pub on our mid-west pub crawl this summer. Located in the mall, although there is supposed to be two of these around. The beer samples were tasty and the food was good too. Had hamburgers, fries, salads, steak within our group of 5. The samplers came with 7 samples, NE Blonde, Infinite Wit, EOS wheat, Brunette Nut Brown Ale, Cardinal Pale Ale, IPA and Rye.

Fun place, couldn't believe people come here and order bud light, oh well. Only disappointment is they were out of shot glasses, which we like to collect on our trips as memorabilia.

Aug 20, 2012
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nebraska Brewing is on the outskirts of Omaha in Papillion, Nebraska in a big mall across the street from Dick's Sporting Goods. This is definitely the best brewpub I've visited that's in a mall. Brewpubs in malls tend to be on the Granite City variety--technically a brewpub but not very inventive. NB is clearly not in this category.

Long dark wood beer is inviting and the brewery is well displayed behind glass. Hard working brewery staff with work apparent in the brewhouse, including putting on labels on bottles by hand at one of the big tables on the slow afternoon.

For lunch, I had the four cheese spent grain pizza. Cheese combo is good on top of the thin, grainy crust. Fresh grated parmesan if you want that works very well. Offered a personal and full size, which is much appreciated. Not the best pizza I've ever had, but very good and hits the spot today nicely.

At the bar, a marine was on his second day of retirement and enjoying a sandwich with "death sauce." Evidently the super-hot habanero death sauce can come on wings and other items. I did not try it myself since I had a long day ahead of me.

From stickers on one tank and flags on the wall, the bar seems to be a local for many from the military base. When asked, the bartender didn't really categorize NB as a military bar, but many of the regulars stop in on the way home from the base and there's clearly a supportive relationship between the bar and those that serve our country.

I can see NB's famous Melange a Trois and Fathead Barleywine in bottles, so will go home with those for sure to end a very nice first stop in Nebraska. Added Black Betty as a last minute impulse buy. Of my samples, I really liked Hop God, which is basically a Belgian IPA. Listed as a trippel crossed with west coast IPA, Hop God has plenty of hops that are supported by a yeasty Belgian funk to make it very interesting.

Easily my best stop of the day in Nebraska, I wouldn't hesitate to return to Nebraska Brewing.
Location:Papillion, NE

Jul 19, 2012
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

NBC sits in the midst a newer upscale shopping plaza, but once you step inside, it becomes nice and cozy. They've got a bar area, family dining room, and a balcony area for groups or overflow.

Their beer selection features like 8 taps and a single seasonal. To our relative dismay, the seasonal has been their Pumpkin ale since like August...really wish they change it soon. Their normal year-round brews are solid, and they've won some GABF awards recently. They are good brewers, and I'd put their stuff up on par with some decent Colorado breweries; clean and flavorful.

The food is above-average pub grub. A few of their sandwiches are quite tasty.

Service has been hit or miss. We've gotten busy overwhelmed bartenders, friendly ones, inattentive ones, and really knowledgeable ones. A bit inconsistent, but never terrible.

Dec 14, 2011
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gwguest from Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited Nebraska Brewing on a Thursday lunch, right as they opened. We were the first ones into the restaurant, so I can't really give a great feel for how the place does when it gets busy or full, but the decor was good. There is a large, long bar with a few TVs showing sports on the left, with a two level dining area taking up the majority of the floor. The brewhouse is at the end of the bar in the back left. Wooden barrels are in use all over the place with signs on them letting you know what is actually in them. While a lot of places have barrels for decoration, this one actually uses the ones on the floor. I watched the brewer racking and testing beer from one of the barrels of barleywine. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard, but well-lit brewpub. No complaints.

The house beers are fine from what I tried (I brought home several growlers), but nothing special. I do commend this midwestern brewpub for having both an IPA and a Belgian IPA as part of their regular line up. The seasonal was an appropriate Red Ale which I did not taste. I think that there were 9 different taps of their own beers. They do occasionally have limited releases in bottles, but I was unable to try one of these.

The food was average in quality, but a little bit different in terms of selection. Nothing crazy different, but a little more than standard burgers and fries. The food was presented quickly and hot. Again, no complaints, but nothing outstanding in the food area.

The service was overall good by our waitstaff, but as a whole, they really went above and beyond for our table. One of our party was a little unhappy with a situation that wasn't the fault of the Nebraska Brewing Company. The bartender quickly got a manager (even though he didn't have to do so) and the manager went far above and beyond to make this person happy.

All in all, I'd go back if I was in the area, but I won't make a special 4 hour drive just to get there. A quality place for Nebraska.

Mar 07, 2011
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gall0wsp0le from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I've been to NBC many times, but rarely do I go for the food. I've given them several tries in that department, but they simply come up short. Their prime rib sandwich is not very inspiring. The meat is thin and dry and the bun is clearly just something pulled out of a big Sysco bag. As for their burgers, well the meat just tastes bland, and the buns are the same big, white ones you could grab a grocery store, while the toppings have no spices or anything to them that suggests anyone back in the kitchen cares.

Now regarding the beer, I've never failed to be impressed. I even joined the mug club for a bit. Their Hop God Belgian/IPA hybrid is their best, followed by their Barleywine, Cardinal Pale Ale, IPA and Nut Brown. Their seasonals and specialties are always worth trying, as the brewers seem to like changing things up and trying new recipes.

NBC's special occasions, like the South O Day, are what I'd like to see more of in the area where the brewpub is located, but even on that day the food was unexciting, albeit the beer and music were great.

All in all they've got aces on the brewery and they're drawing squat on the kitchen.

Feb 26, 2011
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palmdalethriller from California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had a great time here with my brother. I wasn't expecting world class beer in Nebraska, but I got it anyway.

The building looks like any sort of chain restaurant/ middle America restaurant, and inside is the same with flat screen tvs and a big long bar. However, this place sets itself apart with California Chardonnay barrels all over the place.

The beer selection is solid, with a few standouts like Hop God and Summertime Rye.

My brother and I shared a plate of onion rings that were very good - better than your standard onion rings.

On top of everything, the bartender was great, friendly, and hooked us up with a sample of a very green and tasty barleywine.

Aug 03, 2010
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clarkm04 from Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Edited review 1/3/10

The beer here is the best beer brewed in NE in my opinion.

I've had everything in their line-up at least twice and there are numerous great beers to choose from.

I love wheats/wits and the Infinite Wit is a outstanding example. It has a very unique profile along with being so clean and crisp. Their brown used to be sub par but they reformulated it and now it's definitely a top notch beer. Then there is HopGod. What an outstanding beer and I'm glad they pulled the red (which was their weakest) and made this seasonal a yearlong endeavor. The best beers they have are in their barrel aged series. They are a little pricey but very delicious.

NBC is the most experimental brewery in NE too. I always love to try the Tap 8 offering. They had an absolutely stellar Apricot beer on during this spring/summer.

The restaurant decor is a little too cookie cutter for me. They definitely went for an upscale look similar to Lazlo's or Upstreams west location but it feels a little sterile at times.

The only thing holding this place back is the service. I used to be very displeased with the food but everytime I visit the food quality keeps rising. I was just there for New Year's Eve and all the food was delicious. I've heard from others how the food is inconsistent but the last three times it was great.

The service is still weak. I constantly seem to get servers that are either too cool for serving or know nothing about the beer. I actually had a server come EOS to Shock Top. I had to laugh and wonder what the brewers would know if they compared a wonderful hefe to Big Beer crap.

If Paul or Tyson are in they are all very humble and great to talk too. Both Paul and Tyson are very approachable to talk to about their beer or homebrewing. Even when I asked very basic questions, they always gave me detailed answers to my inquiries.

Lastly, I really enjoyed last year's Great Nebraska Beer Festival and am glad they are doing it again this year. I think it's a great opportunity to try a variety of regional beer that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer.

Jul 27, 2010
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped for lunch on the way from the West to the airport.

First thing a beer geek notices on the way in is the racks of wine barrels aging beers. They have signs indicating what is aging in what which I though was a nice touch and make me wish I could be back in town in a year or so.

I was there for a late lunch and had the bartender, who was extended family, all to myself. A very friendly guy. I got a sampler with wit, hefe, nut brown, pale, IPA, and hop god seasonal. I though the wit was outstanding and had a pint of the IPA because hops are good.

I got the seared ahi tuna as a meal with sweet potato fries. The fries were great.

Apr 16, 2010
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Rayek from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nebraska Brewing is located in a large outdoor mall. It was a bit hard to spot from the main road, but I found it eventually.

Being in a mall, this pub has a certain chain restaurant feel to it. It's a bit sterile for my tastes. Seating is split between the main floor and a balcony that overlooks the rest of the brewery. The bar is at the back, with the brewing equipment next to it behind big windows. The lighting is a bit dim. There are a lot of TV's that lend the place a certain sports bar vibe.

I can't comment on the food too much, as I only grabbed dessert. The menu is standard pub fare. The food I saw going by me looked to be served in very generous quantities.

There were 8 beers on-tap. Six were the year-round offerings, while the other two were seasonals. I had the Hop God Belgian IPA. It packed quite a kick. I also sampled their regular offerings. Those were more mainstream in nature.

My server was very knowledgeable, and despite the big Saturday night crowd, he was quite attentive. Prices were a bit steep, but in the realm of most suburban brewpubs I've been to.

If I'm in the area again, I'll be back.

Jul 20, 2009
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beerhobo22 from Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The place to be if you love great beer. Dark wood fixtures and earth tones are inviting. Long bar extends along one side of the brewpub. The silver fermenters and bright tanks are clearly visible. The brew system is visible through windows at the end of the bar. Historical photos of Omaha's brewing past are proudly displayed on the walls. While food is available, it's really all about the beer here. They have 8 taps with 6 regulars, 1 brewer's choice and a special "Tap 8" for the special Ale Nation members. NBC offers growlers and "party pigs" to go. The "pigs" are a good deal for parties and special occasions. The food menu has your traditional pub offerings, but many items have a little "something special" to set them apart. Prices and portion sizes are reasonable. Service has improved since opening. If you're in town, or are a local, come out and support this local brewery.

Jul 03, 2009
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neonbrown82 from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I've had mixed results with the Nebraska Brewing Company in terms of service and food, but the one thing that has been consistent is that the beer gets better each time I try it. That's the only thing that keeps me coming back.

Anyways... the place is located in the Shadow Lake development on 72nd & Hwy 370. The first few times I went, it was after work and rush hour, so I always just assumed this place was way the fuck in the middle of nowhere because it added an extra hour to my commute back home (and the adjacent cornfields didn't help dissuade my attitude either). I've since realized it's actually not that bad to get to if I skip out on after-work pints here, and if I suck it up and pay the dollar to get across the Belleview toll bridge, but most people reading this probably won't be approaching the brewery from SW Iowa...

Anyways, I thought the place looked pretty classy, in league with the Upstream in that regard. It's part of a new open-air shopping mall complex, which evidently has become all the rage for all the West Omaha Luxury SUV Housewives Collective. I was hoping for something that would blow my mind away after enduring rush hour traffic to get here, but then again the demon on my other shoulder was hoping it would be a total tank so I wouldn't really have an excuse to drag my ass out there again. As it turned out, the experience falls somewhere in between. Worth going to, but only once in a while.

As you walk in the place, you notice that there is a second story loft with a few tables, but I never got a chance to go up there and check it out. Looks like it would be a cool view of the restaurant, as well as the clearly visible brewing apparatuses. Bonus for that, as nothing is worse than going into a brew pub and not seeing any pieces of brewing equipment. I want to feel more connected to the product as opposed to getting the feeling that, for all I know, they don't even brew on premises... but I digress. Everything looks nice and clean, though this comes as no surprise as the place is quite new. Basically, the decor is just like any other "upscale" restaurant in Omaha. It just doesn't seem like the typical bar environment where you'd go for the sole purpose of throwing down a few beers, as opposed to a place like the Moon which is a little rougher around the edges and thus a more comfortable atmosphere for a scruffy nerfherder such as myself. Nonetheless, I definitely don't feel out of place or uncomfortable at this fine establishment.

The service is typical of any brewpub I've been too. If you're blonde and have a nice smile and a decent set of tits... "Congratulations, you have a job. What? You don't even drink beer? Pssshhhht... Nobody will care as long as you smile!" The selection is fairly small. Just four regular house beers were available, along with two rotating seasonals. As I said before, the quality of the beer improves with each subsequent visit. At first I was kind of, "meh" about it, but I loved the food so I went back. So interestingly enough, after about 10 visits I love the beer, but some of the food haunts me in my nightmares. Seriously! Chill the fuck out on the salt!

The food is kind of hit or miss. It's either EXCELLENT, or like licking a block of rock salt, depending on what you order or possibly who the chef is that night. Even though it is imperative that you have at least one Reuben during your stay in Omaha, avoid this particular Reuben at all costs. Their corned beef is all blubber and salt... ick. The prime rib sandwich was kind of lame too (another thing that's usually blasphemy to pass up on while visiting Omaha). Definitely worth checking out for the food if you find the right thing. I would highly suggest a burger or something, and the Asiago and Beef Tip appetizer is amazing, but be prepared to drink a lot of beer with it because it's quite salty. And don't even THINK about trying their complimentary pub chips unless you brought a 5 gallon camelbak in with you.

Perhaps I painted a bit of a harsh picture of this place, but I wanted to make sure others don't get the wrong experience out of this place, for instance if the one and only time they came here they had the Reuben. Overall, I do like it, but as I said, unless you live near the place it's not really a destination drinking establishment. The Crescent Moon (and sister establishments) and the Upstream are recommended instead, but if you live in Omaha, you really have no reason not to go try it out for yourself. If nothing else, hit this place up for some fresh growlers to round out your beer diet.

Jul 03, 2008
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brewgetter from Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here at the beginning of a two week stay in Omaha. It was so good, I had to back again before heading home. I was thoroughly impressed by this brewpub, and will make a stop every time I'm in the area. IMO this is hands down the best brewery in the Omaha area(including Lincoln). I had a sampler of their beers each time I was there. I can honestly say that there was not a single beer that I did not like. I'm used to prewpubs having one beer on the menu for the BMC crowd...not here, this was a place for beer lovers. They even had copies of BeerAdvocate, All About Beer, and a beer trade publication out on the bar for people to read while they enjoyed the fine brew. I've never seen this anywhere, and I loved it! The seasonals were a Rye IPA, and a belgian double, both delicious, especially the RIPA. Each of their regular brews was distinctive and showed the craftsmanship I expect from a top-notch brewpub. Since I was an out of towner, the bartender let me sample their "exclusive beer club" tap selection, A was fantastic. This is definitely a must-visit for any BA in Omaha.

Also, they give ya a free basket of delicious home-made chips at the bar

Jun 22, 2008
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benito from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Until today, I had never wished that I lived in Omaha...

Nebraska Brewing is one of the most recent additions to the Nebraska craft beer scene: it opened only seven months ago (that is, late 2007). Yet, there's some magic in the air here...a mix of the enthusiasm of a new (quality) brewpub and just plain, old great beer.

I added NBC to my list of places to visit while driving across Nebraska because of the recommendations from other BAs, and shortly after I quizzed the Midwest forum, Paul, the owner, shot me a BeerMail offering to give me a tour and talk me through the beers.

When I arrived, I was a little skeptical. An outdoor mall setting seemed more appropriate for a Gordon Biersch, Rock Bottom, or Big Horn Brewery. Aren't craft beers about localism after all? But my anxieties were quickly allayed. And, as Paul pointed out, the mall setting guarantees a great client base for a fledglng brewpub.

The interior is a chic, clean brewpub with glass windows onto the brewhouse and two-floor seating. It was clean, classic, and friendly.

I have sampled beer with brewers before and always a little hesitantly because I don't always manage to filter out harsh comments about the beer. As I sat down to sample the eight brews on tap (the five standards--hefeweizen, wit, APA, IPA, and nut brown; two seasonals--rye IPA, dubbel; and 'members only' club beer--weizenbock), my anxieties surged up...I reminded myself to be polite, cautious.

But then something strange happened. I didn't have to be cautious. Never, never, never did I expect that the beer would be this good. From a place so young, in such a variety of styles. I could genuinely gush about the beers here--the restraint with the spices in the wit, the nice caramel touch in the hefe, the complexity of the nut brown, the long peppery finish of the rye IPA--and Paul was equally enthusiastic to talk about them and share them. I didn't try the food, but if it were even in the same ballpark as the beer, it would be phenomenal.

This is a must visit for any 'serious' beerfly--a young brewpub with amazing beers.Currently, NBC is available at the brewpub and on tap in Iowa and Nebraska. I hope they conquer the country.

Jun 10, 2008
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hoffman from Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited NBC with my wife and son for a casual dinner. The brewpub sits on the Southern Edge of a new outdoor mall in in the Papillion area, the location is on a corner and appears as any new construction of this era would.

Inside is a bit smaller than I had expected with a long bar along the north wall with ample stools and flat-screen tv's with sports a plenty. The brew kettles and equipment sit behind the bar and are shielded from full view by brushed aluminum shelves which hold the glassware used at the pub. The whole place has an industrial feel on one side and a softer feel in the dining area....kind of juxtaposed.

I really like the use of the mezzanine for seating it allows a nice eagle eye view of the place and gives a bit more quaint feel for dining. The TVs at the bar are still in view from some seats as well. The only drawback is the waitstaff being forced to tromp up and down the stairs, which lead, almost assuradly, to our slower service.

I had the IPA and a Rye. The Rye beer was very good, reminicent of Hop Rod....yea, I liked it. The beer was served at .01K, holy crap it was cold.

The food was decent, my wife had a prime rib sandwich, I had Chicken Wings, my son had pizza. Typical pub grub, ok but not great. I would go back again, but not for a special occasion or expecting a gourmet meal.

Overall this is a great place in a great location for the South Omaha BA.

May 16, 2008
Nebraska Brewing Company in Papillion, NE
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 4188 ratings