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225 N 170th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68118-4079
United States

(402) 991-8466

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Photo of chitownfanatic21
1.4/5  rDev -68%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5

Photo of DemoniChris
4.02/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Have stopped in this store twice on two different visits to Omaha, including yesterday. Large store with perhaps an attached restaurant, it seems more focused on wine (also sells spirits). Despite this, it has a long wall cooler filled with a decently proportioned national/local/import selection. They also have about 10-12 taps for an on-premise pint with what looked to be the proportional set of beers (local, etc).

Haven't had much experience with the staff, but the cashiers have been nice enough. This one is fairly close to where we stay in town, so we will continue to stop and don't expect to ever leave empty-handed.

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Photo of schimschim
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Alpar
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Omahabeergeek
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of APB
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BrettHead
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of pigc
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere - This place is pretty posh and spacious. It is always very clean and the layout seems to work.

Quality - This store is only a couple of years old so the quality is very good.

Service - This can be hit or miss. I have been in several times where someone is more than ready to assist you and other times no employees are in site.

Selection - Best selection of beers availavle in the Nebraska market. Beers from many contries and many styles. Probably close to twenty coolers to browse.

Value/overall - Prices seem to be right on par, maybe slightly more on certain items over Beertopia but I realize this is a much larger store and much more overhead to cover. This store places the most emphasis on wine but the beer selection is worth stopping in.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.94/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Brix is an awesome store model, with a focus on wine, but with an extraordinary packaged beer selection (and scotch).

I'm not going to take away points from Brix because wine is its focus. I love wine too, but their beer selection alone is rather worth the trip.

They have a dozen beer coolers along the back wall, with a ton of local and specialty beer, and the prices, while a bit high compared to a Hyvee, are reasonable, on par with Beertopia. It's definitely a bit more ritzy than the other bottleshops, with more of a Whole Foods sort of high-end flair, but good all the same.
The staff, while I expect to be more knowledgeable on wine (they have 100+tap system for wine, as well as bazillion bottles), know their beer well too.
Brix also serves food; they do lunch and dinner, as well as small items for pairing like cheese plates, farmer platters, etc. It's really a treat coming here for happy hour. They also have a ton of tasting events.

Oh, and every visit, you're entitled to free samples of wine, so ask if you see something you like :)

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Photo of midworken
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A wine enthusiast's paradise. However, it still provides a great beer selection that is fresh and provides good service. The beer is tucked away in the back corner inside all the coolers, but has maybe 20 refrigerator doors dedicated to beer selection alone. They do carry BMC products, but they are in the very last door and are in very limited supply - they way they should be!
Compared to the other beer store in Omaha, this has a higher-class atmosphere and is much more open and clean. If you are both a wine lover and beer advocate, this is the place for you to go. However, you'll probably find a better selection at Beertopia.

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Photo of Midwestbeerpro
3.2/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

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.

As I headed into the city I stopped at a small grocery store with a horrible selection of beers. When I asked for the best beer selection in town; the gentleman told me to go to Beertopia or Hy-Vees. After going to these establishments, someone else told me check out a place called Spirit World or Brix. So this leads me to the review of Brix.
When I walked into Brix I got a feeling that this was a very high end place to shop. Indeed it was. Nice selection of fine wines, small cheese dept. and small spirit selection. Hey, I am looking for the beer. That is why I am here. I found it tucked away in the back corner of the store. I almost got the feeling that it was the step-child of the store. There were tons of out of stocks, few displays and seemed to be a bit pricey on somethings compared to what I wrote down at Beertopia, Hy-vee and Spirit World. I couldn't identify an employee to talk about their beer world. They do have a fine selection, but kind of seems like maybe they are in the works of downsizing the department. I went and asked the cashier if they could answer beer questions or if someone was around. The reply was not right now. I think Brix is a very classy place driven on wine and maybe beer and spirits to have an offering of other things. I did note they have quite a wine bar/restaurant next door. Beautiful place. However, I am here for beer. NO BEERS ON TAP? I found this very surprising. Craft and specialty beers are explored on the taps. They must have had a 100 wines on tap. No beer. The selection of beers at their bar seemed to be unorganized for the time of year. I liked their overall selection, but it didn't seem like they are really after this business. Not sure why all of the out of stocks or what is going on across from the beer coolers along the other wall. I can see this is a place to truely enjoy and explore wines.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Brix provides over 700 different selections of beers along with a massive liquor stock as well as wine. I prefer the beer along with the occasional bottle of whiskey and they have them for the most part but it seems that when I go in on the weekends looking for specific beers they have already run out or have failed to keep it in stock with how high the demand is. I will say that the people running the show back in the beer area are quick to recommend a "replacement" or similar beer to the original one I was looking to purchase. If they could keep the shipments coming quick enough with a substantial quanitity to meet demands Brix would be spot on. Overall I would recommend this place to any out of towner but if they are out of a beer you're looking for don't be too surprised.

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Photo of lawlerj
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Very nice beer selection. It's kind of tucked away in the corner there, but once you get there it's a very nice selection. The selection seems very comparable w/ Beertopia and the prices seem similar, with some outliers that I saw that were a bit more expensive than I've seen at Beertopia.

Overall, pretty dang good, the atmosphere is very chic if that's your thing. Not alway mine, but I'm sure to stop in when I'm in the area. Service seems pretty good, though I've not had any serious beer nerd conversations there, but I haven't been there a ton of time.

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Photo of TheTree
5/5  rDev +14.4%

I moved out west recently, and this place has become my weekly stop....if not more!

When I moved out west I missed my favorite bars, I missed the crescent moon, I missed spirit world, and I missed a place my wife could get wine, and I could get a mixed 6 pack of beer. The cheese bar is solid, there is now an attached restaurant that is not open on sundays, but is a good place to grab a happy hour drink if you live out here and get tired of the Hiro crowd.

Definitely a place I would recommend. the selection is solid, the staff is very helpful. the beer guys are knowledgeable and always willing to talk beers with you. I picked up a new pint glass, and a six pack of mixed and match Ska brewing co. beers to sample this week. This place is defiantly my new beer house.

and FWIW if you like Ska brewing Co. they have the cheapest 6 packs of modus in town by almost 3 bucks. good deal on a great beer.

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Photo of lambic3120
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Update: bditty187 left Brix. I wonder if he left because, IMO, the beer department LOOKED underfunded? Always out of stocks, bs stories from the beer department workers about why... and what is with those wooden boxes? This the best place in west O but if I was on 72nd and Dodge... I'd drive east and hit beertopia. I would like to hope that Brix gets its shit together.

Old Review: I don't really have a regular beer store any more... I shop around at a few Hy-Vees, Beertopia, and Brix (plus travel). I really like Brix. A few months ago I was surprised to hear bditty187 (on BA) left Beertopia for Brix. I figured it must be a hell of a store and it is. There are some 22 cooler doors for beer with 20 devoted to craft beer from around the world; the other two doors are a mix of BMC, NA beers, gluten free beers and crappy imports like Stella or Shinga. But what the hell, Brix has the room.

There is no doubt they have the biggest selection in town and it all laid out well in the coolers. Plus there is a great mix and match six-pack section. Glassware too.

The service in the beer department is great. As long as bditty187 (or Brent) is the manager this place will have a great beer selection. West Omaha was never known for good beer but he is really helping to change that. Impressive.

Prices are good; everything is cheaper than grocery store and is on par with Beertopia. I wish they had a rewards program though. They don't sell kegs either.

This is a very upscale place with lots of wine, cheese, liquor and all sorts of fun groceries. Really, Brix is damn cool and it doesn't feel like you are in Omaha when you are walking around. This doesn't have a slummy beer store feel to it... more like a Barns & Nobles (which is fine).

I recommend coming on a Saturday, lots of free booze, wine, and beer to sample.

All in all, if you can't find it at Beertopia check Brix and if you can't find it at Brix then it is not available in Nebraska.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Outstanding beer store. They have the largest selection in Nebraska. Very well laid out with everything in refrigerators and a generous mix six-pack section.

The comparison to Beertopia will naturally come up. To me despite the few additional beers, Beertopia is a better beer store for price and the rewards program.

Now, if you are always looking for wine or cheese besides beer this is totally the best place to visit.

The store is brand new and everything is laid out very well. Since it's inside an old Wild Oats building, they have tons of space for a tasting bar, conference room area, and tons of product.

Very upscale and nice and the staff is knowledgeable about the product.

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Photo of Mud
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Calif beer's you will see there if they are distributed here. Brix has spared not effort or expense in getting every beer that is available in Nebraska. Nebraska has some funny distribution laws.

With that said. This is by far the best selection of beer in the Metro Omaha area and the most knowledgeable staff. You can buy a beer or two/wine and drink it there at their cozy drinking area in the center of there Supermarket size 90's- eske style (lite cherry, maple wood theme i.e Barnes and Noble, Chipotle) store.

The finest selection of Cheese's I have ever seen in Omaha and though you will pay for the quality $$$ I find the price's very reasonable for what you get.

Go there on Saturday afternoons they always have some tasting of spirts/wine/beer/Cheese and meats.

Their motto is "Hail a Cab" you are going to need one. You will get caught up in the euphoria in the place and the beer's you will forget that you drank so much. Like a kid in a candy store or Disneyland.

I could talk about beer here but where to start you have to see it for yourself. All almost every (Craft-Import) beer available in Nebraska is there! You will not be disappointment. It might not be like Binney's of Chicago nor Apple Jack's of Denver but for podunk Nebraska Brix holds its own.

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Photo of dudasaj
4.5/5  rDev +3%

While this place has an outstanding selection and is well worth the trip and very convenient in West Omaha. The best overall beer selection in Omaha is at Beertopia.

Brix has a better mix six selection than Beertopia.

Both stores offer a great selection of imports and domestic craft.

I found both stores lacking in the Californian craft selection.
None or limited selection of:
Lost coast
Bear Republic
Green Flash
Karl Strauss
Dogfish Head

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