By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, April 6, 2017
Longwell’s, 350 Canopy St., Suite 100, in Lincoln.
Where: 350 Canopy St., Suite 100, Lincoln
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
Information: longwells.com or 402-904-5283
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I love beer, and Longwell’s does, too. The Lincoln bar’s motto is “76 Strong” which refers to the 76 different beers it has on tap.
Longwell’s, in Lincoln’s Railyard district, has beers from Nebraska favorites like Omaha’s Brickway Brewery and Distillery and Lincoln’s Zipline Brewing Company, as well as international brews and craft beer standouts from across the country.
Basically, their beer menu is huge, which is good news for craft beer enthusiasts.
The good news for craft beer newbies is that Longwell’s beer menu is informative, too. Both online and in the bar, Longwell’s beer menu lists each beer’s type, its alcohol by volume (ABV) and, in some cases, its International Bitterness Units (IBU) rating.
Don’t know much about ABVs or IBUs? No worries. Longwell’s staff can offer suggestions, and you can always sample a beer in a smaller size.
Longwell’s beer menu allows you to order draft brews in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 16-ounce servings.
The prices vary by the beer, but you can get a 5 oz. glass of most of the brews for less than $3. That makes it a good option if you’d like to taste a few different beers.
That’s what I did on my last visit.
I stuck with Nebraska breweries and got Farnam House Brewing Company’s Ginger Brett, Scriptown Brewing Company’s Sassy Lassy and White Elm Brewing Company’s Inverted Galaxy.
The Ginger Brett is an interesting and heartier brew at 8.9 percent ABV. The Sassy Lassy, a blonde ale, is a lighter beer perfect for spring, and White Elm’s Inverted Galaxy is a double IPA chockful of hops.
All of these beers were different, all of them were good and they’re just a very small sampling of the beers on Longwell’s menu.
If beer isn’t your thing, Longwell’s also has a selection of wine and all the liquors you’d expect at your neighborhood bar.
But really, at Longwell’s, it’s about the beer. And sports.
Longwell’s bills itself as a place “where craft house meets sports bar.”
On this front, they deliver.
In addition to their extensive craft brew selection, Longwell’s also offers everything you’d expect from your local sports bar: bar eats and tons of televisions tuned to your favorite sports teams.
Longwell’s food menu offers all of the sports bar classics: fried and cheesy appetizers, burgers, wings, salads, sandwiches and wraps, most for $10 or less. They also offer a selection of barbecue, including pulled pork, brisket, ribs and more, most of it for less than $15.
I’ve been to Longwell’s a few times and have eaten items from across the menu. As someone who eats at a lot of sports bars, trust me when I say Longwell’s selection is better than most.
Longwell’s also more than lives up to its sports bar credentials with plenty of televisions, including a 45-foot LED television inside and great views of the Cube, the massive television in the Railyard’s common area, outside.
So, if you’re looking for a sports bar experience that can satisfy your craft beer fix, check out Longwell’s the next time you’re in Lincoln. They’ve got you covered.