Nightlife review: Brewpub gets crafty with creative beers and burgers

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, September 21, 2017

OWH.TapHouse

Where: 579 N. 155th Plaza

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday

Information: 402-932-0621, omahataphouse.com

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When your business name includes the words “tap house” and your logo is a cow, you better deliver on two things: beer and beef.

Omaha Tap House does both.

The brewpub offers an extensive craft beer list and creative burgers.

Tap House has two Omaha locations: downtown and west Omaha’s Pepperwood Village. I visited the Pepperwood location.

This brewpub is classier than a sports bar, with fewer sports decorations and more fancy light fixtures.

But Tap House still has many sports bar features, including large televisions tuned to your favorite games, comfy seating and the usual domestic beers.

The beer menu doesn’t stop there, though. Its draft beer menu, broken down by type, includes beers from Nebraska favorites such as Benson’s Infusion Brewing Co. and Lincoln’s Zipline Brewing Co.

The brewpub even has a few beers on tap I’ve never tried before. I went for one of these, the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. It’s a collaboration between New York’s Evil Twin Brewing and South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing. It had me at “biscotti” and then again at “cake.”

This hearty beer has notes of coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, almonds, vanilla and habanero peppers. The peppers make it sound intimidating, but they don’t overwhelm. They just give the other flavors an extra kick. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but it comes together to make a deep, dark beer perfect for sipping in the fall. I ordered a 5-ounce taster for $4.

Not all of the beers come in 5-ounce options. Some come only by the pint or in 9-ounce glasses. Most of those options cost $5 to $8.

Tap House also offers about 40 beers by the bottle or can, including 10 or so gluten-free options and some interesting imports. It also has about a dozen wines.

The cocktail and signature drink menu includes mojitos, margaritas, flavored alcoholic lemonades, martinis and a Bloody Mary called the “Big O Mary.” This meal-in-a-glass comes with bacon, bleu cheese-stuffed olives, cheddar cubes and a slider burger.

On the food menu, Tap House delivers on its promise of beef, offering about 15 burgers, some with creative toppings like peanut butter and jelly, hash browns, or macaroni and cheese. Most cost about $10.

The rest of the menu is filled with brewpub classics: wings, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and tacos. Aside from the larger portions of wings, nothing costs more than $15.

My drinking buddy got a burger, and I got the steak tacos. Both came in generous portions, and more importantly, they tasted good. Really good.

Omaha Tap House serves up good burgers and good beer. Just like they say they will.