Nightlife Review: Lincoln’s Code Beer Company: Easy-drinking beer in an easy atmosphere

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, February 8, 2018

Code Beer Company

Where: 200 S. Antelope Valley Parkway, Lincoln

Hours: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 1 p.m. to midnight Friday to Saturday; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Info: (402) 318-5888 or www.codebeer.co

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Lincoln’s craft beer scene has expanded in recent years, and Code Beer Company is a welcome addition to the city’s growing list of craft breweries.

Code Beer Company’s brewery and taproom is in Lincoln’s Telegraph District, just east of downtown. It’s housed in a building that is more than 100 years old, though you wouldn’t know that by looking at it. The building has been remodeled to include all of the industrial-modern décor so loved in the craft brewing world.

Its high ceilings expose the building’s ductwork. There are brushed concrete floors and exposed brick walls. And, like many a taproom, Code Beer Company has funky light fixtures on hand to brighten the place up.

In short, Code Beer Company nails the craft brewery look we’ve all come to expect. Its spacious taproom is just the right mix of cool and comfortable. Plus, it has plenty of seating so you and a bunch of your friends can settle in for a while.

While relaxing at Code, you can sample its rotation of tap beers, which include a cream ale, porter, tart wheat, Citra wheat, saison, pale ale, dark mild, English bitter, red ale and a few other rotating options.

All of Code Beer Company’s brews are fairly mild, with alcohol by volume (ABV) percentages of less than 7 percent.

If you’re new to craft beers, you may want to sample Code’s Citra Wheat. It goes easy on the hops, and, made from one-part pilsner and one-part wheat malt, it’s an easy-drinking brew.

If you’re looking for something a bit darker and stronger, you can check out Code’s porter. At 5.6-percent ABV, the porter is one of the heartiest beers on Code’s list. It’s billed as having the roasted flavor of coffee, and it does, but not in an overwhelming way.

Across the board, Code’s beers are easy to drink and come without any out-there flavors that might intimidate craft beer newbies.

The cream ale and red ale, in particular, have potential to be crowd-pleasers. Since it’s decidedly not bitter, the cream ale is ideal for people who are just getting into craft beers. The red ale has more bitterness to it, but it’s still easy-drinking enough for even the pickiest of drinkers.

All in all, Code Beer Company’s brews are good, but the environment at the taproom is even better.

This taproom is ideal for casual hangouts, whether you’re stopping in with a few friends or a large group. It’s a great place for conversation because there’s no loud music. Plus, Code even has few games on hand if you want to add in some entertainment. I recommend the much-larger-than-life-size Connect 4 game.

So, go hang out (and drink) at Code already.

I, for one, am glad it’s joined the Lincoln craft beer scene. I plan to visit it, and its huge Connect 4 game, again very soon.