By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, April 5, 2018
Pint Nine Brewing Company
Where: 10411 Portal Road, Suite 104
Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday; 3 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Info: 402-359-1418 or pintninebrewing.com
Pint Nine Brewing Company serves up classic brews in a laid-back taproom that will make you feel right at home.
It has all the usual taproom features — high ceilings, exposed ductwork, concrete floors and wooden walls. But Pint Nine’s operators also take extra steps to make their space cozy.
They have a lounge area with a couch, comfy chairs and coffee table that is the perfect place for kicking back with friends. If you really want to settle in, you can even break out one of the many board games the taproom has on hand.
The taproom also has a few televisions so you can catch a game, and plenty of other seating at round tables, high-top tables and along the bar. Outside, there are a few tables and chairs handy for when the weather (finally) warms up.
Basically, the taproom delivers everything you’d need for a relaxing evening with friends — including a bunch of beer. Pint Nine has about a dozen beers on tap, including all the classics.
Pint Nine’s featured year-round taps are an IPA, pale ale and a session red. They mix it up with their seasonal brews. When I visited, those included a coffee brown ale, a session white IPA, an English bitter, a blonde ale, an Irish stout, a barrel-aged imperial stout, a barrel-aged imperial stout with pomegranate and a “ryce” ale with rye and rice.
My drinking buddy and I got a flight of four 6-ounce beers for $10 so we could try a few brews. I tried the Oso Café, a coffee brown ale; the Irish Stout Nitro; the Hophurst Blonde Ale; and the Winter Soldier, a barrel-aged imperial stout.
Of these, the Oso Café was my favorite. This is a lighter brew at 5.6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) that is advertised as rich and roasted with hints of hazelnut. It delivers on all three counts. It’s a solid dark beer that will please craft beer lovers and craft beer newbies alike.
Another standout was the Winter Soldier, which is a much heartier beer at 8.7 percent ABV. As advertised, it has notes of dark chocolate and it goes down smooth — despite the high alcohol content. That being said, this is definitely a beer meant for sipping. It’s the sort of deep, dark beer that will warm you up on chilly spring nights.
I recommend you grab a pint of it on a Wednesday night, when Pint Nine holds its Pints for a Purpose events. The brewery picks a new charity to support each month, and a percentage of their proceeds from Wednesday night sales go to this charity. It’s a perfect opportunity to feel good about drinking good beer.
Whichever day you decide to visit, plan to stay awhile. Pint Nine’s relaxing atmosphere makes it a perfect place to spend an evening. They occasionally bring in food trucks, and they encourage people to bring in food or get food delivered.
So, grab some buds and grub and spend an evening at Pint Nine. You’ll be glad you did.