Nightlife review: Backswing Brewing Company in Lincoln tees up golf-themed brews

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, April 19, 2018

Backswing Brewing Company

Where: 500 W. South St. #8, Lincoln

Hours: 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesday to Friday; noon to 10 p.m., Saturday; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Information: backswingbrewing.com

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My favorite part of golfing always has been that part at the end where you go to the clubhouse and drink things.

Lucky for me (and you), Backswing Brewing Company took that part of the golfing experience and ran with it.

The brewery’s founders are three golfing buddies who traded in their golf pastime for home brewing. They started making golf-themed brews, decided to share and Backswing Brewing Company was born.

At the brewery’s taproom in southwest Lincoln, they serve up a roster of traditional craft brews, as well as guest taps from several other craft breweries.

During my most recent visit to the taproom, I ordered a $6 flight of four beers — three of Backswing’s brews and a guest tap from Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company.

My Backswing beers were the Backswing Wheat, Backswing Brown and Oatmeal Stout. Of the Backswing brews, the Wheat was my favorite.

At 5.1 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the Backswing Wheat is an easy-drinking brew with just a hint of citrus. It’s a great springtime beer because, like most wheat beers, it’s crisp and refreshing.

The Backswing Brown is a bit heavier at 6.5 percent ABV, and it has notes of chocolate. It’s a straightforward brown ale that should please craft beer lovers and newbies alike. The Oatmeal Stout is a darker, richer brew with hints of coffee and smokiness.

On an earlier visit, I had tried Backswing’s Citra Kolsch, and I would have added it to my most recent flight, but they were out on that night. The Kolsch is a lighter brew at 5.2 ABV and has touches of citrus. I’d recommend it.

With the Kolsch unavailable, I rounded out my flight with Founders Brewing Company’s Nitro Rubaeus Raspberry Ale. It has just the right amount of raspberry to make it delightfully tart, but still easy to drink. It’s delicious.

In addition to their Founders’ guest tap, Backswing also offers guest taps from Omaha’s Brickway Brewery & Distillery, Lincoln’s Code Beer Company, Lincoln’s Blue Blood Brewing Company and a cider from James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond.

At the taproom, you can get beer in pints, half-pints and crowlers. Backswing also does two beer cocktails for $5 each. One is their Backswing Wheat paired with the James Arthur Vineyards Cider and the other is their Oatmeal Stout paired with Founders’ Nitro Rubaeus Raspberry Ale.

If you don’t want beer, Backswing’s taproom has a few wine offerings available for $4 a glass.

Backswing doesn’t have food for sale, but they are generous with free honey mustard dry pretzels. They also host several area food trucks throughout the year.

The service at Backswing is friendly, and the small taproom is a comfy, cozy place to spend an evening with friends.

So, this spring, consider skipping the trip to the course and heading straight to Backswing. Refreshments are the best part of golf, anyway.