Nightlife review: Farnam House Brewing Company crafts excellent beers and food to match

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, August 9, 2018

Farnam House Brewing Company

Where: 3558 Farnam St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Information: 402-401-6086 or farnamhousebrewing.com

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Almost all of the breweries in the Omaha metro make good beer. But it’s rare to find a brewing company like Farnam House that does both its beer and its food so, so well.

I loved Farnam House’s food just as much as I loved its beer. But as Farnam House is foremost a brewing company, I’ll talk about the beer first.

On the day I visited, Farnam House was serving up more than 15 brews. I got a flight of six for $10.50. I tried the Taft American Stout on Nitro, Keller German Lager, Hop Complex IPA, Maibock, Bière de Garde and the Gose.

Of these, my favorites were the Taft American Stout on Nitro, Bière de Garde and Gose.

The Taft American Stout has hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and despite being a dark beer, it’s still smooth and drinkable enough to enjoy in the summer.

Like the Taft American Stout, the Bière de Garde is made to be enjoyed year-round. It’s a French farmhouse ale that’s full of malty goodness.

Farnam House’s Gose has just the right blend of fruitiness and tart you should expect in this type of wheat ale. It’s my favorite.

The other brews I tried — the Keller German Lager, Hop Complex IPA and Maibock — were good too, and you should probably just try them all.

The Keller German Lager and Maibock are both good brews for people who are new to craft beer and are used to more traditional, domestic lagers. The Keller German Lager, in particular, tastes like the lagers you’re used to — but it’s much, much better.

The Hop Complex IPA is a very drinkable IPA even for people who don’t normally gravitate to them. It’s not too bitter and has notes of citrus.

These are just a few examples of the quality beers on Farnam House’s menu, so I recommend you get a flight to try a few. But if you want to commit to just one brew, Farnam House also serves up beer in 16 oz. pours for $6 and 12 oz. pours for $5. Twelve-ounce pours of sours cost $7, 12-oz. pours of specialty beers cost $6 and barrel-aged brews cost $8.

In addition to their beer list, Farnam House also serves about a dozen wines, by the bottle or glass, and a selection of local spirits. They also have a cocktail and beer cocktail list with about 10 drinks, all for $10 or less.

The food menu is packed with the usual bar eats — done unusually well — snacks like the house spent-grain pretzel, wings, tacos, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees like steak and eggs.

Almost everything on Farnam House’s food menu costs less than $15, and the steak and eggs are the costliest item on the menu at $20.

I had the Farnam House Burger, which comes with Havarti, arugula, house-made ketchup, pickled red onions and dill mustard on a brioche bun for $12. It was flavor-packed, juicy but not greasy, and came with some of the best house-cut fries I’ve ever had. It’s a damn good burger.

So, do yourself a favor and go drink — and, just as importantly, eat — at Farnam House Brewing Company.

You’ll be very glad you did.