Nightlife review: Lincoln’s Cosmic Eye Brewing is family-friendly and full of good brews

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/Word-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, December 13, 2018

Cosmic Eye Brewing

Where: 6800 P. Street, Suite 300, Lincoln

Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Info: 531-500-2337 or cosmiceye.beer

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In recent years, Lincoln’s craft beer scene has been growing, and Cosmic Eye Brewing is a welcome addition to the city’s ever-expanding list of breweries.

The brewery and taproom opened in east Lincoln this fall. Its location makes it unique for a couple of reasons — for one, it’s the only Lincoln brewery in a former laser tag place, and the only brewery in the neighborhood.

Most of the breweries in Lincoln are concentrated in the downtown or Haymarket areas. Cosmic Eye’s location in east Lincoln makes it a convenient option for people who live on that side of town — or don’t want to deal with the crowds or traffic downtown.

The spacious taproom has tons of seating at long, wooden benches that give it that communal feel of a beer hall. It also has a separate room with comfy couches and chairs if you want a bit more privacy.

Cosmic Eye is about as family-friendly as a brewery gets, so its also has a dedicated room for kids that’s well-stocked with children’s books. It even offers children’s activities on occasion. During my visits to Cosmic Eye, I’ve seen lots of kids happily reading or drawing — a rare sight a brewery.

There are plenty of things at Cosmic Eye you won’t see at other breweries, though — like large murals of dragons and knights.

But the most important thing about Cosmic Eye isn’t its location — or its unique décor — it’s the beer.

Cosmic Eye offers a rotating list of about 15 beers, including pale ales, lagers, IPAs, as well as a saison, American wheat, English mild ale, stout, sour ale and a dampfbier — a German-style steam beer.

Of these, the saison and sour ale were my favorites. When I visited, Cosmic Eye was serving up its Heaviest Heart Saison, which, at 4.3 percent alcohol by volume, was easy to drink and had a mild spiciness. Cosmic Eye’s sour ale comes with a twist — it has tea. Like any good sour ale, Cosmic Eye’s Famous Golfer, is well, sour, and I enjoyed the subtle addition of the tea.

You can get almost all of Cosmic Eye’s brews in 10- or 13-ounce drafts. The 10-ounce drafts will cost about $3 or $4, and the 13-ounce drafts cost between $5 and $6. Flights of three 6-ounce beers cost $10.

In addition to its brews, Cosmic Eye also offers wine, mixed drinks, non-alcoholic options and a bloody Mary beer, which mixes the brewery’s Dead Man’s Run lager with bloody mix for $6. I’d recommend the bloody Mary beer, because I’ll take any excuse to drink anything that resembles a bloody Mary.

Since it’s a taproom, not a brewpub, Cosmic Eye doesn’t serve food, but it does invite food trucks, and the bar offers popcorn.

Cosmic Eye also offers up a bunch of nerdy fun, with a large selection of board games and a monthly role-playing game night.

At Cosmic Eye, you can drink and play, while your kids just play. What more could you want from your neighborhood brewery?