Nightlife review: Nebraska Brewing Company is good for tried and true as well as surprising and new

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, Thursday, February 6, 2019

Nebraska Brewing Company Brewpub

Where: 7474 Towne Center Parkway, Suite 101, Papillion

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Info: 402-934-7100 or nebraskabrewingco.com

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Sometimes you want to try something new and exciting. Other times, you want something tried and true — something you know you’ll like.

At Nebraska Brewing Company, you can get both.

Nebraska Brewing Company has an extensive list of beers that offers something for everyone, whether you’re into lagers, IPAs or more creative seasonal brews.

The brewery’s flagship beers include Nebraska Pils, EOS Hefeweizen, Brunette Nut Brown, Cardinal Pale Ale and its IPA. Of these, the EOS Hefeweizen and the Brunette Nut Brown are my favorites. I usually have cans of both in my fridge.

The EOS Hefeweizen is in the running for my all-time favorite beer. It has notes of banana, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. It’s fruity, spicy, slightly sweet and delicious. Get it by the pint at the brewpub or in a six-pack at your local grocery store.

Nebraska Brewing Company’s Brunette Nut Brown is another one of my go-to beers. It’s an English-style brown ale that, true to its name, has hints of nuts, as well as caramel, coffee and toffee. It’s a reliable, easy-drinking brew.

At my last visit to the brewpub, I tried some Nebraska Brewing Company beers I’d never had before, and now they’re among my favorites — the Melange A Trois and Gimme S’More.

The Melange A Trois is part of Nebraska Brewing Company’s Reserve Series, which includes 10 barrel-aged brews. It’s a Belgian-style blonde ale that’s aged in a French oak chardonnay wine barrel for six months. Not surprisingly, it tastes a lot like wine, but better — because it’s beer.

Gimme S’More is one of the brewery’s two dozen seasonal brews. Gimme S’More is a brown ale that truly delivers the flavors of s’mores in a pint glass. Honestly, it tastes like s’mores, but without being overly sweet. I don’t know how Nebraska Brewing Company did it, but I’m glad they did.

I could detail each and every Nebraska Brewing Company beer I like, but neither one of us has time for that. So, instead, I’ll make this short and sweet — Nebraska Brewing Company has good beer. A lot of good beer. You should drink it.

You should also eat at the brewpub.

Nebraska Brewing Company’s brewpub offers appetizers like chicken strips, onion rings, spinach and artichoke dip, along with soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu also features pizza and pasta, as well as fish, chicken and steak entrees. Nothing on the menu is more than $25, and the majority of items are in the $10 to $15 range.

At my last visit, I got the Cuban sandwich for $9.99. It had ham, slow-roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, and came with salt and pepper fries. It was really good — like the beer.

Simply put, the brewpub is a great place to grab a meal or drinks. There is plenty of seating at the bar, in the dining area and in the mezzanine above the dining room. It also has a large patio area, which is no help to us now, but will be nice come spring.

Plus, in case I haven’t mentioned it — Nebraska Brewing Company has good food and even better beer.