Top Breweries In Lincoln, Nebraska If You Love Beer

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Kelly Cunningham

Lincoln, Nebraska, is the capital of the state, and is a pretty place with both a popular university and the tallest capitol building in the United States. Whether visitors are looking for a long weekend of brewery tours, or are simply seeking an ice-cold ale as they pass through, Lincoln abounds with breweries. Want to try a seasonal stout or a small-batch special? Check out the top breweries in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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1. Ploughshare Brewing Co.

Brewery, Winery

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This country-themed brewery is sure to impress city folk as well as those from small towns. Boasting a friendly staff and a charming, rustic interior design, guests will feel right at home here. The bar is located on the premises of the brewing factory where educational tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday. Ploughshare offers excellent craft beer as well as four seasonal special varieties and seven year-round brews, all of which are made on the premises using traditional brewing methods. The joint also serves wine, gluten-free beer and non-alcoholic beverages including fresh French-pressed coffee and sodas.

2. Blue Blood Brewing Company

Blue Blood Brewing Company

Inspired by the founders’ roots in law enforcement, Blue Blood Brewing Company is a cop-themed establishment which prides itself on being active in the local Lincoln community; every Wednesday here is a charity night where $1 from each beer sold goes directly to the charity of the month. The beers here are nop-notch and regularly feature at popular events including Lincoln Beer Week, Prarie Jazz Festival and the Great Nebraska Beerfest. Daily barbecue specials here go well with the number of beverages on offer, a selection which includes farmhouse ale, barrel-aged Wicked Snout and fresh-hopped pale ale.

Address: 500 W South St Lincoln, NE 68522 +402-477-2337

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3. Zipline Brewery

Zipline Brewery

A previous winner of the Small Business of the Year award, Zipline Brewery is proud of their reputation as an eco-friendly microbrewery. By recycling approximately 75 percent of their solid waste and implementing water saving techniques in their brewing process, the company successfully remains committed to protecting the environment whilst simultaneously providing great beers for their customers. The beer selection includes seasonal ales such as Winter Ale, Country White, Nut Brown, and India Red Ale, as well as small-batch and barrel-aged varieties.
Address and Telephone: Zipline Brewing Co., Magnum Circle, Lincoln, NE +402.475.1001

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4. Empyrean Brewing Co.

Brewery, Winery

Black Ale
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Established in 1990, Empyrean Brewing Company was originally part of Nebraska’s first brew pub, Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill, before it later expanded into its very own establishment. They are one of the largest breweries in the midwest and participate in the Haymarket Beer Questevery Autumn. Come here for a gigantic selection of beer, including Black Ale, Lemon Weizen and Mochachino Milk Stout.

5. Granite City Food and Brewery

Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Broad Axe Stout
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This restaurant-brewery combo stands out for its unique brewing technique, a method which involves using an ingredient called wort to allow individual stores to brew in small batches on-site. The dark, unfinished wood used inside gives the restaurant a cozy, rustic vibe which will leave guests feeling relaxed and ready to unwind. Their draught beers include the Northern Lager, the Duke Pale Ale, the Batch 1000 Double IPA, the Bennie Bock and the Broad Axe Stout. In addition there is a food menu here which features everything from flatbread and salads to steak and pasta. There’s something for everyone at Granite City Food and Brewery.
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