Beer, like soap, comes in a bar and livens up any shower. Wash your mouth out with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a brewery tour for two (a $6 value) and a $25 gift certificate for beer or merchandise at Lucky Bucket Brewing Company in La Vista (a $31 total value). Tours depart at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday–Friday, and at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Brewmaster Zac Triemert employs a master’s degree in brewing and distilling science as he masterminds Lucky Bucket’s flavorsome creations. During one-hour tours of Lucky Bucket’s 18,000-square-foot brewhouse, gleaming silver tankards of beer and spirits catch eyes as a guide outlines the beer-making process. Curious tourgoers sip samples of a pre-Prohibition-style lager, a pleasantly floral IPA, and the Belgian strong ale Certified Evil, made by combining a young, oak-aged ale with an older batch aged in cabernet barrels for a year and allowed to form curmudgeonly opinions. Lucky Bucket also showcases its secondary distillery operation, Solàs, with tastes of its flagship Joss Vodka. After the tour, customers browse through Lucky Bucket’s library of merchandise to proclaim fealty with items such as T-shirts and hats ($20) emblazoned with beer logos and the autographs of noble hops. Newly armed with firsthand knowledge of brewmaking, tourgoers can use their $25 credit toward take-home bottles, such as six-packs of the brewery’s lager ($9) or a four-pack of Certified Evil ($11).
Lucky Bucket Brewing and Cut Spike Distillery
In the days before kegs and bottles, beer enthusiasts would have to cart a bucket to their local brewery, fill it up, and carry it (gently) home. Lucky Bucket Brewing Company pays tribute to brewing history both in its name and its traditional brewing techniques.
Lucky Bucket’s flavorsome creations are crafted inside an 18,000-square-foot brew house with a friendly and familial atmosphere. Gleaming silver fermenters give birth to bottles of a pre-Prohibition-style lager, a pleasantly floral IPA, and the imperial oatmeal stout Certified Evil, and a revolving lineup of their locally-made beer is on tap, featuring the Conspiracy Series.
The facility operates a craft brewery, as well as Cut Spike Distillery, which turns out hand-crafted spirits such as Cut Spike Single-Malt Whiskey. The distillery ages its whiskey for two years in brand new American oak barrels.