Beer, Wine & Spirits in Lincoln


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  • Blue Blood Brewing Company
    After an injury forced him to retire prematurely from the Lincoln Police Department in 2006, Brian Podwinski set out to find a new passion. He began brewing his own beer at home, and before long, became hooked. Brian's knack for creating homemade suds caught the attention of friend and law-enforcement confidant Jason Goodwin, and together—and perhaps following a few too many of Brian's brews—the pair decided they wanted to open a brewery. Named in honor of those who protect and serve every day, Blue Blood Brewing Company officially opened in December 2011. There, Brian, Jason, and others concoct handcrafted ales inspired by special people or places. Currently, the brewery produces a classic series and seasonal selections, all of which use the finest ingredients available and hops grown right in Nebraska.
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    500 W South St
    Lincoln, NE US
  • Upstream Brewing Company
    Order a BLT at Upstream Brewing Company, and chances are good you'll taste a tomato picked that morning. Every year, a nearby farmer—amiably known as Farmer Jerry—plants 700 heirloom-tomato plants reserved exclusively for the brewery’s kitchens. Executive chefs Gary Hoffman and Jonathan Draper covet such freshness, and it shows on their menus. Seafood arrives from both coasts at least two to three times a week—throughout the summer, the chefs get even wild salmon harvested during the runs in Alaska's Copper River. And of course there are the cuts straight from Omaha Steaks, which the chefs choose individually from choice-grade, 21-day wet-aged beef. This dedication to quality echoes Upstream Brewing Company's name. Taken from the Native American word "Omaha"—meaning "upstream" or "against the current" in honor of the settling tribe that traveled up the Missouri River—it reflects the owners' intention to elevate the typical brewpub experience by taking unexpected approaches. The flagship Old Market location also mirrors this dedication to the unpredictable, residing in a converted 21,000-square-foot firehouse built in 1904 that surrounds guest with dining spaces including a patio, two floors with bars, and a rooftop deck. In between the exposed-brick walls, diners may spy charring on the timber beams, marks left by a fire in 1917 during an ill-conceived attempt to domesticate Roman candles. The basement houses part of the brewery, where brew masters handcraft batches of house beers from the Flagship IPA to cask-conditioned ales. They also continually experiment with seasonal beers—one such creation, the "Johnny" Dortmunder Lager, placed on DRAFT Magazine's top 25 beers of 2010—as well as Bugeater Root Beer, named in honor of Omaha's sports teams before they became known as Cornhuskers. Both the Old Market and Legacy locations encompass billiard rooms, and the staffs encourage guests to linger out the hours by trying a new brew or ordering something off the late-night menu.
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    514 S 11th St
    Omaha, NE US
  • Rock Bottom
    Perfect for a casual night out with friends, Rock Bottom offers traditional American fare in a laid-back setting. None of the fare at Rock Bottom is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Rock Bottom is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Make sure to check out Rock Bottom's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Open air seating is ready for diners at Rock Bottom when the weather is warm. For the tastes of Rock Bottom from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Or, take your food to-go. null There's no need to bust your budget at Rock Bottom, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
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    1101 Harney St
    Omaha, NE US
  • Brother Sebastian's Steak House and Winery
    Whether you're in the mood for a New York Strip or a juicy tenderloin, you'll find plenty to like at Omaha's Brother Sebastian's Steak House and Winery. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Brother Sebastian's Steak House and Winery's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. null Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot. Your tab at Brother Sebastian's Steak House and Winery will generally run you about $30 per person.
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    1350 S 119th St
    Omaha, NE US
  • Prime Country Winery
    Perhaps one of the best words to sum up winemaker Orville A. Gertsch's method is patience. In 1996, he decided to turn his winemaking hobby into a profession, and planted his first vines the following year. And yet it wasn't until the 2001 harvest that Orville was ready to push his wine into full retail production. That same year, he registered his operation's name: Prime Country Winery. Though he handed the managerial reins to his son Fred in 2002, Orville still draws from more than 30 years of experience to produce a range of handmade red, white, and blush wines. He and his staff use only the grapes they harvest on their own Denton vineyard, a decision central to their mission and to ensuring none of the grapes are actually tiny spy cameras. They pick all of their plantings by hand, and rack—rather than filter and pump—the must, a labor-intensive process that Orville finds infinitely more rewarding. Using these old-fashioned, chemical-free processing techniques in tandem with modern steel equipment, Prime Country Winery fills its tasting room with craft wines ranging from dry to sweet.
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    12120 SW 142nd St.
    Denton, NE US
  • Granite City Food and Brewery
    One of the most-frequented restaurants in Lincoln, Granite City Food and Brewery has wonderful pub food and tasty burgers. It's a popular spot for visitors seeking delicious food. Thanks to its outdoor seating, it's a great option when the Midwest weather is cooperating. Also, most fans will claim that the restaurant is well-known for its Sunday brunch. When you arrive, you should check out the waffle fries, as they're often raved about. For those who are interested, the menu does feature vegetarian items. WiFi is available if you want to get some work done, and in addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you just want to pop in for a beverage, the restaurant does have a pretty decent selection at its bar. Specializing in both lunch and dinner, chances are you won't walk away from Granite City Food and Brewery disappointed. In addition to valet, visitors do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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    6150 O St
    Lincoln, NE US

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