Just like our eateries, Omaha is host to a cornucopia of fledgling breweries that are as colorful and unique as the people who run them. From pale ales to IPAs, the brewery scene in Omaha has a spot to cater to every taste. Because of this, Greater Omaha has been nationally recognized as one of the top regions in the nations for craft breweries. Here are just a few of our gems that are making headway in their field (of hops).

Upstream Brewing Company

Omaha’s original brewpub, they’ve been making visitors feel like locals and locals feel like another round since 1996. New on tap: We Don’t Coast Kölsch – a classic german style ale dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Hallertau Blanc Hops. Cheers to that!

Omaha’s original brewpub, they’ve been making visitors feel like locals and locals feel like another round since 1996. New on tap: We Don’t Coast Kölsch – a classic german style ale dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Hallertau Blanc Hops. Cheers to that!

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Council Bluff, IA’s first microbrewery, Full Fledged Brewing Company is a hip stop for locals to grab a beer. Covering the entire spectrum from IPAs to Golden Ales, owner Marshall Redmond said they, “have something for everybody.”

Boasting signature craft beers with their own twist on comfort food, Benson Brewery specializes in pub-style service with an intimate experience. Featuring a “Hoppy Hour” Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m., imbibers can try one of their several small-batch microbrews, such as their staple Blonde Bunny, or per-’hops’ – a seasonal cider. Currently, Benson Brewery is also offering a “Nebraska Strong Red Ale,” with proceeds going towards supporting Nebraska flood victims.

Scriptown Brewing Company

Scriptown Brewing Company offers its own twist on craft brews in the heart of the Blackstone District. Fans of crisp flavors will no doubt “hop to” their Yotus IPA, a blend of several foreign and locally grown Nebraska hops. Prefer things on the darker side? Scriptown has partnered with Archetype Coffee to blend their toddy coffee with their various rotating beer flavors to create their “Ups and Downs” blend.

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Vis Major Brewing Co.

Sip the divine nectar of the gods at Vis Major Brewing Co., where 12 craft beers are consistently kept on tap. Named for the heavens that created them, a crowd favorite is the Monk’s Chalice Belgian Style Tripel, which is a play on the Trappist Belgian monks who began brewing beer centuries ago. Interested in a behind-the-scenes look? Vis Major offers express, 20-minute brewery tours that begin and end in the tasting room, all while sampling their staple beers.

Homebrewers turned pro, Kros Strain Brewing is a microbrewery with a taste for adventure. Recipient of the 2018 Silver medal in the Great American Beer Festival, their Fairy Nectar IPA blends notes of grapefruit, mango, and tropical fruits with a zesty flair. Or take a dip in Helles Creek, a German style lager that is sweet without a hint of bitterness.

Ranked No.1 on TripAdvisor, Brickway Brewing & Distillery is a distillery/brewery combo in Omaha’s historic Old Market. Home to Nebraska’s largest and tallest Copper Pot Stills, most of which were personally designed by owner, Zac Triemert, Brickway produces fine single malt whiskey with each batch double-pot-distilled, then matured for a minimum of two years to achieve a light, smooth taste with hints of caramel and vanilla.

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Sweet Dreams

Longtime baker Michelle Kaiser assumed her friends were pulling a prank. She had, after all, made no secret of her dream of appearing on national TV. Turns out, the person on the other end of the line really was from the Food Network, recruiting her to compete on season four of Spring Baking Championship.

Cherished Dining Companion

Everyone loves a good comeback story, especially when it’s served with a seasonal cocktail and M’s famous lahvosh. A three-alarm fire destroyed one of our culinary landmarks in January 2016; a monumental blow to our Old Market and a legion of devoted diners. From that burned-out shell, M’s Pub has risen again.