Friday August 23rd
10am to 4pm. Breweries beer drop off at Quality Brands
7 pm PRIVATE PARTY - Brewers Reception, Nebraska Brewing Company Brewpub ~ Beer aplenty & food
Saturday August 24th
10 am Brewers / Volunteers Brunch Nebraska Brewing Company Brew Pub
11 am to Noon Brewery setup, Dick’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot
Noon VIP Session Opening Music by the Omaha Pipes and Drums
Noon to 1pm VIP, Brewers & Volunteers Special Session Fest Map
12:15 West Stage - Booze Money
1pm - General Admission Opening Music by the Omaha Pipes and Drums
1 pm Beerfest Open to General Public Fest Map
Food Tent Open
1:15 pm West Stage - South Paw Bluegrass Band
1:30 pm Seminar Tent - Jeff Pohl, Schells Brewing - MN
2:30 pm Seminar Tent - Dr Bill Sysak, Stone Brewing Company - CA
3:30 pm Seminar Tent - Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Brewing - CO
3:45 pm West Stage - Peer Cussion, Drum Corps
4:00 pm West Stage - Grand Theft Girlfriend
4:30 pm Seminar Tent - Stephanie Meyer, Victory Brewing - PA
6 PM Final Pour, Beer Fest Ends
Did ya hear?
4 Nebraska Breweries - Zipline Brewing Co., Upstream Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing Company & Lucky Bucket Brewing Company - have joined forces with theNebraska Hop Growers Association in order to produce 4 special 'Nebraska Brewed Beers with Nebraska Grown Hops' Beers. ONLY available at the Nebraska Hop Growers Association tent at the Great Nebraska Beerfest!
Great Nebraska Beer Fest - Explained
The Great Nebraska Beer Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer. We'll highlight the breweries of Nebraska and once again, we're able to also invite Regional breweries that may, or MAY NOT, currently sell or distribute their beers here.
We have a great collection of brewers and their wares and as time progresses, we'll add more along the way.
Many breweries will have actual brewers / owners in attendance and those that couldn't participate directly this year will be sending their products for us to sample. Your ticket will gain you admission into a Craft Beer tasting. As Beer Fests go, there is a tremendous range in terms of how they operate but ours will most definitely be defined as a tasting. What this means is that your ticket will get you a 4 oz. tasting glass that we'll fill to a 2 oz. level - as many times as you'd like (I guess until the beer runs out). For those of you thinking merely of the amount - think 2 things: First, keep in mind that we'll have a lot of different beers on hand and some of these are big beers - which means that if you want to make the rounds, it's best to keep you in shape to get there.
Second, think Richie Cunningham. Even with the teenie weenie glasses - these aren't your basic beers. Safety is better served in this range. With your paid admission, (and a valid ID that proves you to be over 21) you'll be banded and find yourself free to roam among the brewery tents to talk to the brewers and ask questions about their brands or their story - something you won't find everyday - at least not around here. Others will be able to interface with the brewers but only people properly banded will be able to sample our products.
Additionally, you'll be provided with a Great Nebraska Beer Fest program which shows the locations of the various breweries, the beers that they'll be sampling, and both a basic explanation of their beers and some technical information about them. The premise for this Beer Fest is education and brand awareness. Craft Brewers truly wish to, and need to, connect with our public to provide them with an understanding of the beers that don't necessarily look like the larger American factory beers. This is our stage and our Art is on display.
The Brewers are free to promote themselves, freely interface with their public, and sell merchandise such as T-shirts, glassware, or whatever it is that they feel is important to them. We don't often find a venue where education is the goal - many times it's simply to sell beer or raise money. We've encountered a truly wonderful grass-roots sponsor community and have found assistance and support from our vendors, direct suppliers, and businesses that support our industry - and some that simply want to help the little guy. Want to be a sponsor or a supporter? Get in touch!
VIP Ticket Info:
VIP tickets will provide you with everything the GA tickets get but with the huge difference of getting into the beer fest 1 hour prior to the crowds. Doesn't sound like that big a deal? Well, consider your favorite brewery buried 40 people deep in a line that is consuming the most highly prized beers. Sure, you'll get up there at some point but while you're waiting in that one line - the lines for the other breweries are wiping out your targets. And... your favorite brewery won't be answering questions from the 40 others swarming their booth. Probably a small price to pay for the beer geek...
Designated Driver Info:
DD Tickets are $10 each. As this is an open-air Beer Festival held in a common location, there is a huge area to discover inside Shadow Lake, the area merchants, and the people and volunteers who truly work to make an event of this such as success. You're free to walk the grounds, interact with the brewers, the reps, and be among those attending The Great Nebraska Beer Fest. The only notable difference being that you'll be enjoying things other than our fine craft. All Beer Fest personnel are trained to pour only to those individuals wearing our festival wrist band and in possession of a valid tasting glass. Only this combination will get to you a taste.
We welcome you to our Fest and are confident you'll have a wonderful time! And if we haven't yet caused you to get up and move to purchase a ticket, we've also booked Omaha Pipes & Drums to kick it all off & the Kris Lager Band to play from 1:30 to 3:30 & Grand Theft Girlfriend to play from 4 PM to 6 PM. Join us for year 4!
GNBF Seminar Tent 1:30 pm
Speaker: Jeff Pohl, Schells Brewing – MN
Jeff Pohl also known as Pohlcat is the National Account Manager for the August Schells Brewing Company. He has been with the brewery for about 5 years and has been in the beer industry in various positions for about 20 years.
Pohlcat is going to talk about what makes the August Schells Brewing Company one of the most unique family owned breweries in the country. One of the key themes of this presentation fits with one our key inspirations at the brewery is to be festive and with that will come so samples of our great family of Schells Beers.
Today August Schells is the second-oldest family owned brewery in the United States located deep in the wooded hillside banks of the cottonwood River, The August Schells Brewing Company has quietly been producing award winning beers for over 150 years and continues produces a high quality craft beer today and we have been producing some pretty cool NEW beers as well.
Please come listen to Pohcat’s seminar on Minnesota’s original craft brewery, now with both the 5th and 6th generation of family influencing our direction. And also come sample some great New Schell craft beers as well. Prost!
GNBF Seminar Tent 2:30 pm
Dr Bill Sysak, Stone Brewing Company – CA
Bill Sysak, or as he's more often referred to, “Dr. Bill,” is the Craft Beer Ambassador for Stone Brewing Co. "Dr." Bill is a Certified Cicerone® and has proven expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving craft beers. He received his nickname through his work as a combat medic in the military Army National Guard, and the moniker has stuck with him throughout his career in the craft beer industry.
At Stone, he’s responsible for setting the beverage standard and ensuring the beverage philosophy is followed at all Stone Brewing Co. venues. "Dr." Bill suggests the beer, wine and food pairings for the menus at the restaurant, and also coordinates and hosts many Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens events including: Beer & Cigar Dinners, Master Pairing events, Sour Fest, Oakquinox, Stone Pour it Black, and Rare Beer Breakfast.
GNBF Seminar Tent 3:30 pm
Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Brewing – CO
Gordon Schuck has a background in Electrical Engineering and spent 14 years in the bike industry building titanium bicycle frames. He began home brewing in 2002 and won a gold medal at the National Homebrew Competition in 2007 for his Saison.
In 2009 he graduated from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemans Academy in Munich with a diploma in Brewing Science. Along with Brad Lincoln, Gordon Schuck started Funkwerks in 2010. In 2012 Funkwerks won the Great American Beer Festival Small Brewing Company of the Year.
GNBF Seminar Tent 4:30 pm
Stephanie Meyer, Victory Brewing - PA
On the Road with Craft Meyer - Hailing from Red Cloud, Nebraska, Stephanie Meyer is the Western area sales manager for Victory Brewing Company out of Downingtown PA. Her territory covers Texas, Colorado and California. She pretty much has the worst job in craft beer.
She is a 20 year veteran of the hospitality industry and studied at Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Her passion for Craft Beer came while she was opening a new restaurant in Fort Worth, TX, so she jumped at the opportunity to learn a new aspect of the hospitality industry as well as utilize her vast background in restaurants to help further the growth of craft beer in dining.
Stephanie looks forward to sharing some funny and embarrassing stories as well as talking about the role of women on the sales side of Craft Beer, and the limitless possibilities for advancement for women in Craft Beer. She also considers Nebraska Brewing Company one of her top 5 favorite breweries in the world. Buy her a Hop God and she’ll be your BFF.
To promote the growth & use of Nebraska hops as a sustainable crop through education and shared resources for commercial & home brewer's.
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Beers Brewed with Nebraska grown Hops:
- Nebraska Brewing—NE Hopped Blonde—using Glacier hops from Rhynalds Hop Growers
- Lucky Bucket—Hoppy Wheat—using Cascade from Jensen and Rhynalds Hop Growers
- Upstream Brewing—India Pale Lager—using Brewer’s Gold and Cascade from Jensen Hop Growers
- Zipline Brewing—Double Pale Ale—using Cascade and Glacier from Rhynalds Hop Growers
Shadow Lake Towne Center
72nd & Hwy. 370