Omaha celebrates Beer Week with over 50 businesses

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 3:47 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The taps are flowing as Omaha celebrates Beer Week.

“Honestly people just love craft beer and they want more of it and they want the opportunity to try things they haven’t been able to try thus far,” said Kirsten Ipock, General Manager of Site-1 Brewing.

Site-1 Brewing is taking part for the first time, joining more than 50 businesses leading the craft beer boom.

“We were I believe the fifth brewer opening in the state and since then we’re in the sixties. So we’ve seen this explosion of craft beer, not only in Omaha but in Nebraska in general,” said Connor Kavulak, Co-Owner of Nebraska Brewing.

“Everybody’s kind of like a family. The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild has been great, where everybody shares information and our goal is to get Nebraska craft beer to the point where that’s all people want to drink,” said Greg Luettel, Owner of Hwy 14 Brewing.

Omaha Beer Week is a bit less subdued this year. The popular craft beer bus tour was canceled this time around but the pandemic in some ways refreshed those in business and even improved their relationship with customers.

“You know nothing’s normal this year, as far as the last 18 months, but it’s good when you start getting that sense of normalcy in that we’re having Omaha Beer Week. It may not be what it was, but we’re starting to rebuild what we were,” said Michael Barstow, Owner of Backlot Taphouse.

“The customer base as a whole has been a lot more understanding. Also, I think also a lot of service industry people got to take that break that was very desperately needed for us, where we got to spend our time with our families and focus more inward and come back more ready than ever,” said Ipock.

Omaha Beer Week closes out this weekend with a flood of adult activities including music, games, and of course, plenty of Nebraska-brewed craft beer.

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