Omaha brewery bringing back Metz beer

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 10:22 PM CDT
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What started in the mid-1800's will soon be making a return at Infusion Brewery in southwest Omaha. In three weeks Metz Jubilee beer will be back. What's interesting is the man behind the revival. Bill Baburek has never tasted the original.

"It hasn't been available or brewed in Omaha since 1962,” Baburek said."When they closed, I was only 2-years old."

The Metz brothers first brewed beer in Omaha during the civil war. The flavor is more like a German lager than a domestic, using malted barley – which is more expensive – instead of corn and rice.

Not only did the brewers want to recreate the taste but also the label. Fortunately, the Omaha company that produced the old Metz beer labels – Epsen Hillmer Graphics – is still going strong.

“We made those in the 40's, 50's, 60's. It's neat to see the old breweries come back,” said Tom Hillmer with Epsen Hillmer Graphics.

What was called "the old reliable" is new again – for another generation.

"I just felt like it was a cool thing to do. Bring back and pay tribute not to just Metz – but the pioneers of brewing in Omaha in general,” said Baburek.

The beer was first brewed at 7th and Leavenworth streets in the 1860's. Infusion Brewery Taproom in southwest Omaha will hold a Metz Beer release party on Saturday, April 14th.