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514 South Eleventh Street
Omaha NE 68102
Telephone: +1 402-344-0200
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-1:00am, Sunday 11:00am-midnight.
Brewer: Dallas Archer
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Notes

Visited: February 20, 2016

Opened: 1995

Annual Production: 1,800 bbl

I did visit this very nice brewpub once in 1998, but I'll let Upstream's Brian Magee describe it for you:

Located in the heart of Omaha's historic Old Market district, Upstream Brewing Company is housed in an historically renovated, turn-of-the-century firehouse.
Our name, "Upstream," is derived from the original native American meaning of Omaha; "upstream" or, "against the current."
Since its opening in 1996, Upstream Brewing Company has become well-known for its great food, friendly service, terrific beer and spirited atmosphere. The main-floor brewery, open kitchen, and four-sided community bar are a visualfeast. Our brewer features eight beers on tap every day. Our second-floor pool hall features eleven classic pool tables, a fully-stocked bar and access to our rooftop deck.
The rousing crowd, great staff and exceptional food make the Upstream a guaranteed good time. Named Omaha's "Best New Restaurant" by the Omaha World Herald, Upstream Brewing Company is the ideal gathering place - friendly, comfortable and lively!

Now I live less than two miles away, so I'm there a bit more often.

Updated: February 28, 2016

Beer List

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    9.20% abv.
    • Date: May 1, 2007 (#6509)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 20 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright red-amber. Moderate carbonation. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (4)
      Huge caramel. Earthy and spicy. Smoky. Bready. Mild grainy malt.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Big body. Low fizz. Hugely malty with lots of caramel. Earthy, woody character. Mildly bitter. Mild hop fruitiness. Some bready yeasty flavor. Quite warming.
      Overall Impression (3)
      A huge malty beer. I'll need to get another bottle of this for the cellar. "Bottled Sept 06".

  • 5.00% abv.

  • 7.50% abv.
    • Date: January 17, 2014 (#9327)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Low brown head.
      Aroma (3)
      Smoky. Toasted coconut.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Big, smooth, roasty, malty. Nice coconut flavor from the barrel. Sweet, smoky finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)

  • Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer
    5.30% abv.

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    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    Awards:
    • Date: October 2, 2004 (#5486)
      Package: draught
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Yellow translucent. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Very clean.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Light creamy body, really sweet and wheaty. Just a hint of hop flavor, and the slightest notion of banana.
      Overall Impression (3)

  • Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    9.00% abv.
    • Date: February 21, 2012 (#8735)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15 points
      Appearance (3)
      Dark dark red. Big dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Peppery, mildly toasty. Mildly fruity.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Big, sweet, malty. Mildly roasty. Very mildly spicy. Very mildly warming.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
    4.60% abv.

  • Smoke-Flavored Beer
    5.70% abv.

  • American-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    5.30% abv.

  • American-Style Black Ale

  • Bauman's Farmhouse IPA
    American-Belgo-Style Ale
    6.10% abv.

  • Big DIPA
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
    8.60% abv.

  • Black Forest Porterr
    Robust Porter
    5.60% abv.

  • Black Velvet Belgian Black Wit
    Specialty Beer
    5.50% abv.

  • Capitol Premium Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.50% abv.

  • Castaway Coconut Porter
    Specialty Beer
    5.30% abv.

  • Czech Yourself Bohemian Pilsner
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener
    5.80% abv.

  • Dark Passenger Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    5.10% abv.

  • Düsseldorf Alt-erior Motive
    German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
    5.80% abv.

  • Decaf Latte Grande Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
    5.20% abv.

  • Denny Boy Irish Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
    5.00% abv.

  • Dundee Scotch Ale
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    6.50% abv.

  • Ebenezer Winter Warmer
    Old Ale
    8.70% abv.

  • Fire in the Sky Rauchbier
    Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
    5.80% abv.

  • Firehouse ESB (discontinued)
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    Awards:

  • Firehouse Red Lager
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    5.20% abv.

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    Flagship India Pale Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • Flanagan's Irish Red
    Irish-Style Red Ale
    5.10% abv.

  • Frances' Revenge Farmhouse IPA
    American-Belgo-Style Ale
    5.80% abv.

  • Full Steam Ahead
    California Common Beer
    6.00% abv.

  • Gam Gam's Helles
    Münchner-Style Helles

  • George Dickel Whisky Barrel Aged IPA
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer
    7.40% abv.

  • George Dickel Whisky Barrel Aged Lemon Pale Ale
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer
    6.00% abv.

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    Gold Coast Blonde Ale
    Golden or Blonde Ale

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    Grand Cru
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • Groll Bohemian Pilsner
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener
    6.00% abv.

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    Gueuze-Lambic
    Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
    Awards:

  • Heartland Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Heisenberg India Pale Lager
    Specialty Beer
    5.40% abv.

  • Hibiscus Wit
    Herb and Spice Beer
    4.20% abv.

  • Historic Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    5.30% abv.

  • Honey-Raspberry Ale
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

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    Hop Harvest Ale with local Schwedhelm Hops
    Fresh Hop Ale
    4.90% abv.

  • Hyrule Helles
    Münchner-Style Helles
    5.40% abv.

  • In Bloom Belgian Ale
    Belgian-Style Pale Ale
    5.40% abv.

  • Irie Export Stout
    Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
    6.80% abv.

  • Irish Red
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • It's a Maibock Life
    German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
    6.60% abv.

  • Johnny Dortmunder Lager
    Dortmunder/European-Style Export
    5.90% abv.

  • Justa' Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Koopa Troopa Kolsch
    German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
    5.00% abv.

  • Life's Lemons Pale Ale
    Garden (Fruit) Beer
    5.40% abv.

  • LuLu's Lemon Basil Wit
    Baltic-Style Porter
    4.90% abv.

  • Malk Sweet Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
    5.50% abv.

  • Mark's Strawberries and Creme Ale
    Specialty Beer
    5.00% abv.

  • Milk Chocolate Stout
    Chocolate/Cocoa Flavored Beer
    5.50% abv.

  • Milky Way Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
    4.00% abv.

  • Mind Quad
    Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    10.00% abv.

  • Nachturne Dark Lager
    European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
    6.60% abv.

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    O! Gold Light
    American-Style Light Lager
    3.80% abv.

  • Obsession IPA
    American-Style Pale Ale
    4.60% abv.

  • Old Market Stout (discontinued)
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout

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    Original Capitol Premium Pale Ale (discontinued)
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Railyard Ale (discontinued)
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Ransom Gin Barrel Aged Saison
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer
    6.20% abv.

  • Ransom Saison
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer
    5.70% abv.

  • Rauchbier
    Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
    5.60% abv.

  • Roastafari Rye Porter
    Specialty Beer
    4.60% abv.

  • Rye So Serious
    Rye Beer
    5.40% abv.

  • Schwedhelm Bitter When Wit
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat
    5.40% abv.

  • Small Batch Barleywine
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.10% abv.

  • Sunburst Wheat
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    4.20% abv.

  • Terre Mere Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison

  • The Kurgan Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.50% abv.

  • Triforce Tripel
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    7.60% abv.

  • Uptoberfest
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    5.60% abv.

  • Winter Weizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    5.30% abv.

  • Wolf Moon Dunkelweizen
    South German-Style Dunkel Weizen/Weissbier
    5.00% abv.

  • Woodford Reserve Whiskey Barrel Aged American Barleywine
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer
    11.00% abv.