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Murphy's Wagon Wheel
(No longer brewing)
107 North Lincoln Avenue
Hastings NE 68901
Telephone: +1 402-463-3011
Brewer: Bob Murphy
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Notes

Visited: March 18, 1998

Opened: 1998

Closed: 2004

Annual Production: 125 bbl

Contributor: Diane Crawford

The Wagon Wheel has been a Hastings fixture since 1889...the Murphy family bought it in 1971. Back in the old days, the railroad workers and passengers would hang out here and play cards, a tradition that continues to the present. Bob wedged a three-barrel Specialty Products system into a tight corner just to see if craft beer would fly in Hastings. He says he's sold about 40 kegs of his own beer in eight weeks...not bad! All of the tap handles say "Cask Conditioned", but all of the beers are served via CO2 pressure.

Updated: September 16, 2009

Beer List

    • Date: March 18, 1998 (#2455)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Very pale, moderate carbonation, thick head. Lots of hop chunks...end of the keg. Spicy Saaz aroma. Good body, kinda fizzy, lots of fresh hop flavor. If industrial "American Pilsners" tasted like this, there'd be no need for craft breweries.

    • Date: March 18, 1998 (#2458)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Deep red, low carbonation, thick head. Very slightly perfumey. Very light body, a little sweet, but not much there at all.

  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    • Date: March 18, 1998 (#2456)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red-brown. moderate carbonation, thick head. Very clean aroma. Light body, slightly sweet, clean finish.

  • Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • Date: March 18, 1998 (#2457)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Pale, moderate carbonation, good head. Hint of wheat in the aroma. Light body, high carbonation, some hop flavor that doesn't last long.