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Thunderhead Brewing - Kearney
(No longer brewing)
18 East 21st Street
Kearney NE 68847
Telephone: +1 308-237-1558
Hours: Open daily 11:00am-1:00am.
Brewer: Trevor Schaben
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Notes

Visited: May 21, 2013

Opened: 1999

Contributors: Ralph Wall, Ralph Wells, Siegfried Binge

Thunderhead has been such a success that Trevor expanded to a 30-barrel system and a much larger facility in Axtell, and all the brewing happens there now.

You know, I grew up in Nebraska, and my family still lives there, and I can attest that it's deep in the heart of Coors Light country. And yet Trevor is having great success brewing a large range of beers that are at least as assertive and experimental as the ones I do! His beers went over so well in his original tiny microbrewery on East Railroad Street (now home to Platte Valley Brewing) that he built a full-blown brewpub a block to the north with a seven-barrel brew system "with four massive fourteen-barrel fermenters". It's a Real Nice Place, with pool tables and real steel-tipped darts upstairs. Well done, Trevor!

Updated: December 10, 2016

Beer List

    • Date: August 12, 2003 (#5074)
      Package: draught
      Place: Gottberg Brew Pub, Columbus NE
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Bright golden amber. Moderate head. Very nice caramel-candy aroma. Medium body, quite fizzy. Big caramel malt flavor with a nice touch of herbal hops.

    • Date: October 15, 2001 (#3927)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep yellow opaque, thick head. Clean wheat malt aroma. Light body, lots of sweet wheat flavor, clean light beer.

  • German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    • Date: October 15, 2001 (#3928)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright golden amber, thick head. Toasty malt and herbal hop aroma. Medium body, lots of sweet biscuity malt with a moderate hop bitterness. Mildly warming finish.

  • Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    • Date: January 3, 2000 (#3373)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright brown, dense head. Earthy, ginger aroma. Earthy flavor, lots of orange peel.

  • Coffee Flavored Beer
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  • Chinook Amber
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

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    Cornstalker Dark Wheat
    Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast
    5.20% abv.

  • Cream Ale
    American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale

  • Cropduster Mid-American IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Dark Wheat
    South German-Style Dunkel Weizen/Weissbier

  • Doppelbock
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock

  • Dry Rye Stout
    Rye Beer

  • Dry Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Eigenberg Smoked Porter
    Smoke-Flavored Beer

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    Golden Frau Honey Wheat
    Specialty Honey Beer
    7.50% abv.

  • Grail Ale Grand Cru
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat

  • Hard Ass Henry's Permanently Pissed Off Pilsner
    German-Style Pilsener

  • Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Honey Lager
    American-Style Lager

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    Ian MacTawisch Scottish Ale 85/-
    Scottish-Style Heavy Ale

  • IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Jalapeno Ale
    Herb and Spice Beer
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  • Leatherhead Red
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Peach Wheat
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

  • Porter
    Robust Porter

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    Russian Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout

  • Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison

  • Smoked Porter
    Smoke-Flavored Beer

  • Storm Ale
    English-Style Brown Ale

  • Summer Gueuze
    Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic