5/30/2012
Great Nebraska Beer Fest - Explained

The Great Nebraska Beer Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer. We’ll highlight the breweries of Nebraska and once again, we're able to also invite Regional breweries that may, or MAY NOT, currently sell or distribute their beers here.

We have a great collection of brewers and their wares and as time progresses, we'll add more along the way.

Many breweries will have actual brewers / owners in attendance and those that couldn’t participate directly this year will be sending their products for us to sample.

Your ticket will gain you admission into a Craft Beer tasting. As Beer Fests go, there is a tremendous range in terms of how they operate but ours will most definitely be defined as a tasting. What this means is that your ticket will get you a 4 oz. tasting glass that we’ll fill to a 2 oz. level – as many times as you’d like (I guess until the beer runs out). For those of you thinking merely of the amount – think 2 things:

First, keep in mind that we’ll have a lot of different beers on hand and some of these are big beers – which means that if you want to make the rounds, it’s best to keep you in shape to get there.

Second, think Richie Cunningham. Even with the teenie weenie glasses - these aren't your basic beers. Safety is better served in this range.

With your paid admission, (and a valid ID that proves you to be over 21) you’ll be banded and find yourself free to roam among the brewery tents to talk to the brewers and ask questions about their brands or their story – something you won’t find everyday – at least not around here. Others will be able to interface with the brewers but only people properly banded will be able to sample our products.

Additionally, you’ll be provided with a Great Nebraska Beer Fest program which shows the locations of the various breweries, the beers that they’ll be sampling, and both a basic explanation of their beers and some technical information about them. The premise for this Beer Fest is education and brand awareness. Craft Brewers truly wish to, and need to, connect with our public to provide them with an understanding of the beers that don’t necessarily look like the larger American factory beers. This is our stage and our Art is on display.

The Brewers are free to promote themselves, freely interface with their public, and sell merchandise such as T-shirts, glassware, or whatever it is that they feel is important to them. We don’t often find a venue where education is the goal – many times it’s simply to sell beer or raise money.

We’ve encountered a truly wonderful grass-roots sponsor community and have found assistance and support from our vendors, direct suppliers, and businesses that support our industry – and some that simply want to help the little guy.

Want to be a sponsor or a supporter? Get in touch!

Here is the link to the festival website which we'll update over time. Please take a look.

VIP Ticket Info:

VIP tickets will provide you with everything the GA tickets get but with the huge difference of getting into the beer fest 1 hour prior to the crowds.

Doesn't sound like that big a deal? Well, consider your favorite brewery buried 40 people deep in a line that is consuming the most highly prized beers. Sure, you'll get up there at some point but while you're waiting in that one line - the lines for the other breweries are wiping out your targets. And... your favorite brewery won't be answering questions from the 40 others swarming their booth. Probably a small price to pay for the beer geek...

Designated Driver Info:

DD Tickets are $10 each. As this is an open-air Beer Festival held in a common location, there is a huge area to discover inside Shadow Lake, the area merchants, and the people and volunteers who truly work to make an event of this such as success.

You're free to walk the grounds, interact with the brewers, the reps, and be among those attending The Great Nebraska Beer Fest. The only notable difference being that you'll be enjoying things other than our fine craft.

All Beer Fest personnel are trained to pour only to those individuals wearing our festival wrist band and in possession of a valid tasting glass. Only this combination will get to you a taste.

We welcome you to our Fest and are confident you'll have a wonderful time!

And if we haven't yet caused you to get up and move to purchase a ticket, we've also booked Omaha Pipes & Drums to kick it all off & the Kris Lager Band to play from 1:30 to 3:30 & Grand Theft Girlfriend to play from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Join us for year #4!


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