About Us

We are a group of people that believe in America's Craft Brewers. We want to support the American owned and made Craft Brewers. We love the "TRUE" Craft Brewers and how they are determined to share their beers and their stories. The American Craft Brewers are typically a family or individual that started their breweries in tiny garages, kitchens, or any other place they could brew. They are passionate about their beer, and on a quest to produce the highest quality of beer.


The American Craft Brewer has overcome many obstacles. At Nebraska Craft Beer, we strive to do our part in Nebraska by voicing the passion of America's Craft Beers. When we are not sampling American Craft Beers, we will sample and promote fine "craft" import beers. Many of these types of beers are the foundation and renaissance of todays American Craft Beers.


To all of the fine brewers, we salute and thank you.

So What Is A Craft Brewer?

A craft brewer is any brewery that brews 'craft beers' right? It's not exactly that simple.

The Craft Brewers Association defines a Craft Brewer as a small, independant, and traditional brewer.


Small is defined as a brewer with an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition.


Independent is defined as a brewer with less than 25% of the craft brewery being owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member, who is not themselves a craft brewer.


Traditional is defined as a brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance, rather than lighten flavor.


So basically, Craft Brewers and small with the hallmark of their brewery being innovation.They incorporate historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent. They produce beers withtraditional ingredients like malted barley; interesting and sometimes non-traditional ingredients are often added for distinctiveness. Like coriander, chocolate, or juniper berries.


Craft brewers tend to be very involved in their communities through philanthropy, product donations, volunteerism, and sponsorship of events and have a distinctive, individualistic approach to connecting with their customers. They maintain integrity by what they brew and their general independence, which is free from interest by a non-craft brewers like Mega-Wall Street & Foreign owned breweries.


The majority of Americans actually live within 10 miles of a craft brewer! Who knew?!


This website is not intended for people under the age of 21. If you are under this age, please close the website. Nebraska Craft Beer does NOT support underage drinking, or purchasing for minors


This website is not intended for people under the age of 21. If you are under this age, please close the website. Nebraska Craft Beer does NOT support underage drinking, or purchasing for minors.

Nebraska Craft Beer
Omaha, Nebraska

Drinking in moderation, and having a designated driver is the only way to enjoy the world of American Craft & Import beers.

Of note in 2016:

  • Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.
  • Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.
  • Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.
  • Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.
  • Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world’s largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.
  • Beer Destinations: Recognizing a rising interest in beer tourism, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the BA to find the country’s best beer destinations and create the very first Beer Tourism Index. Additionally, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—unveiled a list of cities across the U.S. where homebrewing is on the rise.
  • American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.
  • Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.
  • History Has Its Eyes on Beer: With support from the Brewers Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry in America. The job posting for a Historian to study brewing history was one of the most viral beer stories of the year, an indicator of how much people care about this vital industry.
  • Perfect Pair: Beer and food continue to find harmony on plates and palates. Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal”as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Sixty-three percent select beer based on the food item or meal they are planning to enjoy.

“This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”




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