Critics' Corner

Upstream Brewing Co., Omaha, NE

By Colin D. Quinn

This brewpub, located in the "Old Market" area of Omaha, is located in an old firehall building. It has been open for 2 years (approx.). The first floor of the brewpub contains the kitchen, brewery and a large full service bar, with seating area, as well as a nicely laid out restaurant. The second floor has another bar and 11 pool tables. The basement area has still another (antique) bar as well as a large area for private parties.

The brewery produces seven brews, according to my reckoning. The most popular beers are their Railyard Ale, Fiehouse ESB, Gold Coast Blonde and Blackstone Stout. Personally I like the ESB, which (as the Railyard Ale) is 'Dry Hopped'. The brews turn over quite often, so the beer is always very fresh. There is almost always a 'Seasonal' beer on tap also.

For those who do not imbibe, there is a made on premises Root Beer, which is also very good. The food here is generally well done and pleasantly served. My favorites here are the 12 inch handmade pizza's, the soups and just about any entree you care to pick. The menu also has a few vegetarian items on it as well as a good assortment of desserts. I have spent much time here on occasion and enjoyed every minute of it.

On the negative side -- I find their beer bread too sweet, more like a cake. Since I have baked bread for many years now, I feel that is the one item that could stand 'tweaking'. If you are in the area, you will not regret spending time here.