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Nebraska Makes Delicious Beer: Benson Brewery

CornNation's tour of Nebraska breweries stays in Omaha, profiling Benson Brewery.

Moving out of the Old Market this week, CornNation heads back to Benson to profile Benson Brewery.

Check back here to see the breweries we’ve already covered, including Blue Blood, the brewery in Lincoln in which my wife and I are investors.

Background

The founders of Benson Brewery hail from Omaha and Michigan. They met while working together in Washington, D.C. They both knew the market in Omaha was prime for a restaurant and brewery and decided to work together to realize that dream, which they shared.

The location in Benson served as a movie theatre in the early 1900s and was turned in to a teen dance hall in the 1960s. There are quite a few brewery regulars who share stories of meeting in the building when it was a dance hall.

In 2013, Benson Brewery opened its doors.

Location

Benson Brewery is located at 6059 Maple Street in the heart of the Benson area of Omaha. The taproom is open Monday - Thursday from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

The taproom has a selection of beer, wine, and liquor, along with a food menu. The kitchen is closed from 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Saturday. Benson Brewery also has happy hour from 3:00 - 6:00 PM Monday - Thursday.

Availability

Benson’s beer is only available in the taproom right now, and can be bought in growlers. The company hopes to expand its distribution in the near future.

Beer

There is a great selection of beer that is always available at the taproom, but check in regularly for limited edition brews.

  • Benson Blonde - American Blonde Ale
  • The Fix - American Amber Ale
  • Driveway Wheat - American Wheat Ale
  • Debut IPA - American IPA
  • New Stronghold Brown - English Brown Ale
  • Karha-T - Spiced English Mild Ale
  • Hop Box - American Pale Ale
  • Brewer’s Duet - Coffee Cream Stout
  • Rough Draft Porter - English Porter
  • Rotating Cider

Thoughts on the Beer

As mentioned previously, they often have beer available in the taproom that are not listed on the website. I, of course, had to sample a couple of those as well!

Benson Blonde has a nice light flavor with good sweetness, a great beer for summer, or someone who is working their way into craft beer. The Hoppy Hour hoppy wheat beer has a sweetness and yeast character that balances with the hops very nicely. The American pale ale, Hop Box, begins with a surprising sweetness and finishes with a piney, floral hops character. The Gin Barrel-Aged IPA has strong gin character which subdues the hoppy character of the IPA.

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