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Brickway Brewery and Distillery is Omaha’s first combination brewery-distillery under one roof since Prohibition. Brewmaster Zac Triemart is a local brewing personality, with a lengthy tenure at Upstream Brewing next door before starting Brickway. This tour is an option for free entertainment in an exciting part of town. The Old Market centralizes a lot of tourist traffic during peak seasons surrounding the Berkshire-Hathaway Shareholders’ Meeting in May and the College World Series in June.
The tour is brief and personal. I went on a Thursday night and I was the only patron on the tour. I got to see the farmer in the back room who was collecting Brickway’s spent grain to bring back to his farm for cattle feed.
A few notable facts from my tour:
- All the fermentation tanks are named after specific people. One is named after the farmer that collects the spent grain, and a few are named after the head brewer’s exes. Can you guess who “Li’l Skank” is named after?
- The inspectors determined that the cans and barrels had to remain separated from the brewing part of the building. The minimum requirement was a chain-link fence as a divider. I’m not sure if the gate closes, but I can assure you that there is a barrier between those two parts of the back room.
- Owner Zac Triemart graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland with his Master’s of Science in Brewing and Distilling.
- Local tattoo artist Dave Koenig was hired to decorate the cans and he is responsible for the large mural in the brewery. His work is often a part of the artistic decisions at Brickway. A photo of the mural is below.
- Thursday: 6pm
- Friday and Saturday: 2pm and 6pm
- Sunday: 2pm
History: Began in 2013. Blossoming. Local, growing, unique.
Three Words to Describe This Brewery: Communal, Unique, Pioneering
My personal 3P Score (Price, Pours, and Pleasantness): 3.5/5