A new incarnation of the Storz Brewing Co. will be bringing the iconic name back to Omaha and Nebraska, with new beers crafted by Blue Blood Brewing Co. of Lincoln.

The company, which incorporated in May, announced Thursday it will take over the lease of vacant Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at 345 Riverfront Drive.

Storz will renovate the 19,000-square-foot bar and restaurant and rename it the Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery. The restaurant will open Nov. 15 and be operated by Yves Menard, who owns Charlie’s on the Lake restaurant.

The company will work with Blue Blood Brewing, 500 W. South St., to bring back Storz brand beers. The beer will be available exclusively throughout Nebraska under an agreement with five Anheuser-Busch distributors. The company’s management team consists of John Markel, the great-great-grandson of Storz founder Gottlieb Storz, and his cousin, Tom Markel.

"It's gonna be great!" said Brian Podwinski, president of Blue Blood.   "It's just a matter of getting it all done. There's still a lot of work to be done.  We're excited to be part of it.  Storz will be coming back." 

Gottlieb Storz started brewing beer in Omaha in 1876, and the company grew to be the largest brewery in Nebraska. It closed in 1972.  

Tom Markel said in a news release that Storz will craft beers that reflect the original heritage and legacy of the brand and its founder but will brew beer the way he would today. “We will follow our beer mission of age, purity and strength, but we will brew beer for the people that drink it. That’s exactly what Gottlieb would do,” Markel said.

Storz will introduce its lager, wheat, pale ale and amber ale products in a few weeks. The company plans to produce 160,000 cases in its first year of operation, Markel said.

Storz products will launch Aug. 18 at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Polish Festival. Other events to feature Storz products this month will include the Great Nebraska Beer Fest in Papillion, the Cox Classic in Omaha and the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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