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Allo, Green Flash team up to brew special beer
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Allo, Green Flash team up to brew special beer

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For its 15th anniversary this year, Lincoln Calling is adding a little something extra.

Allo Communications and Green Flash Brewhouse are teaming up to produce a beer specifically for the music festival.

Gig City Common is a California Common beer, a style that is a favorite of Green Flash's head brewer in Lincoln, Jeff Hanson.

The beer style uses lager yeast but ferments it at temperatures typically used for ales.

Hanson said the process produces a beer that's in the middle of the spectrum in terms of taste. It's very drinkable and has a lower alcohol content, which makes it ideal for a warm-weather festival, he said.

Hanson said the beer is something that will be new to Nebraskans — with the closest comparison being Anchor Steam.

"It's not a style that's real common, ironically enough," he said.

Allo started sponsoring Lincoln Calling in 2016, and soon after talk started of potentially doing a special festival beer.

Allo President Brad Moline said adding a locally produced beer for the festival "ties into everything we stand for."

The Nebraska company, which was bought by Nelnet in December 2015 and is now based in Lincoln, is nearly finished building out its fiber network in the city to provide TV, phone and internet services.

Moline said Allo has been a "disruptor" in the Lincoln telecommunications market, similar to the way music has been a disruptor in society for decades. Music is also very personal to Moline, who said he has played in a band since he was 15 years old.

Though Green Flash is not technically a "local" brewery -- it's based in San Diego -- it did tap Lincoln as its second base of operations, having opened its brewhouse earlier this summer, and is a member of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild.

Hanson said the company is eager to be involved in the community and "contribute to the culture of the city through innovation and experimentation."

"What better way to accomplish this than by partnering with a most awesome music festival located just blocks from our pub?" he asked.

Spencer Munson, one of the organizers of Lincoln Calling, said the festival used to have a national brand, Lagunitas, as its beer sponsor.

Working with Green Flash will provide the best of both worlds, with "having national recognition but also brewing locally," he said.

Gig City Common should be available starting Thursday at the Green Flash Brewhouse.

Allo is hosting a release party to introduce people to the beer at The Mill Coffee & Tea, which is in the same building as the company's headquarters at 330 S. 21st St. in the Telegraph District.

The beer also will be available on tap at various venues during the Lincoln Calling concerts, which take place Sept. 19-23. The entire festival, including art, wellness and other events, runs from Sept. 17-23.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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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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