Nebraska's oldest craft brewer has announced one of its beers will now be brewed exclusively with Nebraska-grown hops.
Lincoln-based Empyrean Brewing Co. on Wednesday said its Watch Man IPA is now brewed with only Nebraska-grown hops from Midwest Hops Producers in Plattsmouth.
This past summer, Empyrean used hops from the grower in a limited batch of harvest ale.
That eventually led to the decision to use it exclusively in one of its beers.
The desire for locally sourced ingredients is growing,” Empyrean Production Manager Jim Engelbart said in a news release. “Consumers want to know where their food comes from, how it was made and by whom. They find pride in knowing their purchases help create jobs, promote the local economy and safeguard the environment.”
9 Lincoln breweries to try
Green Flash Brewing opened this spring at 1630 P St. in Lincoln.
White Elm Brewing Co.
The taproom of White Elm Brewing Co. at 720 Van Dorn St. Its website says White Elm was "
built around a shared passion for handcrafted ales and a willingness to defy logic and pursue our love."
Matt Gohring (left) and Adam Holmberg check Code Beer's boil kettle and mash tun. The brewery is located at 200 S. Antelope Valley Parkway.
Backswing Brewing Co.
Backswing Brewing Co., 500 W. South St., opened April 6. The brewery is "t
he brainchild of three friends whose mediocre golf games gave way to great craft beer," the company's Facebook page boasts.
Boiler Brewing Co.
The details in the taproom's design, including exposed brick, open ceilings, custom tap handles and industrial lighting, lend to the speakeasy atmosphere designer Jessica Lindersmith and Boiler Brewing Company aim for in the basement of the Grand Manse. Boiler Brewing Co. is at 129 N. 10th St.
Blue Blood Brewing Co.
Cans and bottles are ready to be filled in this 2014 photo from the Blue Blood Brewing Co. Blue Blood is at 925 Robbers Cave Road.
Some of the craft brews offered by Zipline, 2100 Magnum Circle.
Empyrean Brewing Co.
Brewing tanks hold a batch of wort ready to ferment into beer at Empyrean Brewing Co. in the Haymarket, 729 Q St., in April 2015.
Cosmic Eye Brewing
Sam Riggins plans to open Cosmic Eye Brewing in early October at the old Laser Quest location near 70th and O streets.