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Watch Man

Empyrean Brewing's Watch Man IPA is now made with only Nebraska-grown hops

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.”

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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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