Cody Schmick said he sees a fair number of Lincoln residents visiting his brewery in Broken Bow and his taproom in Grand Island.

So the owner of Kinkaider Brewing Co. decided it would make sense to bring the beer to his Lincoln customers.

Schmick signed a lease this week for a space at Seventh and Q streets, on the north end of Lincoln Station.

Schmick, whose family also owns Schmick's Markets in Broken Bow, McCook and Lincoln, said he hopes to have a Kinkaider taproom open by sometime in June.

"Lincoln has always been a real good market for us and a good beer market in general," he said.

Schmick said he looked at several locations in Lincoln and saw the space at Seventh and Q, which was the former Amtrak ticket office as well as home to two different shops selling olive oil, as a "good fit."

He said he wasn't necessarily targeting downtown or the Haymarket, but being in the Lincoln Station building is a big plus.

"Everybody in Nebraska knows that building," he said.

Schmick said in addition to serving Kinkaider beers such as Dan The Wiser Kolsch and 4-County Pale Ale, and other guest beers, the taproom will offer cider from Glacial Till and will have a full bar serving wine and cocktails.

It will not have a kitchen, but Schmick said it will offer "munchies" and plans to partner with nearby restaurants and food trucks.

Kinkaider will enter a crowded market that has seen about half a dozen new breweries open in Lincoln over the past couple of years, while some other breweries have expanded. There also have been a couple of craft-beer focused bars open downtown.

Schmick said he feels confident there's plenty of business to go around and that Kinkaider can find its niche.

"We're looking to do a little damage in town," he joked.

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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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