A taproom featuring 24 rotating local and international craft brews on tap and high-end spirits is coming to southeast Lincoln in September, according to its owners.
Pour Craft Beer and Spirits is an idea that has been fermenting a long time for co-owners Tim Oehlerking and Josh Fiedler, who are also longtime members of the local craft beer community, Oehlerking said.
Homebrewing has been a hobby for Oehlerking since the early '90s, and he's also a certified beer judge. Although he will not be selling his own brews, he has been contributing his homebrewing expertise to the business.
Fiedler is one of the creators and contributing photographers of Perfect Pour magazine, which covers the Midwest craft beer scene. Fiedler fell in love with Nebraska's local craft beer scene in the mid-2000s, and has been passionate about supporting and promoting it since.
They met in 2016 as employees at Moran’s Liquor Works, which has an expansive selection of local beer, wine and spirits with a small taproom in the back. They connected over their shared passion for craft beer, and soon realized they had similar goals and complementary skills.
“The passion for the science and process of brewing is my forte; Josh knows everything there is to know about the retail and the flavor side of things,” Oehlerking said. “Our passions are the same but our fortes are a little bit different. That’s what makes us a good match.”
Oehlerking describes Pour as “a taproom with the added feature of high-end spirits.” It will carry a wide selection of brews, ciders, sodas, wines and spirits, including scotches, bourbons, whiskies and mezcals. There will also be cocktails.
He realizes the recent profusion of craft beers and spirits can be daunting, so education will be an important factor of the taproom. Oehlerking and Fiedler want to share their passion for the history and processes of homebrewing and help people experience local brews and spirits.
“If you come to our establishment and say ‘I’ve never had mezcal before,’ our staff is going to be able to be knowledgeable enough to ask questions and steer you in the right direction,” Oehlerking said. “There’s a lot of adventure here and you just have to open your eyes or your palate and give things a try.”
Fiedler said he hopes education can help cultivate passion for local breweries as well.
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“We’re hoping we can use our knowledge to … help push (craft beer sales) upward and be good ambassadors for that,” he said.
Oehlerking and Fiedler hope Pour will help foster local relationships. The taproom will join local restaurants in the area of 70th Street and Pioneers Boulevard. It could be part of a night-out experience for Lincolnites, Oehlerking said, and they already have many ideas for events, like guest mixologists.
“We want to make sure we work with the community and the establishments already there to maintain that local vibe so it’s a destination,” he said. “We’re planning on having guest mixologists, drawing from the local community, and we want to feature their cocktails every so often. We want to get everybody involved.”
The Pour taproom is planned for the southeast corner of the intersection, near Hy-Vee.
Fiedler wants the taproom to bring together brews from all the local breweries he admires, alongside international selections.
“We’ll be doing a lot with local breweries — we’re friends with many of the brewers and owners,” he said. “We’ll have a selection that spans the world but we’re planning on emphasizing the local brands as well.”
Pour will also have 32-ounce cans and bottled beers available for carry-out purchase.