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Challenges in my life these days:

Staying awake past 9 p.m. most nights.

Realizing the St. Louis Blues are going to go another season – that makes 51 – without winning a Stanley Cup.

And finding a beer I do not like at Kinkaider.

Snow Beast. Snozzberry Sour. Devil’s Gap. All winners. And that’s just the start.

“We brew about 45 different beers a year,” said Kinkaider co-owner Cody Schmick. “We like to keep it fresh and keep it new.”

Kinkaider Brewing Co. started in Broken Bow, with the headquarters opening a restaurant and brewery in December of 2014. Next came a Kinkaider restaurant in Grand Island in 2017. I highly recommend that one for the food, as well as the beer.

The newest location is the Kinkaider taproom in the Railyard, on the north end of Lincoln Station. That one opened in August to rave reviews and big crowds on football Saturdays.

But back to those tasty beers, which you can find all over town these days. I asked Schmick to name Kinkaider’s best sellers.

“The one that has gotten the most coverage is our Devil’s Gap jalapeno ale,” he said. “We have been on national TV with that.”

It’s true. In June, chef Michael Symon of ABC’s “The Chew” gave this review of Devil’s Gap:

“This is so delicious. Wow ... with a hamburger, this is about as perfect a beer as I can think of."

(And you can make a mean Bloody Mary with Devil’s Gap, by the way.)

The Snow Beast winter ale is “right on its heels,” Schmick said. “And then our Snozzberry Sour is very popular.”

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Also popular is March 17 at Kinkaider. Sounds like fans will want to mark that date on the calendar.

“We have huge St. Patrick’s Day parties at all of our locations,” Schmick said. “Lincoln will be no exception.”

Nebraska state historians will know the name Kinkaider comes from the Kinkaid Act, which allowed settlers to claim 640 acres of Sandhills real estate for $14. That was in 1904.

So what’s ahead for Kinkaider Brewing in 2019?

“We are absolutely looking to expand in the future,” Schmick said, “but nothing is set in stone yet.”

For more information, follow Kinkaider on Facebook or visit kinkaiderbrewing.com.

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