Craft beer is finally taking root in Nebraska.
Brewers in Nebraska will admit that, yes, the state’s residents are still dedicated fans of big-name, pale lagers like Busch Light and Bud Light. But Nebraskans are also now warming up to hazy IPAs, stouts, porters, sours and other beers with bold flavor profiles.
Nebraska had just 18 craft breweries in 2011. Today, the state is on track to have more than 50 breweries within its boundaries. While that number is tiny compared to places like Colorado (348 breweries) and California (764 breweries), it’s significant for Nebraska, where craft beer is helping to drive economic development and tourism in a big way.