OMAHA (KPTM) - The Storz Brewing Company will welcome its first guests to a new restaurant in less than three months. The one-time fixture in Omaha, which shut down its facility in 1972, will replace the old Rick's Cafe Boatyard down by the Missouri River. Now, it's making a comeback and so is the art of crafting beer.
"It's definitely evolved," said Kailin Sneller, the general manager at Blatt Beer and Table. "People are really embracing it and because people are embracing it we're getting more breweries in town."
Breweries like Upstream, which has two locations in Omaha. Launched in 1996, its president is part of a recent craft beer surge metrowide.
"It's a departure from the old norms of mainstream beers," said Brian Magee.
And more craft breweries are on the way. Last year alone, 400 of them opened up in the United States.
"There'd been a small number of breweries and now it's probably going to come close to doubling."
An uptick Magee credits experimentation for.
"It seems like there's constantly new beers out in the marketplace. People really like a lot of different styles."
Even during Prohibition, breweries in Omaha didn't die out. Some experts believe that piece of history is responsible for the revival we're seeing today; a revival that includes three new breweries for Omaha by the end of the year.
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