We were driving through on our way home to Indiana from Utah, and this spot had easy access from I-80. It had your average ordinary small town brewpub feel, maybe a little dingy. We dropped in early, and had the bartender to ourselves, and she was quite knowledgeable about the beer, and kept giving me samples saying, "you just gotta try this one". I think she was just really happy to get to talk beer to another beer chick. Anyway, I got stellar service, and the selection and pricing of beer, for the middle of nowhere, was really good.
I stopped here at 4 PM on a Friday afternoon. Average brewpub ambiance, local older crowd, a little rundown. About 7 bar stools and 9-10 tables in the front room. 10 beers on tap, 6 guest taps (Stone, Odell, Sam Adams, Leinenkugelís) and 3 different canned beers to go as well as growlers. $1.50 tasters and amazing $1.25 giant pretzels (happy hour). Decent selection, lots of wheat beers and great value. The service wasnít great, but they only had one server, not their fault. If you find yourself driving across this desolate state, this is a good spot to take a load off.
HuskerTan (105) Kearney, Nebraska | January 17, 2014| Updated September 22, 2015
The place itself wonít wow you by any means. The food prices are also a little on the high side. However, the pizza is good and they have a nice selection of drafts brewed in house. They also offer some high quality guest beers.
Located in "downtown" Kearney (I guess). Nice interior and even nicer service. They had 10 beers on tap with cans and growlers available for take out. A five-beer 3oz taster tray ran $7.50. A half dozen guest taps as well. My bartender Shane was friendly and helpful. Neat beer spot in the butt fuck of nowhere.
Chill, small-town, college-y bar with a pretty wide range of house and guest brews. Normally I donít much care about guest taps, but they clearly made an effort to get as many local (or as local as you can get out there) breweries on there as possible, so kudos there. Food was average, and their beer was sort of all over the place. Enough goodness though and a relaxed setting would certainly warrant a return however, if the opportunity were to present itself given the location.
A pretty good brewpub in downtown Kearney. The downstairs is fairly small with a small straight bar and a few booths, but apparently there is upstairs seating as well. A number of house taps on (maybe 6-8) as well as a few guest taps which mostly included local breweries. Their house taps ranged from bad to average to really good, but overall I did enjoy their beers and they had some fairly unique styles (chocolate orange porter and dark wheat ale in particular). The food menu is your basic pub food; I split a Hawaiian pizza which was pretty good though nothing special. On a Monday night, it was somewhat empty with mostly a younger crowd (including a group of people celebrating someoneís 21st birthday). I had a good time there, and for its location, itís certainly a great stop.
The look of the place is nothing fancy--just your usual brewpub tables with benches. When we visited, it was pretty slow. Service was a little slow, but attentive. A pretty good beer selection (9 on tap the day we were there). If you have time to eat, the pizzas were fantastic. Unfortunately, the brewmaster wasnít in the day I was there, and I didnít really get a chance to talk beer with our waitress, so I canít comment on the knowledge of the staff. But for a small brewpub in a small town in the middle of Nebraska, I was very pleased with the place. Itís 5 minutes off of I-80 and well worth the stop if youíre traveling that way.
One block away from the new Platte Valley place. Inside is typical college dorm drab, old furniture, stained carpet, you get the picture. 4-5 beers on tap, they were out of a couple. Scottish ale was decent, the bartender was nice and eager to talk beer. Prices were $3.50-4/pint. They make better beer than Platte Valley, but if you visit one you really should visit the other since theyíre literally one block from each other.