The recent growth of microbreweries continues Nebraska's long brewing tradition.
Wheat, Spilker Ales, Cortland; Famos, Grand Island Brewing Co.,
Joseph Bauman founded what would become
the Storz brewery in 1865 in Omaha. Upon his death, his widow
took over, with Gottlieb Storz as foreman. In 1884 Storz and
J. D. Iler purchased the brewery, improved the buildings and
machinery, and increased production. The Omaha brewery made beer
The Fred Krug Brewing Company began operations in Omaha in 1859, making it the first brewery in Nebraska. By 1880 it produced twenty-five thousand barrels annually and was the largest brewery in the state. During Prohibition the plant was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In 1936 the plant was purchased and remodeled by the Falstaff Brewing Company.
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