One of Lincoln's great brewers, Blue Blood Brewery, will return to the Liederkranz this Aug. 20 (2016) for the second Craft Brew & Sausage Fest to again help the historic landmark raise funds for its preservation, restoration and enhancement. Blue Blood was founded in Lincoln in 2011, with the founders and initial investor all having ties to law enforcement as either active or retired police officers. As a business passionate about community service, we enthusiastically and excitedly welcome Blue Blood back to the Liederkranz to help preserve an building and institution that was instrumental to Grand Island's foundation. Speaking of buildings, Blue Blood recently moved its entire beer-making operations from West South Street to Robber’s Cave near 10th and Van Dorn streets and incorporated a full-service restaurant into the mix. The new location opened in May and it incorporates a famed Lincoln cabe once reputed as a one-time Jesse James hideout, reported the Lincoln Journal Star. The brewery offers tours Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays until football season starts when the Saturday tours move to Sundays. The new facility there includes a 12,000-square-foot building featuring a dining/bar room, an outdoor patio and a bar with 20 taps -- 15 dedicated to its own beers and five others featuring other Nebraska brewers, the Journal Star reported. The food menu is pub fare, ranging from unique appetizers -- tuna tacos, brussel sprouts -- to gourmet sandwiches. Already, Blue Blood announced plans to expand the new location, by adding parking spaces and converting green space into an outdoor beer garden with a stage for live music. Blue Blood also has ties to Grand Island, as it brews one ofMcKinney's Irish Pub's house beers. McKinney's first location is prominent in the Lincoln Haymarket (another revitalized area), but it's co-owner Nathan Stewart is a Grand Island native and he and his partner opened a second location in the last year in Downtown Grand Island in the old Ben’s Rexall Building on southeast corner of Third and Locust streets. Stewart sees the redevelopment of the downtown as worth putting money into, and we're excited to have McKnney's downtown, as it offers good food and great beers, making it a valuable addition to Grand Island's newly rebranded Railside (downtown).
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Photo by Eric Gregory/Lincoln Journal Star
Photo by Matt Ryerson/Lincoln Journal Star Brian Podwinski (left), president and founder of Blue Blood Brewery, gives a tour of the Robbers Cave onsite of the brewery's new location, which features a full service restaurant, at 925 Robbers Cave Road, Lincoln NE.