Another neighbor housed in their own historic downtown - The Platte Valley Brewery - will come to Grand Island on Sept. 12 (tomorrow!) to share their beers with patrons of Craft Brew & Sausage Fest to help raise funds for the restoration and enhancement of Grand Island's Liederkranz downtown.
Though the Platte Valley Brewery has been around for a decade and a half, current owner John Lowe purchased it in February, he said. The Platte Valley has been two different breweries in the past, and Lowe is currently brewing off premises.
The outside looks scruffier than the inside, which is actually very nicely appointed with plenty of natural light, natural woods, brass, and overstuffed chairs - not very normal for a bar in a college town. Plus, there is a nice beer garden where Cornhole (AKA Bag-Toss or Bag-O) games are often played.
As a brewpub, Platte Valley aims to provide a beer for all tastes. That being said, even those who do not care for craft brew tend to enjoy Lowe's S.O.P. (South Of the Platte), which is a Mexican Lager much like a Corona or Dos XX. Lowe's Red Rock Wheat is very smooth with a little sweetness tucked in. Even his Oatmeal Stout is not over powering to the taste. During the summer months Platte Valley offer light fruit beer, this summer it is an Apricot Blonde. The brewery's Adams Pale Ale, Belgium Pale Ale and One More Hop IPA make the craft beer enthusiasts happy.
Platte Valley also offers good foods, including fan-favorite pizzas.