Along side raising funds for the preservation of a historic landmark, part of the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest is celebrating Nebraska's brewers, including ones to keep an eye on. One such great up-and-coming brewer is Hastings: Steeple Brewing Co., which was just founded this year. And just like the organizers of the brew fest are passionate about the revitalization of Grand Island's Downtown, the team behind Steeple is passionate about Hastings' downtown. In fact, the Brew Fest organizers first ran into Steeple at Hastings' Do the Brew in Downtown Hastings. "Our goal is to bring a brewery and taproom to downtown Hastings, Nebraska," Steeple said in an email to the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest. The Steeple team includes a farmer (Thomas Kluver, operations), a chaplain (Damen Heitmann, brewmaster) and a designer (Anthony May, marketing). Together they have hand-crafted beer "inspired by the honest, hard-working folks that fill their glasses on Saturday night and do right by their neighbor on Sunday morning. From the ladies preparing the potluck to palatable small talk with a batty neighbor; church, community and good beer are indelible parts of life on the Plains." Each of Steeple's beers has been given a name and backstory, inspired to the colorful characters that fill our churches and build our communities. Those beers include their signature Fellowship Hour (a Coffee Stout), Kitchen Kerfuffle [(a Cream Ale), Bats in the Belfry (Nut Brown Ale) and All Are Welcome (Kölsch-style Ale).