Zipline Brewing Co., one of Nebraska's fastest growing breweries, will be on scene at the Sept. 12 Craft Brew & Sausage Fest in Grand Island to provide attendees with some samples of their beers. Zipline was founded in 2012 by Tom Wilmoth an attorney, Marcus Powers, a former environmental attorney, and James Gallentine, an orthopedic surgeon, Like many brewers, the trio independently started out as passionate home brewers, something you will see a few of at the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest. The three all played softball and Gallentine sowed the first seed of starting a microbrewery, got Wilmoth involved and the pair approached Powers, who initially declined, he told the Lincoln Journal Star. But after Gallentine and Wilmoth attended a conference in Chicago, they came back more passionate then ever and convinced Powers to come on board. "I left my job and started building this place, designing the equipment, working with architects and contractors," he told the Journal Star in 2012. The Zipline name came from a backyard accident in which Gallentine's son broke his arm, which became something of an ongoing punchline among the trio, with relevance to assessing the risk they were taking in their new venture, they told the Journal Star (which has written extensively about the Capitol City's growing brew scene). "We kind of all had the exhilaration of taking a risk," Powers was quoted as saying."We ran with it.Plus there are no breweries out there with a Z." In their few short years, Zipline has expanded quickly as demand for their brews grew. Their beers are now distributed in Grand Island. On Sept. 12, they are planning to bring their "Alt Copper" German Altbier, their German Kolsch and their Festbier flavors to the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest. For more information, visit ziplinebrewing.com or visit their Lincoln facility at 2100 Magnum Circle, Suite 1, which is near U.S. 77 and West O Street.
Owners Marcus Powers (left) and Tom Wilmoth, at Zipline's taproom, located at 2100 Magnum Circle, Ste 1 Lincoln, NE 68522. Photo by ERIC GREGORY/Lincoln Journal Star