What an honor to have our Witty Librarian (Belgian witbier) featured in Brew Your Own magazine! This classic style is next on our brew schedule and will be available again soon.
"A style that was one of the catalysts of the craft beer movement, witbiers are not as easy to find at breweries these days. A reader stumbled on a great rendition of one while in Ogallala, Nebraska, and asks the Replicator to share more about this beer."
We can't wait to see everyone after being snowed in these past few days. We've tapped the next keg of our Imperial Stout - this one with a hint of vanilla instead of peppermint. It tastes great after a day of snow removal.
At 9.3%, it will warm you up a bit too.
Come see us in the taproom!
We are open 4-9 today. Thursday 4-9, with Trivia at 7. Friday/Saturday 12-10. New Year's Eve Gala on Sunday.
Update: It may be crazy cold outside, but we have just a bit of this Vanilla Imperial Stout left on tap. Our to-go fridge also includes 16 oz cans of the base Imperial Stout too.
This winter warmer tastes great after being out in the cold.
We are excited to introduce our Peppermint Imperial Stout during our Parade Party on Thursday, December 7!
This smooth and strong Imperial Stout has just a hint of peppermint for you to enjoy. It's just what you need before a long winter's nap. Coming in at 9.3% ABV, it will keep you nice and toasty while you take in all the beautiful holiday lights.
It is also available as a Peppermint Stout Float on December 7! The creaminess of vanilla ice cream brings out this stout's smoky notes and balances it in a way that we think you will love. Add a sprinkle of crushed peppermint for added flair.
Thursday, December 7 4:00 Peppermint Imperial Stout Release 5:00-7:00 Eagle Radio Live Broadcast - Great Mule Giveaway qualifying drawing! 5:30 Parade of Lights 7:00 Trivia This Imperial Stout has been adapted from a favorite homebrew recipe that our brewery assistant Chad Self has brewed for many years. We can't wait for you to try it, or for you to try your hand at trivia against Chad!
If you have the rest of this book memorized, thank you for contributing to the literacy of the next generation! Add this awesome amber ale to Aunt Annie’s alligator. It's altogether amazing and absurd!
Introducing: Aunt Annie’s Amber Ale malty | medium bodied | balanced ABV 5.7% | IBU 27 Amber Ale
On tap today! Available in 16 oz and 5 oz draft pours, as well as 16 oz to-go cans.
There's MORE: for Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday, enjoy half off any draft beer with the purchase of $20 or more in gift cards or merchandise. Come see what we have restocked and marked down to complete your holiday shopping list!
Raise a glass to Drink Local Nebraska Month with our latest homegrown brew! We're thrilled to present our SMaSH IPA. Using only a "Single Malt" (Maris Otter) and "Single Hop" (Chinook) allows the depth of these ingredients to really shine. Our SMaSH also featureslocal Chinook hops, straight from Chris and Holly Cornelius' farm in Perkins County.
Cornelius farm hop bines.
Some Mystery and Some Humor (SMaSH IPA)
During an already busy brew week, we received an unexpected message from one of our brewery members on August 14.
“Do you have any interest in some fresh free hops?” Holly wrote. “They are ready this week.”
The scorching August heat meant now or never, so Rick worked fast to research and write a recipe for a new SMaSH IPA.
Adding “Some Mystery and Some Humor” to the equation, we had never brewed using "wet," or fresh, hops, and we could only guess what the IBU (international bitterness units) range was for these hops.
It’s time for Oktoberfest! Get out your lederhosen and strike up the oompah band. Rick has been brewing Mary's Märzen since his homebrew days and this is a favorite! Named in honor of his German grandmother, Mary's Märzen is rich and elegant, with toasty malts and a beautiful amber color.
This beer will be featured on September 23 at our Oktoberfest celebration, but we COULD NOT WAIT any longer to put it on tap!
Mary's Märzen Style: Märzen Oktoberfest ABV: 5.6% IBU 20 Available in 5 oz and 16 oz pours today!
Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco has ceased production. The national news this week of this oldest, longest-running, American craft brewery closing its doors after 127 years has been devastating for a lot of people in the craft brewing world.
For me, it hits very personally too.
As many of you who have visited our taproom know, Second Chapter Brewing is named in part to honor a new chapter in the Kraus family brewing history. My great grandfather Louis Kraus was the majority owner and head brewer of Hastings Brewing Company in Hastings, Nebraska, until local dry ordinances, and ultimately Prohibition, caused his company to fold.
What you may not have heard yet – we had been saving the details of this story – was that his brother was also a brewer. Joseph and Louis Kraus, along with other members of their family, immigrated from Cham, Bavaria, in the late 1880s.
Growing up, I heard many stories about the demise of Louis’ brewery in Hastings. His misfortune in business was compounded by the loss of his wife to tuberculosis when my grandpa and his siblings were still small children. My dad, aunts, uncles, and grandparents told the stories over rounds of pitch, handfuls of peanuts, and a few beverages. Cherished copies of Hastings Brewing Company’s pre-Prohibition Prairie Pride beer label were passed around the kitchen table. Tales were shared of how difficult it was for Louis to adapt to farming in Perkins County. How strong his German accent was.
Occasionally, it was mentioned as a side note that Great Grandpa’s brother was also a brewer in California. My grandpa would occasionally talk about how his dad had apprenticed with his brother in San Francisco. He remembered his dad’s stories of earthquakes and strikes.
When my husband and I were first working to open Second Chapter Brewing here in Ogallala, my cousins shared some of our family brewing memorabilia that they had found when sorting through my uncle's belongings after he passed.
There were brewers' trade books from 1912 and 1915. Letters regarding the fermentation testing. Postcards. News clippings. Brewer's logs that contained my great-grandfather’s notes in German alongside my grandpa’s childhood penmanship practice and doodles. It was touching to imagine my grandpa as a child passing time at his dad’s workbench, especially since our own small children are often at our sides in the brewery today.
These were some very cool treasures.
I carefully thumbed through the brewer’s trade list to the page listing Nebraska brewers. I found Louis’ name and Hastings Brewing Co. There was also a national list of brewers in alphabetical order. Sure enough, just a few lines away from Louis’ entry there was another (spelled “Krauss” in the book) listed as a brewer in California.
How could it be that in all those years of family storytelling, no one mentioned that our great-great-uncle was actually pretty important in his industry? I apparently missed that detail in my recall.
I was already familiar with the basic story of how a young Fritz Maytag had plucked Anchor from bankruptcy in the 1965s and rebuilt the company with a careful eye to its history, bucking the industry trends toward mass-produced light beers. I already knew how coveted the bottles of Anchor Steam were to my West Coast friends when they could find them.
So, it was a complete surprise to me to find, here on the official Anchor Brewing website, stories of how Joseph Kraus and his associates rescued Anchor time and time again from devastating fires, personal tragedies, Prohibition, and more. It seems that he was a central figure in the company legacy and history that Maytag worked so hard to sustain.
How incredible to suddenly learn that my family story and this national story were intertwined.
I almost immediately texted my family and then pre-ordered copies of The Anchor Brewing Story by David Burkhart. Over the last year, I have enjoyed digging into the stories about Joseph, who is cited by Burkhart as perhaps the only brewer in the nation to have owned and operated the same brewery both before and after Prohibition. From our own family archives, we have dug up family photos of his wedding day in 1891, letters from his estate attorney following his death, and even a letter from Fritz Maytag himself to an aunt, dated 1972.
Discovering this family history gives our work even more meaning. We strive to produce excellent beer based on strong traditions; to share great beer and great stories. We hope that Louis and Joseph would be proud of our efforts here in Western Nebraska at Second Chapter Brewing.
Once again, Anchor is faced with bankruptcy and devastation. I know I am not the only one hoping that somehow, someone, will be able to turn the tide and give Anchor Brewing yet another chapter in its storied history.
Until then, we will raise our glasses to these Bavarian Brothers who contributed so much to the brewing world.
It was a little bit hazy out yesterday, which made it a great day to brew up another batch of our Sci-Fi-PA.
Made with water from an alien spaceship, and Vista, Comet, and Galaxy Hops.
Is this Hazy IPA a work of science fiction?
Stranger things have happened...
We have a premonition that after one taste of our citrusy, juicy, deliciously refreshing hazy, you'll suspect you've been transported to an alternate dimension. Supernatural forces have combined to make Ogallala's own Hazy IPA scarily delicious.
Make plans to pull off I-80 at the alien spaceship and check out this popular Space-Western, Sci-Fi thriller. It just may be your new favorite genre.
ABV: 6.4% IBU: 40 Available in 15 oz. or 5 oz. pours