LOCAL Beer, Patio and Kitchen
Owner Charlie Yin says LOCAL considers itself primarily a bar that is “trying to support the local brewing community, and through that, the people they employ, everyone in the chain.”
Of the 60 beers LOCAL has on tap, 54 are local, others from Iowa, and there’s even a gluten-free cider option. Charlie says they try to offer beers from as many local brewers as possible, including Scratchtown, Farnam House and Blue Blood brewing companies as well as Moonstruck Meadery. The beers are produced in Omaha, Lincoln, Ord, Broken Bow and everywhere in between.
Charlie says several of these beers are also being offered to a national audience through distribution and competitions. Scratchtown Brewing won a Gold Award from the U.S. Open Beer Championship this year for its American Imperial Porter, Black Eye.
Guests at LOCAL may enjoy beer flights comprised of four to five beers or attend a tap takeover where brewers come in and talk about their different beers. Typically, Charlie says LOCAL will have six to seven beers from a specific brewer on tap for the evening so people can sample an assortment while getting to know the brewer.
He says if you find a beer you like, LOCAL is the only bar to have a growler endorsement on its liquor license. This means you can take home as many 32-ounce cans of any type of beer you like. LOCAL will fill the can with beer, seal it and send it home with you in what’s called a “Crowler” (can plus growler).
LOCAL offers recognizable comfort food: meatloaf, tater tots and, yes, SPAM burgers. Located at 902 Dodge Street in Omaha, it opens at 11am daily, is closed on Sunday and can be found online at LOCALBeer.co.
—Story and photo by Cheril Lee