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Nightlife review: Kinkaider Brewing’s Lincoln taproom could become your new game-day tradition

November 15, 2018

Kinkaider Brewing Company has arrived in the capital city.

The brewing company, based out of Broken Bow in the Nebraska Sand Hills, opened a taproom in Lincoln’s Railyard earlier this year.

If you haven’t visited this gem yet, the Husker football season offers you the perfect excuse to do so. The taproom, at 201 N. Seventh Street, is less than a 15-minute walk from Memorial Stadium. It’s a convenient place to celebrate a Big Red victory or take your mind off a loss.

Kinkaider has plenty of good brews to choose from in its Lincoln taproom. The day I visited, there were more than 15 brews on tap, in addition to a few cocktails, wine offerings and a generous selection of spirits.

On the food front, Kinkaider offers brats, hot dogs and chips. You can get a brat or a hot dog with chips for $6.

But, really, Kinkaider’s taproom is about the beer.

With that in mind, during my visit, I didn’t just try one beer — I had a few.

I got a flight of five of beers for $9. You can also get a dirty dozen deal that allows you to test 12 of Kinkaider’s tap brews for $20.

I tried Kinkaider’s Ghost Wolf Pumpkin Pie Lager, Frame the Butcher IPA, Shot Caller Vanilla Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout and Snozzberry Sour.

Of these, my hands-down favorite was the Snozzberry Sour ale. At 5 percent alcohol by volume, Snozzberry is an easy-drinking brew with the perfect blend of sweet and tart.

I also really liked the Ghost Wolf Pumpkin Pie Lager. With its just-right blend of pumpkin and spice, it could make you ditch your pumpkin spice lattes and make this your official fall drink instead.

Across the board, Kinkaider offers solid beers. There are brews in all the classic styles, including pale ale, India Pale Ale, honey wheat, winter ale, Kolsch, porter, bock, brown ale, red ale and oatmeal stout. The brewery is also known for its Devil’s Gap Jalapeño Ale, which packs a peppery punch and is best reserved for people who like things spicy.

At the taproom, Kinkaider also puts Devil’s Gap to work in its Devil’s Gap Bloody Mary which comes with its namesake beer, bacon vodka and bloody Mary mix for $8.50. The other two cocktails on the taproom list are a Moscow Mule with Tito’s vodka, ginger beer and lime for $8, and a Dandy with Kinkaider’s Dan the Wiser Kolsch and lemonade for $6.

Like I mentioned earlier, Kinkaider also has a few wine offerings, but really, they’re beside the point. When you’re at Kinkaider’s taproom, you should drink Kinkaider’s beer.

Because the thing is — the beer is good.

See for yourself the next time you’re in Lincoln. You’ll be glad you did. Kinkaider’s in the Railyard may even become your new game-day tradition.

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