On Sunday afternoon, Crescent Moon Ale House founder Bill Baburek will give a talk on the craft brewing industry in Omaha. As he talks, attendees can sample beers from seven Nebraska breweries.
This is not especially unusual; Omaha is craft beer town, and beer tastings and talks have become commonplace.
What makes this particular event unique, though, is the organization that is sponsoring it — the Douglas County Historical Society. Sunday's lecture and tasting will be the third alcohol-related event in the historical society's Second Sunday lecture series in the past year. And it's very likely it will be one of the series' most attended events, said Cassandra Novotne, the society's guest and administrative coordinator.
The first of the booze-related events — a talk last summer on bootlegging during Prohibition — drew 125 guests, making it the society's most attended Second Sunday event in it's 12-year history. It was so well attended that the society decided to follow it up a few months later with a talk on the history of brewing in Omaha, Novotne said. That talk was also extremely well attended.
Following up a talk about the history of brewing in Omaha with a lecture about the city's current brewing scene just made sense, Novotne said. She said she hoped it helped bridge the gap between past and present. And she said she hopes the lecture and tasting's location — the Crescent Moon Ale House at 36th and Farnam Streets — also makes younger people aware of both the lecture series and the Douglas County Historical Society.
There will be two sessions of the lecture and tasting. The first, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. is sold out. The second, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. still has a few spots. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at www.douglascohistory.org or by calling 402-455-9990.
Beercade, Omaha's only craft beer bar/vintage video game arcade, celebrates its first birthday this weekend. In honor of the occasion, video games and pinball machines will be free play all day (and night) Saturday. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, but in case you haven't heard, the bar's owners have bought the building next door. After remodeling is finished (likely sometime this fall) Beercade will move into the new space at 6104 Maple St., said Beercade co-owner John Larkin. After Beercade's move, Larkin and his business partner, Alex Roskelley, plan to open a new craft cocktail lounge in the space currently occupied by Beercade, 6102 Maple St.
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