I’ve been reviewing Omaha bars and the occasional Lincoln bar for more than four years now. In that time, I’ve liked a lot of bars. I’ve even loved some bars. But there are very few bars I’ve come back to again and again.
Pour Craft Beer & Spirits in Lincoln is one of those bars.
The new drink spot in southeast Lincoln has become one of my favorite places thanks to its large selection of high-quality brews and its convenient location away from Lincoln’s downtown.
In the past few years, Lincoln’s craft beer and drinking scene has been expanding outside of the city’s Railyard and downtown area to more outlying neighborhoods. This works great for me, because I’m about 10 years too old to be part of the college drinking crowd that populates many of the bars in downtown Lincoln.
Plus, as a small-town transfer, I’ve never been a big fan of the crowds or the parking garages downtown. As I get older, I’ve come to appreciate free, convenient parking more and more. I’m not sure if this is a sign of maturity or my increasing laziness — but either way, Pour has free, convenient parking, and I love it.
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But more importantly, Pour has a lot of great beer. Pour Craft Beer & Spirits has two dozen brews on tap from local favorites like La Vista’s Kros Strain Brewing, Omaha’s Brickway Brewery & Distillery and fellow Lincoln newbie Cosmic Eye Brewing. It also has craft beers from across the nation and some international beers, as well.
You can get the majority of these beers in 4-ounce, 8-ounce and 16-ounce pours. You can also get many of them in crowlers. Most of the pints will cost you between $5 and $7, depending on the beer. I stuck to 8-ounce pours — the majority of which cost between $3 and $5 — so I could try a few beers.
At my last visit, I had the Nitro Rubaeus fruit beer from Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company. It’s a raspberry ale that’s smooth and easy-drinking, with a mild 5.7 percent alcohol by volume. I’d recommended it all year long, but particularly right now, because its tart fruitiness is a refreshing reminder of spring in this seemingly never-ending winter.
If fruit beer isn’t your jam, Pour has porters, mead, cider, IPAs, sours, lagers, stouts and farmhouse ales on its tap list.
Pour also has a large selection of spirits, with about 10 classic cocktails on the menu — all for $6 to $10 — and a large selection of whiskeys, wines, brandy/cognac, gin, rum, tequila/mezcal and vodka. Pour also has a selection of artisanal sodas.
Whatever you’re drinking, you’ll be happy to settle in and enjoy it at Pour. The bar is classy but comfortable. Its décor is chic but not pretentious, so there’s bold art on the wall, but televisions, too — in case you want to catch a game. There’s a variety of seating at low and high-top tables and along the bar. It’s a great place to sit back and enjoy a few beers with friends.
So, if you find yourself in Lincoln, do yourself a favor and grab a drink at Pour. Who knows, I might even see you there.