Bootleg Brewers – Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, brewmaster Ron Worm makes great beer. Located 5.5 miles north of Taylor on Hwy 183 and then 2.5 miles west on gravel roads, the road trip there is as adventurous as the fine beer. Open Thursday through Sunday during the season. Food is limited to light snacks. Address: 45145 829th Road, Taylor, NE; Phone: (308) 942-3440.
Scratchtown Brewing Company opened its doors opened in Ord, Nebraska, in 2013 and they pride themselves on brewing and serving an assortment of premium-quality handcrafted beer. The brewery specializes in using four simple ingredients (water, malt, hops and yeast) to make complex and delicious beers. Its beer is made with some of the freshest, purest water on the planet – drawn from the Ogalala aquifer right under our feet. Open Wednesday through Saturday. No food. Address: 141 S 16th St, Ord, NE 68862; Phone: (308) 728-5050.
Kinkaider Brewing Company is a community farm craft brewery in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Kinkaider: a settler on free land in Nebraska under terms of the Kinkaid Act in 1904 which allowed each bona fide settler 640 acres upon payment of a filing fee of 14 dollars. The brewery is proud to be the area's brewery like so many breweries were before prohibition. Address: 43860 Paulsen Rd, Broken Bow, NE 68822; Phone: (308) 872-8348; www.kincader.com
Loup River Distilling is located in St. Paul and operated by Eric and Maria Montermagni who also grow row crops in Howard and Greeley counties. Eric is a third-generation farmer and the distillery is an opportunity to produce quality grain-based spirits from the farm. Eric holds an agronomy degree from Cal Poly. Maria holds a master’s degree in nutrition and is an expert in food safety issues. Address: 503 Howard Ave., St Paul, NE 68873; Phone: (308) 754-2242