Best Local Places for Beer & Wine

5. George Spencer Tasting Room (Gibbon)

Enjoy the comfort of the tasting room inside or the sights and sounds out on the deck! The Tasting Room includes many different wines from 19 different Nebraska wineries, brews from eight breweries across the state, and a few spirits from Brickway Distillery out of Omaha. This gem features six different wines every week that are available for tasting or single glass purchases in an intimate setting. The gift selection includes varietal specific glasses for wine and beer, along with all the tools and accessories to better enjoy your wine.  They do not serve any meals but do have an assortment of food items available for individual purchase. Click here for more!

4. Platte Valley Brewery

Located Downtown “On The Bricks”, this cozy place has everything to satisfy everyone. Platte Valley does brew off location, but there’s nothing they don’t have. Specials include S.O.P. (South Of the Platte), which is a Mexican Lager much like a Corona or Dos XX. Red Rock Wheat is very smooth with a little sweetness tucked in. Even the Oatmeal Stout is not over powering to the taste.

If you still do not like their beer, they offer 14-16 other beers on tap, and several other beers in bottles. Platte Valley is a full service bar with a wide range of liquor. Learn more!

3.  Cedar Hills Vineyard & Gardens (Ravenna)

Perched atop the rolling hills, overlooking the twisting South Loup River, Cedar Hills welcomes visitors for a glass of wine, relaxation and a chance to embrace tranquility. Stargazing, and bird and animal watching are spectacular from the deck. They regularly serve meat, cheese and cracker trays, plus fresh rosemary focaccia bread, with full meals provided upon request for special occasions. Cedar Hills also features a small, comfortable one-bedroom guest house that can sleep up to five people. Your stay includes a complimentary wine tasting and continental breakfast! Click here for more!

2. Mac’s Creek Wine Bar

Upscale casual wine bar featuring wines sustainably crafted in Central Nebraska with artisan cheese and meat platters. All Mac’s Creek wines are served through a wine dispensing system. You receive a Mac’s Creek Wine card and place any amount on the card. The card is then used in each of the dispensers for guests to select a wine and then the amount of that wine they would like to receive in their glass. You can choose from a 1oz. sample, 3.5oz (1/2 glass), or a full 7oz. glass of wine. Mac’s Creek Vineyards are located just 40 minutes west in Lexington. Click here for more!

1. Thunderhead Brewing

Beer. Food. Thunderpunch. Thunderhead serves a delicious variety of beer, handcrafted by an experienced staff of beer lovers. They also offer a full food menu including several specialty stone oven pizzas.

Also located on “The Bricks”, you can sit in a booth or at the bar downstairs, or enjoy your beer and meal upstairs while playing pool. Everyone can enjoy a night out at Thunderhead! And don’t forget to try the Thunderpunch. Learn more!