Grab your toga or gladiator gear, and mark your calendar now for our annual Halloween murder mystery dinner! This is one of our most popular events, so don’t delay in making reservations as we will certainly sell out! “Friends, Romans, Murderers” is the theme this year, and we are looking for six guests to play parts in the mystery. If you are interested in a part, let us know ahead of time when you make your reservation. If the parts aren’t all filled, we will seek volunteers the evening of the event. Costumes are highly encouraged and add to the fun atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded.
Our meal will be catered by our friends at The Medina Street Vault with the menu announced soon! The 3-course dinner will be served at 6:30 pm, so please plan on arriving in time to be seated and make your wine or beverage selection ahead of that.
Pre-payment is required to reserve your spot and can be made by clicking the ticket link on our Facebook Event. Wine and additional purchases can be paid for the night of the event. We are looking forward to seeing you!
October is the time to celebrate harvest and fall, and that includes the conclusion of grape harvest and the start of wine production! We will be hosting a fun-packed day, with more details to be added! Activities will include:
>Grape Stomp – scrub your tootsies & be like Lucy!
>Polka Music – Kava’s Polish Band will be playing from 3-5!
>Winery Tours – check out our new production space!
Online registration is now open for A River Runs Through It! Registration is available at https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/5FUSU17FQEGcknY8Y_dIvQ2. Ticket price is $100 per person ($50 of which is a tax deductible donation to Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary).
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, savor the sights, sounds and flavors of a sunset dinner on the banks of the Platte River at A River Runs Through It, our annual fundraising event. Enjoy a four-course, locally-sourced meal prepared by Chef Travis Evans, paired with fine wine and brews, while listening to great music and the sound of nature on the river.
After dinner, engage in a lively benefit auction featuring fine art and memorable experiences. Every auction item purchase supports our mission to protect birds and the places they need on the Platte River.
Seating is limited. For more information, call 308-468-5282.
School is back in session, harvest is beginning, and the evenings are getting cooler. Spend a relaxing day at the winery soaking it all in. We will be serving up our fabulous wood-fired neopolitan-style pizza all day long. Our friends from Lazy RW Distillery will be back again to share their wonderful whiskeys. We’ll also be joined by Canyon Lakes Brewing Company from the Johnson Lake area with their new craft brews. In addition, our Cedar Hills wines and slushies will be flowing!
At 2 pm, our good friend and musician, Kevin Killion Acoustic Music, will take the stage and get all of our toes tappin’ and hearts singin’. Come share a lazy Sunday afternoon with us!
Here in Nebraska we like to get together with friends and soak in the good life with a good drink in hand. Whether you are a beer lover or a self-proclaimed wine-o, you will find yourself in good company at one of our local breweries or wineries. Kearney offers a selection of taphouses, pubs and a fantastic brewery.
Or if you are looking for a new adventure, take a daytrip to one of the wineries and vineyards in our area. Sip some Nebraska-made wine on the patio while watching a legendary Nebraska sunsets.
Follow along as we tour central Nebraska and sample amazing Nebraska- made beer and wine.
McCue’s Nebraska Taproom
All Nebraska. All the Time. This is the moto at Kearney’s newest taproom McCue’s Nebraska Taproom, located Downtown ‘On the Bricks’. Featuring a menu of craft beer, wine and spirits made right here in Nebraska. How cool is that?! They even have kombucha on tap, a carbonated, non-alcoholic tea packed with vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants. This taproom is located in a renovated grocery store, which was also called McCue’s and operated from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. With industrial décor, vintage character and a variety of beverages to try, you will definitely want to sit back and stay awhile.
Established 20 years ago, Thunderhead Brewery knows a thing or two about what makes a good beer! Here you will find beer that has been handcrafted by an experienced staff of beer lovers. Offering a delicious menu of pilsners, porters, stouts, IPAs, fruit beers, honey beers, barrel aged favorites, and even a firkin from time to time. We haven’t even mentioned the food! Stone oven pizzas, calzones and legendary hand-made pretzels means there is something for foodies and beer lovers alike. Cheers!
Want more Thunderhead? They are open for free tours at their brewery in Axtell, 18 miles south of Kearney. Tours are conducted on Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm. Learn how their beer is made and when you’re done purchase some to take home with you. Or find their beer at multiple locations across the state.
Platte Valley Taphouse
Your neighborhood beer destination. You will find a variety of beers on tap, great drink specials, and fun times with friends! Platte Valley Taphouse has 17 beers on tap ranging from SOP South of The Platte Mexican lager to the sweet Red Rock Ale to Apricot Blonde, the perfect beer for summer. And hey, why not enjoy some eats with your drinks? There are delicious pizzas made to order or snack on their famous pretzels. With a large patio and a friendly environment, you will want to kick back and enjoy a cold one at The Platte Valley!
And now for the wine lovers…
Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens
Enjoy the wide-open spaces of Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens located 45 minutes northeast of Kearney. Offering a selection of award-winning Nebraska wines on tap. Cedar Hills hosts dinners and other events, including Arts & Crafts with Wine & Drafts nights. There are camper pads available with full hook-ups and your stay includes a complimentary wine tasting. Relax on 80 acres of property, enjoy some wine, wood-fired pizza, beautiful scenery, wildlife and starry night skies at Cedar Hills!
Mac’s Creek Winery and Brewery
Mac’s Creek Vineyards & Winery is family owned and operated for almost 20 years. Located one-half mile north of Lexington, as short trip (35 miles) west of Kearney. The 12-acre vineyard specializes in wines made using grapes acclimated to a shorter growing season and the brutal cold temperatures of a Nebraska winter. Mac’s Creek Winery uses ten different types of grapes to create their award-winning wines. They are known for their wine but they also brew delightful beers and cider. With events ranging from Sunset Dinners to yoga in the vines, this a perfect getaway when in Central Nebraska.
George Spencer Tasting Room
Located on a 10-acre vineyard, the George Spencer Tasting Room is a beautiful spot to drink a glass of wine with good company. In the Tasting Room you will find a selection of Nebraska-made wines, offering 4-6 wines for sampling, wine by the glass or purchase a bottle to enjoy there or to take with you. There is also an assortment of Nebraska made beer and spirits. On the grounds you will find the Tasting Room, an event venue named The Barn and even a Bed and Breakfast. Sit out on the patio and enjoy live music on the weekends during the summer months.
A day of celebrating our five year anniversary here at Cedar Hills! We will be running our wood-fired brick pizza oven all day, but also have The Medina Street Vault bringing in a couple great meal options as well. We’ll have the lawn games out and we will be featuring a scavenger hunt, so get your team of 2-4 people together. Every team that finishes with the correct answers will have their name entered into a drawing for some great prizes! Whiskey tasting featuring Lazy RW Distillery will run from 3-7 pm. And we’ll wrap it all up with live music beginning at 6 pm featuring Doris Winkler and her acoustic folk/easy listening/rock tunes and beautiful voice! You won’t want to miss this all-day celebration! There will even be free cake, so you can have yours and eat it, too! A $5 event fee will be collected to participate in the day’s festivities.
Summer is finally here! Welcome it in with a day at the vineyard! We will be grilling up brats & sausages, along with sauerkraut, peppers & onions, and all the fixings. Served with chips and your choice of potato salad or pasta salad for $6, Add a glass or two of wine, sit out on the deck or patio, and say “Hello Summer!”
On Sunday, don’t forget we’ll also have the board games out for our monthly Sunday, FunDay!