Author: Erin Miles

CLOSED Inglenook: A Niche of Its Own in Lincoln’s Growing Craft Beer Scene

Inglenook, Lincoln’s newest craft bar, opened its doors this past March. There was quite a buzz of excitement leading up to its opening, a buzz that has continued as more and more people have had the chance to enjoy the Inglenook experience. Not only is it in a sweet location, it is the brain child of Matt Taylor and Diana Gutsche, two people who are well known and highly respected for their roles in Lincoln’s bar scene. Located at 8th and Q Street above the N Zone, Inglenook is nicely situated on the northern border of the Haymarket District...

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HopCat: Lincoln’s Newest Craft Beer Bar & Restaurant

When you first walk into HopCat, Lincoln’s newest craft beer bar and restaurant, the first thing you notice is the eclectic combination of rock-and-roll, vintage flair, and pop culture art that fills the  space.  Large 14’X14’ album covers scatter the ceiling, featuring classic artists such as Zappa, Fleetwood Mac, and David Bowie to name a few. A variety of chandeliers light the expansive dining area and the bar is lined with hanging fixtures fashioned out of empty liquor bottles.   The place has a very open feel thanks to high ceilings, size of the space and two walls of...

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Let’s Talk Hops: The Different Roles These Resinous Cones Play

HOPS: n 1. female cones (flowers) of the creeping bine plant, Humulus lupulus, whose resin contains alpha and beta acids 2. flowers used to provide bitterness (alpha acids), aroma (beta acids), and natural preservatives (alpha acids) to beer. The hop plant is one species, Humulus lupulus, but there are many different varieties in the same way all domestic dogs are of one species, Canis lupus, but there are many different breeds. Just as the different breeds of dogs vary widely in characteristics and purpose, the different varieties of hops vary extremely in theirs. With regards to characteristics, the flavor...

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WHAT FLAG DOES YOUR PALE FLY?

WHAT FLAG DOES YOUR PALE FLY: English versus American-Style Pale Ales Many beer drinkers may be unaware two different styles of pale ale exist, English-style and American-style. In fact, I was until I noticed a label touting “American-Style Pale” in its description. Scanning the remaining beer selection I noticed other pale ale labels describing an “English-Style”. However, not all of them made the distinction, piquing my curiosity on what the difference was. Hence the investigation began. Differences between the wide array of beer styles can simply be attributed to the difference in ingredients and balance of those ingredients. The...

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