Farnam House Brewing Company
A European Twist on Beer and Food
Although Omaha’s historic Blackstone district has been reborn in the past several months, the area’s newest brewery and gastro pub pays homage to South Omaha’s immigrant history and beers of yesteryear. Farnam House Brewing Company opened in late June and serves specialized European beers that won’t be found at any other neighborhood pub. Farnam House proudly serves traditional Polish and Czech dishes, like homemade pierogi and kielbasa, which complement their Eastern European beers.
The craft beer community has certainly taken off in recent years, with several new local microbreweries to prove it. But what you’ll find at Farnam House is different from anywhere else. They offer up to six specialized, continental European beers, which are brewed on-site in the basement. Farnam House beers include grisette, IPA, grätzer, stout and lagers, as well as seasonal brews such as sour and wild yeast beers. All are unfiltered.
The atmosphere at Farnam House is best described as fun and intriguing. Upon arrival, you can imagine yourself relaxing there for hours with good friends and specialty beer in hand. Co-owner Phil Doerr and his wife describe the decor as “Farmhouse Punk”—a cross between country farm and steampunk. The centerpiece is a handcrafted bar, made from reclaimed Nebraska farm wood. Long before Farnam House, the building at 35th and Farnam Street was a furrier’s shop. To honor that history, the owner has kept two antique fur-warehouse air-cooling compressors on both sides of their back bar.
Farnam House makes their dishes with locally sourced meats, from suppliers including Plum Creek Farm and Truebridge Foods. Many of their side dishes and appetizers are made from in-season, local vegetables. In true Eastern European fashion, many of the vegetables are pickled.
—Story and photo by Emily Brocker