Scriptown Brewing specializes in session-style, handcrafted brews with moderate alcohol levels of 4% to 6%, so customers can enjoy the flavor of more than one brew without falling off their stools.
After moving back to Omaha from Portland, Oregon, Scott Stephens was introduced to award-winning brewer John Fahrer. Soon after, the two began brewing beers together at Lot 2 in Benson and now are co-owners of Scriptown Brewing in the heart of Omaha’s Blackstone District. As for their location, Scott explains, “I was fortunate enough to partner up with the guys [GreenSlate Development] who purchased several of the buildings in the Blackstone District. When John and I saw this space we fell in love with it, so I am leasing it from myself.”
According to Scott, Scriptown is unique because of their session-style beer. But that’s not all, “John’s farmhouse-style beers are amazing. He’s been home brewing for 25 years and won the National Brewer Award in New Orleans in 1996 amongst thousands of entries. He has a killer reputation in town,” Scott says.
Scriptown has about eight different brews available on any given day with flavors ranging from the lighter Mild Manner, which Scott describes as being an easy, light drinking beer, to Intensity Stout, their darkest brew. Depending on the beer, Scott says the fermentation step alone can take anywhere from 16 days to four weeks.
The duo also enjoys helping the environment in any way they can. Scott says, “All our spent grain is given to a local farmer. When we are done brewing, we load it into some barrels, set it outside and he picks it up to use for feed.”
Food is provided by Rig, an on-site food trailer owned by Chef Jodi Swirczek. Customers can order waffle slider sandwiches made with a beer-batter bread base and cooked in a waffle iron. A variety of fillings including ham, Swiss and turkey are available. The owners also encourage people to bring in food from neighboring Blackstone District restaurants to enjoy with a Scriptown brew.
Located at 3922 Farnam Street, Scriptown will eventually offer tours of the brewing process. Check out what’s brewing at ScriptownBrewing.com or on Facebook, and stop in for a beer Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11pm, Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10pm.