Looking for a craft brewery in Nebraska’s Panhandle likely will take you to Flyover Brewery Co. in Scottsbluff. Owners Joe and Andrea Margheim, and Peter Meyer are active managers, but also have a general manager and a brew master to handle the day-to-day operations.
Mary Crawford, of Alliance, recommended Flyover Brewery because it offers some novel brews and WWII memorabilia from the air base days of Scottsbluff.
“I am addicted to their cauliflower crust (gluten free) pizza — a real specialty in that all pizzas you build your own ingredients, sauces, so it doesn’t have to have a red pasta sauce, for example,” Crawford said. “And they are fairly fast in preparing it. (Definitely far above Pizza Hut!) A very fine wood-fired oven is unique out here. Everyone sees it from the dining room. Not too many places have a hallway by the restrooms all lined with fire wood!”
The place is very modern, with huge stainless steel vats which are open to see down the hallway. Derek Ordway is the brew master.
“Their brewer does a fine, fine job. My hubby, Wayne, home-brewed for a number of years but no more, so we enjoy breweries,” Crawford wrote.
The website, https://www.flyoverbrewingcompany.com/, features the beers and food. They also have salads, a full kitchen and great hors d’oeuvres, she said.
“We have been there twice in one month. And, they are closed on Monday and Tuesday so we even went one Sunday night after taking a load of cows down to Platte Valley Livestock Auction in Gering,” Crawford said.
The craft beers, brewed on site, are (NE)Braska Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Vienna Lager, Copper Ale, Belgian Wheat, Idaho 7 Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout.
Everything that comes from the kitchen is baked in an Italian pizza oven.
The “Pre Flight Check” (appetizers) range from $5 for house-made soft pretzels with beer cheese to $12 for Bacon Wrapped Dates, six wings wrapped in bacon, finished with bacon salt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Flyover Brewery has six choices of crisp chicken wings: Korean Sweet and Tangy, Memphis Dry Rub, Garlic Parmesan, Sriracha Honey, Fitzke BBQ and Traditional Buffalo.
Three salads on the menu, each for $10, are Strawberry Feta, Chicken Avocado Tomato, and Arugula.
“On the Flight Deck” pizzas, in addition to Traditional Cheese or Pepperoni, consider Margherita, Chicken Pesto, Wild Mushroom, Sausage and Peppers, Ham and Gruyere, Sausage and Tomato, Jalapeno Popper, Open Face Italian, or Hawaiian. Or build your own with classic crust plus choice of sauce, cheeses and toppings. Start at $7, then add for each topping. For $7, there’s also a kid’s pizza with choice of cheese, pepperoni or sausage, plus fruit cup and drink.
Don’t leave without “Something Sweet” — Strawberry Pizza, Chocolate Mousse or Marissa’s Smores Bar.
According to the website, the owners lived in different cities with vibrant and innovative brewing scenes, so they wanted to bring the beer and experience of craft brewing to the Nebraska Panhandle.
Claiming to be the only craft brewery in the Nebraska Panhandle, Flyover Brewing takes pride in its beer, food and location.
“We use equipment made in Lincoln, malt produced in Nebraska, and locally grown adjuncts such as sugar beets in our brewing,” according to the website. “Brewed by an award winning professional brewer with years of experience in the craft, the brewery produces both true to style lagers and ales along with innovative locally themed brews.
“Located in a completely renovated building in downtown Scottsbluff, beer enthusiasts can enjoy an atmosphere usually only found in larger cities, while sitting on the patio watching small town life pass by.”
Ordway began brewing as a hobby. His professional career started in Fort Collins, Colo., initially selling homebrew and wine supplies followed by an assistant brewing position. He was head brewer at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y. His favorite beers to brew are Pilsners and experimental IPAs.
Flyover Brewery Co. is at 1824 Broadway in downtown Scottsbluff. It opens at 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 11 p.m. each night and is closed all Mondays and Tuesdays.
Summer officially arrived in June, but it’s not too soon to think about fall and football. Is there a special or traditional place you visit before heading to your local Friday football field? Do you order the same thing every week, or possibly the evening special?
Where do you watch college games Saturday or pro games Sunday? Why there? Sufficient big screen TVs? Great game day menu? Or possibly the best food to take to the game for tailgating?
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