2019 Fest Schedule

Saturday August 24th, 2019

11:00 a.m. - Outdoor marketplace and food trucks will open for the day!


12:30 p.m. - VIP beerfest session begins!


2:00 p.m. - General Admission beerfest session begins!


5:30 p.m. - Last pour for all beerfest sessions!


6:00 p.m. - Post-fest concert starts!


6:01 p.m. - Volunteers let out a collective sigh of relief




Great Nebraska Brew Bash - Explained

The Great Nebraska Brew Bash is a celebration of American Craft Beer. We'll highlight the breweries of Nebraska and once again, we're able to also invite regional breweries that may or may not currently sell or distribute their beers here.

We have a great collection of brewers and their wares and as time progresses, we'll add more along the way.

The majority of the breweries will have actual brewers/owners in attendance and those that couldn't participate directly this year will be sending their products for us to sample. Your ticket will gain you admission into a Craft Beer Tasting. As Beer Fests go, there is a tremendous range in terms of how they operate but ours will most definitely be defined as a tasting. What this means is that your ticket will get you a 4 oz. tasting glass that we'll fill to a 2 oz. level - as many times as you'd like (I guess until the beer runs out). For those of you thinking merely of the amount - think 2 things: First, keep in mind that we'll have a lot of different beers on hand and some of these are big beers - which means that if you want to make the rounds, it's best to keep you in shape to get there.

Second, think Richie Cunningham. Even with the teenie weenie glasses - these aren't your basic beers. Safety is better served in this range. With your paid admission, (and a valid ID that proves you to be over 21) you'll be banded and find yourself free to roam among the brewery tables to talk to the brewers and ask questions about their brands or their story - something you won't find every day - at least not around here. Others will be able to interface with the brewers but only people properly banded will be able to sample our products. The premise for this Beer Fest is education and enjoying the outdoors. Craft Brewers truly wish to and need to, connect with our public to provide them with an understanding of the beers that don't necessarily look like the larger American factory beers. This is our stage and our Art is on display.

We don't often find a venue where education is the goal - many times it's simply to sell beer or raise money. We've encountered a truly wonderful grass-roots sponsor community and have found assistance and support from our vendors, direct suppliers, and businesses that support our industry - and some that simply want to help the little guy. Want to be a sponsor or a supporter? Get in touch!

VIP Ticket Info:
VIP tickets will provide you with everything the GA tickets get but with the huge difference of getting into the beer fest 1 hour prior to the crowds. Doesn't sound like that big a deal? Well, consider your favorite brewery buried 40 people deep in a line that is consuming the most highly prized beers. Sure, you'll get up there at some point but while you're waiting in that one line - the lines for the other breweries are wiping out your targets. And... Your favorite brewery won't be answering questions from the 40 others swarming their booth.  A small price to pay for the beer geek in all of us.

Designated Driver Info:
DD Tickets are $10 each. You're free to walk the grounds, interact with the brewers, the reps, and be among those attending The Great Nebraska Brew Bash. The only notable difference being that you'll be enjoying things other than our fine craft. All Beer Fest personnel are trained to pour only to those individuals wearing our festival wristband and in possession of a valid tasting glass. Only that combination will get you a taste.

We welcome you to our fest and are confident you'll have a wonderful time!

Underage welcome:  Yes we allow underage kids in the fest; everyone over 16 must have a DD ticket and those under 16 get in free.  



Location Details

Sarpy County Fairgrounds
100 Main St
Springfield, NE 68059

Telephone: 402.934.7100

E-mail: [email protected]