Nebraska among top states for breweries per capita

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - According to a new study, Nebraska is among the top states for most breweries per capita in the United States.

We're seeing that growth right here in Lincoln with multiple breweries opening over the last year.

10/11 NOW went to the Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference and Trade Show in Downtown Lincoln on Sunday and spoke with many brewers about what makes Lincoln a desirable place for the business.

According to the study, Nebraskan's are craft beer lovers, with 3.6 breweries and an economic impact of $351 per capita for adults over 21.

And the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild says it isn't surprising.

"I wouldn't say that it's completely out of left field. Certainly the amount of breweries that have opened in Lincoln in the last two years has been exciting and kind of a whirlwind to see happen,” said Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director, Gabby Ayala.

Ayala says there are many factors that play into the growth we've seen here in Lincoln.

"Lincoln is a very creative city, I think because we're a college town, we're constantly changing and evolving, we're kind of thinking outside of the box. So I think brewing just goes hand and hand with the culture here,” said Ayala.

Ayala also attributes the growth to a large number of startups in the city, along with the fact that people in Nebraska like to buy locally.

Blue Blood Brewing tells 10/11 NOW that when they came on the scene 7 years ago, Lincoln was a desirable place to start a brewery because of the people.

"We knew this was a community that was very social, very community focused, and contentedness was a thing. So starting a brewery in an environment like that, really just helps the environment grow and the community grow as a whole,” said Blue Blood Brewing Sales Coordinator, Ralph Allen.

Allen says it has been great to see the growth in Lincoln and the two agree they don't expect the trend to slow down any time soon.

"There's so many beer drinkers and so many yet still coming into the craft world,” said Allen.

"In Nebraska, I think we have so much more room for growth,” said Ayala.