Building a Business Based on Brewers.
Updated: Sep 20, 2019
“All Nebraska. All the time.” That is the motto McCue’s Nebraska Taproom used when asked about their business. “It’s who we are, it’s what we tell everyone who asks,” one of four co-owners, Joe Johnson shared. They want to ensure every customer that everything they sell is wholly Nebraska made, 100%. Joe & Tara Johnson and Ryan & Katie Fitch, all co-owners, wanted a business where they could be a voice for brewers who didn't have the means to distribute their beers, to give an opportunity to patrons who want to drink local. However, they don’t just carry beer, there is also wine and spirits available. If you check out their drink menu you will notice that it has more information than just names and prices. The IBU (International Brewing Unit), name and ‘about’ the brewer, and the location of the brewery are also listed. McCue's wants to ensure that every brewery gets the notoriety they deserve for creating a unique and exciting draft! They also have a unique mixed drink menu, that while not all ingredients are locally made (think juice), they are locally sourced from Cash-Wa! If you’re looking for a new fun drink, try the Nebraska Punch!
In case you’re wondering about the name, we got a little background information to fill you in. McCue’s is in reference to one of the original tenants of the building. When the building was first erected, it was home to Krug Brewery, which is fitting for the current business! Next, it became McCue’s Grocery, which if you check out the front of the building, you will see the restored neon signs that advertised the building’s contents. After McCue’s Grocery closed, the county owned the building for a short time until it was sold to the Alley Rose. The Alley Rose recently sold the building to Patrick Moore, a local architect, who chose to completely renovate the building and split it into three spaces, one being McCue’s Nebraska Taproom. “This building has a lot of history, and being someone who loves to see downtown renovations, this was a no-brainer for us to open our business here,” Joe said.
In case you were wondering why we are sharing all this info, we are gearing up for Oktoberfest and will be sharing the background of each of our breweries and food vendors attending. Joe says he is excited to attend his first Oktoberfest because it gives the opportunity to represent Nebraska businesses who might not be able to attend. “It is important to represent those who create a great product but can’t showcase it.”
Now you need to know how you can attend Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest is October 19, 2019 from 5-11pm at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Expo Building.
VIP Tickets are $40
General Admission tickets are $15in advance, $20 at the door.
Pre-sale tickets will also be available for members at a discounted rate.
Beer and food vendors will be in attendance as well as many fun games, activities, and live music from Soca Jukebox!
See you in Oktober!