Each ‘adoptive’ brewery of Arrogant Bastard Ale is entrusted
to ‘foster’ the sacred recipe to brew a single, limited batch of
the Liquid Arrogance to be served on draft in their taproom for
on-site imbibing only, with proceeds going to charity.
Nebraska Brewing Company
Brew Date: April 29, 2016
On tap at Nebraska Brewing Company: May 12, 2016
Brew Size: 7bbls
Benefitting Truhlsen Eye Institute
“My name is Paul Kavulak and my wife, Kim, and I started Nebraska Brewing Company in November of 2007. Our first location, the brewpub, is located just outside of Omaha in the city of Papillion.
We started life as just this small brewpub that was content with making what we thought were true craft beers in a State that hadn’t yet grown to appreciate hops or “weird beer” as it was called as I was making my sales rounds. The economic downturn which was thrust upon us almost immediately after opening forced some creativity and this pushed us down the path of outside distribution to get our beers into markets more suited to the stuff we enjoyed making. Barrel aging was something we did well so we did even more of it as we’d tapped into a public that not only appreciated it but screamed for more. Weathering the downturn found us with a large network of distributors which pushed us further into making more beer – and opening a production location focused on cans and even more barrel aged beers.
We’d always greatly respected Stone Brewing Company and know Steve Wagner and Greg Koch – Steve a bit more than Greg but it always felt good to have a personal tie to some extent to the brewery. Our National Sales Director, Nate Sellergren, came from 8 years working at Stone in sales and he brought the program to our attention – which caused us to immediately jump at the chance to brew this beer! The history associated with a brand that really had a heavy hand in shaping the craft beer culture today made this something we truly wanted to be a part of. Yet another chapter and an opportunity for NBC to take a small part. How could you possibly turn that down!?
As the Bastard found itself ahead of an acceptance curve, so too did Nebraska Brewing Company. And then some. We’ve felt what it was like to get out front and catch the criticism until such time as the local culture caught up. They say the pioneers catch the arrows and I laugh as I type this because people still think we all have cows in our front yards and drive to work in a covered wagon – doesn’t matter…
It seemed at so many turns, we’d find criticism and knocks for making “an IPA that will never sell in this State”, “wasting our time on barrel aging”, and “caring more about people in other States and making beer just for them”. Didn’t matter – as Bastard didn’t give a shit about the people who weren’t worthy, we pressed on and kept moving in the direction of beer that was truly Craft.
We’re changing the tastes and palates in the region and we’ll catch up to that cow stereotype after we’re done pushing Craft beer around here!”
- Paul & Kim Kavulak, Founders