In the heart of Nebraska, Kearney is home to a small-town lifestyle that pairs urban amenities with local events and history. A leisurely road trip just off I-80, the city welcomes residents and travelers to an eclectic food scene bursting with international flavors. For those yearning for an upscale eatery with a touch of local flair, Nebraska Ale Works awaits.
Eager to bring a different taste to K-Town, co-owners Robby Yendra and Jim Gardner opened Nebraska Ale Works as a destination spot for unique eats and local sips. Pairing Gardner’s previous restaurant ownership with Yendra’s dream to own a food concept, Yendra said it simply “made sense” to bring their dream to Kearney.
Hence the name, the business houses more than 30 beers on tap to showcase Nebraska’s wide variety of breweries. Rather than brew its own beers, Yendra said Nebraska Ale Works’ goal is to highlight the state’s beer scene in an environment that leaves people returning for more. For those who prefer something more acidic, the pub also offers four different wines on tap, which Yendra said have been well received despite its primary focus on beer.
Beyond its extensive drink selection, the chef-inspired dishes bring original flavors to the small city of Kearney. Guests can stimulate their tastebuds with prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and jalapeño cream cheese. Alternatively, a burger with a custom ground sirloin and beef brisket blend may satisfy one’s senses as well. “That’s the beauty of having your own place—we like that freedom to choose what’s on the menu,” Yendra said. “The culinary insight on food and our unique blend of ingredients shows we have something for everyone.”
Since May 2023, the co-owners have combined their backgrounds in the food industry to teach staff members about the importance of exceeding standards by taking care of people and delivering the highest quality of customer service. From staff members to guests, Yendra said the focus on people sets Nebraska Ale Works apart along with its combination of local tap beers and made-from-scratch food. Whether it’s a date night, family outing, or happy hour with friends, Yendra invites people to visit Kearney and experience all that Nebraska Ale Works offers.
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