At the start of each month, in the heart of Lincoln, where the roar of the Memorial Stadium and the bustling energy of the Haymarket can be felt, a line of eager beer fans wraps around the building of Nebraska’s oldest independently owned brewery. Welcome to Empyrean Brewing Co.®’s Beer School. First held in 1998, Beer School became a place where hops meet history, and friendships ferment. We asked our most loyal students what they think of Beer School. Let’s dive into the testimonials of those who have embraced this unique beer odyssey. These quotes are pulled from an anonymous survey.

First what is Beer School? Beer School has been an ongoing tradition for over 20 years, offering an inclusive space for seasoned beer aficionados and newcomers alike. Attendees enjoy free beer tastings, learn about different beer styles, the brewing process, and engage in lively conversations with knowledgeable brewers. It’s a free event and open to the public. It takes place on the first Monday of each month.

Sipping Knowledge, Brewing Bonds

“I like hearing Jim’s knowledge of the beers he has specially picked for each beer tour month. You can tell he has passion when he speaks about the beers. Also Tim, you can tell he loves his job. He answers the (sometimes) hard questions we ask about brewing.”

At Beer School, it’s not just about sipping beers; it’s a masterclass in the art and science of brewing. Jim (Production Manager) and Tim (Head Brewer), our maestros of malt, guide participants through the rich tapestry of flavors, sharing their expertise with a passion that’s contagious. They can break down the complex process of crafting beers, and explain the historical significance of a style.

“[My favorite part is] Jim reviewing different beers – he’s very knowledgeable, very personable. Tim does a super job answering questions about the brewing process.”

Tim Binderup, Head Brewer & Jim Engelbart, Production Manager


Jim and Tim aren’t just educators; they are companions in the journey through hops and history. As a micro-brewery, our team means everything to us. Most of us have been involved for several years, if not decades. Jim has been there from the start and his wealth of knowledge about the evolution of Lincoln’s craft beer scene is invaluable. Tim worked under the legendary Rich Chapin, our original brewer, taking over for him in 2021. The rest of the brew crew is just as important and passionate about brewing. Make sure to ask them questions when you get the chance.

Tasting Tales at the brew house

“The tastings in the brewery are definitely the best part. I appreciate the themes and discussion on different types of beer. I also like that beers from other companies are highlighted or shouted out too.”

The brew house is where beer takes center stage. Each month the beers are curated around a theme. We hope to weave a narrative that goes beyond Empyrean’s creations,  and embrace the rich diversity of the brewing world.

“The info behind each beer is real cool. I enjoy hearing from the brewers themselves. I liked the insights from the brewers and the seasonal beers.”

Every beer tells a story, and at Beer School, the brewers themselves become storytellers. From how a beer was created, or what special brewing process went into the rotating seasonal, you’ll leave learning something you didn’t know before. Insights into the brewing process and the tales behind seasonal concoctions make each sip a journey of discovery.

Community and Camaraderie

“The camaraderie with friends, the rapport with Jim and the brewers. Chatting with the brewers is a ton of fun. I love the laid-back feel and informal conversations.”

Beyond the liquid gold in the glass, Beer School fosters a sense of community. Not only do you talk to the brewers, but you get to connect with other Lincolnites who appreciate a good brew just as much as you do. It’s a community conversation. Some attendees have been going since the 90’s. You’ll always find a friendly face. It’s a place where friendships ferment, and casual conversations with the brewers add a personal touch to the experience.

“Having a few pints of great beer with mates on the 1st Monday. It gives me something to look forward to…the knowledge and something different to do on a Monday night.”

Mondays become a celebration at Beer School. Friends, pints, and knowledge create an irresistible blend, earning it a place in the monthly schedules of its enthusiasts. We’re just as excited to see newcomers as we are to familiar faces. Bottom line, we want to talk about beer all day, everyday. We’re thankful you give us one Monday each month. Two people enjoy their samples and laugh together at Beer School.

Crafting Memories, One Sip at a Time

Beer School isn’t just a free event; it’s an experience etched in laughter, camaraderie, and the subtle nuances of a well-crafted beer. As the glasses clink and the laughter resonates, Empyrean Brewing Co.®’s Beer School continues to be a brewtiful journey through hops, history, and the heart of the Lincoln community. Cheers to more sessions, more knowledge, and more tales from the brew crew! To stay up to date make sure to mark your calendars or check our Facebook page regularly. Or subscribe to our monthly newsletter (sign up below).

2024 dates: January 8 (canceled due to weather), February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 4.



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