Nebraska Brewing Company - Nebraska Brewing Company Manufacturing Plant Tour(La Vista NE Ericka Shea Hunter Bellevue University Introduction After

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Nebraska Brewing Company Manufacturing Plant Tour (La Vista, NE) Ericka Shea Hunter Bellevue University February 27, 2016
Introduction After opening in 2007, the Nebraska Brewing Company has grown into the largest local brewery in the entire state of Nebraska with two facilities in the Omaha area. The brewery recently expanded its to 29 states in the country and 5 foreign nations (Brazil, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). The first location opened in Papillion, NE as a Brew Pub with a smaller selection of beers and a full restaurant menu, wait staff, and chef. Later, the popularity of the beer made it possible for the company to expand and open a separate, larger capacity brewery in La Vista, NE in January 2014 with a large warehouse style manufacturing area and Tap Room (opening in May 2014) with a bar and meeting area. The brewery in La Vista, NE was the focus of my review for this exercise. The plant offers bi-weekly tours that seemed like the perfect opportunity to conduct my field exercise. I was able to go through the entire plant on a guided tour by Jeff (who is a volunteer like all of the tour guides at the brewery) then briefly sit down with the Executive Chef Adam, interview the Brewmaster Tyson Arp, and meet the owners Paul & Kim Kavulak. Many of my questions (found in Appendix A) were answered during the standard tour by Jeff but the remainder of the items I asked directly to the Brewmaster following the tour while we enjoyed a few of his recipes. The brewery offers regular, 30- minute tours twice each Thursday and Saturday. For my tour I decided to go for the earlier (5:30pm) tour on a Thursday and was able to get a private tour with Jeff and a tour guide in training, Adam. Both guides were home brewers that had an interest in volunteering for this company and had a wealth of knowledge about the company and
brewing process; my tour actually ended up being closer to an hour and half by the time we were done going through the entire facility. Service and Product Design According to the statistical facts offered by the tour guide, the brewery was able to produce 11,000 barrels of beer in the year 2015. The current company projection and production goal is 15,000 barrels for 2016. The sheer volume and actual variety of the batches depends entirely upon consumer demand for each recipe. The Tap Room holds 24 taps that are all filled by the brewery’s beer; originally, the company filled 17 Taps and 7 were from outside breweries. There are many seasonal beers and special offerings that the company produces for short periods of time, according to demand, and about 10 “staple” products that are constantly produced and consumed. Around 8 varieties of barrel-aged beers are also produced on site and are available when ready since the process takes around 6-7 months for each batch. The projection for the year moving forward is based on a statistical analysis of the previous year’s performance and the acquisition of additional equipment. The management utilized certain forecasting

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