Storz Brewing Company, in a re-launch of the legendary Omaha brewing giant’s brand, will add its craft brews to Nebraska’s palate and its name to Omaha’s riverfront with an agreement today to assume the lease of the vacant Rick’s Café Boatyard at 345 Riverfront Drive.
Storz Brewing Company, which incorporated in May, will work with a Nebraska craft brewer to brew Storz brand beers. They will be available exclusively throughout Nebraska under an agreement with five Anheuser Busch distributors. The company’s management team consists of John Markel, the great-grandson of Storz founder, Gottlieb Storz, and his cousin, Tom Markel.
The announcement of the agreement was made today at the former Rick’s Café Boatyard on Omaha’s riverfront. Storz will renovate the 19,000-square-foot bar and restaurant and rename it the Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery. The restaurant will open November 15 and be operated by Yves Menard, who owns Charlie’s on the Lake restaurant.
“Nebraska, we’re back,” said Tom Markel. “This is a great day for the Storz brand and Nebraska. I know the importance of family and community. It means unity. This project has all the elements of unity, which supports our mission statement: to glorify God through fellowship, sportsmanship and stewardship.”
In addition to providing jobs and economic development for Omaha and the state, the company is looking at a number of “mission-oriented” activities, including college internships, working with local farmers and stewardship of natural resources.”
“We are a great beer company, but more importantly, we are beer on a mission,” Markel said. Markel said Storz will craft beers that reflect the original heritage and legacy of the brand and its founder, Gottlieb Storz, but will brew beer the way he would today. “We will follow our beer mission of Age, Purity and Strength, but we will brew beer for the people that drink it. That’s exactly what Gottlieb would do.”
Storz will introduce its lager, wheat, pale ale and amber ale products in a few weeks. The company plans to produce 160,000 cases in its first year of operation, Markel said.
The Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery will reinforce the theme of the original brewery’s hospitality room – the Trophy Room. “Great food served by a great French chef like Yves Menard will combine with new craft beers and fellowship,” Markel said. In addition, there are plans for a Storz memorabilia museum.
Storz products will launch August 18, at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Polish Festival. Other events to feature Storz products this month include the Great Nebraska Beer Fest in Papillion, the Cox Classic in Omaha and the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Neb.