Biz Bits: As the beer keeps flowing, sales are growing in Nebraska – Lincoln Journal Star

I’ve written quite a bit about craft beer over the past few years, as the industry has really taken off locally.

Much of the reporting has focused on the growth in the number of breweries in Lincoln and Nebraska, which have more than doubled in just the past five years.

One thing I haven’t done much reporting on is the amount of craft beer actually sold, largely because it has been difficult to find such a number.

However, I noticed recently that the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild has posted sales figures on the homepage of its website, nebraska.beer

According to the information posted there, the state fell just short of the 1.5-million-gallon mark in 2017, with sales coming in at more than 1.46 million.

For context of how fast those sales are growing, that’s more than twice the amount sold in 2013 and more than three times the amount sold in 2010.

With Green Flash opening its brewing location in Lincoln and June, Cosmic Eye set to open its brewery soon and several other locations around the state either already opened or coming online in the next few months, I expect that number to keep climbing.

Younkers coming back — sort of

Younkers, which closed its door in Lincoln and elsewhere last month, may be coming back — in name only.

A company called CSC Generation Holdings paid $900,000 in a bankruptcy auction for the intellectual property of Younkers parent company Bon-Ton Stores.

That included the Younkers name as well as other store names owned by Bon-Ton, including Herberger’s, which had stores in smaller Nebraska cities.

According to various media reports, CSC plans to revive the Bon-Ton Stores

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