In 1996 Omaha brewery historian and craft beer beer enthusiast, Bill Baburek, opened Nebraska’s first craft beer bar – the Crescent Moon Ale House. It would grow into include a German Bier Hall, Belgian themed tasting room, a world-class craft beer store, and host over 100 beer festivals. The Crescent Moon became the unofficial craft beer capital of Omaha.
But Bill wasn’t satisfied with introducing craft beer to Nebraska – he wanted to produce it here.
The Benson Taproom & Brewery
The craft beer revolution was in full force. Bill Baburek felt it was time to start his own craft brewery.
In the historic neighborhood of Benson, the original home of the iconic Olson Meat Market, built in 1917, became available. Benson was already cultivating a craft beer scene, and the up and coming neighborhood had all the ingredients for a perfect brewery and tap room.
Bill purchased the building, and through careful renovation the building recaptured many of the original architectural elements of an early 20th century butcher shop. Those efforts, along with the Olson family’s prominent Benson business have made Infusion’s Benson Tap Room a historical city landmark.
The Original Brewery
Hidden behind the walls of in Downtown Omaha were beatiful copper brewing kettles and a mush tun that had sat untouched for years.
Bill Baburek purchased the equipment, and moved them in their new home in the historic Benson building.
In 2016, Infusion began construction on their brand new production brewery in Southwest Omaha. The new facility allowed them to dramatically increase their production of their core range of beers, while still allowing for continuous research and development of new beers.
In 2018 we began selling our products in Western Iowa. In 2020 we switched to packaging our beer exclusively in cans, and in 2021 we launched a line of hard seltzers.
The area south of Downtown Omaha, sometimes referred to as “Little Bohemia”, has seen much development in recent years. So, when the area’s most famous restaurant, the Bohemian Cafe, decided to close its doors, Infusion jumped at the opportunity to create a satellite taproom. Preserving much of the look and feel of the original cafe, the Little Bohemia Taproom attracts craft beer fans, as well as those needing a dose of nostalgia.