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Murphy's Wagon Wheel
Last updated: September 4, 2000
107 North Lincoln Avenue
Hastings NE 68901
Phone: +1 402-463-3011
Fax: +1 402-463-3181
Opened February 1, 1998.
Brewer: Bob Murphy.
125 bbl annual capacity.
The Wagon Wheel has been a Hastings fixture since 1889...the Murphy family bought it in 1971. Back in the old days, the railroad workers and passengers would hang out here and play cards, a tradition that continues to the present.
Bob wedged a three-barrel Specialty Products system into a tight corner just to see if craft beer would fly in Hastings. He says he's sold about 40 kegs of his own beer in eight weeks...not bad!
All of the tap handles say "Cask Conditioned", but all of the beers are served via CO2 pressure.
My Opinion Of The Beers That I've Tried:
15.0 points overall
Style 15 - Classic Pilsener
- 19 points - Beer #30-2455, at the brewery, March 18, 1998
Very pale, moderate carbonation, thick head. Lots of hop chunks...end of the keg. Spicy Saaz aroma. Good body, kinda fizzy, lots of fresh hop flavor. If industrial "American Pilsners" tasted like this, there'd be no need for craft breweries.
Style 12 - Bock
- 12.5 points - Beer #30-2458, at the brewery, March 18, 1998
Deep red, low carbonation, thick head. Very slightly perfumey. Very light body, a little sweet, but not much there at all.
Style 4 - Mild / Brown Ale
- 14.5 points - Beer #30-2456, at the brewery, March 18, 1998
Red-brown. moderate carbonation, thick head. Very clean aroma. Light body, slightly sweet, clean finish.
Style 6 - American-style Pale Ale
- 14 points - Beer #30-2457, at the brewery, March 18, 1998
Pale, moderate carbonation, good head. Hint of wheat in the aroma. Light body, high carbonation, some hop flavor that doesn't last long.
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