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Our Story

Who We Are

Site-1 Brewing is an experience-driven brewery incubator and tap house in Omaha, Nebraska. They provide the equipment and expertise to allow brewers to scale their craft — without the upfront costs of opening up their own brewery. Site-1 also brings customers to those beers in a tap house with an ever-changing rotation of 18 craft beers on tap. Site-1 Brewing was founded by a group of entrepreneurs with the desire to promote hard work, collaboration, and great-tasting craft beer. 

What we do

Site-1 Brewing is a brewery incubator and tap house that provides a platform for brewers to push beyond their limits — bringing more craft beer to local communities. Allowing brewers big and small the opportunity to make the best beer possible without the burden of hefty upfront costs of opening their own brewery. By combining our ever-changing beers with a full restaurant menu, engaging atmosphere, and visible beer crafting process, Site-1 promotes a unique experience that is unlike any other brewery.

Brewers

These are the people making our great beer

Dave Link – Head Brewer

The elder statesman and resident curmudgeon of our brewing team, Dave grew up in Omaha and made the leap into craft beer after a 10-year career in marketing and digital media. Before joining the Site-1 brew crew in 2020, he oversaw the operation of Infusion Brewing’s Benson facility. Dave describes his brewing style as seasonal – pale ales in the spring, crisp lagers in the summer, malty reds and browns come fall, and roasty, rich stouts in the winter.

When he’s not in the brewhouse, you’ll find Dave spending time with his wife and daughter, getting lost in beer nerdery with his friends, and avoiding yard work like the plague.

Matt Huntley – Head Brewer

Growing up in a small rural town in northwest Missouri Matt’s initial understanding of beer could be summed up by two things: Quantity, does it come in a thirty pack? Temperature, does that first sip give you a brain freeze? Needless to say, an auspicious start for a guy who now enjoys brewing traditional German and English beers alongside new age IPAs. Thankfully while attending the University of Missouri a friend’s father introduced him to craft beer and home brewing, a passion that’s grown ever since.

After home brewing for almost a decade and forcing his family, friends, and sometimes complete strangers to try his latest concoctions he decided to try his hand at going pro. So, with support from his wife Nichole and their two dogs, he walked away from a career in Ag Sales to pursue his dream of being a professional brewer and Site-1 answered with the perfect opportunity.

Away from the brewery, Matt enjoys travelling the world with Nichole, upland bird hunting with his dog and friends, or attempting to teach himself to play the ukulele (going on 3 years now!).

Visionaries

These are the founders of Site-1 Brewing

Mike Peter

Mike likes to build up people and make things. He credits his creativity to his short attention span and inability to complete repetitive tasks. Once joking around, he noted he’s never individually been successful in anything. Mike knows he needs great people in his life and he’s determined to help them achieve great things. And so, Site-1 Brewing was born!

Ben Katt

Ben has been a scrappy real estate investor and deal junkie since 2012. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University. He dropped out of law school to invest in real estate full time. He successfully ran multiple businesses in both high school and college and has developed a strong passion for building businesses. He is a hard working entrepreneur with an…okay(ish)…attitude and strong love for animals.

Melanie Phelan

Melanie is an entrepreneur at heart and excited to see what heights Site-1 Brewing will soar to! She likes puns and uses exclamation points all too often. When she isn’t on location at Site-1 Brewing you can find her in various board rooms across the Omaha Metro, traveling the world or in her kitchen baking up a tasty cake!(!!!)

The Process

Not long ago, the distance between homebrewer and brewmaster was a giant leap. To transition from carboys and kettles, to fermenters and tanks often took an unimaginable investment.

Site-1 Brewing takes that giant leap and makes it a small step.

Site-1 is more than a brewery. We’re a beer platform where aspiring brewers can hone their craft and gain real-world experience without immense startup costs. We provide a shared workspace with all the equipment and guidance a brewer needs, as well as a tap house to show off their innovative recipes and craftsmanship.

We’re taking beer from Big Brewery and giving it back to the community where it belongs. Our business is centered on the belief that success is a journey, not a destination. During that journey we build a culture that celebrates each other’s creativity and dreams. We do so in order to promote local pride, innovation, and top-notch service to provide an experience unlike any other brewery.

We are passionate beer lovers who want to launch as many local craft brewers as possible by providing a simple, sustainable business model that promotes possibility, experimentation, and the best beer experience this side of the stratosphere.