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Thunderhead Brewing Company


Lightning strikes in Kearney, Nebraska!

While Nebraska Breweries are popular, Thunderhead Brewing Company is Kearney’s only Craft Brewery. They serve a delicious variety of beer handcrafted by an experienced staff of beer lovers.

Founded in 1998 by Trevor Schaben and his wife Jenny, Thunderhead Brewing Company is located in Kearney, Nebraska where it has established a solid reputation for unique, diverse, and always excellent beers. Working with ingredients from as far away as Europe to as near as Chandler's San Hills Honey (in Anselmo, Nebraska, just 80 miles up the road), Thunderhead Brewing Company finds the best products for crafting their distinctive brews.

Trevor Schaben grew up in Holbrook, Nebraska, and like many other young men, dreamed of turning his passion for beer into a career. Once out of college, he decided to put his dream on hold and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Trevor had an Air Force flying job for many year through which he traveled to many countries and tasted beers from around the world. When Trevor was discharged, he returned to Nebraska and found a job as a garbage truck driver in Kearney. It didn't last long - he decided it was time to follow that dream and establish Kearney, Nebraska's first craft brewery. With the help of his dad and wife, Trevor founded Thunderhead Brewing Company in 1998.

To expand on his home brewing knowledge, Trevor attended the American Brewers Guild (a technical school for brewers), and learned the fundamentals while developing his own signature style.

Since opening its doors, the brewery has expanded three times to increase production capacity and meet the climbing demand for its award- winning beers. Thunderhead Brewing Company also built a tasting room and an on- site restaurant with a full menu to feed their hungry visitors. Over the years, Trevor Schaben has proven to be a master at his craft and his reputation for his beer continues to grow.

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