Itinerary: Sandhills Breweries Tour

Taste your way around the breweries (and local-favorite restaurants) of three Sandhills towns, with time in between to play golf, enjoy the scenic Calamus Reservoir and visit Nebraska's baseball museum.

A brewery in Nebraska's Sandhills
Day 1
Sweet Shoppe

605 Howard Ave.
St. Paul, NE
United States

​The Sweet Shoppe Cafe & Bakery has been a staple in historic downtown St. Paul for over 20 years. Enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu, including a daily buffet.

Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball

619 Howard Ave.
St. Paul, NE
United States

The Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball illustrates the careers of over 140 men with Nebraska ties who made it to the Major Leagues of American Baseball.

Blanquita's Authentic Mexican Restaurant

1619 M St.
Ord, NE
United States

This restaurant's platters are traditional from the home of owner/chef Blanca Bustamante in Chihuahua, Mexico. Her most popular dishes include pork chile verde, enchiladas, tacos al pastor and chile Colorado, plus authentic daily specials. Blanca also cans her popular salsa roja and salsa verde for a delicious souvenir. 

Scratchtown Brewing Company

141 S. 16th St.
Ord, NE
United States

Scratchtown Brewing Company, the Nebraska Sandhills’ first brewery, opened in 2013 to brew and serve an assortment of premium-quality, handcrafted beer. The brewery takes pride in using four simple ingredients to make complex, delicious beers: malt, hops, yeast and water (drawn from the Ogalala aquifer, it's some of the freshest, purest water available).

The Bonfire Grill

103 S. 9th Ave., Ste. 509
Broken Bow, NE
United States

The Bonfire Grill, located inside the Arrow Hotel lobby, is a great place to enjoy a meal or your favorite beverage. The restaurant is known for its elegant ambiance, distinctive cuisine, cutting-edge style and personalized service. 

Kinkaider Brewing Co.

43860 Paulsen Rd.
Broken Bow, NE
United States

To Kinkaider Brewing Co., “the good life” means brewing small-batch, hand crafted beer from Nebraska's refreshing Sandhills water, using ingredients right off the brewery's farm. Visit the Kinkaider taproom to enjoy a constantly changing 12-tap rotation.

Arrow Hotel Suites

509 S. 9th Ave.
Broken Bow, NE
United States

The Arrow Hotel is a unique place where hospitality and traditional values merge. Located just off the city square in Broken Bow, the Arrow's 25 comfortable suites and rooms have a soft, rustic touch.

Local's Tip

Time your visit with the end of September to experience Junk Jaunt, an event that encourages both residents and businesses to hold yard sales, special promotions and events. The event unfolds across every town mentioned in this itinerary. 

Kinkaider Brewing Co.

Kinkaider Brewing Co.

Calamus Golf Course in Burwell, Nebraska

Calamus Golf Course

Day 2
Tumbleweed Cafe

850 E. South E St.
Broken Bow, NE
United States

Fuel up for your day with a hearty breakfast platter from this local favorite.

Calamus Golf Course

82796 Whitetail Ln.
Burwell, NE
United States

On 54 acres of donated land, volunteers dedicated time to help construct this public course in the heart of the Calamus River Valley among the Nebraska Sandhills (2845 yds., par 35/men, par 36/women, 9 holes). Also features a driving range and practice green.

Pizza Palace

204 Grand Ave.
Burwell, NE
United States

You'll get on board with this restaurant's philosophy, "Life's too short—enjoy the pizza," when you try one of their homemade pies with family or friends. Pastas are available too at this friendly spot.

Husker Marine Boat Rentals

Hwy. 96 by the lake,
Burwell, NE
United States

Let Husker Marine Sports Store custom-fit you for an adventure on the Calamus Reservoir. The rental fleet includes pontoon, ski and fishing boats, jet skis, tubes, kayaks, water toys and more. The store is also a full-service convenience store with bait, beer, boating supplies and more.

Sandstone Grill

416 Grand Ave.
Burwell, NE
United States

The menu is filled with tasty deli sandwiches, gourmet salads, homemade soups, specialty burgers, pasta, steak and seafood—with a wine list to complement. When locals made their craving for the restaurant's homemade rolls and desserts known, they were added to the regular offering, too.

Bootleg Brewers

45145 829th Rd.
Taylor, NE
United States

Bootleg Brewers is a Sandhills oasis located on a working ranch near the Calamus Reservoir. On site, you'll discover a brewery, steakhouse and cabins nestled amidst a 40-acre beer garden. Visit to enjoy homemade food, hand-crafted brews and a stroll through the scenic Sandhills.

Bootleg Brewers

Bootleg Brewers