1881 Pint Room

A look at where the 1881 Pint Room will be located inside of the May Brothers Building.

Many adults look forward to having a cold beer at the end of a long day of work, but not all enjoy – or are comfortable – with the typical bar setting.

During Tuesday evening’s Fremont City Council meeting, the Council recommended that the 1881 Pint Room be granted a Class ‘I’ liquor license from the state of Nebraska. The 1881 Pint Room, which will be located inside of the May Brothers building with the Milady Coffee House, got its name from the year the May Brothers Building was constructed, owner Glen Ellis said.

“The whole concept with the May Brothers Building is just to bring the community together,” Ellis said during a Tuesday interview with the Tribune. “And what better way to do it than over a hot cup of coffee or over a pint of local brew and local wine.”

Ellis was adamant that the Pint Room isn’t a bar, it won’t be open late and people won’t be allowed to consume in excess.

“We want people to come in and feel comfortable grabbing a pint and just having conversation and enjoying entertainment – that sort of thing,” he said.

The goal is to have at least eight different taps of Nebraska brews open during hours of operation, Ellis said. Following Council approval, the state will now have to issue the actual license, which could take several weeks.

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The Class ‘I’ liquor license enables the selling of the local craft beers at the establishment.

Ellis said the plan is to have two to three seasonal beers on tap at all times and then a rotation of other beers on the remaining taps.

Moving forward, beer tasting nights will be scheduled for inside of the May Brothers Building.

“We want to bring in the brewers, maybe on a Saturday have them come in and talk to the people about their process and breweries,” Ellis said. “It’s very much going to be an interactive pint room where we encourage the breweries to come and be present in the building on a regular basis. And that’s something they love anyway, just showing off their product and talking about their beer.”

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