A new type of pub has recently opened in the Fallbrook Town Center of Lincoln, Nebraska. SchillingBridge Cork & Tap House is a newly-minted gastropub that is making waves with its microbrewery, wines, and gastronomical food.
The buzz centers around SchillingBridge being more than a restaurant: it is also a micro brewery and tasting room featuring its own house brands of handcrafted beer, along with their award-winning handcrafted wines and signature cocktails. The wines are produced at SchillingBridge Winery in Pawnee City, Nebraska with a small selection of craft beers and wine from other high quality brewers and vineyards.
The geniuses behind the operation are vice president and co-owner 26 year-old Dallas Schilling along with his co-owner sister and president, 29 year-old Kelly (Schilling) Bletscher. Schilling manages restaurant operations while his older sister manages the administrative side of the house.
“SchillingBridge Cork & Tap House gets its uniqueness by being a destination that straddles the line between bar & restaurant and brewery and tasting room,” says Schilling. “We feature our own house brands of craft beer, our family’s award-winning wines (several served on “tap”) which receive star-powered recognition in their infusion in our creative and imaginative food recipe portfolio.”
Bletscher notes how their restaurant was built on the SchillingBridge brand established in 2005 when their parents opened SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery (which at the time was the Nation’s first winery/brewery combo).
“Our trademark just got finalized earlier this month. So now we get to put the little “R” after SchillingBridge Cork & Tap House (R),” she explains. While our family’s SchillingBridge brand is beginning its 10th year, we are amazed at how many folks haven’t heard of us… the most common reaction is “WOW!! Great Wine, Great Beer, Great Food and Great atmosphere… I’m surprised one place can do so many things so well. One of my favorite reviews was ‘Leave it to the Schilling family to take a great thing and make it better!’ SchillingBridge “North” as I call it is a delightful place with attentive staff, great food and of course the awesome SchillingBridge beers and wines.”
Last week I stopped by for lunch, first imbibing on a wine flight of five Nebraska wines. My favorite was the Baco Noir, a dry but fruity red with jammy notes of blackberry and cracked black pepper. I also tasted Edelweiss, a nice floral white sipping wine that can be enjoyed by itself or with fruit or a salad. Schilling then explained to me how the food menu is designed around SchillingBridge’s beverage products infusing the food in creative and imaginative ways.
“I like recipes that blend European flavors with modern day flavor profiles,” said Schilling.
What this really means is that many of their menu offerings are concocted with wine, beer, ale or even vodka. Some of their most popular items are the Scottish Ale beer bread appetizer and the Beer-BBQ Brisket, which is smoked on-site, then pulled and smothered with both their Scottish Ale BBQ sauce and their Extra Pale Ale cheese sauce. For dessert their Scottish Ale Beer Bread Pudding drizzled with their Scottish Ale Caramel sauce is a hands down winner with customers.
The Cork & Tap House also brings in live entertainment on specified evenings and features fun events like the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest,” “Sunshine in the Wintertime Beach Party,” and a “21 & over Easter Egg Hunt” as a sampling of their festivities.
“And we do all this while never forgetting our focus of welcoming new guests into our SchillingBridge “family,” Schilling and Bletscher say in unison.
ShillingBridge Cork & Tap House
575 Fallbrook Blvd., Suite 109
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 am-11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am -12 am.