The owner of Crescent Moon Ale House plans to open a brewery in Benson.
Bill Baburek, owner and general manager of Crescent Moon, Beertopia, Huber House and Max & Joe's — collectively known as Beer Corner USA — confirmed Wednesday that he bought a building at 6115 Maple St. in April. The space currently houses Silver of Oz. That business plans to relocate at the end of the May, and renovations to the space will begin shortly thereafter.
Baburek said he expects it will be a year or more until the brewery is open for business. Aaron Bush will be the head brewer at the yet-to-be-named brewery, Baburek said.
Baburek plans to have around 18 beers on tap at any given time, and to collaborate with home brewers to create smaller batches.
Plans for the brewery have been in the works for years, initially in the neighborhood of Beer Corner USA at 36th and Farnam Streets, Baburek said.
When he ran out of space in his own building, and couldn't find anything else close, he decided Benson — home to Jake's, Beercade and Krug Park — was the next best thing.
"It's becoming a beer destination, with three good beer bars already open there," he said.
An open house of the new space -- complete with food and beer samples -- is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m., during the Benson Beer Festival.
For more on the new brewery, see Thursday's World-Herald and check back on Omaha.com