Pop culture's most famous noncartoon beer drinker is coming to Omaha's second beer festival of the season.
George Wendt will make an appearance both Friday and Saturday during Omaha Beer Fest at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village this weekend.
Wendt, who played Norm on “Cheers,” will sign and sell copies of his book, “Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional's Guide to Beer,” mingle with fans, and, no doubt, sample a few of the more than 200 American craft beers available at the festival.
“I grew up watching 'Cheers,' so I'm very excited about this,” said Jen Kocher, the event's executive producer.
This year's festival will feature brews from about 50 American breweries, as well as additional beers from home brewers in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The event will also feature four live bands and various hourlong classes about beer. Among the class topics are the art of pairing beer with bacon and the resurgence in popularity of saisons.
Kocher is expecting the beer-and-bacon pairing class to go over especially well. Kocher, who also organizes Omaha Restaurant Week, polled food industry friends about where to find the best bacon in town. Tommy Colina's Kitchen won out, and the restaurant will be providing various flavors of bacon for the class to try with a variety of beer. Kocher has also organized classes pairing beer with cupcakes and beer with Nebraska cheeses.
The classes will be taught by visiting brewers in town for the festival. In fact, most of the participating breweries are sending a brewer or other employee, giving festivalgoers a unique opportunity to ask questions about their favorite brews, Kocher said.
“You might have your favorite beer poured by the guy who made it,” she said.
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