Wichitans have fewer excuses every day for drinking boring beer.
Not only can the city claim two homegrown breweries — River City Brewery Co. in Old Town and Wichita Brewing Co. and Pizzeria in west Wichita — but the number of restaurants serving craft beers seems to grow all the time.
This weekend, Wichita Brewing Co. is celebrating its one-year anniversary by brewing some of its original beers, testing out some new ones and putting them all on sale.
Also, Wichita has just gained a new beer purveyor in BJ’s Brewhouse, which opened a couple of weeks ago at Kellogg and Rock Road. Though BJ’s doesn’t brew its beers on site — they’re shipped in from the brewing headquarters in Texas — the menu boasts a long list of tasty pints, from pale ale to porter.
Following is a list of some of the many establishments in Wichita and beyond that cater to connoisseurs of beer.
Made in Wichita
The restaurant has become known for its “epic” beers, which offer a higher alcohol content, and this summer, the brewers have been experimenting with infusing fruit into the wheat beers. This weekend’s one-year anniversary celebration will feature watermelon-flavored beer. (The peach just ran out.) The bar has six standard beers that always are on tap, including a wheat, an India pale ale and a vanilla porter, and it rotates out one or two seasonal specials.
Horn said he’s surprised a town Wichita’s size has only two breweries that make their beers from scratch. But the number of people who appreciate craft beer in Wichita is growing, he said.
“I think people just generally enjoy good flavors and robust flavors,” he said. “We don’t eat Triscuit crackers every night for dinner. We want flavor. Once people realize you can get diverse flavors in beer, something like Bud Light doesn’t have as much appeal.”
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