Intrust Bank Arena is hopping on the craft brew bandwagon by turning a big area on the top level concourse into a destination bar specializing in craft beers, said Christine Pileckas, the arena’s director of sales and marketing.
The new bar will be called Brewhaus Bros. and will serve beers brewed in Wichita and Kansas as well as harder-to-find craft beers. It also will have a menu, being designed by the arena’s head chef, Kasey Thexton, that will feature items that pair well with craft beer.
It should all be ready to go by late December or early January.
Brewhaus Bros. will take over the space on the west side of the top concourse that has been operating as the Dog Pound, serving hot dogs and other snacks. It has a large concourse area in front of it – probably the largest in the arena, Pileckas said. (There’s also a lower-concourse Dog Pound that will continue operating.)
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The new craft beer area will have a mix of cocktail tables and stools and tables and chairs that will seat around 100. The arena is also working on signage that will direct people to the new bar who wouldn’t otherwise have a reason to go to the top concourse.
Pileckas said the arena will try to have Brewhaus Bros. open during most events. They’ll likely use it as a special area accessible only to Thunder hockey season ticket holders during Thunder games, when the top concourse is closed.
The arena recently added another destination bar. Last October, The Guitar Bar, decorated with autographed instruments, opened on the main concourse by sections 122/123. It looks out over the arena’s loading dock, and sometimes, fans can see artists and their crews working below pre-show. It’ll serves drinks only, including specialty cocktails.