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Wait, what? Wichita a surprising entry on travel site’s ‘cool’ list

2016: Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria’s new brewing facility

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria is ready to make and can beer in its new 18,000 square-foot brewhouse in south Wichita. Video by Denise Neil / Feb. 25, 2016
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Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria is ready to make and can beer in its new 18,000 square-foot brewhouse in south Wichita. Video by Denise Neil / Feb. 25, 2016

Camp with wild ponies in Maryland. Sled down sand dunes in New Mexico. Take a wine train through Napa Valley. Drink a beer in Wichita.

One of these activities is not like the others.

Or is it?

Late last week, the website www.thrillist.com put out a list titled “The Coolest End-of-Summer Things to Do Across America,” and Wichita made the list alongside some pretty prestigious company.

    The New York-based site, which focuses on food, drink, travel and entertainment, polled its contributing writers for ideas about how to end the summer in style, from coast-to-coast, and they sent back 17 pretty dreamy ideas.

    Among them: Eating fresh-from-the-ocean seafood on a dock in Martha’s Vineyard; kayaking past skyscrapers on the Chicago river; drinking cocktails in San Francisco’s famous Dolores Park; and hot air ballooning over Pennsylvania Amish Country.

    Contributor Bruce Northam, a freelance travel writer, went a different way.

    The headline of his contribution: Enjoy a responsible booze tour in Wichita, the former cradle of prohibition.

    “Wichita may be flat, but the people, culture and beer ain’t,” he writes.

    His article goes on to talk about how Wichita transformed from a lawless home of boozing and brothels to a straight-laced center of prohibition – and that it held on to prohibition polices longer than any other state.

    “That buzzkill cloud has, over time, evaporated. Totally,” he writes. “Wichita’s main drag, Douglas Avenue, is now within lasso reach of eight rocking brewpubs including Central Standard Brewing (picnic-tabled patio) and Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria (two wood-fired locales). Enjoy a beerdom tour de force without traffic jams.”

    He also gives shouts out to Wichita’s Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, live music joints and art galleries, and he names Public at the Brickyard and The Anchor as don’t miss stops.

    You can see the full article here.

    Co-owner Greg Gifford has used his metal-working skills to fill his restaurants with unique decor -- and the "beer-amid." Video by Denise Neil/Oct. 28, 2015

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