Dining With Denise Neil

Central Standard, Hopping Gnome add yet another day to their schedules

Almost exactly a year ago, Wichita beer drinkers were celebrating the addition of Wednesdays to the schedules of two popular near-downtown breweries.

Now it’s 2018, and Tuesdays are the thing.

Ever since Central Standard Brewing at 156 S. Greenwood and Hopping Gnome Brewing at 1710 E. Douglas had opened in 2015, both had offered fairly limited hours and only on Thursday through Sunday nights. Citing demand from their customers, both added Wednesday hours last January.

Now, both are adding Tuesdays.

Starting in late December, Central Standard started opening from 3 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.

“We had heard from many of our customers that was the only day through the week they could come in, so we wanted to be available for them as well,” said co-owner, Sumer Crane.

Hopping Gnome will follow suit next week, when they’ll open for their first Tuesday. They’ll celebrate the addition with an event featuring tacos for sale and $1 off beers. The $1 off beer will become a standard Tuesday special, said co-owner Stacy Lattin.

Tacos will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan 9, but the new Tuesday hours are 3 to 10 p.m.

“We've had several customers ask if we would open on Tuesdays, and Piatto Pizza next door has mentioned they do pretty well on Tuesday evenings,” Lattin said. “We have also heard from business travelers that they always want to stop by when they are in town, but often leave by Wednesdays when we normally open.”

Both brewerys hours now are 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3 to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Also in 2017, Aero Plains Brewing at 117 N. Handley expanded its hours and now is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, from noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

And of course, local craft beer is always available at the always open Wichita Brewing Company, River City Brewing Co., Augustino Brewing, which all have restaurants with their breweries.

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