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Wichita restaurant gets ink in national beer magazine

Wichita’s Public at the Brickyard is featured in the April issue of BeerAdvocate magazine.
Wichita’s Public at the Brickyard is featured in the April issue of BeerAdvocate magazine.

A Wichita bar and restaurant just got some national ink.

Public at the Brickyard, the Old Town gastropub at 129 N. Rock Island that’s known for its top-rate beer lineup, is featured in the April issue of BeerAdvocate magazine.

The magazine, a monthly Boston-based publications dedicated to covering all things beer, featured Public in its Bar Keep column, written by Austin L. Ray, who also has written for Rolling Stone and other national publications.

Brooke Russell, one of Public’s co-owners, said Ray contacted her after asking his friend, the public relations manager for Boulevard Beer in Kansas City, to recommend bars in Kansas that he liked. The magazine hired a local photographer to take pictures.

The two-page color-spread features a photo of Public’s glowing bar and a portrait of owners Brooke and Travis Russell and Drew Thompson. It also has photos of several of the bar’s beers and of its chicken and waffles.

Russell said she was happy with how the article turned out, even though the author chose to focus on Public’s start and its early days in 2012. That seems so long ago, Russell said, and she was more excited to talk about Wichita’s booming craft beer scene. She did make sure that the tap handles of locally-made beers from Central Standard Brewing and Hopping Gnome Brewing were in the photo of the bar.

“Their angle was definitely kind of the beginnings of the restaurant and what it was like to start the restaurant,” Brooke Russell said. “We hadn’t talked about those things a very long time, so it fun to revisit that and talk about what it was like to start the restaurant, especially now after we’ve accomplished having a successful restaurant. It was nice to look back on that.”

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