Carrie Rengers

Third Place Brewing winds through laborious licensing

Jason Algya, left, and Tom Kryzer hope to open Third Place Brewing in downtown Wichita by early summer, which is later than they’d originally planned due to what Algya says is a lengthy licensing process.
Jason Algya, left, and Tom Kryzer hope to open Third Place Brewing in downtown Wichita by early summer, which is later than they’d originally planned due to what Algya says is a lengthy licensing process. The Wichita Eagle

Pilot Jason Algya says he read this week’s news about the future Augustino Brewing with interest, particularly when brewer Augustine Iacopelli told Have You Heard? how long it seems to take each new craft brewery to open in the Wichita area.

“It just takes forever,” Algya says.

He and ear surgeon Tom Kryzer are learning that the hard way while trying to open their Third Place Brewing downtown.

Algya says they’ve been paying for their space at 630 E. Douglas just west of the railroad overpass for more than a year now.

“It’s starting to get expensive,” he says.

The two have their state licensing, Algya says, but they’re waiting on federal licensing before he thinks they can begin brewing.

“I hope it’s imminent.”

Then they need their city liquor license before they can begin selling to the public.

“We’ve been painting and building our bar and cleaning it all up, so it’s starting to look like something,” Algya says.

The brewery’s name is inspired by one of Kryzer’s daughter’s anthropology classes.

The idea is first place is home, second place is work, and third place is a spot to hang out or commune, generally without societal distinctions. Think of an English pub.

Algya hopes Third Place Brewing could be ready by June.

“That would be nice.”

Algya isn’t sure why licensing takes so long.

“You tell me,” he says.

“It seems that it’s everybody’s experience. It’s pretty frustrating. It would be nice if something changed.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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