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Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria to open in former Play It Again Sports space

WICHITA — Around the time the weather is warming up and you want a cold beer, Jeremy Horn and Greg Gifford hope to be ready to serve you one.

The businessmen are opening Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler.

Horn describes the business as a brewery that serves food.

"We want it to be a friendly, family-type of environment."

There will be a wood-fired brick oven to make pizza and sandwiches.

There will be a small brewing system as well, with five or six year-round beers — such as Belgian ale and a wheat beer — along with four or five seasonal beers at a time.

Once a month, they'll throw in a special release "just to kind of do something kind of crazy," Horn says.

Horn is a money manager for an insurance company. Gifford is a real estate investor.

They'll handle the promotional side of the business but hire an experienced manager to run the restaurant.

Ideally, they'd like to be open by April, but May is looking more likely.