“I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
President Roosevelt uttered that now famous line 85 years ago, right after signing the act that became the major first step toward ending Prohibition. On April 7, 1933, people were allowed to again brew, distribute and purchase beer legally for the first time in 13 years in the United States.
That day is the inspiration behind National Beer Day observed on April 7, which this year conveniently falls on a Saturday. Wichita craft beer brewers and the Wichita bars serving craft beer will also celebrate Kansas Craft Beer Week later in the month, April 16-22. A statewide collaboration among Kansas brewers happened in Wichita earlier this year and the resulting kegs will be tapped to celebrate that week. Watch social media for more details.
Every year, Wichita has more reasons to celebrate when it comes to beer. River City Brewing has marked its 25th year of serving craft beer to Wichitans, the long-time brew pub gets more company every year and already this year we have confirmation that The Anchor is the best beer bar in the state. Wichita also now has its first craft brewery bus tour operator: Brew Wagon Tours likes to say they will drive you to drink. Not only do they do the driving, they have access to brewery tours and talking to brewmasters.
Whether you take a tour with Brew Wagon Tours or make your own self-guided brewery tour, please drink responsibility. Below is a list of Wichita’s craft breweries and before you head out, read this blog post for suggestions on Wichita craft beers you need to try. Remember to consult a brewery’s current tap list on social media before visiting as the selection changes daily with beer brewed in small batches.
Aero Plains Brewing
Central Standard Brewing
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
Limestone Beer Co.
Nortons Brewing Co.– opening very soon, check social media before heading out
River City Brewing Co.
Third Place Brewing
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria East
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West