The number of craft breweries in Wichita continued to grow in 2018, and there are more expected to open next year. If you’re a beer fan, no visit to Wichita is complete without checking out our brewery scene. You’ll find fun gathering places full of loyal customers and welcoming, enthusiastic brewers.
With 10 breweries at 12 locations, there are plenty to choose from. You’ll find diversity at the taps, too, whether you’re a beer aficionado looking for a new adventure or a novice wanting a drinkable beer to match your tastes while hanging out with friends.
Here’s a look at 10 beers in Wichita worth trying. Be sure to check the brewery’s current tap list before visiting, as beer selections change frequently.
Wingman Wheat at Aero Plains Brewing is an orange citrus wheat beer, a tasty tie to the city’s aviation heritage and our state’s wheat production.
Liquid Deception at Augustino Brewing Company is a vanilla hazelnut American porter for the adventurous.
Single String Stout
Single String Stout at Bricktown Brewery - East uses chocolate roasted malts for a fully roasted flavor balanced with sweetness.
Red Cicada gives you a taste of the sours for which Central Standard Brewing is known. The tart is brewed with hibiscus, ginger, lime, chamomile and Kansas salt. Watch their tap list, too, for the return of Pushing Trees, a limited edition Norwegian raw ale that won a gold medal in the historical beer category at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Sepia Amber at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company medaled in the American-Style amber/red ale category at the Great American Beer Festival. It has a strong malt character with subtle notes of coffee, caramel and nutty flavors.
The Keeper sour biere de arde at Limestone Beer Co. is a tribute to the iconic Keeper of the Plains 44-foot statue just a few blocks from this downtown brewery. Expect caramel notes and subtle spiciness with hints of pear and white grapes.
Don’t Poke The Bear
Don’t Poke The Bear at Nortons Brewing Co. is an imperial milk stout served on nitro for an extra creamy mouthfeel. It’s brewed with a homemade Dutch cocoa syrup, cocoa nibs, Tahitian vanilla beans and Kenyan AA cold brewed coffee from another Wichita favorite: Espresso To Go Go.
Emerald City Stout
Order the flagship Emerald City Stout at River City Brewing Co. Roasted barley and chocolate malts give this brew at Wichita’s oldest brewery a rich and chocolaty flavor. It’s partially carbonated with nitrogen to produce a fine, long-standing head and creamy texture.
Red Truck IPA
Red Truck IPA at Third Place Brewing offers a traditional American IPA with a mild body and a big dose of West Coast hops that uses hop bursting techniques.
Shaven Yak from Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria - West and Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria - East has medaled in the English-style brown ale category at both the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. Expect a rich toasted and nutty fullness that finishes with a light fruity dryness.
If you’re interested in a guided tour, sign up for Brew Wagon Tours, the only local brew bus tour in Wichita.