Wichita might not have the largest selection of craft beer but its brewmasters take great pride in offering quality craft beer and inviting atmospheres that will bring you back. Wichitans love good, local beer and that is driving the craft breweries in Wichita to continue keeping things fresh and new.
Want to try the oak-fermented tart beer brewed in Wichita that won a silver medal in the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition? Stop at Central Standard Brewing.
How about a pint from the start-up that was named Best Kansas Brewery at the 2017 Midwest Beerfest in only its second year of operation? Visit the tasting room at Aero Plains Brewing.
River City Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1993 as the first brewpub in Wichita; the others have opened during the past decade. In addition to the above, there’s Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West, Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria East, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Third Place Brewing and Limestone Beer Co.
To learn more about each craft brewery, visit this Wine, Beer & Spirits itinerary.
Other ways to explore Wichita’s craft beer scene:
For a fun, educational and safe way to try multiple craft brews in one evening, book a tour with the Brew Wagon Tours. Wichita's only local brew bus tour does the driving so you can drink responsibly.
All of the breweries in the city participate in Wichita’s annual Wicked Brew Tour, which has been wildly popular with locals as well as visitors to Wichita.
Every May, the Midwest Beerfest is held in Wichita, providing attendees a chance to sample from more than 400 craft beers, ales, lagers and more from around the United States.
Want to find a restaurant with a strong menu of craft beer, including local brews? Try Bricktown Brewery, Public at the Brickyard, The Hill Bar & Grill, The Monarch, The Anchor or Old Chicago.