First impression: Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria

I like pizza, and I like beer, so I’ve been curious about the new Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria, which opened a couple of weeks ago at 8815 W. 13th in the old Play It Again Sports space.

I had a chance to check it out last night, and my early report is pretty positive.

After some initial trouble finding the place (it’s in an L-shaped strip center on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler) I walked in to an attractive, nicely arranged dining room. The air conditioning was struggling to keep up, but since the heat dome has mercifully left town, that wasn’t too much of an issue.

We were told that the menu, which I’m linking to here so you can peruse it, is just a temporary menu and that the real ones are on the way. But the content should be mostly the same.

Several pizzas sounded good, but we settled on the Gregorian Feast ($8.95), made with Italian sausage, roasted garlic, mushrooms, mozzarella and red sauce, and the Cappicola Sunshine ($9.75), topped with sliced pineapple, cappicola ham, red and yellow peppers and red sauce.

Both pizzas, which were roughly nine-inchers, were good, though we preferred the Cappicola Sunshine, which featured a generous helping of delicious shaved Cappicola ham. The crust was super thin and crispy, having been cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. Two salads that came with our kids pizzas ($3.99 for a personal pepperoni) were also good, particularly the tangy Caesar. 

Several other things on the menu looked tempting, including some stuffed mushrooms and wood-fired jalapenos from the appetizer menu, and a pizza called Buffalo Perfection, made with buffalo chicken, red and yellow peppers and fresh mozzarella over Alfredo sauce and choice of ranch or blue cheese drizzle.

OH! And the beer. I also tried a glass of Half-Wit Wheat, which was a little more punch than wheat beer I’m used to and was cloudy not clear. But I liked it! You can see the list of available beers on the menu as well.

And I will go back if for no other reason than I simply must try the peanut butter s’more pizza on the dessert menu, featuring pizza dough topped with smooth peanut butter, chocolate sauce, marshmallows and graham cracker crumbles and a light honey drizzle.

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and noon to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-440-2885.