Category Archives: Beer

Loft 150 reopens as The Loft with many upgrades

The Loft is remodeled and ready to go.

The Loft is remodeled and ready to go.

The major remodel of River City Brewing Co.’supstairs bar, Loft 150, is finally done, and it re-openened on Wednesday with a new look, a new name and several upgrades.

The space, which the restaurant’s owners added in 2001, will now be known just as The Loft. Owners closed it down in late April, and construction has been ongoing ever since.

The Loft now has a fixed-up upstairs deck with a view of Old Town, and it has and two new garage doors that allow easy access outdoors as well as a bar pass through.

The inside bar now has all wood floors, all 16 of the brewery’s beers on tap, and a new custom-made “tap tower.” Customers can order the full menu upstairs as well as downstairs. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights will resume at The Loft, too.

The Loft’s hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The upstairs patio is open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only.

For more information, call  316-263-2739

Women brew up some knowledge at Wichita beer club

The beauties and the beers that make up Wichita's Beauties and the Beers club

The beauties and the beers that make up Wichita’s Beauties and the Beers club

For this week’s Go! section, I’ve written a story about a local club I think I’d like to join.

It’s called Beauties and the Beers, and the group’s members have been meeting once a month since last August at River City Brewing Co., 150 N. Mosley.

The club is for women only and allows them to learn about and sample different varieties of beers. Club members report forming not only an appreciation for craft beers but also for forming close friendships.

The next meeting is July 17, and you have to have a ticket to go.

Read my story to find out how to get one.

Breweries in Kansas just keep appearing

Craft beer lovers in Kansas have fewer and fewer reasons to travel to Colorado to get their fix. Kansas breweries just keep multiplying, in Wichita and beyond.

River City brew master Dan Norton taps a firkin at the restaurant.

River City brew master Dan Norton taps a firkin at the restaurant.

For our Perfect Summer section, which was published in the newspaper on Sunday, I was tasked with coming up with a list of breweries in Kansas. I thought I could just quickly update a list I’d compiled  in 2012, but once I started my research, I realized that many, many breweries have opened in just the two years since I’d written that first story.

Salina has two new ones. Emporia has one. And Wichita is about to gain a fourth. Beer fans can spend their whole summers, if they wanted, traveling to Kansas’ different breweries for dinner, samples and tours.

Here’s my most recent list. 

Amber Waves a new beer fundraiser by Starkey

I count any day I find out about a new beer/wine fundraiser as a good day. Today was one of those days.

Amber Waves Logo Large

Jamie Opat from Starkey, Inc., stopped by to tell me about Amber Waves, a new beer stroll planned for May 16 in Delano. It sounds sort of like the popular Winefest Walkabout only with beer in Delano instead of wine in Old Town.

The event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors’ d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. Already signed up are stores such as All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse and Twist Yarn Shop.

The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc.  More information and tickets are available at www.amberwavesict.com. 

Beer has the starring role in Tallgrass fundraiser

hops and barleyThe Hops, The Malts and The Barley is a fundraiser for the Tallgrass Film Association scheduled for Friday that will feature local bars restaurants competing to make the best “beer cocktail.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas, and among the bars and restaurants competing to make the best mixed drink using craft beers are The AnchorHeroesLarkspurThe MonarchMort’sPublic at the Brickyarand Taste & See. The winning cocktail will be featured at a VIP party during October’s Tallgrass Film Festival.

Tickets are $80 in advance at www.tallgrassfilmfest.com or $90 at the door and include complimentary wine, 12 craft beers on tap and martinis for sale. It’ll also have food by Olive Tree Catering and music by DJ Carbon.

Oskar Blues’ arrival a big deal for craft beer lovers

Oskar-Blues-Brewing-Logo2A popular craft beer from Colorado arrived in Wichita restaurants and liquor stores last week and is causing much excitement among local beer lovers said Jerrod Gearhart, who works for local liquor distributor House of Schwan.

Oskar Blues Brewery is based in Longmont, Colo., and also has a location in Brevard, N.C. It’s produces some of the country’s most popular craft beer and recently decided that Kansas would become the 34th state to be able to sell it.

Starting on March 10, liquor stores and restaurants statewide started introducing the beer with big release parties.

It’s now available at The Anchor, The Monarch and River City Brewing Company. Oskar Blues is the the first beer River City has ever tapped that it didn’t make itself. The restaurant also has it in cans and will continue to serve the beer until it runs out.

People also can buy Oskar Blues brews, which are served from stores in cans only — no bottles —  in liquor stores such as Goebel, Jacob, R&J and ABC.

Oskar Blues makes several different brews with fun names such as Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale and G’Knight Imperial Red IPA. Its Dale’s Pale Ale is the most common beer served in bars on tap.

The beer is being sold all over the state and is another sign that Kansas has made it as a beer state, Gearhart said.

“It shows that Kansas is really catching on to the craft beer scene,” he said.

Wichita: It’s time to plan St. Pat’s day eating, drinking

Even as you read this, the Shamrock's Dave Stough is preparing to cook all sorts of Irish fare.

Even as you read this, the Shamrock’s Dave Stough is preparing to cook all sorts of Irish fare.

Wichita doesn’t have a particularly large Irish population, but it is home to a whole lot of people who like to eat corned beef and cabbage and drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day.

The big green day is on Monday, so it’s time to start planning St. Patrick’s Day strategy.

Today’s Go! section has all sorts of information that can help you. I wrote a story about the popular annual corned beef and cabbage dinner that Dave Stough has served up for 11 years at the Shamrock, 1724 W. Douglas. He’ll be back at it on Monday, and he’ll also be serving Irish breakfast and Irish baked potato soup on Saturday in conjunction with the annual Historic Delano St. Patrick’s Day parade. (There’s also a separate breakfast associated with the Delano parade.)

We also have information on where the green beer will be flowing at local bars, information about the annual Blarney Breakfast benefiting Rainbows and news on another restaurant that will dole out corned beef on Monday.

Strong Ale Fest 5 is on Saturday

unnamed (35)I’m mostly a wine girl, so I always assumed that the Strong Ale Fest was a celebration of beers that tasted really, really strong. The dark stuff that makes my mouth pucker and that I can handle only about four sips of before giving up.

Not so, I learned this week when interviewing its founder and organizer, Anchor owner Schane Gross. Strong Ale simply has a high alcohol contest — 8 percent or higher — and beers that fit its definition can have a deceptively light flavor.

On Saturday afternoon, 200 beer fans will storm the Anchor at 1109 E. Douglas to sample more than 100 super strong beers. Some of it is rare stuff that can cost up to 90 cents an ounce.

I have a story coming out in Friday’s Go! section about the festival, but you can read it now. Tickets are $40. And word to the wise — don’t try to visit the Anchor for non-Strong Ale Fest business on Saturday afternoon. It’s closed to the non-attending public until 5 p.m.

Arena-adjacent bar and pizza place open on Friday

The new Jetty's Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

The new Jetty’s Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

Mickey Lynch is ready to open his two-venues-in-one business, and he officially will on Friday.

At 5 p.m., both his Jettys Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue will open at 222. S. Commerce, just north of Intrust Bank Arena and south of the old Spaghetti Works building.

Jetty’s is a pizza restaurant that will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Walkers Bar and Venue will have bar food, drinks and live music several times a week. It’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The two businesses will be connected by a door, and people patronizing either one can order from the next-door menu, too.

On Saturday, Walkers will feature local band Blue Eyed Soul performing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Those who want to check out Walkers before the opening day can do so on Wednesday. Hoping to attract people headed to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, Lynch is opening Walkers from 4 to 11 p.m. serving a limited menu.

Musical beer dinner at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen

Dine and drink with Daniel.

Like food? Like beer? Like classical music?

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen will be the site on Tuesday of a dinner that will team Tanya with River City Brewing Co. and The Wichita Sumphony. 

The dinner’s special guests will be Daniel Hege, music director and conductor of the symphony, and concertmaster John Harrison. The dinner will have four courses and beer pairings from River City. The music men will lead diners through recordings of the music the sypmhony will perform at its Nov. 16-17 concerts.

Tickets are $40 a person by following this link.

Bravo!