Whats Brewing In September

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Here are all the upcoming events we will be at in the next month!

Wichita Brewing Company 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

This is our third year hosting a golf tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club. Thirty six teams of four people each help to raise money for the Kansas Food Bank. The tournament is full, thank you for the support!

 

Kansas State Fair

The Kansas State Fair runs from Friday, September 7th till Sunday, September 16th. Our V6 will be pouring all week at the Grand Stand.

Visit www.kansasstatefair.com for more information.

Frontiers in Flight Open House and Air Show

This is an event hosted at McConnell Air Force Base and it is free to the public. The event is being held Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th at 9 a.m. both days. Our beer trailer will be out pouring beer both days, so make sure to look for us! We will be pouring V6, 5:02, Berlemoner, Wushock Wheat, and Longball Lager.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/659459527729457/ for more information.


Zoobilee

Saturday, September 8th is also Zoobilee. Ticket prices are $150. Roam the wilds of the Zoo while enjoying delicious food and drinks from some of your favorite Wichita restaurants. Bid on hundreds of unique items at the Zoo’s one-of-a-kind Silent Auction, “adopt” your favorite Zoo animal in the Live Auction, and dance the night away with live performances throughout the party! Look for us pouring beer next to the giraffes and the rhinos.

Visit https://scz.org/event/zoobilee for more information.

Kansas Beers, Bands, and Public Lands hosted in Manhattan

Find us pouring beer in Manhattan, Kansas on September 8th at this event. Celebrate our public lands with beer, music, raffle prizes and more! All ages welcome. All proceeds go towards protecting our public lands and waters and the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers student club at Kansas State University.

Visit https://www.backcountryhunters.org/kansas_beers_bands_and_public_lands for more information!

Adam Capps opening for Megan Ashley at the Wichita Brewing Company Event Venue

Upcoming country singer-songwriter, Megan Ashley, will be performing at Wichita Brewing Company on Thursday, September 13th. Come bring your friends and family and enjoy some delicious brews, and some good music straight from the Lonestar State! Doors open at 5 P.M. Tickets are $10. You can buy tickets at the door or at www.eventbrite.com.  Adam Capps will be opening for Megan Ashley, show starts at 6 P.M. Full Bar will be available.

Visit the Wichita Brewing Company Event Venue Facebook page for more information.

Yumkin Pumpkin Release Party

It’s finally pumpkin season! We will be releasing Yumkin Pumpkin on tap and in six packs at our production facility on Saturday, September 15th. With every six pack you buy you will get a free pumpkin from Cox Farm Wichita that you will be able to paint while you enjoy your pint of Yumkin Pumpkin. The address for our production facility is 727 E. Osie.

Before the party we will be hosting a bike ride from our east brewpub location to our production facility. If you decide to bike ride to the party we will make sure to have a system in place where you can come to the east location and pick up your cans of beer.

Monday, September 17th will be the day we release the Yumkin Pumpkin in both brewpub locations.

Saison in the Abyss tapping at The Anchor

We are brewing up a sour saison called Saison in the Abyss in collaboration with Hell Bomb Tattoo. This French Saison is anything but traditional. Pale in color, refreshingly tart in flavor, thirst – quenchingly dry in after taste, and satisfyingly estery and hoppy. It is a melody on your senses that can only be understood by trying it. Once you’re in the abyss, anything goes. We will be hosting a tapping at the Anchor on September 29th. More details to come.

Events happening outside of Wichita:

Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition in Denver, CO. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. This amazing event runs from September 20 – September 22. There are four sessions to which you can buy tickets.

Last year at Great American Beer Fest we won a silver medal for our brown ale, the Shaven Yak.

Grand Slam Craft Beer, Wine, & Spirits Fest in Gardner, Kansas

Get ready beer, wine & spirits fans! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 28, 2018 as Gardner Parks and Recreation brings you the award-winning, second annual, Grand Slam Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest. Local breweries, wineries and (NEW THIS YEAR) distilleries will be on hand in the outfields at Celebration Park to share their creations of libations with you. We’ll also have non-alcoholic beverages onsite for you to enjoy.

Visit http://www.gardnerkansas.gov/government/departments-and-divisions-/parks-and-recreation/special-events/grand-slam-beer-wine-festival for more information.

Salina On Tap in Salina, Kansas

Stop thinking, and start DRINKING. Salina on Tap is back in Heritage Hall at Tony’s Pizza Events Center on September 29th! Enjoy some of your favorite craft brands, discover local brews and try some flavors exclusively offered at this event! Tickets start at $35 for general admission which includes a food voucher and unlimited beer samples, and $60 for the VIP ticket which includes all general admission privileges PLUS an extra hour of tasting, t-shirt and pint glasses!

Visit http://www.tonyspizzaeventscenter.com/events/salina-on-tap for more information.

Festival of the Lost Township in Raytown, Missouri

The 4th Annual Festival of the Lost Township celebrates brewers, distillers, winemakers, meadmakers, bakers, coffee roasters, and many other artisan makers. Hosted by Crane Brewing, In Partnership with Brewtopia. 100% of the proceeds benefit Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club and their children’s programs. This event will be held Saturday, September 29th.

Visit http://www.festivalofthelosttownship.org/ for more information.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce Festival of Beer in Osage, Kansas

Gather with other beer aficionados to sample beer and fermented beverages brewed in Kansas and beyond during the Osage City Chamber of Commerce Festival of Beer. At the fourth annual beer festival, more than 50 varieties of beverages were sampled. This event will be held Saturday, September 29th.

Visit http://www.osagecitychamber.com/home/happening-osage-city/ for more information.

To all our friends in Wyoming you can still find us at liquor stores in Casper, Gillette, and Sheridan.

Respectfully yours, 

Wichita Brewing Company 

Beer Lineup For Seven Year Anniversary Party

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Anniversary Week has arrived once again and we are happy to announce we have a beer list ready for you.

On Friday, the party starts out east at 11 a.m.  All beers on tap will be a $1 off and we will have certain beers available in cans (listed below).  Starting at noon, the event venue will open up across the street for an open house.  Appetizers will be available until 5 p.m.  Food will be available for purchase at 5 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. with the band The Plains. There will be ten taps pouring beer and also available cans. Beer will be available to-go once you are done at the party, including Seal Team 6 four packs for only $4.

On Saturday, the party starts out west at 11 a.m. with all draft beers $1 off. During the evening the patio will open and our beer trailer will be out with ten taps pouring the beers listed below, cans will also be available outside. Live music starts at 7 p.m. with the band Reach for the Sky. Look for Seal Team 6 packs for $4 to take home with you.

If you want to get the party started a little bit earlier on Saturday, there will be a pre-party bike ride starting at 9 a.m.  Meet at the west Wichita Brewing Company location and bike ride to our production facility at 727 E. Osie. There will be an open house where you can tour our facility where the magic happens, and there will also be beer available for sampling. If you aren’t that big into bike riding you can still swing by, the bike ride should take approximately 45 minutes each way. We will bike ride back to the west side around noon.

There are five beers that we put on tap just for this special occasion. Those beers include:

  • Grapefruit V6 – Double the grapefruit compared to the beer we released last year.
  • Berry Berlemoner – Same great sour wheat but we went ahead and added some raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
  • Barrel Aged Seal Team 6 – Aged in a George Dickel Rye Whiskey Barrel
  • Scicilia II – Sour red ale fermented in wine barrels with Roeselare Blend.  Roeselare is a mixed culture blend of wild yeast, bacteria and ale yeast.
  • Catherine III 2018 – Aged in whiskey barrels and then we added vanilla and coffee beans.

Also available for purchase will be year seven anniversary shirts for $20.

Wichita Brewing Company Event Venue Taps For Friday, August 3rd

  1. Ale of a Wine
  2. Eisenweizen Hefeweizen
  3. One Hopper Pale Ale
  4. Belgian Dubbel
  5. Between the Rind Watermelon Ale
  6. Scicilia II
  7. Barrel Aged Seal Team 6
  8. Catherine the III 2018
  9. Berry Berlemoner
  10. Grapefruit V6

Wichita Brewing Company Beer Trailer Taps For Saturday, August 4th

  1. Ale of a Wine
  2. Eisenweizen Hefeweizen
  3. One Hopper Pale Ale
  4. Belgian Dubbel
  5. Between the Rind Watermelon Ale
  6. Scicilia II
  7. Barrel Aged Seal Team 6
  8. Catherine the III 2018
  9. Berry Berlemoner
  10. Grapefruit V6

Brewpub Taps for East and West

  1. Rootbeer
  2. Cream soda
  3. Thunder Blonde
  4. One Hopper Pale Ale
  5. Belgian Dubbel
  6. Between the Rind Watermelon Ale
  7. Ale of a Wine
  8. Kiwi Do You Love Me
  9. Eisenweizen Hefeweizen
  10. Voyage on the 3 C’s
  11. V6 IPA
  12. Wushock Wheat
  13. Shaven Yak
  14. Longball Craft Lager
  15. Scicilia II
  16. Barrel Aged Seal Team 6
  17. Catherine the III 2018
  18. Berry Berlemoner
  19. Grapefruit V6

Available Cans

  1. V6 – $3
  2. WBC Wheat – $3
  3. 5:02 Amber – $3
  4. Valleyview Vanilla Porter – $3
  5. Shaven Yak – $3
  6. Longball Craft Lager – $3
  7. Wushock Wheat – $3
  8. Berlemoner – $4
  9. V12 – $5
  10. Catherine the III – $5
  11. Ale of a Wine – $5
  12. Scicilia – $5
  13. Seal Team 6 – $2

If there are any changes to the line-up we will make sure to post about it on Facebook.

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Wichita Brewing Upcoming Events

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We have a lot of things brewing in the upcoming weeks.

Jared Daniels Concert

Thursday July 26th the Wichita Brewing Company Event Venue will be hosting its first concert. Jared Daniels, a Nashville recording artist and Kansas native, will be playing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door but you can also purchase them online to guarantee your spot. Wichita Brewing Company beer and cocktails will be available for purchase. Come enjoy a night of country music and our first ever event open to the public at our new venue. Tickets available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jared-daniels-wichita-brewing-co-event-center-tickets-48224379417?aff=efbeventtix .

Dam Music Festival

We will be at the 2nd annual Dam Music Fest in El Dorado for all your craft beer needs. Look for the beer trailer where we will be serving cans of Longball, Wushock Wheat, V6, and Berlemoner. Friday night, July 27th enjoy artists such as Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis, The Cadillac Three and more. Saturday night, July 28th headliner Toby Keith will take the stage along with other country artists. For more information about Dam Music Fest visit https://www.dammusicfest.com/ .

7th Anniversary Party at Wichita Brewing Company East

For our 7th anniversary we are going to switch things up a little bit. On Friday August 3rd we are going to hold the party at our east side location. All day will be $1 off draft beer, with some special beers on tap. Across the way at the venue we will be holding an open house that starts at noon. Check out our newly remodeled venue and have a beer. Small appetizers will be available during the open house with regular food service starting at 5 p.m.  At 7 p.m. the band The Plains will start. The Plains are a local band consisting of four dudes from the heartland of America serving up a fresh concoction of funk, soul, RnB, and rock n roll sure to make you want to move. The band will wrap up around 9 p.m. and you can make your way back to the east store where the party will continue till 11 p.m. Keep updated about this event on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/255681018539872/

7th Anniversary Party at Wichita Brewing Company West

On Saturday August 4th the party will be located at our West location. The brewpub opens at 11 a.m. with $1 off all drafts but if you are looking for something to do before that you can join us for our pre-party bike ride at 9 a.m. Bike ride with us from our west location to our production facility, at 727 E. Osie. We will be holding an open house at our facility where you can sample beers and take a tour. If you don’t like bike riding but still want to hang out with us you can come to the production facility around 10:30 a.m. The open house will end at noon. Starting at 6 p.m. we will open up our parking lot for a patio party including live music from Reach for the Sky and our beer trailer will be out for all your beer needs until 11 p.m. Keep updated about this event on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/925205524546359/

America’s Cup Invitational

The America’s Cup Invitational is a water ski championship happening at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas. Go and watch some of the best water skiers in the world compete. The event runs from Tuesday August 7th to Saturday August 11th. That Wednesday, August 8th, the Hopperoni Express will be out there slinging pizzas. On Friday August 10th our beer trailer will be out serving cans of Longball, Wushock Wheat, V6 IPA and Berlemoner. Check out more about this unique event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2070674353199364/?active_tab=about .

3rd Annual Wichita Brewing Company Golf Tournament

On September 6th our annual golf tournament, benefiting the Kansas Food Bank, will be happening at Rolling Hills Country Club. The golf tournament is a 4 man scramble, costing $400 per team. If you would like to participate in the tournament sign up quick as the number of teams are limited. If you would like to sign up contact Brandon Cooper at 316-779-3656.

Enter to Win Tickets to Dam Music Fest

Tag your Dam friends in the Facebook post that led you to this blog to enter a chance to win tickets to the Dam Music Festival. We have two tickets for Friday night, two tickets for Saturday and also two tickets for both Friday and Saturday. Winners will be picked Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available for pick up at Wichita Brewing Company East.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you soon.

Wichita Brewing Co. 2017 In Review

By | Wichita Brewing Company
Here is a look back at 2017 through some pictures.  2017 was a good year for Wichita Brewing Company and we hope you had a great year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started last year just like we are going to start 2018, with our New Year’s Day specials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started our pizza of the month program and that will also start Jan.1, 2018 with some new places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy and Kyle went to the state capitol, where Jeremy spoke on behalf of Kansas breweries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In March, we held our second annual relay marathon that benefits the Kansas Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In April, we launched “I drank Wichita”, which we will do again in 2018 with some new places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We launched some new brands in 2017 including F’N Ned, Longball Craft Lager, Scicilia, and Oztoberfest to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated our 6th anniversary by hosting parties at WBC West and WBC East.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We held our second annual golf tournament which benefited the Kansas Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totality!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest highlights of the year was winning a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We signed a lease on the building in front of WBC East to be a Venue.  Opening spring of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were in the news a couple of days for someone stealing our truck that we got back the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most recently, we released our newest beer, WuShock Wheat.

 

Hope you enjoyed our year in review and cheers to what 2018 will hold.

 

Respectfully,

Kyle Banick

 

 

WBC Anniversary Party #6

By | Wichita Brewing Company

Party Time:

With the anniversary party fast approaching, it is time to get everyone up to speed on what to expect at our 6th anniversary party.

We are hosting a party of epic proportions at Wichita Brewing Company & Pizzeria West on Friday, August 4th.  Then, doing it all over again on Saturday, August 5th at Wichita Brewing Company & Pizzeria East.  If you have never been before, here is a quick run down of what happens; release new beers, canned beer specials, draft specials, live music, anniversary swag, new swag, and Hopperoni Express serving pizza to the patio party.

New Beer Releases:

This is always the fun part at Wichita Brewing Company.  Brewer’s creativity coming together to showcase new beers that we have been saving for this special occasion.  There will be new canned beers that come from Production, new brews from the East location, new brews from the West location, and some small one-off beers that stem from our year-round beers.  Let’s start with the new canned beers coming from our production facility:

New Production releases:

Scicilia Sour Red is the highlight of all the beers we are releasing this weekend.  This beer has been aging in red wine barrels and our oak foeder (a large wooden storage vessel) for over a year.  The idea of this beer was formed about 4 years ago when we first got some wine barrels delivered to our west location.  One of the wine barrels that we received was stamped on the end with the word “Scicilia.”  Light bulbs went off in our head as that would make a really cool beer name.  The idea was to fill the wine barrels with different beers and sour them in different ways and come up with our own unique blend that we can call our own.  We have released a beer at WBC in the past named Scicilia, however, that is not what this new release is going to taste like.  This version of Scicila came from a small test batch at our production facility where we experimented with souring our Mass Hysteria Rye.  The results were amazing… From there we wanted to take this new found knowledge and turn it into the base of our sour barrel program.  Now with a once used 60 barrel foeder (Catherine III was the inaugural beer in the foeder) and 30 freshly dumped wine barrels, we had some art to make.  The foeder was filled with a kettle soured rye ale (not the Mass Hysteria recipe) and fermented with Brettanomyces, or commonly known simply as “Brett.”  The burgundy color and the spice of the rye blend perfectly with the cherry tartness/sour characteristics that comes from the Brett.  This makes up 70 percent of the beer.  The 30 red wine barrels are now filled with two different types of sours.  Half of the barrels were filled with that same rye ale, but fermented with a different strain called Roeselare Ale Blend.  This strain requires its own blog for describing, but these barrels are just going to sit and age.  The other 15 wine barrels were filled with a light straw-colored kettle soured brew that fermented in stainless using our house yeast.  This strong wood and wine flavored light sour makes up 15 percent of Scicilia.  The other 15 percent of the blend comes from one of our most popular beers not in a can, Belgian Dubbel!   The Dubbel’s color made it an easy choice for consideration and the sweetness of the candi sugar in the Dubblel adds a unique layer to Scicilia.  It took many different blending sessions with many different beers to come up with this combination.  I know, hard work…  We hope that you enjoy our first barrel-aged canned sour.

Oztoberfest, is our German-style Marzen or more popularly known as Oktoberfest.   This will be our first time releasing this lager.  Our traditional style Oktoberfest brings a big malt character with a touch of hops.  A Kansas inspired label for an “Oz” inspired beer.  This beer will be as fresh as it gets as it is being canned on August 3rd.  We hope you enjoy our first Oktoberfest in a can.

Fresh Tappings from the brewpubs:

F’N Ned is making it’s way back on tap after brewing a small batch of it at the East brewery.  F’N Ned has been one of our most asked for beers ever.  A sour IPA that was released in cans a few months ago only to last a short time on the market.

Peachy Wheat is also making its way back on tap.  An easy drinking wheat beer with fresh peaches added during fermentation.  A popular summer seasonal that never lasts long enough for most fans of this beer.  A seven barrel batch was made so it should hang around for a bit.  Cox Farms, off south Seneca in Wichita, is where we go for our fruit.  One of the more difficult fruits to use according to the brewers…

Farmhouse Ramble, coming from the West brewery, is a highly hopped Belgian Saison.  This beer debuted last year and only lasted a short time.   Light in color and moderately high hop aromas and flavors from Calypso and Amarillo make this an extremely satisfying and flavorful beer.  Belgian yeast characteristics are complimented with hints of rye malt spiciness are what make up the backbone of this beer.

One-Off tappings:

These next beers come from our production facility after we unretired our 1.5 bbl brite tanks to use for some special releases.  Beers were transferred through our centrifuge (beer clarifier) into our 60 bbl brites.  Then, 70 gallons were portioned off into the small brite tanks.

Pickle Ball is our Longball Craft Lager dosed with dill seed.  This creates a dill pickle flavored light lager that may or may not help with muscle cramps.  Who doesn’t like a good dill pickle?

CVVVP is our Valleyview Vanilla Porter with cherries.  A perfect fruit match for this year-round staple.  A combination of sweet dark and tart cherries were used.

V.6.Fruit is our beloved V.6 with grapefruit.  We took lots of fresh red grapefruits and halved them before carving out all the lovely pulp and juices into the V.6 IPA.  The resulting beer features perfect harmony between the juiciness of the grapefruit and the citrus-forward characteristics of Cascade and Amarillo hop additions.

Seal Team 6 that was brewed for some new acquired whiskey barrels, will also be on tap.  We filled eight George Dickel rye whiskey barrels with just enough left over to fill the small brite tank.  A slight tweak in this version as we cut some of the aroma hops knowing it is being brewed for aging purposes.   No special ingredients were added in the brite.

Beer Specials:

One way of saying thanks to everyone that have ever supported Wichita Brewing Company is to offer all these beers and then to discount them.   We obviously wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t from the support of all of you.  For that, we say Thank You!  Now for the beer specials.

$3 cans include:  V6 IPA, WBC Wheat, Valleyview Vanilla Porter, 5:02 Amber, Longball Craft Lager, Oztoberfest.

$4 cans include: Catherine III, 5:03 Imperial Red Ale, V12 Imperial IPA.

$1 off all draft

Tentative Draft Line up.  Only say tentative because the Pineapple Gose and the Between the Rind Watermelon Wheat might run out before this weekend.  You will notice some beers missing from the list, they will be offered in cans only.

Just Peachy Wheat, Thunder Blonde, English Mild, F’N Ned, One Hopper, Belgian Dubbel, V.6.Fruit, CVVVP, Pickle Ball, Berlemoner, Barrel Medley, Scicilia, Pineapple Gose, Loosey Goosey, Serenity Now, Between the Rind, Farmhouse Ramble, Seal Team 6, Rootbeer, Cream Soda.

Other Specials:

With the release of Scicilia we are offering it on tap for on premise drinking.  And we are selling 4 packs to go for enjoying off premise at your leisure.  You will be able to get it at our party before it hits the market!  To sweeten the pot of purchasing a 4 pack to go, we are offering a FREE WBC branded 13 oz Belgian beer glass from 11 AM to 3 PM both Friday and Saturday.  Be there early to get your free glass!

We have some new WBC swag available for purchase including our anniversary shirt.  Also, a new tank top with men’s and women’s sizing.  Pick up some new WBC sunglasses or WBC koozie for the patio party.  Out East only on Saturday we discounting some of our merchandise that has been discontinued.  This mini “sidewalk” sale will last from 11 – 3 PM with limited sizes and quantities available.

Looking to try a new pizza this weekend?  We just started serving the new Dempsey’s Burger Pub pizza of the month.  The ingredients are red sauce base drizzled with Dempsey’s house made ketchup, American and shredded white cheddar cheese, Dempsey’s house-made pickles, caramelized onions, and beef then topped with baby arugula and Dempsey’s house-made 1000 island dressing.  It’s called The Up-N-Down-Za!

(Pictured with bacon)

Patio Party:

On Friday, at WBC West, we will section off the north parking lot to expand our patio for the night.  Reach for the Sky, a bluegrass band, will be highlighting the music.  A fun band that has played for us in previous years.  You can find more information about them at reachfortheskyband.com  Hopperoni Express will be slinging pizza for the patio.  All our cans will be available outside too.  Want something not offered on the patio but is inside?  Just tell a server and we will go inside and get it for you.

On Saturday, at WBC East, we will section off the west parking lot to expand the patio for the night.  Jenny Wood and the Watcher’s will be highlighting the music.  Jenny Wood sang at this last year’s Riverfest and we are excited to have them playing at our party.  You can find more information about Jenny Wood at Jennywoodmusic.com  Hopperoni Express will be slinging pizza for the patio.  All our cans will be available outside too.  Want something not offered on the patio but is inside?  Just tell a server and we will go inside and get it for you.

We hope to see everyone there this weekend.   Cheers!

Respectfully,

Wichita Brewing Company

 

Written by Kyle Banick and edited by Jeremy Horn and Ned Vahsholtz.

 

 

 

 

What does 2017 have in store for WBC?

By | Production

It’s time to predict the future of WBC and craft beer!  Well, we wish it was just that easy to do.  Some guy named Teddy Roosevelt said “I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future”.  That being said, we are going to look back at what happened in 2016 first.

2016

Shortly after the start of 2016, in early March, we wrapped up construction on our 18,000 square foot warehouse and fired up our newly acquired brew house.  The brewing equipment came from a well known brewery just a short couple hours north of us, Tallgrass Brewing Company.  We purchased everything they used to make beer except their canning line.  Our brewing friends from El Dorado, Walnut River Brewing Co., purchased that piece of equipment.  Tallgrass moved to a bigger building with bigger equipment.  Excited, anxious, and nervous we began our journey of producing beer for the purpose of being canned and distributed.  We started with three house beers, one seasonal, and one high gravity; WBC Wheat, Valleyview Vanilla Porter, V6 IPA, What Winter? Ale, and Seal Team 6 Black IPA.  These five beers are distributed throughout the State of Kansas by our various wholesalers in the Kansas Craft Alliance.

Armed with a little more knowledge and experience, we started to expand our distribution footprint.  We head north and west to the Hutchinson and Salina markets.  By now we have canned our next round of a seasonal and high gravity, BerLemonEr and Mass Hysteria Rye.  Shortly after getting those markets opened, we opened the rest of Kansas.  We travel throughout Kansas doing many liquor store samplings, beer events, and tap takeovers with the mission of talking to people about our beer and our story.  As our beer travels farther away from Wichita, we find that we need to take advantage of those moments of telling our story when they present themselves.

wbc_5-02amber_can-5:02 Amber-Craft Beers-Brew Pub-Wichita Brewing CompanyWe end the summer and begin the fall with canning two brewpub favorites, Yumkin Pumpkin and V12 Imperial IPA.  Then we add a couple new beers to our lineup, 5:02 Amber and Catherine III.  5:02 Amber is a year round offering and Catherine III is a big barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout that is a one off brand.  After all that took place in a short but long 2016, what will 2017 have in store for us?

2017

Now that we know a little about our past, we can start looking to the future.  We start 2017 with 7 different offerings available in cans, WBC Wheat, Valleyview Vanilla Porter, V6 IPA, 5:02 Amber, What Winter? Ale, Seal Team 6 Black IPA, and Catherine III RIS.  Not a bad lineup, huh?  Get ready for two more brands to hit the market early this year, our first lager and first barrel-aged sour.  The lager is going to be a Bohemian Pilsner that doesn’t quite have a name yet.  We have some ideas on the name though.  This will be will be featured and Lawrence Dumont Stadium, as we are a 2017 Wingnuts sponsor.  Go Nuts!  We are looking to release this beer in early April.  Our next new brand release will be a barrel-aged sour, Scicilia.  We have three different sours aging at this moment.  One kind of sour is aging in a 60 barrel foeder and then two different kinds in wine barrels.  We have been sampling different types of blends for the last two months to figure out the first release.  This beer is set to be released in early 2017.

As we distribute deeper into Kansas, we now begin to look outside our borders to sell our beer.  We have been researching bordering states and what it takes to distribute beyond Kansas.  We have to ask ourselves a lot of tough questions when it comes to selling beer far away from home.   What will differentiate us and our beer from the over five thousand other breweries?  What can we do better to make people want our beer over their local beer?  Do we have what it takes to succeed in an ever growing and changing industry?  Honestly, only time will tell what the future holds for WBC in 2017.  The most we can do is be prepared for anything and everything as it comes our way.  In the meantime, we continue to strive to get better at our craft every day.  Cheers!

Respectfully,

Kyle Banick

Wichita Brewing Company

 

 

A NEW YEAR AND WEBSITE

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Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!  Welcome to our freshly updated website.  Feel free to click around and tell us your thoughts of the new layout.  We would like to thank Nathan and his team at Baseline Creative for being great to work with and putting this together for us.  We plan on running a lot of information through our website, including all our events, beers we package, and everything WBC.  Our hope is that you know everything that we know, well maybe not everything…

WBC hopes that everyone had a Merry Christmas and is planning a safe and happy New Year.  Like last year we will have just what the doctor ordered available on New Year’s Day, BREAKFAST PIZZA AND MEGA BLOODY MARY’S!  A nice addition to this year’s lineup will include WBC mimosas.

The breakfast pizzas are the Flat Plains Pizza, the Dirty South Pizza, and the Springfield Pizza.

 

The first pizza is the Flat Plains Pizza, which is a Kansas omelette pizza.  Capicola, breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, cheddar sauce, steak, onions, red pepper, and mozzarella all on a thin crust with a base of our WBC red sauce.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

 

The second pizza is the Dirty South Pizza which is a breakfast bowl pizza.  Get ready for this one.  It is sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, hash browns, mozzarella, cheddar sauce, and sweet pepper bacon all served on our thin crust.  A personal favorite of the WBC brewers.  It will be your new favorite as well.

 

The third pizza is the Springfield which is a traditional breakfast pizza.  Cheddar sauce, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, mozzarella, and sweet pepper bacon are perfectly positioned on our thin crust.  Never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait for New Year’s Day.

 

Now for a little hair of the dog.  We will have two awesome specials to help get you on track for 2017.  The first one is the mega bloody mary.  This is a bloody mary and a snack in one.  It is our traditional WBC bloody mary served in a pint glass but then garnished with everything.  The garnish includes this wonderful assortment; a hot link, pickle, jumbo shrimp, summer sausage, celery,  cheese cubes, and olives.  To make the bloody mary even better (how do you do that?) you sell them for $4.00 for the bloody mary and $4.00 for the garnish!  That’s a $8 dollar meal and a drink in one.

 

The newest addition to the New Year’s Day line up is the WBC Mimosa.  A classic drink that includes equal parts champagne and orange juice.  Enjoy this kick starter for only $5.

 

Last but certainly not least is our draft lineup.  Sunday is always $3 pints at WBC.  We have 19 tap handles at both locations.  Two of those taps are our own root beer and cream soda.  That leaves 17 taps for the good stuff, WBC hand crafted beer.  Here is our current lineup:

English Mild, Thunder Blonde, WBC Wheat, 5:02 Amber, One Hopper Pale Ale, Belgian Dubbel, V6 IPA, Valleyview Vanilla Porter, Bitter Ol’ Banick, Game Day Wheat, What Winter Ale, Seal Team 6 Black IPA, Kilt Shredder Scotch Ale, Mass Hysteria Rye, Barrel Aged Mass Hysteria Rye, Barrel Medley, and Belgian Sour.

 

We hope you enjoy our new website and have a great end of 2016 and even better 2017.

Cheers from everyone at Wichita Brewing Company!

 

 

 

 

Calling all coffee and craft beer lovers!

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As brewers, most of our brewing starts off early in the morning. Which means we like to drink coffee to get our day started. So naturally we enjoy a hand crafted coffee beer. Last year we brewed four different kinds of coffee stouts using coffee beans from The Spice Merchant. The first coffee bean we used was chocolate mintcicle, which added a nice minty note to the coffee flavor. Then we used a coffee cake bean that added some sweet cinnamon notes to the beer. Our third coffee bean is a fun one to say, organic bali kintamani. This organic coffee bean added a rich coffee flavor to the stout poured on nitro. Our fourth bean that we used was papua new guinea peaberry. The owner of The Spice Merchant helped us pick this rare bean.

We are getting set to brew some more rich imperial coffee stouts, but we want your help. We want help picking out the coffee beans, being on our tasting panel to pick the best bean, and adding the coffee beans in the boil kettle! We need two people to come with us to The Spice Merchant and help us pick out five different coffee beans for testing. Then we need five people to sit on our tasting panel and find the perfect bean. We will steep the coffee into one of our beers and see which coffee flavor and aroma will be best. Then we want one person to help us add the coffee to the boil kettle the day we brew it.

If you would like to help us with our next coffee stout, just comment on the WBC facebook page that this link is shared on. Just comment on which part you would like to help at. We will also pick someone for our #wbcEPICxmas giveaway. Up for grabs is a women’s light blue zip up hoodie. We don’t have any hard dates on when this will take place, so please be flexible with us as we try and pin point some dates. More than likely we will pick coffee beans over the lunch hour. Then do the tasting panel after work around 6 or so. Then the day the beer is brewed, the coffee addition will be around late morning.

Written by Kyle Banick and proofed by Jeremy Horn.

WBC RELAY MARATHON

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As a few of you may know, we are putting on a marathon/relay marathon in March. If someone would just wrap up the details on the on the registration website, we could start registration. #ThatGuyIsMe But anyways, this post is a little about our marathon and why we wanted to put on a race.

Since 1995, Boulevard and FreeState Brewing have been putting on a race to each others brewery. A fun run stretching over 40 miles and can have teams up to 10 run the course. WBC entered it’s first team of 10 in 2014. The idea is that everyone rides in a van together during the race and just drops off the runner for each leg. Then they will drive up to the next interchange and pick up that runner and drop off the next runner. This will happen until everyone has run their leg and you make it to the finish line and celebrate. Sounds simple and fun, right? Well, we tried making that simple process into a logistical nightmare. We somehow didn’t realize that if we all just get in a big vehicle and all ride together throughout the course it would be simple and fun. Each team can only have one car to drop off runners because of parking problems at the interchanges. So we put together this detailed plan on using two vehicles driving runners back and forth from our hotel in Lawrence. It was pure craziness and a massive headache coordinating the cars and runners. At the end of the day everyone ran their leg and we didn’t leave anyone behind. We celebrated our accomplishment of running the course but figured out that we weren’t very smart in our driving approach.

This year we had twenty people want to run on the WBC team for the brew to brew race. So we signed up two teams of ten to run. Being a little smarter than last year, we all met at FreeState in Lawrence and rented vans. FreeState was nice enough to let us park our cars at their production facility over night. We all piled in the two vans and drove to Kansas City for the night. We drove to Boulevard early in the morning and naturally had a beer to start the run. The first two legs of the run were a little challenging as it was during a cold thunderstorm. But rain or shine the race will go on. Luckily it cleared up after that and WBC team #1 dominated WBC team #2. We all met back at FreeState to enjoy some food and a couple well deserved beers.

We really enjoy doing adventurous things like this and want to bring that adventure to Wichita. So on March 13th, WBC, with help from GoRace Management and Timing, are putting on a certified marathon/relay marathon. The course will begin around WBC west and will stretch through Wichita and end at WBC east. If you’re a serious runner this will be a qualifying marathon. For the relay part, it will consist of teams of six. Each leg of the race will be slightly different lengths but you will want your strong runners at the beginning and the end. It will be $90 for a single runner and $40 per person on the teams of six. Each runner will get a participation medal and race shirt. Then after the race we will have a party at WBC east where each runner will get pizza and a couple of WBC beers. We will hand out awards for top 3 men and women, top team of men, top team of women, top 3 of coed teams, and best costume/team costumes. WBC is entering 3 teams to compete against each other, West, East, and Production. Production is the early favorite to take the crown.

Brew to Brew raises money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). We are donating money to Kansas Food Bank. http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/ is their website where they have plenty of programs that they run to help people in need.

A registration link right here would be amazing, but it will be done soon. Look for registration early next week. We will spell out some more details on that site as well. We are also going to be looking for some sponsorship and volunteers to help out with the race. If you’re interested in either of those please contact us at kbanick@wichitabrew.com or jhorn@wichitabrew.com.

Then up for grabs on our #wbcEPICxmas giveaway is a grey WBC hoodie! To be entered to win just tag a friend or friends on the Facebook page that this blog post is shared on that you would like to run with at the marathon.

Written by Kyle Banick and proofed by Jeremy Horn.

WBC Production

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This blog post is going to center around what’s going on at our warehouse these days.

To get everyone up to speed, here is how we got to where we are today. We purchased a warehouse just south of downtown at 727 E. Osie. It’s an 18,000 sf brick building that was previously used to warehouse chemicals. This old brick building will now be the home to our 15 barrel brew house and 60 barrel fermenters. We purchased our brewing equipment from Tallgrass Brewing out of Manhattan, Kansas. We were pretty lucky to stumble across them wanting to sell their equipment. No Tallgrass didn’t go out of business, they upgraded to a new building and bigger brewing equipment.

The building we are in will fit our needs perfectly once we are done with construction. But, we have to get through construction first to get to the brewing. Since it was just a warehouse, it didn’t have much infastructure to house a brewery. So far we have busted out concrete to put in floor drains throughout the warehouse. Then the new concrete was sloped and an epoxy was applied. The water service has been upgraded and new water lines have been ran to various parts of the building. One big water upgrade was installing a RO system for our brewing water. This will allow us to control what kind of water we are using to brew. The gas serice has been upgraded to make room for our boiler. The boiler will push steam to the boil kettle to heat it. The electrical has been the biggest upgrade so far. The building only had a few outlets and lights, but we will need a dash more power. To get more power, we had to get a large transformer set next to our building. Now we will have electricity running everywhere to power all the equipment. A large cooler was built to store all our cans and kegs. We are in the process of installing all the glycol lines to the fermenters, brite tanks, and cold liquor tank. Ask Greg about them sometime, he would love to tell you all about them. The canning line just came in last week. We purchased a four head filler from Wild Goose out of Boulder, Colorado. A beautiful machine but they somehow missplled Wichita and put Witchita Brewing Company on the machine. As long as it fills cans with beer like a champ, that’s all that matters. We have also built a lab where we will be able to monitor yeast and check vital information. We have teamed up with the Wichita State University Biology department and will be getting an intern next semester to help with some of the lab duties.

The construction phase is close to winding down and we’re hopeful to be brewing before the end of the year. If that is the case we will be launching our beer into the Wichita market at the end of January! We are going to roll out with five brands to start with (WBC Wheat, V6, Valleyview Vanilla Porter, What Winter, Seal Team 6). And no that’s not a typo, WBC wheat is what we will have to call the half-wit wheat. Another brewery already has that name. We will have 12 and 16 ounce cans that will be sold at liquor stores. This is exciting and nervous times for us right now. We also haven’t forgot about the brewer for the day winners from last Christmas. We will be in touch with everyone once we get brewing down there.

Thanks for reading! Now the important stuff. Up for grabs today is 2 WBC coffee mugs. To be entered to win you must be tagged by someone from the Facebook post that this link is shared on. Winner will be picked at random and since it was posted late we will give you until 9 AM Monday morning. Hope they tag you back. Cheers!

Written by Kyle Banick and proofed by Jeremy Horn.

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