The number of local breweries in Wichita has taken off over the last couple of years. Wichita Brewing Company opened an eastside location and Hopping Gnome, Hungry Heart and Central Standard Brewing arrived on the scene. All of these, plus the grandaddy River City, brew some solid beers so the bar has been set fairly high.
Third Place Brewing is the newest player in town. They are located in a small storefront on Douglas, just east of St. Francis, near the Old Mill Tasty Shop. The building is over 100 years old and has an outstanding original tile floor. The interior is very welcoming and we were made to feel right at home. Much like Hopping Gnome they are a beer only place, but they do allow you to bring in outside food. On occasion a food truck will set up out front. Currently they are only open Thursday through Saturday till 10 pm.
As far as the beer lineup goes, Third Place offers a nice selection ranging from a light ale, to Pale Ales, a wheat, IPAs, a stout, and a porter. From what I gathered their menu is fairly set at this point, so there won’t be too many special brews. On our visit all but one of the 9 beers was available.
I ended up ordering a flight to properly sample each brew. I was impressed with the overall consistency of their beers. Each of them had no off-tastes or carbonation issues as can sometimes be the case when a brewery is in its infancy, especially one that is serving 8 different beers. Each of the beers was very drinkable as well. The IPAs and Pale Ales, while full of hoppy goodness, were nicely balanced. The Black Toro cream stout had a nice sweetness that complemented the subtle coffee flavor. The Honey Badger Rye Pale Ale was my favorite. It had a sweet and hoppy balance with a slight spicy finish. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Farmhouse Ale, mainly because I felt the sour finish seemed too strong compared to the overall lightness of the beer.
Brewing a consistent product is not an easy thing to do, especially for operations that are just opening up, but it seems that Third Place has this stuff down. Their variety of solid brews will please anyone from the causal beer drinker to the more discerning.