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Wichita Brewing Company and Pizzeria

6 Sep

Beer and pizza is a combination that most sane people can all agree is good. Whether it be frozen pizza and Keystone Light or a wood fired masterpiece paired with a handcrafted wheat beer, it’s hard to go wrong. With this in mind,  if one is going to open up a brew pub it would make good sense to have some type of pizza pies on the menu. Shockingly that is exactly what Wichita Brewing Company and Pizzeria has done. WBC&P is located way out there at 13th and Tyler and that is really my only excuse for not having visited this place sooner. It has been around since 2011 and has made a name for itself amongst those who claim to know stuff about beer.

Mmmm Craft Brews

Mmmm, Craft Brews

On our visit I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of brews offered. I believe there were ten different beers that were all brewed on-site. With this many to choose from, I had no choice but to go with a flight of four samplers. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I ended up ordering the Vanilla Porter, Half-Wit Wheat, 5:02 Amber, and the English Mild.  I was very impressed with each of the selections, however the Half-Wit was my favorite.  If you are looking for a rather unique brew the English Mild is served at a traditional temperature of 50 degrees. It was very light and malty.

If you ever get past the beer menu, WBC offers a nice selection of specialty pizzas as well as calzones, salads,  subs, and typical bar appetizers. Since this is a pizzeria the only logical conclusion was to order pizzas, so that is what we did. After some deliberation we ordered the Gregorian Feast and The Itis. The Gregorian featured Italian sausage, caramelized onions, garlic, mushrooms, and mozzarella. The Itis is one of the more unique pizzas in Wichita and features an obscenely long list of ingredients. It starts with the base crust then they add cream cheese, American cheese, Italian sausage,  and capicola ham. After that comes the NEXT crust which is smothered in pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella, and red sauce. There is no room for veggies on this beast of a pie.

Beware of The Itis

Beware of The Itis

WBC was fairly busy on the Saturday night we visited, so the wait for a foods was longer than usual. Our son was getting a bit anxious waiting for his grilled cheese and at one point assaulted our server with a plastic Easter egg. Eventually the food came out and everyone was happy. The Gregorian had a thin and crispy crust that was perfectly baked. It had plenty of sausage and cheese, although I would have liked to see portobella mushrooms instead of the un-sexy white variety. The only hang up with the pizza was the overly sweet sauce. I don’t mind some sugar in my pizza sauce, but this was a too much for my liking. However, it did not ruin what was otherwise a good pie. The Itis lived up to its hype. With that much meat and cheese you would think that it would be swimming in grease, but alas it wasn’t that bad. The same sweet red sauce was employed on this pizza, but with all the other ingredients it wasn’t quite as noticeable. While WBC’s pizzas were not the best I have had in Wichita, I would like to go back and try some of the other offerings that don’t have the sweet red sauce.

Besides having great beer and good pizza WBC also has one of the best restaurant logos in town. It features the famous painting of crazy old John Brown, but instead of a rifle and bible in his hands he holds two beer mugs.

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River City Brewing Co.

14 Sep

Brewpubs are currently enjoying a great deal of popularity and success in the US, as more and more people opt for tasty craft beer paired with comfort foods . River City Brewery, located in the heart of Old Town on Mosley street, was one of the  first restaurants to open as part of the revitalization of Old Town that took place in the early 90s.

The interior of River City is a nod to the age of the building that houses it. Wooden floors and exposed brick make it feel like you have stepped back into Wichita’s cowtown days, that is of course until your eyes fix upon one of the several TVs or

Your Basic Mac’n’Cheese

the stainless steel brewing apparatus.   The menu at River City offers no surprises, it features salads, sandwiches, pizza, steak, mac’n’cheese, and burgers. The main attraction here are the several varieties of craft beer made in-house. There are 5 standard brews available year round as well as special brews and a Firkin Thursday event that offers unique and sometimes disturbing beer flavors.

On our visit, we both started off with the Harvester Wheat beer. It was a good American wheat that was comparable to some of the better wheat beers on the market. I also tried the Rock Island Red, which is River City’s take on the American amber ale. It was a decent tasting amber, although I preferred the Harvester Wheat over it .

For dinner I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. This pie panders to those who cannot get enough of the iconic Buffalo wings and must have them in pizza form as well. It comes with chicken tender pieces, the classic Buffalo sauce, mozzarella, and blu cheese. The only thing missing would be some celery sprinkled on top. Steph ordered a bowl of the broccoli mac’n’cheese. Despite a fairly crowded dining room, our food was delivered before I had a chance to finish my first beer. The pizza was served just as advertised, with generous toppings and a tangy Buffalo sauce with just the right amount of kick to it. The crust was crispy and tasted fresh. With a lot of stiff pizza competition in Wichita I would say this particular pie was about average. The pizza was good sized and I struggled to finish it all by myself. We were less impressed with the broccoli mac’n’cheese. The sauce was runny and not very cheesy and there was nothing done to jazz

The Buffalo Chicken Pizza

up the dish. It tasted fine, but was lacking anything to make it stand out from mac’n’cheese you could make at home.

We were lucky enough to have some live entertainment on the Friday night we visited in the form of two gentlemen and their acoustic guitars. The set started out with some promise, but after a medley of America songs and a valiant, yet unsuccessful attempt at Gimmie Shelter, I was rather eager for out check to arrive.

River City is a good place to sample some solid craft beers and enjoy a televised sporting event, but don’t go expecting to be blown away by the food.

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