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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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94
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 137
Beer Avg: 3.48
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

117 E 11th St
Hays, Kansas, 67601-3603
United States
phone: (785) 621-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lbbrewing

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(Place added by: toddw8 on 07-03-2005)
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Reviews by MilwaukeeCrusher:
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

First off, the building to this place has a nice presence as it would seem it is two businesses. Beers I had on a flight were for the most part standard fare, although they had a smoked beer I thought was exceptional. I talked with a host about how hard it is for people in rural regions to come around to craft, but it appears it is happening in Hays. I will probably be back here again, the food was enjoyable and for a beer geek in the area there isn't too many alternatives. Another place that I believe will be a beer lovers destination in time when they can finally take more risks with their styles.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

baxter94, Jul 09, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Located in the middle of nowhere, KS. First impression is a modern looking, casual, yet clean looking restaurant and brewery. Great looking bar, classy all around place. Nice lighting and a solid mix of alternative music on the speakers.

Quality of the beer is somewhere between average and pretty good. I know they have an impressive collection of awards from events like GABF, but don't expect to be blown away with flavor. With all the beers today with huge ABV, barrel aging, and 100+ IBUs, this brewery takes a different/simple approach with the "less is more" process. It makes for great lighter body, sessionable beers, but sometimes more actually is more.

Price was terrific. $1 for four ounce taster pours of every beer they offered. Growlers for about $12. Food on the menu was very affordable as well. The pretzel we tried was okay, but many other things looked great...especially the desserts.

I would certainly check this place out if you are in the area.

Bosoxfan20, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

22Blue, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

rxthree, Jul 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

EColling, Jun 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jstevep00, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +7%

Went here both on the way to Topeka and on the way home. Both times for a weekday lunch so it wasn't overcrowded. Nice tall ceilings, big open spaces. Service was really good. The first day the young gentleman that served my wife and I was spot on. Knew his stuff impeccably. His suggestions for food were so good that my wife and I split our plates. The beer was very good. Solid in their types.

Liked it so much that we took friends there on the way back through. Great place!

blue_bleeder, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of psmith161
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%

Great food, great beer. A must stop if you're travelling through western Kansas. They always have a wide selection of their in-house brews available, ranging from good to outstanding. The food and service is always, without fail, truly, truly outstanding.

psmith161, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

The place stays plenty busy, being the only micro in a town with a college. This hurt the service a little but they are nice and the food and beer is killer.

I sampled a few beers and settled on one whose name I have forgotten.

There was no kitch or gimmick to the place. they rely on good food and great beer to get people back and they do it very well.

Marshall_ofmcap, Oct 05, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%

Great place and great beer, cheap too. Samplers are under 10 dollars, and you get to try 8 beers. You can even add extra samples for a mere 75 cents. We only had appetizers, but they were quite good.

The beer was pretty excellent, some better than others, one or two misses, and a few odd balls in there. (the lemonade Ale, which is super lemony, is excellent for 110 degree Kansas summers).

A great array of brews too, an excellent IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat, Hef. There stouts and browns were a little lack.

If you're in Hays, KS for a few hours it's defiantly a place to stop at.

Oh yeah, you can walk out of this place with a 64oz growler of ANY of their batches for just 14 clams. Can't argue with that, I left with 3.

CSFerrier, Aug 01, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Located on a small back street in a series of old renovated buildings that now makeup this establishment. Wood floors and framing as well as sunken bar area all add to the charming ambience.
Prompt service and friendly, knowledgeable barstaff. I sampled most of the house beers on tap, which was at least a dozen or so. There wasn't one that really stood out, but they were all solid brews. The numbering system they use to name the beers is kinda odd, makes them seem generic and less interesting I think.
Food was great and the selection is large and eclectic. Maybe a little too eclectic. One thing I didn't like is the inconsistency in the website and the actual brewpub. I like the place a lot, but it seems like a different place than the seemingly timely website suggests. Didn't see any beer soap. Thats about all I can complain about. Great place.

BeerZack, Oct 07, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Stopped here on our way through Hays. Excellent food for a brewery. We had fish & chips that looked and tasted great. My boy had mac & cheese, which was served in a cardboard Cadillac car cutout, which was a nice touch. We also had the beerwurst, homemade chips, and onion rings.

I'd give the fish, french fries, onion rings and the beerwurst an "A". The homemade chips were a "C", not bad but not great.

Good value; not cheap, but not expensive.

I had the Oatmeal and Liberty Stouts and came away very impressed.

You may find more beers at other places; that might be the only weakness here. But the beers they do have a great, the food is excellent, and it's good value for the money.

jar2574, Jul 31, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

If you're traveling through Kansas on I-70, this is a must stop!

Atmosphere- Went at about three o'clock on Memorial day, so there wasn't much of a crowd to judge how the usual atmosphere was. Seemed that besides my family, there was about three young couples all on dates. The ceilings were quite high, with huge front windows that let in a tremendous amount of natural light (big plus in my book), which made the place feel very spacious and welcoming. Tile and tables were modern looking. Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant.

Quality- Both the food and beer I had were delicious and seemed of high quality. Menu offered beer pairing suggestions, which I always appreciate seeing.

Service- When we walked into the restaurant, we were not greeted by a hostess, and there was no "seat yourself" sign; felt lost. Waitress didn't offer any beer suggestions and didn't ask us if we'd been there before (we hadn't been there before). When we asked her how long the place had been open, she shortly replied with the year they opened, instead of possibly trying to engage us in conversation about the restaurant, since we obviously wanted to know more.

However, our drinks and food were brought quickly, and the waitress and kitchen got all of our order correct. We experienced no rudeness, and the waitstaff was friendly enough, so no complaints, but not outstanding.

Selection- I thought that they had a very well thought out menu. It tends to lean towards "down home cookin", such as chicken fried chicken, meatloaf, and even fried bologna. However, they also have quite a few unexpected offerings. I got a chicken pesto pasta dish, and my parents got fish and chips. It seems that they have something for everyone, unless you are vegan or gluten free, however, you tend to not expect those types of options in a smaller town in Kansas.

Food- Was delicious. I enjoyed my chicken pesto pasta dish immensely, and my parents enjoyed their fish and chips a lot as well. We split a tiramisu, which was also very good. It was not what I'd consider a traditional tiramisu, as it had less rum flavor and a lot of raspberry flavor, but still delicious.

Value- Prices were very reasonable. It seemed as though dishes were in the 8-14 dollar range depending on what you got, with sandwiches being a little less than that possibly. They also had 14 dollar growler fills, with 9 dollar refills, which you cannot really beat.

Definitely will return the next time I'm in that neck of the woods. Hays is lucky to have such a great place for beer.

mattkooler, Jun 02, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Was on a trip from Delaware to Colorado for my brothers wedding and stopped in Hays, Kansas about three years ago. I found the place and went with my folks. The food was delicious, but the beer is what won me over. I was able to sample many brews and enjoyed them all. Staff was wonderful and informative. I purchased a growler for my sister-in-law to be of a strawberry wheat. Everyone enjoyed it the eve of the wedding. On return trip was very disappointed to find that at the time you couldn't carry-out beer on Sundays. now i believe that law has changed.

all in all highly recommended and am anticipating a return trip!

droobacca, Feb 21, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Was visting my parents in Eudora when we drove home and I told the wife we should stop by on the drive back to CA.

Atm- You find Gellas and LB in Hays and you stand outside the front door thinking, should I try it or should I walk away? TRY IT. From the feel of the small town main street outside to the post modern brick and metal work inside. Its a very nice contrast.

Qual- I stood at the bar and was debating on a couple growlers to choose from. The taste of the Oatmeal stout sealed the deal. 2 oz and I was sold.

Service- The girl behind the counter did an outstanding job of answering my questions about the differences between the Oatmeal and the Liberty stout. Very up to the task.

Selection- I didn't order food food so the Beer selection gets a 4.

Food- Didn't try, look good on the menu though.

Value- $ 12 for a full growler? Really!!!! WOW what deal compared to some places in the OC I know.

FosterJM, Nov 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A. The atmosphere here is great. From the outside it looks like just another building in sleepy, downtown Hays, but the inside looks like a bright, shiny, new brewery. It has the perfect mix of the feeling in a comfortable, old place but with all the amenities of a place that has been renovated and made more modern.

Q. The quality of the beer here is excellent, and they proudly display the awards they have earned. It never ceases to amaze me the great beer being made in a place like Hays.

S. The service is a just what I expect from a quality bar in a small college town that is family owned and run. Could my waitress know more about beer...probably, but why does she need to when the brewer is there and will gladly answer any questions that the waitress cannot.

S. Their regular beers are great and they do a good job of maintaining a list of seasonal beers as well.

F. The food is exceptional, and better than anything else there is to be found in town. This place would blend in to any large city. The people of Hays are lucky to have Gella's.

hopstradamus, Sep 28, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

I stopped in here on a road trip that included driving through Kansas as fast as possible. This place was worth the stop. It's about 15 minutes off I-70 in the old downtown of Hays. At Wednesday dinner (supper for Southerners) time the place was over halfway full.

A pint of their Oatmeal Stout was well worth the $3.50. I also had the sampler. Their Liberty Stout was very impressive. I got a growler of that, $12 or $13. The rest of their beers were avg or just above, but I am partial to stouts.

I had a Brewben (Ruben with the sauce made with ale). It came with kettle chips. It was a good sandwich. My wife and I shared the queso dip. It was really good with nice chunks of meat.

I will be stopping in again on my travels through Kansas.

Fatehunter, Sep 17, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

I had to make a stop here on a recent trip out to BFE Kansas for pheasant hunting. This place is located in the scenic downtown area of Hays, Kansas. Without a GPS, I don't know if I would have been able to find it. Its a bit off the highway. We walked inside and I was floored. This place is beautiful. I wish every brewpub could look like this. Rustic, original brick walls, with an open ceiling showing the piping running between the wood bracing for the roof. A massive brewery encased in glass walls, so you can watch whats going on. Wow. We were quickly seated and served. The waitress was great. Very attentive, got our orders right and wasn't annoyed by my incessant questions about the beer, and by me asking for tasters. The selection was great. I think they had about 12 or 13 beers on tap when we were there. I started out with a Lemon Ale, just because I thought it sounded interesting. Note to everyone else, read the description before ordering this beer. Moved on to the IPA and Oatmeal Stout, which were both great. I wanted to try to Kölsch they had on tap but alas, we still had a 5 hour drive in front of us. My food was excellent. I had a country fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. Everything was perfect. Absolutely wonderful. It could have been the best meal I have ever eaten at a brewpub. I knock down the score because my Father in Law said his chicken and bean burrito was just "average". This place was a little expensive, but not bad. If you feel the urge to take a drive to the middle of nowhere Kansas, stop in. You won't be disappointed.

hwwty4, Nov 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A nice little gem in the middle of nowhere, this place is a cozy brew pub just along side some 1940ish downtown area. Moderate sized bar area with attached restaurant seating. Bartender was kind and helpful and offered me an 8-glass sampler. Too bad I was on the road...so I only had two and nice burger. Offering 9 brews, however three were almost the same: American Wheat, American Hefeweizen, and German Hefeweizen. Okay, not the same, but fairly close. I had the oatmeal stout, which I had had before, it's really nice. I also had the IPA, which fell short in my opinion. I bought a growler of the American Hefe, yet to try it.
Good prices as well. In the middle of KS you can't expect to charge much I suppose.

This is a nice place, and hope Hays knows what it has. The place was dead when I was there. It was about 4pm. Looking forward to the Hefe.

Mebuzzard, May 02, 2009
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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. in Hays, KS
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.