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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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3.55/5
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154 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.27
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Taps: 8
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of SDDLSK
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My brother lives in Hays, and it is an unspoken rule that when I come to visit we hit the brewery at least once. I have never had a bad beer from Lb and their 2 stouts are simply amazing, and even though the Liberty Stout hasn't been on tap during any of my visits since the first time, it is one of my favorite beers ever.

Their prices are unbeatable, $6.50 for the sampler, a 4oz serving of 8 beers and $4 for a pint last time I was in town. The food is also reasonable priced and has been excellent every time. The wait staff has always been polite and on the spot. I have yet to have a bad experience in the numerous times I have been here. If you are passing through Hays, you are cheating yourself if you do not stop and check this place out!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of blue_bleeder
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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!

Photo of psmith161
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Marshall_ofmcap
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of CSFerrier
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

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.

Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of jar2574
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of mattkooler
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of droobacca
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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!

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of hwwty4
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visit on 19 Dec made bump the food down a bit & bump the selection up. 12 Beers on tap! The oatmeal stout & imp red were very tasty

Had to gut out an hour more driving than recommended to make to Hays, but well worth the drive!

Loved the rustic industrial look of the place, sold the history of the town, not very beery, but pretty classy.

All beers I tried were above average to good, the IPA, Brown & Oatmeal stout were all winners

Service was stellar & enthusiastic, our waiter knew his product & was helpful with suggestions

8 beers on offer, all ales from what I could see. A DIPA was coming out in 11 days, my timing isn't always good...

Food was great, solid pub grub & some Kansas regional faves like bier ox. Upscale food was pricey

Food could've been cheaper, but the beer was reasonable. Wanted to get a growler, but they sold out of growlers, good 4th of July weekend for them!

I will happily hit these guys again

Photo of dpkpr
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When you pull off I-70 between Salina and WaKeeney, Kansas, let's face it, you don't expect to find a great brew pub. But that's what this is! Gella's Diner and LB Brewing is a top notch find and a must stop for those on a treck across Kansas. To get there, you have to drive through several less than impressive blocks of 1930s vintage houses in various states of disrepair. But up ahead, you can see the cobblestone streets. Sure enough, you pull up to see a beautifully restored brick building that is more than 100 years old. We sat in the bar area, but the restaurant looked great as well. They had at least nine beers on tap -- we tried eight and all were very good. The food was excellent. I had the best ruben I've ever had. The side salad was large enough for a meal and the greens were high quality. The service was patient to our requests for background, telling us the brewmaster, co-owner was a wheat farmer and home brewer who established the place a couple years ago (2005 or '06). He does good work. We're sorry we missed the Double IPA that will be introduced in a few weeks. The IPA lacked the strong hops we like, but it was better than good. The various wheat beers (two wheats and two hefeweisens) were very good. The atmosphere is great. Clean -- including the bathrooms.

Photo of udubdawg
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Man I wish this place was an hour or two closer to Wichita.

I've very rarely gone except during less busy hours, so the place always seems big and airy. Love the architecture, with the attempts to incorporate the features of the old building while of course making it structurally sound! The only real negative thing here is that at least half of the time even I am cold in here, which means my wife is downright freezing to death.

Excellent food and beer, of excellent quality, at mostly excellent prices. It's uh, excellent, or something. Service isn't special, but I've never been mistreated, never gotten the wrong food, and never been abandoned at my table for too long. Guess I just wish the staff was more willing to talk about their beer, especially since as I mentioned I usually go when it is NOT busy. Oh well - the bartenders are usually more willing to chat.
Off the top of my head I've loved the smoked turkey panini, pot roast, sloppy joe, grilled cheese. The beerwurst was better than decent but not my favorite. I haven't had the steakburger of fried bologna sandwich but friends swear they are great.

I almost always try to have an oatmeal stout here. (No. 6!) It is excellent and has always seemed very deserving of the 2005 GABF medal it won.
I hadn't had the American Hefeweizen (No. 9) until I saw it won a 2007 GABF medal. Now I'm kicking myself - We stopped here on the way hone from Denver the day after it won the gold and it was excellent.
Other beers have proven to be quality beverages but not quite as earth-shattering as these two. Well worth the 10 minute drive from the freeway.
They've got a sizeable number of 15-minute lunch items for those too busy to stop for long, but make sure you've got enough time to enjoy a few different beers.

Photo of mattarata
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I hit this place with some family on the afternoon of New Years day, so it was pretty dead. However I could see this place being a fun destination spot for an evening if you are passing through. The place is really big and can hold a lot of people. They also have live music.

The beers were fairly average, but there were some bright spots with their IPA and their Porter. I took away a growler of the IPA and thought it was still good when I had it 2 days later. Their taster platter was good in general.

One bit I have to bring up is that there was no distinction between the American Hefeweizen and their American Wheat, which the bartender attributed to the yeast settling in the keg, but there was still zero taste difference. I am not sure why they would have an unfiltered and filtered version of the same beer, especially if they don't have enough demand for the unfiltered version. Go shake the keg or something! If you are trying to pad your beer list, just brew something different instead.

Overall review...I would definitely go back if i was in the area.

Photo of Reneejane
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

We stopped into Gella's/LB for a late lunch (somewhere around 2PM) for some beers and an appetizer. We tried the nachos which involved kettle chips and buffalo. What a wild combination! Yet it really worked, and broadened my tastebuds some! The menu looked varied and it was reasonably priced.

It'd be a good place to watch the game on TV we caught part of one of the bowl games on the TV's. I liked the atmosphere, and it's worth it to stop in and look at the bathrooms, you'll feel like your reality has been upset significantly...

I really liked the beer at LB. I was very tempted to pick up a growler but we had no room in the car. I had the Pale Ale and was happy with it. My husband liked the porter. The selection of beers wasn't too big, but it wasn't lacking either. Well worth detouring to LB when anywhere in Kansas. My husband's father suggest we stop in there on our way back home.

Photo of Deuane
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We located Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Company, and things were far from sleepy in there! This place has a clean, fresh look that ranked it as a restaurant fitting for any major U.S. city. The literature described it as “inspired by icons of the Midwest”, with it’s handpainted farm murals, industrial agriculture lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad (one of the most obvious references was a part of the restaurant sectioned off my box-car style sliding doors.

This building, built in 1922, was used by Western Union and Midwest Energy, then closed up for many years until local investors were inspired to create the pub. The brick walls, light wood and use of metal piping and brushed aluminum against black surfaces gave clean lines to the entire place. Even the bathroom sinks were great – gooseneck faucets over flat white marble – the sinks were at least 1.5' x 1.5' with a 1″ lip.

“Fesh” is their motto, with as many ingredients as possible homemade and homegrown (mustards, dressing and ice cream all made in house; meats with no preservatives and never frozen, vegetables prepared on site and nothing ever microwaved.) The only contradiction to this were the colorful jars of pickled vegetable products that lined large sections of walls – giving the place beautiful color, although I noticed they were pickled products from Jake & Amos in Lancaster, PA. But the beer and the food were both true to the promises Gella’s makes in their literature (the word “gella” is Volga-German for “don’t you agree?”) Even the menu has fresh clean lines – it is laid out on ledger paper. I wanted one of almost everything – certainly all of the side dishes – and we did taste every beer they had.

Carolyn ate a small bowl of their sauerkraut soup, which didn’t have a disappointing flavor, but she expected more sauerkraut. It had lots of braised pork and smoked ham, and a few vegetables. She also had the Grilled Salmon Salad which featured a large grilled filet of salmon on mixed greens with a wonderful lemon vinaigrette. I had the Beerwurst sandwich – german-style sausage braised in Amber Ale with caramelized sauerkraut and spicy mustard. It came with a choice of one side, so I had the fries made with garlic, olive oil, basil, sea salt and pepper. Just for fun, we also ordered the french-fried green beans, which were fabulous.

As for the beers, Carolyn decided to do a taster glass of their 6 regulars and two seasonals. To match their clean and to-the-point style, all beers are numbered. It appears that if the brewer creates something new, it gets a number that has never been used before (although I never confirmed this.) After each number, the simple name for the beer is written – no fancy, cute names for these beers. They are what they are.

And that is just how they tasted - evrything I had was superb! Each beer was brewed exactly how I expect it should be. For instance, when I order a stout in any brewpub, I expect the quality and flavor I had while drinking a stout (the oatmeal stout was wonderful) at Lb. On my sample platter, there were no surprises – no beers that made me say, “WOW!”, and nothing that disappointed me in any way. I also had two sample glasses and a pint, and my samples did go beyond “just perfect.” First, a Cream Ale that displayed a beautiful dark golden hue and packed flavor into this light beer style (described as “part ale, part lager”.) Second, the Lemon Ale, which had I not known it was beer, I would have asked for ice and free refills! This was tart and sugary just like a perfect glass of summer lemonade. It would have been perfect with Carolyn's salmon salad.

We had to get a souvenir from our trip to Lb. It was just too good, and they had something we’ve never seen before – a double growler cooler bag. For $14. more, we could have gotten two of their growlers filled with their beer, but I couldn’t see us drinking that much..even though we would have liked too!

Photo of warmstorage
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited on a drive across the country, and Gella's provided a very nice late lunch/early dinner stop, and a very pleasant surprise for beer in an area I wouldn't have expected it in. It's not right on the interstate, so take good notes on directions if you're not local.

Atmosphere: big, shiny, clean, and new. Totally non-smoking throughout, which was very nice. While it's potentially an odd thing to review, as another reviewer noted, the bathrooms are gorgeous: huge, and well kept. Service was super friendly, perhaps even too present/over solicitous, but I think she was mostly bored.

Beer: The sampler is cheap and generous: eight mini-steins, approx 4-5oz each, was $5.50. The steins make for a nice tasting and sampling vessel, compared to the typical tall shot glass style. None of the beers were amazing, but all were generally well done. The particular standouts were a dark and robust one porter, a fun spicy pumpkin beer, a tasty spicy "Winterfest Celebration", and a decent basic robust stout. The pale was a little average and boring, cherry wheat a lot like cough syrup, and the lemon "ale" a pretty bad alcopop, which would be more acceptable were it advertised as a Mike's Hard Lemonade lookalike. For my "quality" score, I'm torn between 4 and 3.5, and decided on 4 due to the very tasty deeper styles. Realistically, these are the ones I'd order pints of, and I would never taste the alcopop.

Food: I had an excellent, tasty, gooey grilled cheese panini with their house special, in-house made kettle chips, which were delicious. The whole thing was $4.95, almost embarassingly cheap for how good and large it was.

The bar area was filled with a loud server meeting, preparing for dinner, and having a good time tasting food and beer. They must have one hell of a dinner rush to justify the dozen or more servers just staging, as though for a festival like onslaught. (Or maybe it was just a periodic employee meeting?)

A delightful surprise in the middle of Kansas, and I would definitely return if I found myself on that stretch of I-70 again.

(I was there in late January; this review is from notes.)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Located near downtown Hays after a trip around the city looking for parking. Gella’s was located in a very spacious building with lofted, a-frame ceilings with wood beams running across from wall to wall. The light fixtures outside and inside the brewpub were very unique. Behind the bar, the brewing equipment occupied a large room. There were a dozen or so small fermentation tanks and the stainless steel was gleaming. We think there was a female brewer because the rubber boots in the back room were covered with butterfly and flower decorations. The bathrooms were very clean and stylish with long shallow porcelain sinks. There was a very nice selection of merchandise for purchase ranging from t-shirts to glass-ware, coasters to growler carriers. The beer selection was very impressive. They will be celebrating there 1-year anniversary on August 16, 2006 and have already created 25 beers in that short time. Of the 25, 13 were available on tap. The wait staff was very prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. This was a nice haven in the middle of Kansas. I would highly recommend this brewpub if you’re in the area – and it would be worth a short trip if you’re not.

Photo of alejandro
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was an interesting place, it had a modern industrial barn look to the bar area with great views of the brewing process right behind the bar. The tables and chairs look like brushed aluminum and added to the whole visual appeal.

The bathrooms were in incredible condition. The flat basin sinks were a nice modern touch to the aesthetics and accented the lighting fixtures quite well.

The food was very good. I had the bison sloppy Joe, it came with a side of chips which are home made… and being someone who usually dislikes chips these were not bad. I continued my meal with the oatmeal brownie with a scoop of vanilla corn ice cream and chocolate sauce. This dessert was good, the brownie being the right consistency of fudgy goodness. I could not really taste much if any oatmeal in the brownie but then again who orders a brownie wanting to taste oatmeal? The Ice cream on the brownie is make form some kind of corn sugar and tasted enough like regular ice cream; I doubt I could tell the difference. Only being there for lunch I didn’t really look over the dinner menu but I was told if you like salmon this is the place to go in Kansas (Salmon in Kansas?). Anyway, the food was good with a wide variety of sandwiches from Rubens to Turkey and Salads with salmon.

I must say the service was extremely good the waitress we encountered was from Colorado originally and did a great job combining honesty and salesmen ship. She really pushed the fresh ingredients theme and was not afraid to joke around with the customers and have a good time. Over all, for a business trip to KS this was the best place I visited in the state.

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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. in Hays, KS
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.