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River City Brewing Co.

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244 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

150 N Mosley St
Wichita, Kansas, 67202-2804
United States
phone: (316) 263-2739

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 32
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3.96/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Honestly, this has been a very surprising brewery for me. I come to Wichita for work once or twice a month from KC, and I always try to stop by here and some of the others in town (this is the best, if you ask me). Recently, I was delighted by some seasonal offerings that included a wheat wine and a peche saison. Both were very good, especially given how difficult these styles are to pull off. Food is decent but well priced and portions are large.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DelMontiac
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A day off played out with a trip up to Wichita today. The wife and daughter couldn't decide where to eat so naturally I took us to River City Brewing Co. since I'd never been there in all my trips up there.

The small brewery is in what is known as "old town." This area has that old charm about it with renovated old red brick buildings and renovated brick streets, lamps, and signs. It's also littered with drinking establishments. Parking was pretty easy since it was Monday after 2pm.

The brewery has an old western saloon feel about it with large natural wood beams and posts. Tables, chairs, etc follow the theme. The stainless mash tuns and fermenters can be seen through the glass behind the bar. There is a collection of malt bags on the walls and some metal sign boards with quotes you may have heard before. Also a sign about no slamming craft beer allowed. You'll see oak barrels scattered around the place with signs on them that tell what beer is being aged in them and when it will be finished. There are a few TVs, but very many so you don't feel like you're in a sports bar. It was fairly quite at this hour.

Service was fast, friendly, and efficient. We were asked what type of seating we liked and were seated accordingly. Our server knew the beer menu of about a dozen house made brews. He was very attentive and pleasant. Couldn't be better.

They pretty much have your beer mood covered here. Since I was driving I couldn't taste it all, but I decided on their "Fresh Cut IPA", a sessionable 4.5%er loaded with citra hops and a bit minimalist on the bittering hops. It was served in a nonic and, man I loved that beer! I also had their "Blonde Bombshell" Belgian style blonde ale which was served in a stubby tulip glass and had that great Belgian yeast profile along with plenty of Belgian candy sweetness. Another winner.

They have a pretty large selection of food so everyone finds something they can live with. I highly recommend the spinach/artichoke dip as an appetizer - wow! My Cuban sandwich was great, my wife's fish and chips were fantastic, and my daughter's mac and cheese was really good too. Plenty to eat! Everything fresh and hot. Ticket was $60 - about what I expected.

I'll definitely be back. Maybe on a Thursday when it's cool on the outside rooftop deck and they have some live music.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DKrejsek
4.56/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

It's been a while since I've visited the River City Brewery, but what a place. Down in Oldtown Wichita, this place is absolutely awesome. The interior looks like an old time saloon. Lots of brass and atmosphere.

We ate and drank on the second level out doors. Nice and quiet for downtown. Couldn't ask for a nicer place to spend quality time with friends!

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of CSFerrier
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in the wonderful downtown Wichita this brewery is a great stop.

The atmosphere was quite fun, from the staff to the decorations. The brewery is step up with a sort of old saloon feel. Everything is old worn hardwood, which is nice. Throughout the bar there are decorations that mock lite beer, which is also nice.

The quality was excellent, everything seemed very well in order. From the food, to the beer, the cleanliness of the establishment.

Service was good, pretty typical. You wouldn't expect anymore, and you wouldn't expect any less. We never longed from our waitress.

The selection was more than outstanding. We had the sampler, 8 beers for 10 dollars, and we were able to great a broad view of their selection. The offered over 12 beers at the time. Extra samples are of course a must. The beers were served in their proper glasses, sniffers, tulips, etc. The had a range of beers from typical to high ABV special seasonal ones. Each one was a treat. Too boot, they had growlers for only 15 dollars for their lower ABV beers.

The food was outstanding for sure. We had Beer Bread, Buffalo wing dip, and some burgers. I had the Adobo Burger, which is a burger that is marinated in wheat beer and drizzled with special sauce. It was wonderful. The food went very well with the beer.

Value was quite reasonable. Like any brewery you could spend way to much, put theses were Applebees prices. Easily affordable.

I highly recommend this brewery!

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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I took a spontaneous road trip from Enid, Ok to Wichita, KS in search for different beer. We came across River City in the old town area of Wichita. The place is all wood with scattered Bourbon barrels filled with beer. Its a very warming cozy feeling inside. The beer selection was very good for a brewpub. Their bourbon barrel stuff is very potent, some of the strongest oak/vanilla flavor I have ever had from a barrel aged beer. The food was decent, typical pub food. Our bartender was very knowledgeable. We ended up getting a growler when we left. I will definitely return to River City Brewing.

Photo of remccaskey
4.45/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I had the half rack of ribs with were good along with the chipolte shrimp. The server was very nice and attentive. I tried the Tornado Alley IPA which had good flavor and aroma. The beer was a typical IPA, with about 7.2% alcohol content. The building is downtown in old brick town area with great atmosphere.

Photo of ndolover
3.28/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This brewpub located is located dowtown. In an area that has seen a resurgence. The old brick building has spartan decorations. The brewing equipment is the star here.

They had a couple interesting beers on tap. Of note, was the S.M.A.S.H. (single malt single hop) beer. Golden Promise and Citra were on the menu that night. The beers were well executed, but could use some work.

The service seemed to be an issue. Having all drinks poured by one bartender seemed to be the issue.

The food was average brewpub fare...and so is the vibe.

Overall, this would be a great place if you lived in the area, as choices are limited. An out of town guest might want this as number 3 on the list.

Photo of BeerZack
3.43/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cool location in an old building in the "Old Town" area downtown. The menu says some of the building materials are original or repurposed which adds to the ambience, but still feels a little too mainstream/run o the mill.
The house beer lineup was pretty standard also, they had 2 special/seasonal brews in addition to their regs. Nothing really stood out, but the single malt/single hop special beer they had on was nicely balanced.
Service was average. Can't really complain, but there were multiple waitresses serving the smallish bar area and they still weren't overly attentive.
Full food menu, but very regular standard fare. Menu itself is cluttered and hard to navigate. The story about the history is great, but needs to be broken up or displayed differently. The beer descriptions are mostly fluff and don't include any details on abv, ibu, og, etc.
This place could be awesome if it was updated a bit and broke out of its "1990s beer stylings".

Photo of claytong
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

atmosphere - so seemed a bit obnoxious for my liking. such a sign hung up next to me "definition of a nancy boy: someone who twirls his beer in a snifter". you wouldnt even get that sort of macho bullshit in texas.

quality - so all of the two beers i tried were decent but neither were very flavorful or bold.

service - guy was nice, seemed a bit odd for the direction as he was pierced ears and acted somewhat feminine. he was quick, got my fish and chips and beer within 10 minutes which was nice as i was just driving through and trying to get home quick.

selection - there normal line up is unspectacular, their seasonals looked nice but the two of the three i had were just mediocre.

food - fish and chips was huge and delicious.

value - the food was excellent value but 2.50 for a sample is ridiculous. especially when we are talking a 5% beer. i get bigger samples at avery at 10% for a buck and theyre amazing.

dont really recommend stopping here, wish i wouldve stopped at a good tap house instead.

Photo of tedsox31
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went here for dinner. The brewpub is situated in the Old Town district of Wichita, in an older brick building with two levels. The inside is a typical bar, with lots of tvs, seating, and loud music.

The quality of the beer was fine, decently brewed but not spectacular. I tried both the Lemongrass and the IPA, and while both were fine, they had nothing to make them stand out.

The service was good, very attentive and made sure glasses were full and plates were cleared/brought in a reasonable amount of time.

The selection was okay, not much to speak of; there were six beers on tap, and the menu had little variety.

Food was also average. It was decent, but had little to make it stand out.

Overall, this is a fine place to go for dinner, just don't expect anything spectacular. I believe that this is a place to take people looking to get into beer, but not really a place where you'll find creative off-the-wall brews or food.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is a nice brewpub in the Old Town district of Wichita. Built in an old warehouse, it has a very cool brewpub atmosphere. Tons of seating for dining and a good sized bar area. The beers are pretty good. I've never had a bad one. Service is very pleasant and quick to help. The wait staff is knowledgeable about their brews. They never have alot of different beers on tap and what they do have is rarely adventurous. I think they are catering to the clientele that is not ready for big, high gravity brews. The food is good but fairly typical for a brewpub. There's nothing on the menu that will jump out at you. I like River City. It is a good option in a part of the country that doesn't have many great beer options.

Photo of hopstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere here is exactly what I expect from a brewery of this size. The building itself is an old brick warehouse fitted with old wood furnishings and a bar that look like they belong there. The brewery itself has recently been remodeled and renovated bringing the whole place more up to date.

Their normal everyday beers are decent with no glaring deficiencies and they are clearly brewed for the masses. They accurately represent the style without taking any chances. The better beers are brewed as seasonals and are often saved back for their annual anniversary party.

I have never been disappointed by the service here. The staff is friendly and helpful and the brewer Dan is often around to help answer questions.

The beer selection is less than stellar with their 5 regular beers and 1 seasonal normally available. I wish they would bring in a rotating guest tap and bring some beers we don't usually see to this area.

The food is very good but most everything is the usual pub fare.

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River City Brewing Co. in Wichita, KS
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.