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3.76/5
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Place Score: 86
Ratings: 48
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rAvg: 3.77
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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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Reviews by amatuerbeerguy:
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere was great nice cozy, lots of wood. Makes for a great setting for beer, ( exspecially when it started to snow just before we got there). Quality of beers was good, had a brown nice, mild flavor, good aroma recommend to try. Also had a sample of Chocolate Bock, later found out same recipe as Sam Adams Chocolate bock. With the main difference for me in that Sam Adams had better aroma, but River City had better flavor, more favor, better mouthfeel. In turn better value by long shot. Service was adequate, some what laxed but good. Selection was small for there beers only had six beers on tap. Not bad but would have liked to see at least 10. Personal preferrence. Food was great nice jalepeno chicken and rice with corn bread excellent. Recommend if in area, of Wichita or even Lawrence. Cheers

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Photo of Hcumberland
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

I go for the beer not the food. 12-15 locally made beers on tap at all times. I can always find two or three that I like. Best of all, you can try a 4 ounce sample for a dollar and get it many of those as you like. My favorite place!

Photo of Wobbly
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.

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.

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!

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!

Photo of HamGlade10
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.

Photo of citrusjim
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Was here on business and stopped in for a beer while we figured out dinner. We ended up eating here. The place was busy for a weeknight due to the Billy Joel concert. We sat at the bar and were served by a very loud bartender. She seemed to always be yelling. It's kind of a loud place. Without the house brews, it seems like a BMC joint. I had the stout and it was very good. My friend had the wheat and she liked it. We sat at a table for dinner and I had a burger. It was fine. The menu is kind of chain like. Not bad though. I would not seek this place out if I were in town again. We went to a wine bar the following night where I enjoyed Saison Dupont on tap...In Wichita! There are better places for sure.

Photo of kneids
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I was born and raised in Wichita, but I never made it to this place until recently. I had just never heard anyone really say anything good about it. I decided to try it one night so my girlfriend and I sat at the bar and got a sampler. The place is actually kind of cool. It is located inside an old brick warehouse in old town. There is a nightclub directly above the restaurant that made the place pretty noisy.
The bartender insisted on giving me a description of the beer, and he basically told me exactly what was written on the inside of the menu. He also told me, "the red tastes like a fat tire, the brown tastes like a newcastle, and the stout tastes like a guinness." Their beers tasted nothing like the beers he mentioned. The red had no flavor to it, and the brown and the stout had the same bitter, coffee aftertaste. The IPA lacked hops and tasted pretty much the same as the wheat. The seasonal beer was the Razzberry Wheat which I had no interest in trying. Overall I was pretty disappointed.

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by a weekday evening. Hotter than hell outside so this was a nice oasis. Large bar and a large seating area. Sat at the bar and ordered their brown ale. I thought the brown was excellant. Also had the red but was less impressed with that. The bartender was very friendly and chatty. She gave a couple of guys crap for ordering Bud Light by saying, "You do know you are in a brewpub." I thought the food was also very good. The crowd seemed to be a mixture of local families and wayward travelers like myself.

Photo of jpwalz
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Fifth or sixth visit here and everything gets better. Prices are insane. Their "Bigass" beers for 3-bucks are under-priced. Had their Red(very balanced - great combo of malt and hops),IPA(not a West Coast IPA but hops are there) and ESB(must have watched a dozen locals order and enjoyt) and for the region are top notch. Food menu is a meat-lovers wet dream(staring at my pie - bacon, sausage, Tataka, amongst others) and attentive staff is second-to-none. This spot is amazing, and as I mentioned, gets better every visit.Can't imagine any beer advocate not stopping by when visiting Kansas. Very nice spot.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Decided to try this place out. Me and my wife and daughter went on an early afternoon around 2:00 p.m

The atmosphere is nice and big. We went to the restaurant and stayed downstairs, we did not go upstairs due to having our daughter.

The quality was decent. I ordered the ribs and my wife ordered some pasta with alfredo sauce. I only had one beer, "the emarald city stout" and it was below average and lacked flavor. The service was HORRIBLE and it was dead. I mean the food arrived pretty fast but our server never came back and asked if I wanted another beer or asked my wife if she needed a refill. The selection was average and overall the value was ok.

I would not come back here to eat and only to try maybe one other beer, besides that I would not seek to come here again and would rather go to the anchor.

***UPDATE***
Been to this place quite a bit now and the first time must have been a fluke with the terrible service. Ever since then I have had average service and if you sit at the bar you get noticed more. I think there hot wings are pretty great and so is there Bourbon Hamburger(cheeseburger, I forgot). Definitely stop by the place and have one of there 5+6 house beers they make on tap, with a seasonal always going. I forgot to mention something in which I did not like was, they raised there beer prices by 0.50 cents. Not to happy with that, although 3.50 for a pint is still decent.

My overall opinion on there beers.

IPA-Does lack hops and could use more but overall decent. Fridays is the day to go to drink there IPA as they do some dry hop method.

Stout-Lacks a ton of flavor for being a Stout. Pretty much just a watered down version of what one is to taste like.

Red Ale-pretty watery and lacks flavor

Brown Ale-best beer I say they brew. I'm not really a brown ale type of guy and order the IPA(got used to it), but there Brown Ale is actually there best beer I would say.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped in on a Friday evening while visiting a friend in Wichita.

Overall, this place had a pretty nice vibe. A long bar on one side, tables and booths filling the rest. Lots of attractive wood throughout. They had an accoustic guitar duo playing while we visited. Non-offensive music provided a nice backdrop to the casual dining/bar atmosphere.

The food was ok. The burgers that my friends and I respectively enjoyed were not remarkable (dry was the main problem). However, some chips and dip appetizers ordered beforehand were better-than-average.

They had 5 or 6 of their brews on tap when we visited. Within our group, most of these were tried. I've reviewed the Emerald City Stout, which I thought was decent. However, I sampled my friend's IPA, and found it to be out-of-balance and trying too hard to be hoppy. Also, the amber ale I had was average. They also sell other beers, which some of my less beer-oriented friends decided to order (i.e. Stella, Blue Moon). However, they were actually out of several of these selections from their menu, which didn't reflect well.

Our server was not very knowledgable about the beers they had on tap, which was too bad. However, she was extremely helpful and patient (one fellow in our group was a little tipsy) and was on top of getting us beers. She also brought several samples of their in-house brews for some of the guys to try, to see which they'd like to order.

Overall, I'd say a decent place. Nothing remarkable, but a nice establishment to visit.

Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This brewpub is located in the Old Town area of Wichita very close to many other bars. It is a very busy area of the city at night with plenty of parking.

The inside of this establishment looks like any other brewpub with a simple bar at one side of the room and plenty of tables taking up the other rest of the room. The staff seemed to know more about the menu than the beers they offered. Although lacking beer knowledge, they were fairly quick with their service. We were seated right away and didn't wait very long for our food/drinks. The food was very good but was a bit over priced. It seems they try to pride themselves more on the food selection they offer than the beer.

I think they had around 6 to 7 beers of their own on tap at the time. While we were there I tried a few of their brews. I tried the Harvester Wheat, the Old Town Brown, and the Emerald City Stout. I would definitely recommend trying the Emerald City Stout, it was delicious. The other beers seemed to be the typical micro brew that is non-offensive for the common beer drinker.

If your in the Old Town area of Wichita and are looking for good food then this is your place. But if you are a beer lover like myself, then don't expect too much.

Photo of russpowell
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went for a fairly early Sunday evening dinner, what a let down.

The warehouse atmosphere is wasted by TVs in every corner & just a general lack of beer enthusiasm

Except for the IPA, all beers were average or below average, yawn

Service was sub par, had to wave our waitress down several times for items she forgot. That or no one was working at the bar & kitchen, she really seemed more interested in chatting with her co-workers & setting up tables for people I'm not sure were coming. The place wasn't crowded, thank God, or I would probably still be there trying to get my check

Beer selection was average, 7 ales, nothing cutting edge or different. The stout on Nitro would be the most exotic thing on offer

The food selection was pretty good, but the quality was not. My pizza was very bland with prefab crust, my wife didn't think much of her mac & cheese either

Pricing wasn't too bad, but I will not be visiting again. This place just seemed to be very satisfied with their sub-par product

Photo of Goliath
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

River City Brewing Co, the best Wichita has to offer. That's kind of sad actually.

So the atmosphere is alright. It's got smoking seating which sucks for beer reviewing because they sections aren't very separated. It's kind of small and when business picks up it's loud and full of annoying locals.

Service is ok. The hostess had a horrible attitude. Didn't smile, didn't say hello, just took us to a table. All night it seemed like doing her job was really putting her out. Our waitress however was a gem. You ever have a waitress that you just love for no apparent reason from start to finish? This was that kind of girl, just a real sweetheart and took great care of us.

Selection was ok, they had their 5 normal beers plus a seasonal. That was nice to see, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

Food was ok. My girlfriend got the fish and chips and really liked it. I got a Black and Blue burger and was underwhelmed. The fries were great, but the burger was not the best. Tasted like a backyard grill burger, with no spices, and completely charred. The only flavor came from the blue cheese and occassionally a little cajun spice.

Value: This joint is reasonable. The prices are not bad, like $3.50 for a pint and $7-12 for an entree. Pretty typical and not outrageous even though it wasn't the best of places. If I lived in Wichita I'd probably go there constantly just because it's the only brewpub besides Granite City.

Photo of gixxerman
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This place is easy to find even during an ice storm, just look for the neon orange-red BREWERY sign. Parking was quite ample, but then again everything was covered in 1/8 inch of ice.

I think everything in the place is made of wood, except the conditioning tanks which reside behind glass right behind the bar.

There is some kind of club upstairs, but it looked dark and closed, I never ventured up to check it out.

The 4 or 5 TVs around the bar either had the weather channel or sports on them.

I sat down and tried an Emerald City Stout, it was refreshing, creamy, had a great mouthful and was very drinkable. I was one and out, just wanted to check the place out, but the weather prevented me from sticking around for a few.

Everyone at the bar was very friendly, and I will stop back if I ever make it back to the Wichita area.

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

I used to live mere blocks away, and visited this place constantly. I always left wishing the beer was a little better, and more consistent from batch to batch. I think a few phenominal (very) small batch seasonals kept me coming back.

The old building has a nice atmosphere. Friendly, historic, welcoming.

Service ranges from slightly better than average to a bit below average. Knowledge of beer - any beer, let alone their own - among the servers has been spotty at best. If you work in a place with "brewing co" in the name, I expect you to not act impatient if I ask about your beers!

The beers:
The Old Town Brown is an OK beer - it is a great looking dark brown color, and has a some of that great nut-brown style flavor...maybe even a hint of coffee...but man does it seem way too thin to me.
The Emerald City stout is served off a nitro tap, and has the requisite creamy smoothness. Definate chocolate and a bit of coffee, but it is light in the nose. Pretty drinkable and crowd pleasing but nothing earth-shattering.
The American Wheat seems to be made for the BMC crowd, and has little going for it that I like, so I won't try to give a subjective opinion.
The Rock Island Red isn't the beer it used to be. The hop profile isn't as complex, and seems to add little to the caramelly malt profile other than bitterness. Unfortunately but for a seasonal they have little in the way of truly hoppy beers at this place.
The harvester wheat is a raspberry-flavored beer. Not my favorite fruited beer, but admittedly refreshing on the right day.

Food is good, don't get me wrong. But several years ago they took many of the things I loved off of the menu, and it hasn't been the same since. (as an example, I can still remember the "leaning towers of lasagna" like it was yesterday!) There are a few favorites left, and the quality and value are fine, but there isn't much invention on this menu anymore.

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River City Brewing Co. in Wichita, KS
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.