Knowing that there was a need in Wichita for a craft beer bar that focused on serving local ingredients, business partners Brooke and Travis Russell and Drew Thompson opened Public at the Brickyard in 2012.
Jeff Gill started Tallgrass Brewing in the college town of Manhattan, Kan. To make his business work, Gill had to brew with the ambitions of a much larger brewery, targeting casual drinkers and hopheads alike, and carving out a wide distribution footprint that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to North Dakota.
Sometimes, the transformation of a neighborhood turns on a brewery. That was what Gerald Wyman and Chuck Comeau were betting on when they decided to open Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. as part of Hays, Kansas’ downtown revival.
Steve Bradt came to the Free State Brewing Company looking for a side job. That was 25 years ago, and Bradt is still at Free State. He went from working behind the bar to running brewing operations at a company that has since added a production brewhouse to its original pub.