Hank is Wiser Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

213 N Main St
Cheney, Kansas, 67025-9730
United States

(316) 761-8587 | map

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Reviews by Quaffer:
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Hank is Wiser is about a twenty minute drive west of Wichita. That's a little too far to make it a regular stop for me, but I try to visit every month or two. It's in the small town of Cheney, which has a population of about 1700. About the last thing that you might expect to find in a town this size would be a brewpub, but sure enough, it's right there on Main Street. Just remember, small town = small town cops. Obey the speed limits to the number and take a DD if at all possible. That's a good idea anyway, considering the distance you have to drive to get home.

Hank's is nothing fancy on the inside, but it is nice, clean, and located in a recently renovated building that was probably built not long after the town was founded. The inside is open and bright (I prefer a darker place with a little more wood) with tons of beer signs and coasters up along the ceiling on almost all the walls. A decent sized bar provides some seating along with a lot of tables setup throughout the room. There is one pool table, a shuffle board table, and an old coin operated bar game. (This one is very addicting, so beware. Plus, if you beat Hank's high score, you get a free T-shirt.)

What Hank's might lack in true bar atmosphere is made up by the friendliness of both the patrons and the staff. Everyone is extremely nice and makes you feel right at home. The place is pretty much run by Hank, his son, and his wife. All three are friendly and fun to talk to.

There's not much in the way of food at Hanks, but that's not why I go so it's no big deal. There is free popcorn to munch on and only two choices if you want to eat a meal: ham sandwich or turkey sandwich.

Now for the beer. Besides his own brew, Hank keeps about 6 commercial beers on tap, as well as a selection of around 50 bottles. Very nice for a Kansas establishment. As for his own beers, there are usually six on tap, though he does run out of beers pretty regularly. He is only brewing 15 gallon batches I think, so it is hard for him to keep up with the demand (a good problem to have if you have to have one). Hank's beers a good and very drinkable. However, the styles are somewhat undistinguishable. The characteristics for the particular styles are there, but they are extremely subdued. In a blind taste test, I would be hard pressed to properly identify his different beers. The plus side is that everytime that I visit, this issue gets better. The beers seem to be developing and coming into their own. It might be the fact that he started out brewing on brand new equipment and needed some time to fine tune things. Anyway, it's getting better and I hope it continues to do so.

Oh yeah, and his own beers are only $2.25. Yep, you read that right.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TShasta
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -1.5%

I did a flight here late on a Saturday night. Beers were OK to above average but the atmosphere was great. Why do you ask, because I got to talk with Hank, a vested veteran of the beer scene for many years. This is a vacation experience for the memories, good people, good beer in a family owned business.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of hopstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This weekend was the 5 year anniversary party for Hank is Wiser Brewery. I have been several times before, and was excited to see what they would do to celebrate this occasion. They had 29 beers on tap over the weekend; many were on tap either Friday or Saturday only. (They normally have 7 on tap) I went Friday and after seeing the list of available I instantly knew I would need to go back on Saturday. Every beer I tried over the weekend was delicious and I wish they would do some of their specialty beers more often.

Friday night a friend and I went and I had the Utopias Oak Aged Old Ale (that's right they actually aged beer on oak soaked in Sam Adams Utopias), the Buffalo Trace Oak Aged Old Ale, and the Macho Man Imperial Coffee Stout. They ran out of their Tortured Toad Imperial IPA before we arrived, so I was disappointed I didn't get to try that.

Saturday night I went back with my wife and some other friends and tried the 300th Batch Barleywine, the Wounded Wabbit Imperial IPA, the Buffalo Trace Oak Aged Imperial Stout, the Stranahan's Oak Aged Old Ale, and the English Bitter.

In addition to the amazing selection of beer on tap, they also served $2 Beer-B-Que sandwiches that were delicious as well. They also had multiple drawings for door prizes and of the 5 people sitting at our table- 4 won prizes. (My wife won a 6-pack of pint glasses featuring the labels of their regular house beers.

The bar itself is in Cheney which is just a short drive west of Wichita, and is run by Hank, his son Steve (who is the brewer) and his wife Jane. Everyone is very friendly and the walls are covered in beer signs, neons, and packaging from breweries all across the country. This is also the only place I have found that has Sam Adams Utopias from multiple years available to try. (They sell it by the shot)

We had a great time, and some great beer, and I can't wait to go back. I will be going back to next year's anniversary party, and several time before then as well!

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Photo of pdtiab1724
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is GREAT!! As soon as you enter, you can tell somone takes a lot of pride in this place, and their passion is beer. Being right in the middle of Main Street in Cheney, KS you can see that Hank is Wiser is the place to be in town. The walls are covered in old metal beer signs and coasters from all over the country. When I decided to come, I half-expected this to be another dark and dirty, small-town beer bar with a Coors Light neon in the front window, but it was anything but. The place is clean and well-lit, like they want you to feel comfortable coming in for a pint. They have the standard 6 beers you expect to see in a small microbrewery (all of which were great,) as well as nearly always two seasonals. The place is run by Hank, and his son Steve who are both very knowledgeable, and very willing to talk about anything beer..even those they don't brew. They have a selection of American craft beer that rivals even the best beer bars in Wichita, including 3 vintages of Sam Adams Utopias. I have never seen that anywhere else!! I wish they would expand their menu, but the Beer-B-Que sandwich I had was delicious. The customers were everybit as friendly as Hank and Steve, and I had no idea the people of Cheney were so knowledgeable about beer. I overheard a conversation between two regulars about Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout which isn't available in Kansas, and definitly not something I would expect to hear in this small town. Overall, I had a great time at Hank is Wiser, and can't wait to go back. On the way out I saw a flyer for a monthly beer club meeting, that just may be my excuse to make the drive back to Cheney sooner than later. Well that and the great beer!

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Hank is Wiser Brewery in Cheney, KS
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 90 ratings