Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

117 E 11th St
Hays, Kansas, 67601-3603
United States

(785) 621-2739 | map

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Dinkel from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 26, 2014
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Spacious spot that doesn't reveal much from the main entry way. Turning the corner reveals a spacious, open room with low top tables. Around that corner is the bar, which features open seating and another room full of high and low top tables. Bar staff is friendly and fast on this late weekday visit. Beers are listed both on the above-head board and in the menu, with the menu providing a beer pairing for each entree or sandwich option. Selection spans a wide array of 'classic' or ' traditional' styles with a few additional IPA variations. Food is solid. Chicken fried chicken was good, but nothing special.

Aug 01, 2019
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YogaMattR355 from Kansas

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Feb 12, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Feb 03, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great looking space. Clean and modern with a rustic/rehabbed feel. The beers were good to very good. I was bummed that they were out of a couple regulars. The food is really good. They've nailed the kids menu for those of you with children. Numerous kids options, including various sides (not just fries) and the serve the kids food in a cardboard Corvette that the kids keep.

Aug 05, 2016
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Burt-tronics from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Apr 10, 2015
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SDDLSK from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12%
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!

Jan 27, 2015
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McAfee85 from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 21, 2014
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mja1982 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Aug 03, 2014
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baxter94 from Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 09, 2014
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Jul 08, 2014
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22Blue from Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 07, 2014
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rxthree from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Jun 22, 2014
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jstevep00 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12%

Jun 19, 2014
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Mar 14, 2014
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bulldogg915 from Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Nov 10, 2013
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blue_bleeder from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Nov 08, 2013
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psmith161 from Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Oct 26, 2013
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Oct 12, 2013
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Marshall_ofmcap from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Oct 05, 2013
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CSFerrier from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Aug 02, 2013
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BeerZack from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 07, 2011
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jar2574 from Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jul 31, 2011
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mattkooler from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Jun 02, 2011
Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. in Hays, KS
Brewery rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 221 ratings