Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria WestWichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8815 W 13th St N
Ste 100
Wichita, Kansas, 67212-4072
United States

(316) 440-2885 | map

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Added by zeff80 on 08-14-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Groenebeor
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is an okay place in the Wichita to eat and drink. The best if you want both, and want local beer/food.

The pizzas are pretty good, and good pricing as well.

The beers are decent, but by no means the best. One of the better places in Wichita, only Central Standard brewing I'd place above this place.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

I really liked this place and consider it to be the class of Wichita. Did a flight and beers were good to great, although they had an aged barleywine I desperately wanted in a growler but was not allowed to procure. Didn't try any pizza which I regret in hindsight, it looked her good. This will be the first place I go if I find myself back in Wichita.

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Photo of MooSully
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'll be honest and say ill enjoy here just for not being river city brewery.
The food is simple, pizzas and sandwiches; but they do them well.
The beers are pretty good, especially since they've only been open for a year or two.
Service isn't bad, I had a waiter who had just finished finals so his brain was a little fried but I can't hold that against the place.
They had special firkins for Craft Beer Week which was great to see.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wichita Brewing Company in an unassuming brewpub tucked away on the corner of 13th an Tyler. However, don't overlook this brewpub. The atmosphere is great. Clean, spacious dining. Lots if TVs. Delicious appetizers. Excellent pizza at affordable prices. But the beer steals the show. Delicious, with a nice variety of styles. In fact they have it all. They even sell growlers, pint glasses, shirts... This place needs to expand. I'll be refilling my growler often.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited this place the day before Thanksgiving.

My wife thinks this building was Sporting Goods Store prior to this being there, it shows. They are trying, you got some beer memorabilia, a nice wood fired oven & a nice view of the brewing process

All beer was good & brewed to style. The Vanilla porter & IPA were the stars. The Pumpkin Ale & Black IPA were pretty tasty as well

Service was fairly attentive, there were a few slip ups, but nothing major

6 beers on tap plus 2 guests

The food was very tasty, would go back just for the spinach salad beer or no beer

Prices were fairly reasonable, will be visiting these guys again

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After good news from the doc today, I decided to celebrate by trying a new brewpub. When you try something new, you never know what you will get.

Went in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Not being mealtime, I was only there for the beer. Sat at the bar and was promptly greeted by a friendly bartender. He proved to be knowledgeable about the beers on tap, and had tried them all.

The tap selection was limited. House brews were: V6 IPA, Half-Wit Wheat, Brewship Belgium and 5:02 Amber. Being out of their ValleyView Porter, they had Summit Porter. Also Rally Cap Ale (Pete's) and Summit Oktoberfest. There was a tap handle for Green Flash Hophead Red, but it was another selection they were without.

My selections were the V6 IPA and the Brewship Belgium. The Belgian was unusual and good, but the IPA was great. Cost was very reasonable, ticket for both came to about $8.50 after tax.

I will definitely return at mealtime and try the food. For a brewpub that has only been in business four months, they seem to be gathering a lot of attention. A pleasant change from the Old Chicago chain, where the servers don't know the beer menu and are too busy to wait on you. I hope this brewpub can handle the competition, they are in a tough market area. I will do my part by recommending this establishment to all my friends.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It's located away from the downtown area in a suburban-like strip center. The inside is slightly better than the outside leads you to believe, but could definately use some decorating. Very plain, not quite fast-foody atmosphere that could easily be fixed with some attention.
They have obviously been paying attention to their brewing though. The beer was great. They were out of the vanilla porter, but the IPA was good enough to have more than one. I would go back just for the beer. The pizza was good too, a unique sauce and crust.
The service was great. We were seated immediately and our server was super attentive and cordial. Great job. We hope to make it back to WBC one day.

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Photo of FamousFolly
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Wichita Brewing Company is a very welcome addition to the Wichita beer scene. These guys are new at this but have their priorities straight, and I think they'll be around for a long time.

I've had a chance to try all their beers, and even though I admit to being a bit of an obsessive hophead, I think that all their beers, even the wheat, are pretty damn good. The wheat has this amazing citrus character that's really refreshing. The vanilla porter has a lot of depth and is a great dessert (or with their s'mores pizza). I was most surprised by their 5:02 amber ale, which even though it's balanced, is really interesting and delicious. Their Belgian Pale Ale is pretty popular, but of course it's the IPA that I order over and over again. Personally, I would like it a touch drier and with more hops, but there's not too many beers I've had that I wouldn't add more hops to.

The food is great. These guys are really committed to quality and it shows. Everything has been carefully selected or made in house. Of course, you must try their pizza's the first few times you go there. But tonight, I had their grilled cheese- with turkey, salami, capicola ham and your choice of cheese (I did mozzarella) on your choice of bread (I did sourdough). Delicious! It came with my choice of chips, and I tried beer chips, which were good, but a bit too sweet for me. Oh, and the cream cheese stuffed jalapenos with bacon were delightful.

They've already worked out some issues that were a bit annoying at first- mostly the loud atmosphere and the fact that it was like 90 degrees in there the first couple weeks. I'm looking forward to them introducing some seasonal beers and expanding their guest tap list.

Overall, this is a great new place, and I hope the good people of Wichita continue to support them even after the new-ness has worn off.

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Photo of jaycount
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I fell in love with this place.

During my visit they had 4 house beers on tap: V.6 IPA, Vanilla Porter, Belgian Pale Ale, and a Witbier. I'm not a fan of belgian beers but I found the BPA and wit to be ok. They seemed to be well made beers, just not my style.
The V.6 IPA was somewhere between an IPA and an IIPA, I'm going to call it an IPA and a half. It had a great caramely sweetness that you would expect from a IIPA but wasn't too aggresively hopped. I found it to be a delicious beer.
Their Vanilla Porter was delicious. My new favorite vanilla porter hands down. I need to do a vanilla porter float next time I visit!
They normally have an amber ale also but they were out during my visit. They did have a guest amber (Breckenridge Avalanche, I think?) on tap.

They also had Green Flash Hop Head Red on tap as a guest tap, I didn't think we could even get Green Flash around here?!

Overall, I was pleased with the beer selection, and I'm excited to visit in the future. I hope they do rotate in some different house beers, I'm putting alot of faith into their recipe formulator!

We also had their pizzas. The Buffalo chicken pizza was good but I couldn't possibly leave this place without trying their Hopperoni. A hops-infused pepperoni pizza?! Uh yeah, it is as good as it sounds. The only problem is I liked it too much and won't be willing to try the rest of their awesome sounding pizzas during later visits. Then our server pitched the peanut butter smore pizza on us, and well, we were stuffed to the brim by the time we finished that little piece of heaven.

Best brewery in Wichita hands down. Can't wait to see them grow and experiment with some new brews.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Glad to see these guys finally open. The only thing this city needs more than additional (QUALITY) restaurants is more places with good beer!
Really enjoy the decor, especially the copper highlighting one counter and behind the bar. Looks like the drip tray is a solid piece of copper. Temperature got warm if the weather is unreasonably hot but they seem to have that under control now.

It does get a little loud inside so it'll never be an intimate dinner - but hey this *IS* pizza and beer we're talking about! There do seem to be quite a few kids at dinner time so they must be enjoying it too.

Service is exceedingly friendly, but keep in mind that these guys are brand new and still getting the kinks out. Usually you'll get your food fast but occasionally it'll take a little while. Just chill - you wanted another beer anyway.

Appetizers: stuffed mushrooms and the wood-fired stuffed jalapenos were each delicious and recommended. The pepperoni bites felt like they needed a complementary flavor added, but the pepperoni they used was delicious - I want a pizza loaded with just this stuff!

Pizza: First and foremost understand that these guys make their own fresh dough, sauce, and mozzarella. Every pizza is delicious but selections that showcase these homemade ingredients really shine.

Be prepared for some heat with the delicious (and very attractive on the plate!) Mother M'Clucker. The Banick features meat, in addition to meat, and also, a bit of meat.
Since first opening the spiciness of the sauce has been toned down, which is perfect for my personal favorite, the 5-cheese pesto - This is an amazing pizza. Highly recommended.

I'd like to comment on the Peanut Butter Smores pizza but my wife tends to eat it all. Judging by the happy sounds she makes I think you should try it...

After several visits, I've tried the majority of the menu and all 5 initial beer offerings. The amber (I'm guessing they'll have more in another week) is great as is. The wheat beer is surprisingly richly flavored, but never approaches "heavy". Nice citrusy flavors in the finish. The Belgian pale ale is short on Belgian fruit esters, probably due to low fermentation temperature of the initial batch, and has restrained phenolics. The malts are strong with this one, especially the biscuit. Don't get me wrong - it's very tasty. I think future batches will show the Belgian character better.
The IPA is exceedingly drinkable, though finishes a bit sweet. Excellent grapefruity hop flavor. A glance at the beer menu shows a FG of 1.018 - a few tweaks will dry this beer out and allow those hops to shine. Perhaps just fixing their oxygenation system will do it?
The vanilla porter isn't my thing but seems to go over very well with the majority of people, so what do I know.

very anxious to try any new beers these guys make. (they need a milk stout to serve with the PB Smores pizza!)

Can you get cheaper shitty pizza in the freezer aisle or your local Domino's? Sure. But for a quick lunch (and maybe a pint) with the coworkers, for a fun dinner with the wife and kids, or for an evening out with friends, you truly get what you pay for. For the quality of the food and the beer, WBC is a bargain I'll experience again any day.

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Photo of readerbasil
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife, my sister-in-law, and I dined here for the first time. The ladies are not quantity beer drinkers. But, they do have discriminating taste buds and so we tried a little of all the beers.

I ordered the V.6 IPA and the ladies shared a Valleyview Vanilla Porter (strange name for a Whichita product - no valleys or views for miles around!)

The IPA had a limited nose, but after my first sip, I DIVED into the rest! This goes on my list called "if I had to drink this and this only for the rest of my life, I would be happy".

The Porter recieved wide-eyed approval from my ladies. They both acknowledged the coffee chocolate thing without a lot of review-influenced background in their minds. It has a very distinct nose and was luxurious to drink.

We all ordered different pizzas, which were creativly listed on the menu. All of ours were thin crust and really nicely done. One that we didn't try was the hop-infused pepperoni, but I heard about it while visiting with one of the owners. A bag of hops was unintentionally put
in the cooler unsealed and its proximity to the pepperoni in the cooler caused a bit of a stir, until they decided to just try the pepperoni in a pizza and see what happened! They gave me a little of the pepperoni as a sample and I am definitely ordering the pizza next time!

After the pizza was gone, we ordered the Brewship Belgium, a Belgian Pale Ale. I love a beer where the taste just comes right at you! The girls loved it too, although the Porter didn't taste so good after drinking the ale. They don't mix well.

The question in our household here in Wichita has been: Good beer or good food? You want good beer and marginal food, the Anchor wins hands down. You want better food and tolerable beer? River City. But not now. Both can be had in one place. We will be there soon and often. Wichita Brewing Co: you the bomb!

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Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West in Wichita, KS
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