Hey, fellow enthusiasts of the finer things in life! If there's one thing Kansans know how to do right, it's brewing a damn good beer. Now, picture this: a sun-kissed afternoon, golden wheat fields swaying in the breeze, and the delightful aroma of craft beer wafting through the air. That's right, my friends, welcome to the heartland's best-kept secret – the thriving brewery scene of South-Central Kansas. I'm Colby Sharples-Terry, your friendly guide to the sunflower state's liquid gold, and I'm here to share the tales of those adventurous souls who make tourism a hoppy affair by embarking on a sudsy pilgrimage through the breweries that define our landscape. So, grab your tasting glass, buckle up, and join me on a spirited journey through the brew-tiful experiences that await in the charming corners of our beloved Kansas

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Our adventure kicks off at Walnut River Brewing Company in the charming town of El Dorado. Nestled near the Walnut River, this brewery is a hidden gem that captures the essence of Kansas hospitality. Known for their award-winning Warbeard Irish Red, Walnut River Brewing Co. offers a warm and inviting atmosphere to savor their finely crafted beers. The taproom provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a pint while soaking in the laid-back vibe of El Dorado. I’m still reveling in the deliciousness of their seasonal Cinn-A-Ware Ale that I had last spring.

  • 111 W. LOCUST AVE
  • (316) 351-8086

Locally brewery with five current beers on tap. Stop by the taproom and enjoy light fare. Kids are welcome. See website for hours.

Next on our itinerary is Three Rings Brewery in McPherson, a place where tradition, over 500 years to be exact, meets innovation. Step into a world where old-world brewing techniques blend seamlessly with modern creativity. The Three Rings team crafts an eclectic array of beers, from their core series to experimental small batches that push the boundaries of flavor. The cozy taproom adds a touch of wistfulness to the beer-drinking experience. Be sure to check their events calendar for fun events like Trivia Night or Food Truck Fridays.

  • 536 S Old US 81
  • (620) 504-5022

Our 12th great-grandfather, Berend Brauer, was the Brewmaster in Einbeck Germany during the early 1500s. It is documented that Martin Luther’s favorite beer was beer from Einbeck. He was so fond of it that he had a cask of it at his wedding, which Berend was gladly able to…

Our journey leads us to the heart of Great Bend, where Dry Lake Brewing has been making waves in the craft beer scene. With a commitment to using locally sourced ingredients, Dry Lake Brewing delivers a farm-to-glass experience. The brewery pays homage to Barton County with fun names for their rotating taps, such as Cheyenne Bottoms Up and Hops on the Range.  

Visitors can enjoy the beer garden, creating the perfect setting for sipping on a cold one. As a prominent fixture in Great Bend, Dry Lake Brewing has become a destination for both locals and those passing through the area. The brewery contributes to the cultural tapestry of the community, offering a gathering place for friends, families, and beer enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned craft beer aficionado or a casual visitor, Dry Lake Brewing invites you to explore the rich flavors and warm hospitality that define this Kansas gem.

  • 1305 Main St
  • (620) 793-0400

Located at 1305 Main in the beautiful downtown square of Great Bend, Dry Lake Brewing offers 12 taps of in-house brewed beer & seltzers with a variety of styles and flavors to please any palette. A full bar is also available featuring crowd-pleasing signature cocktails and wine…

Venturing right along, we arrive in Hutchinson, home to not one, but two standout breweries. Salt City Brewery, a community-driven establishment, is where locals and visitors alike gather for a taste of handcrafted goodness. Their name derives from their home city’s nickname, Salt City, as Hutch is the salt mine mecca of Kansas. Stop in to try their 4 core beers and a variety of seasonal taps. Meanwhile, Sandhills Brewing, known for their innovative and artisanal approach, introduces beer enthusiasts to unique flavor profiles inspired by the surrounding sand hills that the region is known for. Their bird themed beers pay homage and respect to the native birds of Kansas and makes a case on how a brewery can impact conservation efforts.  

  • 514 N Main St
  • (620) 960-6210

Founded in 2015, Salt City Brewing Co. is inspired by the salt mines and mineral-rich oil fields of its Kansas home. Their focus is on superior ingredients and rigorous science. They brew beer for the after-work crowd that appreciates a little craft!

As our beer expedition continues, we make our way to Cheney, where Hank is Wiser Brewery stands as a beacon for beer aficionados. This family-owned brewery combines a passion for brewing with a commitment to community sustainability. Named after the founder, Hank spent 35 years traveling and exploring breweries around the nation before his dream of opening his own place happened in 2005. The laid-back atmosphere encourages patrons to unwind and savor the moment, which is fairly easy when BBQ and beer is involved.

  • 213 N Main St
  • (316) 542-0113

Hank is Wiser Brewery is a small family owned and operated brewpub located in the middle of downtown Cheney, Kansas. The first house brewed beer was served on April 1, 2005 at their grand opening, just mere hours after Hank Sanford retired from a 22 year sales career in Wichita…

Our final destination brings us to Winfield, where Ladybird Brewing adds a touch of elegance and grit to the craft beer scene. This woman-owned brewery embraces a spirit of creativity and empowerment, reflected in both their beers and the welcoming ambiance of the taproom. Serving as a community hub for the Winfield locals, you are sure to fit in with the laid back and welcoming vibes of these South-Central folks.

  • 523 Main Street

Why we do it​ To inspire connection and empower community through the shared experience of beautifully crafted beer. What you'll find Ales and the occasional lager brewed at close range using the best ingredients we can find -- often featuring locally/regionally sourced…

The South Central region has become a haven for craft beer enthusiasts, with each brewery offering a unique and delightful experience. From the riverside charm of El Dorado to the artistic vibes of Hutchinson and the family-friendly atmosphere of Cheney, these breweries embody the diverse spirit of Kansas. So, hop on the beer trail and discover the flavors that make this region a hidden gem for beer lovers. Cheers to the brews, the views, and the unforgettable moments in the SC!

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