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Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 120
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
150 N Mosley St
phone: (316) 263-2739
(Place added by: Quaffer)
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| Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was surprised by some of the previous reviews. I was there in mid November, 2006, and was highly impressed by their IPA and their seasonal 9% ABV Belgian Trippel. Both were fantastic (and I'm from San Diego, so I know an IPA). I also went to and enjoyed Granite City but this was the best brewpub for beer selection and location.
A word about the location. The restaurant closes at about 10:30, after which you migrate upstairs to the nightclub (music on the weekends, maybe more often during the summer) or more likely across the parking lot to Mort's Cigar Bar where they make a great martini and have draught Guiness for those sticking to beverages that are merely fermented.
Back to the RC... On Wednesdays they run a special that makes your tab for a very delicious pizza and a coupla beers very reasonable. You can sit at the bar and watch sports, talk to the locals and drink good beer. Yes, they only have five taps, all their own stuff, but it is very good beer. Kudos to the brewer.
The wings, BTW, are authentic Buffalo style and worth a try.
11-25-2006 09:38:16 |
More by jbmorch
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
This place sat right on a corner in Old Town and they had a wooden porch on the first floor that encompassed both sides of the building, plus a second-story deck that went all of the way around. As I mounted the porch steps, suitcase in tow, I felt like I was in a frontier town, about to enter the swinging doors of the local saloon. It was just that rustic.
As I entered, there was a vestibule on the southeast side of the building with the maitre d station just inside on the left. To the right, past a short partition, there was a staircase leading to the second floor. Beyond that, headed aft on the first floor, was the blonde and dark wood bar with the copper jacketed brewhouse and fermenters visible behind the back bar. On the right side of the back bar hung an impressive, stuffed buffalo head. Above the bar was a chalkboard tallying Year-to-Date Craft Beer Production in terms of Barrels, Kegs, and Pints. Further aft, on the right-hand side, was the kitchen with the washrooms in the centerline, all of the way aft and the restaurant dominating the right-hand side of the space. On the second floor was Loft 150 with its own bar, a stage and dance area, and a banquet area all of the way aft with leather sofas and chairs. The whole place had a nice preservationist feel to it.
The sampler consisted of two Wheats (American and Raspberry), a Red, a Brown, a Stout, and an Apricot Ale. They all evidenced great clarity (The Nebraska Test), but none of them had a satisfactory hop level to suit me. When I inquired, I was told that an IPA is available as a fall seasonal (!). Come on! Youre that afraid to foist even an APA on your market?!? Bah. Make the trip to Granite City, instead. Aarrgh!
11-22-2006 13:18:21 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A good place to go for a decent meal and a local craft-brewed beer. The atmosphere is typical mid-major brewpub. Not grungy Vino's or Lunar but not Gordon Biersh or Bosco's swankiness, either. The food was decent and served fast. Beers are served ice cold, so let those stouts, browns, and barleywines sit a while before sipping. Staff is friendly and attentive. They serve at least six house beers ranging from boring to fantastic. Food menu is typical for such an establishment. Not a world-beater, but I'd go there again if I were a local.
02-17-2006 22:54:21 |
More by EagleTalon
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
I visited here with my cousin in December 2005. We got a sampler that consisted of Harvest Wheat, Raspberry Harvest Wheat, Amber, Red, Stout and a beer they called The Grinch that was 11%. That was quite bitter even considering the alcohol. The beers were OK but I was hoping for something that really stood out. My favorite was the Stout. I had been here about ten years before and remembered better beer, but this wasn't bad.
I ordered food, which was OK. The atmosphere was nice and I'd bet on weekends it gets pretty crowded and friendly (this was a Wednesday afternoon in December). Despite the lower ratings I gave, I would definitely go back here. It's at least Wichita's premier brewery.
01-15-2006 06:09:32 |
More by pivoichamiz
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $
Atmosphere was great nice cozy, lots of wood. Makes for a great setting for beer, ( exspecially when it started to snow just before we got there). Quality of beers was good, had a brown nice, mild flavor, good aroma recommend to try. Also had a sample of Chocolate Bock, later found out same recipe as Sam Adams Chocolate bock. With the main difference for me in that Sam Adams had better aroma, but River City had better flavor, more favor, better mouthfeel. In turn better value by long shot. Service was adequate, some what laxed but good. Selection was small for there beers only had six beers on tap. Not bad but would have liked to see at least 10. Personal preferrence. Food was great nice jalepeno chicken and rice with corn bread excellent. Recommend if in area, of Wichita or even Lawrence. Cheers
12-08-2005 02:34:09 |
More by amatuerbeerguy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A decent place to have a beer when passing through ICT. I didn't think the beer was that great. But all in all there's worse ways to spend and evening. The Vanilla stout was different and the Amber was pretty good. The prices were decent - the sampler platter of beer was only four dollars so I couldn't complain ab out that, the service was fast and the steak was good. The vanilla stout was pretty strong. Anyway, this was my first time in Wichita and I found the place on this website. I'm headed to Tucson tomorrow so hopefully that will be better.
06-03-2005 02:04:37 |
More by logisnews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
River City Brewing is located in an interesting refurbished warehouse area of Wichita called "Old Town". The interior features much of the original construction; lots of wood, worn wooden floor and heavy one square foot timbers that support the building. The long wooden bar has ample space for belly up imbibing and the restaurant area is large as well. Some of the woodwork looks like it may have been recovered/restored materials - pretty cool. Stopped in last week and enoyed some of their tasty IPA (fall seasonal). Chatted a little bit with some locals and the brewer, Dan. Scored a sample of the new Honey Rye winter seasonal before it was officially tapped. At 10% abv this will be a fine winter warmer. The 10% was well hidden too. Selection could be improved a bit. If it weren't for the seasonal brews the normal selection would be lacking. Hey Dan, make that tasty IPA a regular in the lineup! Hopefully will have a chance to try some food next time. Overall a friendly and comfortable joint and a worthwhile stop.
10-25-2004 01:56:18 |
More by John
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I Made my fist visit to the brewery a couple of weeks ago. Good people, good brew. They have their regular five on tap with a rotating seasonal. My favorite is the stout but there are several other good ones. They have the T.V thing going on so I can watch the Jayhawks clean house while I enjoy good brew. The River City Brewery will definitely become a regular.
02-23-2003 12:53:30 |
More by Bruiser81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
The River City Brewing Co. is Wichita's only remaining brewery. It is in the Old Town district, so there are plenty of other things to do and see in the area. But, if you are a beer lover, you might as well plan on spending the evening at River City.
The atmosphere of the place is nice. The bar area is seperated from the dining tables slightly, so you don't feel like you are at a restaurant bar. Also, there is a club upstairs that draws away anyone that is just there to be loud and drink large quantities of macro beer. This leaves the bar downstairs as a nice place to relax, quaff your brew, and carry on a conversation if you want.
Any of the food that I have tried has been great and the service was the same. I have yet to run into a bad/rude bartender or server. Plus, since this is a brewery, they know their beer.
There are five regular brews on the menu: two wheats, a brown, a red, and a stout. There is also a seasonal brew that rotates throughout the year: IPA, Oktoberfest, Belgian strong ale, hefe . . . you get the idea. The regular house brews are solid, but only average. There seems to be a diacetyl issue that runs through most of the beers. Where River City really shines is with their seasonals. The special IPAs, the framboise, the bourbon-aged beers . . . they are all exceptional. River City only employs one brewer and he always seems happy to talk about either their beers or just beer in general.
Cigar smoking is allowed, both upstairs and downstairs.
02-23-2003 08:58:32 |
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