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River City Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 120
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
150 N Mosley St
phone: (316) 263-2739
(Place added by: Quaffer)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
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 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Went for a fairly early Sunday evening dinner, what a let down.
The warehouse atmosphere is wasted by TVs in every corner & just a general lack of beer enthusiasm
Except for the IPA, all beers were average or below average, yawn
Service was sub par, had to wave our waitress down several times for items she forgot. That or no one was working at the bar & kitchen, she really seemed more interested in chatting with her co-workers & setting up tables for people I'm not sure were coming. The place wasn't crowded, thank God, or I would probably still be there trying to get my check
Beer selection was average, 7 ales, nothing cutting edge or different. The stout on Nitro would be the most exotic thing on offer
The food selection was pretty good, but the quality was not. My pizza was very bland with prefab crust, my wife didn't think much of her mac & cheese either
Pricing wasn't too bad, but I will not be visiting again. This place just seemed to be very satisfied with their sub-par product
08-22-2008 22:06:58 |
More by russpowell
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a nice brewpub in the Old Town district of Wichita. Built in an old warehouse, it has a very cool brewpub atmosphere. Tons of seating for dining and a good sized bar area. The beers are pretty good. I've never had a bad one. Service is very pleasant and quick to help. The wait staff is knowledgeable about their brews. They never have alot of different beers on tap and what they do have is rarely adventurous. I think they are catering to the clientele that is not ready for big, high gravity brews. The food is good but fairly typical for a brewpub. There's nothing on the menu that will jump out at you. I like River City. It is a good option in a part of the country that doesn't have many great beer options.
09-11-2010 18:27:23 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This place is easy to find even during an ice storm, just look for the neon orange-red BREWERY sign. Parking was quite ample, but then again everything was covered in 1/8 inch of ice.
I think everything in the place is made of wood, except the conditioning tanks which reside behind glass right behind the bar.
There is some kind of club upstairs, but it looked dark and closed, I never ventured up to check it out.
The 4 or 5 TVs around the bar either had the weather channel or sports on them.
I sat down and tried an Emerald City Stout, it was refreshing, creamy, had a great mouthful and was very drinkable. I was one and out, just wanted to check the place out, but the weather prevented me from sticking around for a few.
Everyone at the bar was very friendly, and I will stop back if I ever make it back to the Wichita area.
12-14-2007 20:05:55 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This brewpub located is located dowtown. In an area that has seen a resurgence. The old brick building has spartan decorations. The brewing equipment is the star here.
They had a couple interesting beers on tap. Of note, was the S.M.A.S.H. (single malt single hop) beer. Golden Promise and Citra were on the menu that night. The beers were well executed, but could use some work.
The service seemed to be an issue. Having all drinks poured by one bartender seemed to be the issue.
The food was average brewpub fare...and so is the vibe.
Overall, this would be a great place if you lived in the area, as choices are limited. An out of town guest might want this as number 3 on the list.
11-04-2011 00:11:27 |
More by ndolover
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 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I used to live mere blocks away, and visited this place constantly. I always left wishing the beer was a little better, and more consistent from batch to batch. I think a few phenominal (very) small batch seasonals kept me coming back.
The old building has a nice atmosphere. Friendly, historic, welcoming.
Service ranges from slightly better than average to a bit below average. Knowledge of beer - any beer, let alone their own - among the servers has been spotty at best. If you work in a place with "brewing co" in the name, I expect you to not act impatient if I ask about your beers!
The Old Town Brown is an OK beer - it is a great looking dark brown color, and has a some of that great nut-brown style flavor...maybe even a hint of coffee...but man does it seem way too thin to me.
The Emerald City stout is served off a nitro tap, and has the requisite creamy smoothness. Definate chocolate and a bit of coffee, but it is light in the nose. Pretty drinkable and crowd pleasing but nothing earth-shattering.
The American Wheat seems to be made for the BMC crowd, and has little going for it that I like, so I won't try to give a subjective opinion.
The Rock Island Red isn't the beer it used to be. The hop profile isn't as complex, and seems to add little to the caramelly malt profile other than bitterness. Unfortunately but for a seasonal they have little in the way of truly hoppy beers at this place.
The harvester wheat is a raspberry-flavored beer. Not my favorite fruited beer, but admittedly refreshing on the right day.
Food is good, don't get me wrong. But several years ago they took many of the things I loved off of the menu, and it hasn't been the same since. (as an example, I can still remember the "leaning towers of lasagna" like it was yesterday!) There are a few favorites left, and the quality and value are fine, but there isn't much invention on this menu anymore.
02-24-2007 21:32:10 |
More by udubdawg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Cool location in an old building in the "Old Town" area downtown. The menu says some of the building materials are original or repurposed which adds to the ambience, but still feels a little too mainstream/run o the mill.
The house beer lineup was pretty standard also, they had 2 special/seasonal brews in addition to their regs. Nothing really stood out, but the single malt/single hop special beer they had on was nicely balanced.
Service was average. Can't really complain, but there were multiple waitresses serving the smallish bar area and they still weren't overly attentive.
Full food menu, but very regular standard fare. Menu itself is cluttered and hard to navigate. The story about the history is great, but needs to be broken up or displayed differently. The beer descriptions are mostly fluff and don't include any details on abv, ibu, og, etc.
This place could be awesome if it was updated a bit and broke out of its "1990s beer stylings".
10-07-2011 02:30:47 |
More by BeerZack
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by a weekday evening. Hotter than hell outside so this was a nice oasis. Large bar and a large seating area. Sat at the bar and ordered their brown ale. I thought the brown was excellant. Also had the red but was less impressed with that. The bartender was very friendly and chatty. She gave a couple of guys crap for ordering Bud Light by saying, "You do know you are in a brewpub." I thought the food was also very good. The crowd seemed to be a mixture of local families and wayward travelers like myself.
06-27-2009 19:58:26 |
More by morimech
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
River City Brewing Co, the best Wichita has to offer. That's kind of sad actually.
So the atmosphere is alright. It's got smoking seating which sucks for beer reviewing because they sections aren't very separated. It's kind of small and when business picks up it's loud and full of annoying locals.
Service is ok. The hostess had a horrible attitude. Didn't smile, didn't say hello, just took us to a table. All night it seemed like doing her job was really putting her out. Our waitress however was a gem. You ever have a waitress that you just love for no apparent reason from start to finish? This was that kind of girl, just a real sweetheart and took great care of us.
Selection was ok, they had their 5 normal beers plus a seasonal. That was nice to see, but nothing really out of the ordinary.
Food was ok. My girlfriend got the fish and chips and really liked it. I got a Black and Blue burger and was underwhelmed. The fries were great, but the burger was not the best. Tasted like a backyard grill burger, with no spices, and completely charred. The only flavor came from the blue cheese and occassionally a little cajun spice.
Value: This joint is reasonable. The prices are not bad, like $3.50 for a pint and $7-12 for an entree. Pretty typical and not outrageous even though it wasn't the best of places. If I lived in Wichita I'd probably go there constantly just because it's the only brewpub besides Granite City.
08-12-2008 20:06:21 |
More by Goliath
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