The 10 Best Breweries in Kansas!

To run a good brewery, you must know how to mill, malt, mash, lauter, boil, ferment, condition, filter, and fill, and all of these best Kansas breweries accomplish the process in the best of ways. Serving up everything from barrel-aged marvels to small-batch classics, find your spot among these 10 great breweries in the state. 

1. Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, KS

This brewing company started as an at-home Kansas craft beer brewery serving a handful of family and friends. Its transformed into an award-winning regional brewery, distributing perfected beers to consumers across the Midwest. Jeff Gill got it right, and is committed to every “grain-to-glass” he sells with “no exceptions.”

2. Hank is Wiser Brewery, Cheney, KS

Located in an original historic downtown building in Cheney, Hank is Wiser Brewery is making its own history, crafting great beer. A small family operated brewery that produces some of the best, of the best, craft beer. Find time to stop in and enjoy the beers, stay for the beer lovers’ atmosphere and meet the owner, Hank Sanford, and his wife and son.

3. Defiance Brewing Company, Hays, KS

What happened when two notable beer brewers met over a beer in Hays? What else, they start their own brewery, Defiance Brewing Company. These two brewmasters, Dylan Sultzer and Matthew Bender, produce a wide variety of great Kansas beer and according to their website they “don’t settle for anything less.” 

4. Hopping Gnome Brewing, Wichita, KS

What started as Torrey Lattin’s business plan is now the Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, and is located in the Douglas Design District in Wichita. Lattin was originally a home beer brewer until he began commercially producing craft beers. He eventually opened the area’s first taproom and serves his craft beer to customers who keep returning.

5. 23rd Street Brewery, Lawrence, KS

The 23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence prides itself in producing award winning, hand crafted quality, small batch beers to its patrons. Brewmaster Russell Brickwell’s expertise and his excellent staff create exceptional ales and lagers inside this iconic brew house at 23rd Street. 

6. Kansas Territory Brewing Company, Washington, KS

The people who stop in the Kansas Territory Brewing Company in Washington are quick to let you know there isn’t a bad beer presented. This brewing company offers a variety of great smooth handcrafted beers and everyone is invited to taste each special blend. 

7. Happy Basset Brewing Company, Topeka, KS

This infusing, concocting brewery is guaranteed to get your “tail wagging” and you will keep coming back for more. The Happy Basset Brewing Company in Topeka is a great place to tap a great hand-crafted beer anytime or for any occasion. 

8. Central Standard Brewing, Wichita, KS

Whatever makes a great hand-crafted Kansas beer can be found inside the taproom at the Central Standard Brewing in Wichita. This group of microbrewery entrepreneurs are impassioned about brewing and serving the best quality of craft beers, in a relaxing and comfortable place. 

9. Radius Brewing Company, Emporia, KS

The Radius Brewing Company in Emporia is a small brewing company offering on-tap craft beers with big flavors. Homemade beers prepared with the best ingredients and brewed to perfections on site by skilled brewmasters. 

10. Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence, KS

The Free State Brewing Company in Lawrence takes pride in the quality and care that goes into each barrel of hand crafted beer they produce. This small brewery offers great craft beers, a great atmosphere and a place to socialize with friends. 

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