List of breweries in Kansas

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Kansas ranks 27th nationally in craft breweries per capita.[1]

Breweries in Kansas produce a wide range of beers in different styles that are marketed locally and regionally. Brewing companies vary widely in the volume and variety of beer produced, from small nanobreweries to microbreweries to massive multinational conglomerate macrobreweries.

In 2012, Kansas' 21 breweries and brewpubs employed 70 people directly, and more than 10,000 others in related jobs such as wholesaling and retailing.[2][3] Including people directly employed in brewing, as well as those who supply Kansas' breweries with everything from ingredients to machinery, the total business and personal tax revenue generated by Kansas' breweries and related industries was more than $190 million.[3] Consumer purchases of Kansas' brewery products generated more than $90 million in additional tax revenue.[3] In 2012, according to the Brewers Association, Kansas ranked 30th in the number of craft breweries per capita with 19.[4]

For context, at the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.[5] In that same year, according to the Beer Institute, the brewing industry employed around 43,000 Americans in brewing and distribution and had a combined economic impact of more than $246 billion.[6]

High Noon Saloon & Brewery was the second, after Tallgrass, of these Kansas microbreweries in the 21st century to distribute through canning. To do this, they applied for and received an award $30,000 in no-interest loans from the Leavenworth Main Street Program and Network Kansas.[7]

Open breweries[edit]

The following is a list of breweries and microbreweries. The largest brewery in Kansas is Tallgrass Brewing Co in Manhattan.[8]

Brewery Location
23rd Street Brewery[9] Lawrence
Big John's Brewing Company[9][10] Salina
Blind Tiger Brewery[9][11] Topeka
Blue Skye Brewery and Eats[9][10] Salina
Central Standard Brewing[9] Wichita
Crazy Eye Brewing[9] Hiawatha
Defiance Brewing Co.[9][12] Hays
Free State Brewing Company Lawrence
Hank Is Wiser Brewery[9][13] Cheney
Hopping Gnome Brewery[9][14] Wichita
High Noon Saloon & Brewery[9][15] Leavenworth
Hungry Heart and WHOLE Brewing Co.[9][16] Wichita
Liquid Bread Brewing Company[9][17] Hays
Little Apple Brewing Company[9][18] Manhattan
Radius Brewing Company[9][19] Emporia
River City Brewing Company[9][20] Wichita
Tallgrass Brewing Co[9][21] Manhattan
Third Place Brewing[9][22] Wichita
Walnut River Brewing Company[9][23] El Dorado
Wichita Brewing Co. and Pizzeria[9][24] Wichita

St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Granite City Food and Brewery has four locations in Kansas City, Olathe, East Wichita, and West Wichita.[9]
Huntington Beach, California-based BJ's Restaurant & Brewery has one location in Wichita.[9]
Palo Alto, California-based Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has one location in Leawood.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State Craft Beer Production & Sales Data, 2013". Brewer's Association. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brewer's Almanac--Active Brewer Permits, 2004 - 2012". The Beer Institute. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Beer Industry Economic Impact in Kansas" (PDF). The Beer Institute. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Capita per Brewery 2012" (PDF). Brewers Association. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth". Brewers Association. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beer Serves America". The Beer Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Linn, Tim. "High Noon receives award to begin micro-canning". Leavenworth Times. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Hoedel, Cindy (April 12, 2014). "With throwback strategy, Manhattan’s Tallgrass Brewing cans a winner". Kansas City Star. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Neil, Denise (May 17, 2014). "Kansas beer breweries thriving, expanding". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Hunter, Chris (4 June 2013). "Second microbrewery opening in Salina". Salina Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Foster, Samantha (13 January 2014). "Blind Tiger begins first brew using new tanks". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Kenwright, Matthew (1 April 2014). "Brewery has business in can". The Hays Daily News. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Neil, Denise (1 November 2011). "Hank is so wise, he's adding barbecue". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Rengers, Carrie (May 19, 2014). "Hopping Gnome Brewery to open on East Douglas near the Donut Whole". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "High Noon at Leavenworth". Small Wars Journal. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Rengers, Carrie (October 6, 2014). "Hungry Heart and WHOLE Brewing Co. to open in former Jettys Pizza Space". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Budd, Nick (4 September 2014). "Gella's tabbed as one of America's weirdest brewery locations". Hays Post. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Wery, Maura (9 October 2012). "With its rich, malty flavors, Oktoberfest is king of the fall beers". The Mercury. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Walker, Chris (3 February 2014). "Growling Success at Radius Brewery". The Emporia Gazette. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Lefler, Dion (1 July 2014). "City OKs contract with national airport food vendor for new airport terminal". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Hoedel, Cindy (March 28, 2014). "Kansas’ Tallgrass Brewing Company plans expansion in Manhattan". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Rengers, Carrie (April 21, 2015). "Third Place Brewing is the latest production brewery in the works in Wichita". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  23. ^ Behlmann, Emily (21 April 2014). "Walnut River Brewing expanding capacity, adding canning line". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  24. ^ Rengers, Carrie (1 October 2014). "Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria to open in east Wichita". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "New Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Leawood". Leawood Chamber. Retrieved 1 October 2014.