Having made many trips across Kansas on I-70, we were ready to just be happy to find a McDonald’s or a truck stop with a Subway. As we went flying across the plains on our last trip to Colorado, I saw an intriguing billboard advertising a microbrewery in Hays, KS. Grabbing my phone, I quickly started searching for info and a map to it.
It looks like there is a trend to revitalize the downtown area of Hays featuring the Chestnut Street district. (In fact at least one gallery was open the Sunday afternoon we stopped.) We were pleasantly surprised with what we found—Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewery Co. The décor and architecture is awesome (make sure you check out the bathrooms) and so is the beer and food! I had the Brewben (their take on the Reuben) and it was great. (I did ask for more Oatmeal Stout Thousand Island dressing on the side.) Even if you don’t like sauerkraut, I would encourage you to try theirs—it is less vinegary and very earthy. My partner tried the Beerwurst and deemed it good. We both got fried dill pickle spears on the side. The other sandwiches on the menu looked very appealing.
The beer was cold and good. Not being a huge beer lover, I only ventured toward the Raspberry Wheat which had very subtle raspberry overtones. I could not keep up with all that my dining partner had but I think he enjoyed the IPA and the Oatmeal Stout to name a few of his samples.
This will definitely be a destination eatery for us the next time we drive across Kansas.
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