“Award Winning Brewery & Diner!”
A great brewery with great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Very neat looking place with a very neat German menu. Only a few miles off I-70. A native of the rural western Kansas community of Brownell, Gerald Wyman and his wife, Janet, raised two daughters and lived the typical rural farming and ranching lifestyle. But following his children’s graduation from high school, Gerald sold the cattle and leased the land. All for his love of beer. It wasn’t a side effect of empty-nest syndrome or a midlife crisis. Janet, who endured her husband’s brewing experiments in her kitchen for years, finally banned Gerald’s brewing operations to the garage where he set up a larger operation and brewed the first of his award winning home brews. Realizing Gerald had a great talent, the couple decided to open a microbrewery in nearby Hays. The Wymans planned to open their microbewery in a strip mall. That is until they met Chuck Comeau. Chuck is a rural entrepreneur whose innovative talents led to the creation of the Dessin Fournir Companies, six luxury goods firms whose clientele includes Hollywood’s elite, media moguls and royalty. Like Gerald, Chuck had previously tried his hand at the traditional rural Kansas markets of oil, cattle and banking only to realize and follow his own passion for design. His furniture company quickly grew into one of the top five home furnishing firms in the nation. Chuck moved the corporate headquarters to his hometown of Plainville, Kan. where he transformed abandoned downtown storefronts into offices, warehouses and design studios. His passion for design and architecture carried over to Hays’ downtown and he formed Liberty Group, the primary developer for the Chestnut Street District. Along with 53 local investors, Gerald and Chuck brought Hays, Kansas its own microbrewery and diner in the summer of 2005. Four months later, Gerald entered his first professional brewing competition, the renowned Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winning the first of nine GABF medals including back-to-back gold medals for Lb.’s No. 50 Liberty Stout in 2009 and 2010. Also in 2010, he earned a Gold World Beer Cup Award for Lb.’s No. 06 Oatmeal Stout. In 2013, the brewery and Gerald were named Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the 27th annual GABF, the first Kansas brewery to receive the honor.
Cool atmosphere, beer was good, food was fresh and delicious, and service was excellent. Really varied menu - was surprised to find some typical diner type fare, but many other great choices as well. Great little find for dinner on a road trip west. Only 10 min off the interstate. Check it out!
This is a must stop for our family. Every time we make the drive to Colorado, we have dinner here on one of both legs of the trip. The food is always great. The beer selection is awesome. And the kid's meals are served in really cool convertibles. It can get very busy during the weekends. We highly recommend.
This is a perfect reason to stop in Hays. Great way to break up a CO trip
This place has amazing food and beer. Even the root beer is incredible. It is worth veering off the Interstate and venturing into downtown Hays for.
Delicious brewed root beer and cream soda with free refills! And the food is spectacular, wish they had a sides plate. The beers are award winning as well.
Great find on road to CO.
Great food, friendly service, good beer, well worth the stop to break up the long drive from CO to OKC.
The root beer was better than the food, which was over-priced and lacked flavor. We got the salmon cakes and pesto chicken. If I'm ever in the area again, I may give it a second chance.
Everything is awesome. Great beers, try the sampler. Also, the local flavors on the menu are worth the try.
I recommend you eat here then head over to the museum to walk it off before getting back on the road.
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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing
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