A very large brewpub in Topeka. It has a sports bar vibe. Very large circular bar and lots of tables too. It seemed pretty popular and was crowded. They a large tap selection. Beers varied from ok to excellent. I really enjoyed their java porter and a collaboration IIPA. I had a pulled pork BBQ platter, which was pretty tasty. Worth a stop for sure.
Just off the highway, this looks and smells like a large barbecue place from the outside. Lots of parking on both sides, although the lot was nearly full. Comfortably crowded inside too, although the place is huge and absorbed it well. There’s a large central bar in one room, surrounded by bart tables, and then restaurant style tables in other rooms. The 14 barrel system is visible when you head to the restrooms, and there are some fermenters scattered about. About half the locals were drinking Bud Light or Coors Light, something that continues to baffle me whenever I see it. They had sixteen beers on offer, some are variants of one another. They’ll do any number of taster glasses you’d want, although flights are officially four. Food is varied, not just barbecue, and was delicious. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great place.
A cool stop in Topeka with a large bar, a goo number of TBs and a large out door seating area. Service was good despite being busy during the lunch rush. A good number of beers on tap, 10-14? Samplers were available. Food was solid but nothing special. Prices were nice. Definitely worth the stop if you are passing through Topeka.
I originally visited in 2010, and recently had a chance to retry. A really nice selection of beers on tap when I visited, probably 15 different available. I tried some pretty good beers and some average beers, but overall definitely worth checking out if you are passing through the area. Nice selection and sample trays for sampling all their beers
Kind of a fun place in Topeka with a ton of their own beers (12-15 at any given time). The beers are hit or miss but that’s a lot of fucken ticks. The nachos I had were kind of sketchy as was the bartender but I couldn’t imagine there’s a better place to drink in Topeka.
This is a very large brewpub in an old building off the highway. The inside reminds me of an old restaurant in the south that may be in need of some updating. The crowd here was mostly older dudes who remind me a lot of the hillbillies back home in Tennessee. The strangest thing was the fact that the beers I tried were excellent. The java porter and Galactic IPA are surprisingly good, not at all what the experience led me to expect. We had dinner as well. The menu focuses on Kansas style "barbecue". You know, that overly sweet beef stuff. I had an order of ribs as an appetizer that were decent, up to par for anything west of the Carolinas, and an eggplant sandwich for my meal. The prices for the beer and the food were very low. I felt like I made out like a bandit. Monday is $2.75 pint night, fyi.
(Originally rated in 2005 - re-rated to add the "Food" category and up a few points here and there, having re-visited recently). Interesting layout, lots of levels... 14 of their beers were on, which gave them enough of a selection that I couldn’t drink all of the beers that I wanted to try. The service was highly attentive and quite welcoming, both of the managers on duty heard from a couple of the servers that I was interested in knowing about the beers, and asked politely about my rating notebook. I told them about Ratebeer and they said they knew of it, and after chatting with me briefly about the beers I was having, went and got me a few samples including the Barleywine, which was appreciated. The food was pretty respectable, basic brewpub fare, but good. Music was fairly annoying unless you like the greatest hits of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today! Overall the beers and the service made this a pleasant experience, though, we were easily able to kill 2 1/2 hours+.
Been here maybe 4 times in my years in Kansas. Its a good brewpub, maybe only second best to Free State. Unfortunately, no one in KC is willing to drive out there and pass Free State. The place reminds me of a large hunting lodge with many different levels and a bit of a Miami Beach character. Its interesting. Beers are always solid, never a dud but few spectacular beers. Menu is large with standard pub fare. Service is good. I recommend a visit but after going to Free State first.