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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sauerkraut soup” (25 reviews)
“kettle chips” (18 reviews)
“raspberry wheat” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I had the opportunity to stop by this local establishment and take in their sample beer flight. Eight samples of four ounces a piece was plenty! I didn't have a chance to eat and it was a quick stopover. Zach the bartender was knowledgeable and...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a great place to stop if you have been driving across Kansas all day! We tried the chips and homemade dips and the Chicken Fried Chicken dinner. Everything thing came out super fast and tasted great! We will return the next time we...More

Thank rhower
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We are on a trip out West. Stopped here last year. This trip made stop in Hays just to eat here. We both had salmon and white beans. Just awesome. Make there own beer too. American Wheat was very good. I highly recommend. And it...More

Thank Tricky1228
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

The food here is nothing short of amazing! Even the kids meals were great. The lemon salad dressing is a must try. Service was good...perfect atmosphere. If we are ever coming through Kansas again we'll be eating here again.

Thank Welovejesus247
Reviewed 16 August 2016

I was given a lead to this place by the desk clerk when my hotel room wasn't ready (good call).Upon my arrival in the area the ONLY directions I could remember was the intersection,(Main/11th).The place is midway on the block south of the intersection on...More

Thank xtc663
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We visited with a family group and a range of priorities. Our group included a meat-and-produce eater, a couple of beer connoisseurs, and a couple of picky children, and everyone left fed and happy. We were interested to see exotic-to-us dishes like bierocks and grebels,...More

Thank chomphosy
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were travelling from Canada to Denver, Colorado and usually rely heavily on TripAdvisor. This time we were disappointed. The beer was very good, and we love supporting local. The service was also very good, but we found the food disappointing. I...More

Thank SWMBT
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Only been here twice. Sauerkraut soup is a must and although I thought regular beers were from average to very good both times I have been here the seasonal was spectacular. A well run establishment with really good food.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Fun old main street location. Fun older building reimagined. Lots of seating options. THE BEER IS GREAT!! Everyone we tried was a keeper. They have won a lot of GABF awards and its easy to see why. The menu was also way above average. Price...More

1  Thank R H
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant will take you about 10 minutes off of I70, but it is well worth the detour. Great German American food in an historic building with great service. A welcome diversion from the long drive across Kansas.

Thank jwzville
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Aleforge
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Response from Momma12345678 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....their kids meals come out in a cardboard car. They have a kids menu too.
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Rod D
23 July 2016|
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Response from TulsaTraveler13 | Reviewed this property |
Just got this. Is it still relevant? Really can't answer brewing questions but it is off highway 183
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Brenton A
2 March 2016|
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Response from Barbara H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
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Description
Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer honors, the four storefronts the microbrewery and diner call home didn't always look like this. An aluminum facade hid these historic structures for decades as the elements took a devastating toll inside and out on the forgotten buildings. Acquired in 2000, these buildings became the first properties deeded for development as part of the Chestnut Street District's downtown revitalization effort.Along with stabilizing the collapsed ceiling in what is now the brewery, other challenges included replacing chiseled and damaged brick with limestone, unifying the storefronts with a steel I-beam and conforming the different floor levels of the four buildings to ADA standards. Whenever possible, designers incorporated original elements of the buildings into the design.The open kitchen buzzes with culinary activity, savory aromas and fiery spectacle. Acting in stark contrast is the cool calm of the steel brew tanks, tangle of hoses and the sweet scent of barley and hops. The industrial beauty of rusted steel, the cool glare of galvanized aluminum and the raw quality of weathered wood are all perfectly offset by the intimate chatter of patrons over plates of delicious food and pints of handcrafted beer.Historically inspired paintings created by graduates of Fort Hays State University's Art Department add color and culture directly to the authentic brick walls. The paintings are indicative of the signage that once appeared on the sides of downtown structures serving notice of the name of the company or type of services offered within. Patrons entering by the west door of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. Are greeted by the artwork entitled "Three Star Harvest". Taken from a 1930s photograph, "Three Star Harvest" is the silhouette of three Ellis County farmers eating lunch in a field. Diners in the second room from the west are treated to a rustic sign once prominent on Eleventh Street in the 1920s. FHSU graduate, Amber Hampton, interpreted historic photos to design both murals. The actual act of painting was a collaboration between Hampton and nationally renowned artist Kris Kuksi of Hays. Kuksi, a graduate turned instructor for FHSU's Art Department, enlisted students from FHSU's Basic Design Class to paint.From hand painted murals to industrial agricultural lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad cars, the brewery and diner convey an industrial farm look for a fresh yet traditional atmosphere that is Hays' alone.Look above the bar and you'll see that the brewery's designer took egg baskets and turned them upside down to create an ambience unlike any other. The black granite for the brewery's bar came from Sylvan Grove, located just east of Hays. The Company M&G Designs provided this granite for Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. As well as granite for the elevators of Chicago's Sears Tower. A glass wall separates the bar from Lb. Brewing Co.'S stainless steel tanks or "barrels" which produce 310 gallons of beer each run. Lb. Brewing Co. Is capable of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year. A private banquet facility just off the bar can entertain up to 50 guests, and it's fully equipped to host a variety of functions. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the diner and brewery.Centrally located downtown, the city's cultural centers, recreation parks, galleries, specialty shops and more are all within walking distance.
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