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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beer = liquid bread, what a concept! If you are a craft beer aficionado and/or are looking for good food at a fair price, stop in. Converted buildings in downtown Hays feature exposed beam ceilings and original brick walls. Sitting at the bar gives you full view of their brewery tank room. Service is always friendly and attentive. If you... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant's food choices were many. The food was house made. Really enjoyed their take on a Ruben sandwich...corned beef boiled in brew. Wasn't able to sample the beers as we were on the road.

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Thank eglant2016
Columbia, IL
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a local brewery and restaurant. It is off the beaten path in Hays, Kansas and in the older business section. The Homemade chips and dip was very good and the burger with avocado and blue cheese was cooked to order and good too. The beers were not exactly to my taste, preferring a national brand Hefeweizen style of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Gella's queso! One of my favorites on the menu! Also, everyone MUST try the sauerkraut soup! It took some coaxing for me, even though I love sauerkraut, but it's AWESOME! I liken it a bit to good Chinese hot-&-sour soup. Try a flight of craft beers too! You'll find a couple you like, guaranteed!

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Thank Heather B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be the nest place in town to eat at. Went here after our business building activity accross town and all of our meals came out perfect! We will all be back soon!

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Thank Running4Fun2017
Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decades ago when I lived in Hays...my best memory is off the amazing bierocks to be experienced there. Gella's did a good job for a restaurant version of my fave food. I can't stand beer... But they make their own and my oldest son requested a growler. So...once home he shared it with me and can I just say that... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in Hays late in the afternoon for just an overnight stay. Most the hotels are fast food places are along the interstate. However, it is well worth the 10 minute drive into the downtown area to eat at Gella's. The sportsbar/brewery atmosphere is busy with students and locals but very welcoming. The young staff is efficient and friendly... More 

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Thank rca2011
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the setting! Beer was delicious. Service was fabulous. Dinner was good! Such a fun find, again, thanks to TripAdvisor!

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Thank Beth G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner at Gella's great variety in menu and delicious home brewed beers. Its a must stop while visiting Hays

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Thank Christie C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the bests restaurants in USA, I didn't expected such an amazing restaurant in Hays, cause we just stopped on the way to Denver...however we honestly recommend this place, because of the quality of the meals-they seems to be really healthy and fit! And I am sure they are! Go there and you will not regret:)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
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
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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