Flying High At Aero Plains

Flying High At Aero Plains

Aero Plains Brewing was not originally on our itinerary. During one of our visits with Susan, from Visit Wichita, she told us about this new enterprise in the Delano area of town. Fortunately, we were able to squeeze a visit into our schedule.

Aero-Plains Brewing sign.

History and Innovation Intersect

Aero Plains is the brainchild of three men who have a passion for creating craft beers. They saw a vacancy in the Wichita market, and decided to do something about it. We caught up with Lance, who is one of the owners. He offered us a tour of the production facility. The unique name comes from a play on the two main businesses in the city’s history. Aero obviously refers to the aircraft companies that helped grow the city. Plains is an obvious nod to the fact that Wichita sits in the middle of the plains region of the United States.

Brewing tanks at Aero Plains.

As he walked us through the building, he explained each of the processes, as well as some of the challenges that they face. It was easy to see that he loves crafting beers. The production area is set up in a very efficient pattern. I have worked in manufacturing for over 35 years, and it was clearly apparent that they have done their homework. We worked our way through the entire production process, and eventually came out of the cooler and into the bar front area.

Aero Plains bar.

Now that we had learned a little about the crafting business, it was time to test the wares. We found a couple of open seats at the bar. The bar at Aero Plains is unusual in that is crafted from an airplane wing. Being a veteran, it was important to Lance that any and all of his customers would be able to have a drink at the bar. This is why one section has been lowered to allow access for the disabled.

Aero Plains Brewery - Wichita Kansas beer - Craft Beer

A Flight of Beers

Lance took his place behind the bar, and poured a “Flight of Beers” for us to test. Now Crystal never quite developed a taste for hops-based beverages, so she decided to refrain. Lance pointed out that they also have some wines, and a hard cider to savor, but she was okay with just observing me,

Delicious selection of craft beers at Aero-Plains Brewery in Wichita, Kansas.

I tasted six of the ten varieties that Aero Plains produces. While I am no connoisseur of beers, I have tasted my fair share. Before tasting each type, Lance would explain the ingredients, and processes that went into it’s creation. He would then describe the flavors that most people will experience from each beer. It was amazing to find just how accurate he was. One beer may have a nutty flavor with a nutmeg aftertaste, while another will leave a hint of a specific fruit on the taste buds. To be honest, i never realized just how complex craft beers could be. We can understand why nearly eighty stores sell their products. On top of that about fifty bars and restaurants serve their beers. It is clear that their passion has won over the hearts and tastes of people all over the Wichita area.

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By |2018-04-20T19:05:35+00:00June 1st, 2017|Wichita|2 Comments

About the Author:

We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

2 Comments

  1. CeeAnn June 1, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Nice photos to accompany the tale of your visit. Your story incorporated many important elements that make Aeroplains Brewery a success as well as a comfortable place to spend some time with friends …. beer in hand, of course.

    • Jeff & Crystal June 1, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comments. We enjoyed our visit, and hope to make it that way again.

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