El Dorado-based Walnut River Brewing Co. began selling its beer five weeks ago and is already expanding its production capacity. “We had no idea how busy we would be,” says B.J. Hunt, a partner in the microbrewery with Rick Goehring. Walnut River will add a 217-gallon fermentation tank to its three smaller fermenters of 62 gallons each, Hunt says. The expansion will allow Walnut River to get its beer on tap in area bars. Until now, sales have mostly been in growlers, with a couple of kegs, from the brewery, Hunt says. Willie’s, 151 N. Main in El Dorado, will get Walnut River brews sometime after Sept. 20, and Lizards Lounge, 300 S. Greenwich in Wichita, will get the microbrewery’s Irish Red Ale on Sept. 13, Hunt says. Walnut River also plans to appear at the Midwest Beerfest on Sept. 21 at Century II, where one of its offerings will be a seasonal “mole,” or chocolate-chile, beer. The brewery will also be at Zoobilee, the Sedgwick County Zoo’s annual fundraiser, on Sept. 7 at the House of Schwan tent. Walnut River offers tastings, and growler and keg sales at its microbrewery, 111 W. Locust in El Dorado, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
For more detail on Hunt and Goehring and their plans for Walnut River, check out my story about them from March.
Wichita Business Journal