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New Year's Eve - Beer Blast

Sometimes in the rush to set a new year’s resolution, we forget to let go of things we can’t change from the past year. Each New Year’s Eve, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. invites you to lay one burden from the past year to rest with our annual Beer Blast, December 31.

John Barleycorn Memorial Celebration

Initially held midnight, January 16, 1920, the funeral of John Barleycorn marked the beginning of the dry era and the dawn of Prohibition. Bars and taverns across the country ceremoniously said goodbye to John Barleycorn, the fun-loving symbol of beer and liquor, that fateful night. Some paraded down the street with kegs in coffins followed by marching bands. Some poured beer into rivers, setting John Barleycorn eternally free. And, others placed tombstones in honor of their dear friend.

Prohibition and the demise of the brewing industry officially began at 12:01 a.m. on January 17, 1920 with the enactment of the 18th Amendment. We hope you will partake in the festivities as we mark this historic event with our John Barleycorn Memorial Celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day

Join us each St. Patrick’s Day for a pint of Lb. Brewing Co.’s American Wheat Ale dyed green in honor of the Irish. And if we’re lucky, the brewmaster may just brew his popular Irish Red Ale for the occasion.

Downtown Gallery Walks

Hosted by the Hays Arts Council, the extremely popular Gallery Walks held each winter, spring and summer give community members and guests a chance to peruse the work of Hays’ talented artists. Visual and performing arts can be found throughout the Chestnut Street District. Be sure to stop by Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. during the next Gallery Walk to see our featured artists and sample Lb. Brewing Co.’s handcrafted brews.

Wild West Festival

Join Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. and the Hays community in the Chestnut Street District every Fourth of July weekend. The Wild West Festival includes three days of concerts and carnival rides with a fireworks extravaganza on Independence Day. And, look for Lb. Brewing Co.’s float in the annual parade down Main Street. All festivities take place at Frontier Park, within walking distance of Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

Blues & BBQ

Just down the street and around the corner from Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., merchants from the Chestnut Street District welcome guests in mid-July to stroll Main Street, shop the sidewalk sale, listen to live music and partake in the BBQ competition. Click here to visit the Chestnut Street District’s website and learn more about this year’s Blues & BBQ.

Anniversary Celebration

Every August, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. celebrates its anniversary. Originally opening in June 2005, the microbrewery and diner took on full-time hours in August that same year.

Don’t miss out on this year’s celebration and commemorative 32 oz. growler.


From mid-September to early October, Hays’ rich German heritage is more evident than ever. Fort Hays State University’s Oktoberfest is part of the homecoming festivities and draws students, professors, alumni and community members to downtown’s Frontier Park for a day of fun and German food.

Downtown Holiday Open-House Weekend

Get in the holiday spirit with us and other Chestnut Street District merchants. Visit downtown the first full weekend of November for the Downtown Holiday Open House. Enjoy specials and sneak previews of holiday décor and gift ideas.

FrostFest & Lighted Parade

Despite the chilly temperatures, the Hays community gathers downtown for holiday activities and a lighted parade each December. FrostFest, developed by a group of Fort Hays State University Students, began in 2001 and involves a full weekend of special events. At Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing, you’ll find food and drink specials to put you in the holiday spirit.

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