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More than two pages of Kansas! magazine’s 70th Anniversary edition feature Hays’s Chestnut Street District, its businesses and Historic Fort Hays. The issue also includes a bucket list of 70 places and events to experience in Kansas. Out of more than 300 submissions, editors chose 70 to commemorate their anniversary. Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. was selected and touted as possibly being the state’s best-kept secret.


Beer Huffington Post challenged its editorial staff with one question, “If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?” KANSAS – Sample the No. 6 Oatmeal Stout at Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. One day, Gerald Wyman's wife told him to please stop brewing beer in their kitchen. A few years later, Wyman had a charming-yet-modern storefront and a Gold World Beer Cup Award for his Oatmeal Stout.

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Beer Advocate Magazine chronicles how Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. became a reality for local entrepreneur Chuck Comeau and rancher turned brewer Gerald Wyman in its August 2013 issue. The article, written by Sean Lewis, details how the two worked to create an acclaimed location, atmosphere and of course, handcrafted beer.

Peaks and Plains Autumn 2012 Chef Spotlight PEAKS AND PLAINS: October, 2012

Chef Manuel Hernandez opens the Autumn issue of Peaks & Plains as the featured chef for the official publication of Great Lakes airlines.

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Cottage Living BEER ADVOCATE: September, 2012

The only monthly magazine dedicated solely to beer, Beer Advocate, rates Lb. Brewing Co.’s Oatmeal Stout and Liberty Stout in the 90th percentile. Read the full reviews here…

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Cottage Living Bierkultur Blog: May 29, 2012

Beer advocate and home brewer visits Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. on his trip through the Midwest. Praising Lb. Brewing Co.'s Brewmaster for producing quality, traditional styles of beer, this blogger also takes note of the brewery's "Drink Local" concept. While visiting, he witnessed more growlers of beer being filled than what he's seen in larger city breweries.

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Cottage Living beertripadventures.blogspot.com: August 2010

Beer adventures from Overland Park make Lb. Brewing Co. and Gella’s Diner the first leg of their sixth beer trip across the U.S. Click to read why they consider Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. “one of the best brew pubs” with food and atmosphere capable of making it in any major city.

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Cottage Living BonAppetit.com: March 2010
Hays, Kan. – BonAppetit.com’s digital page-a-day calendar, “365 Days of Eating American”, features the Smothered Bierock from local restaurant and microbrewery, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., located at 117 E 11th in downtown Hays. Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.’s Smothered Bierock is Bon Appetit’s featured dish for March 21.

Cottage Living Suite 101.com: Beer, Cocktails & Beverages - March 2010
Weary travelers passing through the abyss of the great state of Kansas should mark Hays as a destination of rest just to stop by the Liquid Bread Brewery for great beer.

Cottage Living The Brew Site: December 2009
Our No. 28 Christmas Ale from a few years back made it on The Brew Site's Advent Calendar. While it's not on tap now, you'll be able to enjoy another favorite Christmas brew soon. Winterfest will be on tap next Thursday!

Cottage Living Kansas Magazine: Fall 2009
The “German Capital of Kansas”, Hays is the place to be for Oktoberfest offering two Oktoberfest celebrations. Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest offers insight into all things German while Fort Hays State University’s Oktoberfest serves as the kick off for FHSU homecoming. Both festivals offer German food, music, dancing and of course, beer! After Oktoberfest, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. is the place to be according to KANSAS! magazine.

Cottage Living Weather Channel Summer: Summer 2009
“One of the great surprises was this gem we found named Gella’s in Hays, Kansas that was a great microbrewery and restaurant with great food and beer." – Vortex2 Meteorologist

Cottage Living HoosierBeerGeek.com: December 8, 2008
A blogger for Hoosier Beer Geek credits Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Co. for “drastically changing the way he felt about the entire state of Kansas”. Hoosier Beer Geek interviewed Gerald Wyman, Lb. Brewing Co. brewmaster, for their regular "6-Pack" post to find out how one of the best brewpubs they’ve ever visited ended up in the middle of Kansas.

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Cottage Living JOURNEYS: September/October 2008
Recommended for its regionally inspired menu, handcrafted beer, service and overall atmosphere, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., received an acclaimed review in the September/October 2008 issue of Journeys, a travel magazine distributed to 674,000 regional members with nationwide distribution to 1.5 million readers. In the full-page feature entitled “Hearty Hays Hangout”, the restaurant is reviewed in detail from presentation of signature dishes, heart healthy selections and handcrafted house brews to the monthly New Beer’s Eve Celebration.

Cottage Living COTTAGE LIVING: May/June 2008
Two Kansas towns, Hays and Plainville, gain national attention in Cottage Living magazine’s May/June 2008 issue covering the “Summer’s Best Havens & Hideaways”. Cottage Living writer, Haskell Harris, visited the towns in February 2007 hoping to discover cottages to feature in the magazine. But, a snowstorm left her stranded in Hays giving her the chance to sample some Lb. Brews and explore the shops in downtown Hays’ Chestnut Street District.

Renovation Style RENOVATION STYLE: Spring 2007

Citing renovations in Plainville, Hays and New York, Renovation Style magazine details how Kansas native, Chuck Comeau, progressed from petroleum geology to co-founding one of the top five luxury home-furnishing firms in the nation as well as Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. And how in the process, Comeau began re-storing properties for the rural economic development of his hometown and neighboring communities.

In the Spring 2007 feature entitled “Making a Difference”, writer Sally Finder-Koziol describes how Comeau is giving old buildings new glory. Through design Comeau is making the buildings prime locations not only for his businesses but the businesses of other Kansas entrepreneurs.

Romantic Homes ROMANTIC HOMES: October 2006

While most people don’t equate Hays, Kan. with fine shopping, they should according to Erika Kotite, Editor-at-Large for Romantic Homes magazine. In the October 2006 issue, Kotite cites eight downtown Hays businesses, including Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., for turning Kansas into more of a destination spot.

Kotite credits Hays for embracing a widening cadre of artists and craftspeople to create the gourmet eateries, upscale retail shops, and art and graphic design studios that line Hays’ Main Street today.


To quote two writers from All About Beer magazine, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. has put Hays on the “craft-beer map”. Paul Ruschmann and Maryanne Nasiatka included Hays’ downtown microbrewery and restaurant in their article for the May issue. Touted as a “first-class” brewpub, the writers learned of Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. while attending the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

KANSAS CITY STAR: August 21, 2005

Just days before opening Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., Kansas City Star reporter, Stacy Downs, previewed the food and brews for her article “Plainsman Crafts A Simple, Sublime Vision”. The article was picked up by a national wire service and appeared in over 20 metropolitan papers across the nation.

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