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The story starts in 2010 when B.J. approaches one of his beer-loving friends, Jeremy Johnson, with an idea. B.J. chats with Jeremy and explains that there really should be a brewery in the Delano District of Wichita, KS. Jeremy points B.J. in the direction of Rick Goehring, a fellow he met at various beer gatherings. He knew Rick would be interested. B.J. and Rick talked about a craft brewery in Wichita vs. El Dorado, KS and Rick made an excellent argument for the zip code 67042. Rick won! His vision had started 10 years before he met B.J. when he purchased the old brick building at 111 W. Locust. The building was about 90 years old and in great need of repair, which Rick obliged. Rick wanted his brewpub so he waited, and planned, and waited. B.J. came along and tasted the beer and he knew right then and there it was going to work. B.J. wasnt crazy about the idea of owning a brewpub because the restaurant wasnt the point, but he did like the idea of owning a production brewery. The two put a pencil to it and felt they could make the numbers work. After the brewery was up and running, Travis joins forces with Walnut River. He is a full partner and his background in microbiology and brewing made for a great fit. He joined 5 years ago and has been a great fit making it an awesome trio of day to day partners. They both smilingly went to their wives and each pulled out retirement funds to invest in the company now known as Walnut River Brewing Company, LLC. Click here to Visit Walnut River Brewery website.
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