Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Something Wicked This Way No Longer Coming

Time was in the mid-90's I hung out at a little place in Wichita called Brews Brothers. Brews Brothers combined a few things I really loved, cajun food and what we called microbrews in those days. I think they must have carried about 40 different beers, all but 6 or so bottled. It seemed like so many at the time. I don't remember what most of the beers were, I remember for sure there was Dixie Blackened Voodoo and some Shiners. I don't even think they had any Boulevard beers, but I could be wrong about that. What I do remember vividly is spending many a Saturday afternoon drinking Pete's Wicked Ale and eating pounds of crawfish.

I haven't seen any Pete's brews for quite some time and really haven't given it much thought. Starting March 1, Pete's beers will be discontinued by the owners of the Pete's brand, Gambrinus. I imagine many people of my age remember Pete's beers being somewhat of a pioneer in craft beer, especially if you spent any time in beer desolated outposts such as Wichita, Tulsa, Lincoln or Springfield. I haven't particularly missed Pete's Wicked, but I'm sad to see it go.

Safe home Pete's Wicked.


  1. Haven't had any Pete's in some time, but will always remember it fondly -- my wife and I had a six pack of Strawberry Blonde on our first date.

  2. Back in the day, I remember Pete's Wicked Ale as probably the first nut brown ale I ever tasted. Sad to the decline and now a goner.

  3. Oh Brews Brothers...I used to go there and drink underage when I would come back from college to visit the family. What wonderful, fuzzy, memories...