A native of the rural western Kansas community of Brownell, Gerald Wyman and his wife, Janet, raised two daughters and lived the typical rural farming and ranching lifestyle. But following his children’s graduation from high school, Gerald sold the cattle and leased the land. All for his love of beer. Realizing Gerald had a great talent, the couple decided to open a microbrewery in nearby Hays. Along with 53 local investors, Gerald and Chuck brought Hays, Kansas its own microbrewery and diner in the summer of 2005. Four months later, Gerald entered his first professional brewing competition, the renowned Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winning the first of nine GABF medals including back-to-back gold medals for Lb.’s No. 50 Liberty Stout in 2009 and 2010. Also in 2010, he earned a Gold World Beer Cup Award for Lb.’s No. 06 Oatmeal Stout. In 2013, the brewery and Gerald were named Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the 27th annual GABF, the first Kansas brewery to receive the honor.