Hidden Trail Brewery about to be revealed to the public

Cody Cundiff, Michael Cole and Colin Williams stand in front of the brewery equipment at Hidden Trail Brewing. The new brewery will open on Nov. 24.

By SCOTT AUST

GARDEN CITY – Tucked into a remodeled barn located on Schulman Avenue just east of Campus Drive, Hidden Trail Brewing promises to offer something unique to beer lovers in Garden City.

Hidden Trail, located at 2010 E. Schulman Ave., has been a labor of love for Cody Cundiff, Colin Williams, and Michael Cole over the past year.

The new brewery is set to open to the public next Wednesday, Nov. 24, and a grand opening celebration is planned Saturday, Nov. 27.

New Concept

The big thing people will find is the brewery will have no kitchen and a limited staff. Hidden Trail plans to bring in food trucks on a regular basis and will allow customers to order food from restaurants in town and have it brought to the brewery. Several are in close proximity to Hidden Trail such as Pinky’s, Tequila’s and soon Napoli’s.

Before construction and renovation got into full swing, the three men first visited a number of Kansas breweries to get a sense of what they liked or didn’t like, what they wish they could have done at the start.

“The big things we wanted was a patio area outside where you can hang out,” Cundiff said. “Definitely wanted food trucks or a bring your own food in option. We didn’t really want to mess with a kitchen ourselves, especially after Covid with people embracing things like DoorDash.”

Williams, who worked previously at Flat Mountain with Cundiff and Cole, said Hidden Trail’s vision is one that’s not been seen as much in Kansas as it is in places like Colorado, home to many microbreweries.  

The ability for customers to bring in their own food makes it easy on the business, said Williams, a 20+ year veteran of the food industry who grew tired of working in a kitchen.

“I’m really happy to have those two guys as my mentors to learn how to make beer,” Williams said, adding that he’s confident patrons will enjoy Hidden Trail’s new concept.

“We’re on the right path. I know the city is anxious for us. In fact, somebody drove by yesterday while these guys were working out front, poked their head out the window and said, ‘Hurry up!’ So that’s a good sign,” Williams said.

The brewery will have two other employees, Ashley Bazan and Delaney Briggs.

“It’s a pretty small team. We’re doing the Colorado style where you order at the bar,” Cundiff said. “If we can, we’ll go table to table but not a huge server staff. People can come up and order. We wanted to be a little ‘hands off’ and let people think of this as their hangout spot. Something different than anywhere else in town.”

Renovated Barn

Built in the 1940s as a barn – it still has its grain auger – Hidden Trail’s building most recently was used primarily for storage. The renovated space pays homage to the barn by using salvaged wood for the bar and tabletops.

The interior includes space that will allow for live entertainment in the future, and the brew vats and equipment are front and center along the west wall.

“A big thing for me was wanting people to feel like they’re sitting in an active brewery, so we really wanted the equipment, the whole brew side, to be prominent,” Cundiff said.

The Beer

For the opening, the brewery will offer a Hazy IPA, a Pineapple IPA, an Irish Red, a Mexican lager, a German light lager, a German Dunkel, a seltzer, a pineapple cider, an Imperial stout.

Hidden Trail will have some mixed drinks and will also make their own root beer and cream soda.

Cundiff said the brewery will officially open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

On Saturday, Nov. 27, Hidden Trail will have a grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting, two food trucks, an axe throwing activity.

During next week’s opening, Hidden Trail Brewing’s hours will be 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Business Hours

Hidden Trail Brewing’s regular hours will be 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Hidden Trail will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

After a lot of late nights the past year, Cundiff said he’s ready for the brewery to open. He praised the construction team for allowing the three of them to participate as much as possible in the renovation so they feel much more invested.

“We’re not typical business guys. We’re just three guys with a lot of passion and big dreams,” Cundiff said.