Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
53 Beers
566 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 62
Visits: 104
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

636 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, Kansas, 66044-2236
United States
phone: (785) 843-4555

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @freestatebeer

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Reviews: 62 | Visits: 104
Reviews by Living816:
Photo of Living816
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was in town to watch KU football get steamrolled. There was a pretty good crowd at the restaurant, and it was still 4 hours to kickoff. We waited about 20 minutes or so for a table. They have a nifty text messaging system to tell you when the table was ready. I liked that.

The bar had a few spots open so we grabbed some beers while waiting. The brewery has kind of an open arrangement. It's sort of a modern ski lodge type theme. Parking is a pain in the ass since pretty much every spot in town is metered, and there's not many open spots anyway.

They appear a pretty decently sized brewery for a restaurant. If you check the reviews, they have an insane number of beers past and present. On tap there might have been eight or 10 beers.

Overall, the beer was on the high end of average, low end of good for a craft beer. That's not a bad thing considering I'd say it was about the 60-75% percentile of all beers I've ever had on an aggregate.

The service was good. We had plans on doing some serious work at an open bar function later in the day so kept lunch light. We ordered a few starters. I had a deviled egg platter. I don't even remember the last time, other than a Lutheran wedding or funeral, I had a deviled egg outside my home. It was quite a treat. Fantastic. It came with sourdough toast, potato salad, home made pickled beets. I hate pickled beets. Hate them. But these were amazing. I had to try them. It is the one and only pickled beet I have EVER liked and did not retch (literally retch) after eating. If that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is.

Onion rings were nicely hand battered. A bit greasy, however. Nice stone ground mustard to compliment the toast. They have a nice arrangement of beer friendly platters. Like cheese and fruit, wings, etc.. really nice variety of starters.

As for the beer, I tried about 6 or 8 of them. They were $3.75 for about a 10-12 ounce tap. All served in the appropriate stemware, I might add. Hands down the best they had on tap was a C4 Imperial Black IPA. Outstanding. The worst, and I would avoid this at all costs, was some wheat beer. It was awful. I don't remember the name.

I don't know that I would return here on a gameday without plenty of time to kill, but any other time, I would certainly go back. Great place. (2,300 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of lovegarden
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Free State is one of the best breweries in Kansas. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, they offer only their own brew, and they usually have a wide variety. You can also get their beer at stores around the region. My two favorites are their Old Backus Barleywine and Oatmeal Stout.

Free State has excellent food, and I have never had a bad meal at this establishment. I recommend their fish and chips or their Sonoma Shrimp Fettuccine.

The atmosphere is great, but it can get crowded. Check out their website and use their text ahead seating. (546 characters)

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Wendt
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My "home brewery" and very much a favorite. The Oatmeal Stout is excellent as is the John Brown and the Copperhead. (116 characters)

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ryan_Klink
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rxthree
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of rwhitmore
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Our hometown brew pub is always welcoming, warm and fun. The staff is almost universally great, we go there at least once a week, and we can count bad experiences on one hand.

They only serve their brews, there's usually a range of styles to choose from. Servers are generally beer-knowledgeable, and many are very good at discussing the beers in depth.

The food is uniformly very good, and some dishes are always great. My only real beef is the inconsistency of the Pastrami Reuben. I LOVE a good Reuben, and when they do it right, it's wonderful. However, it's sometimes under grilled, and doesn't have that great crispy exterior I want in my Reuben.

If you're in the Kansas City area, take the 30 minute drive to Lawrence and put the Free State Brewing Co. at the top of your list. You'll like it a lot. (815 characters)

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3.04/5  rDev -26.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Decent brewery with some special brews. Mostly average though. The attempts at complex Belgian styles come close but consistently fall a tad short. Englishman s German inspired examples range from dependable to mediocre. Food ranges from solid to mediocre. (256 characters)

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Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
92 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.