Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.88/5
Based on:
46 Beers
1,536 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.14
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 by Living816:
Photo of Living816
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on Friday evening May 30th, since the wife and I were in Topeka for the weekend. Texted a number to their location for dinner reservations, which worked out just fine actually since it is a busy place and had a bit of a drive to get there. The location is on Mass street, in a old section that was really nice with small shops, bars, etc and a hang out for the younger folks on the weekends.
The bar area was packed as would be for a Friday or Saturday night and very loud, but the walls helped echo that for sure. The hostess lead us around a few turns to a strange dinning area in the back. No windows at all, just some painted scenes on the wall. Was seated next to 3 women, which 1 of them had 4 children that were out of control to say it nicely. Anyway, tried our best to tune them out. The women were all on their 2nd beer pints and were getting louder. With the out of control kids, I can see why the ladies were drinking but no discipline at all to the kids. LOL! Sad actually... ANYWAY, the wife and I both ordered a dinner entree. I had the Gumbo. "WHY would you order Gumbo in the center of the country"? Yes, that would be me! :) And it was great! All homemade and very tasty with lots of andouille sausage, crawfish ,etc with the perfect 'heat' that wasn't too hot or spicy. A really big bowl of gumbo and a good value for the price.

For the brews, they don't offer any 'sampler trays/flights' at all surprisingly and I was disappointed, BUT you can buy a 5 ounce sampler snifter glass for $1.65 each. I tried 2, the Oatmeal Stout and the Wheat State Golden. Both were very tasty brews and will do a separate review on them later on. Lucky, Free State Brewery bottles and sells their brews at the local liquor stores in the area as I wanted to buy a few different ones to sample and do a review from home. I bought 4 single bottles at a local liquor shop close to the brewery to try later when we get back home. Where it is nice and quiet also. LOL! Bought a couple of their beer glasses with their logo on them. A sample brandy snifter and a pint glass. Both are really nice with different logos on each one.

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great location on Mass St. Beers are solid. Some decent Mosaic and Nelson hop sessionals, but Old Brackus Barley Wine was easily the best.

Service was fair to above average. Waitress was a little slow, but they had a big party and it was a sat night.

Atmosphere was festive and enjoyable. The bar is probably much too small for a brewery, but the setting was fun overall. They had a cool outdoor area, but it was disappointing to see that smoking was allowed.

Prices were very fair. $3-$4 a pint. While most of the beers aren't exactly world class, this price is hard to beat. Food was average. Cheddar ale soup was delicious, gumbo wasn't bad, but the turkey sandwich and stuffed mushrooms were poor.

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Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
92 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.