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Free State Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
Based on:
54 Beers
1,901 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 64
Visits: 107
Avg: 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: 64 | Visits: 107
Reviews by cwcolby74:
Photo of cwcolby74
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was one of my favorite haunts when I was in college. It's used to be a student hangout but is more of a townie joint now.

I loved sitting on the porch in the summer (their own little "beer garden") and enjoying a Cyclist or two.

The beer is very very good, brewed on premises. Not a huge selection, but there's enough there to keep you satisfied for a while. And the place is on Mass in Lawrence, so there's a ton of other cool stuff in the area.

If you come to Lawrence, this is one of those must-visit places.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of barleywin
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DelMontiac
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I was in Lawrence for a devilish rock show on 10/05/2015. The location is perfectly set up for visiting lovers of good brew and good music with Free State, Liberty Hall, and the Eldridge Hotel each within a few footsteps of the others. Not to mention, it's a beautiful downtown area right off the KU campus. Well done, Lawrence.

I entered Free State at around 5 pm after a stroll downtown. The place was already in full swing at the smallish bar which was full with people standing around it chatting with glasses of various shapes and sizes in hand. The fermentation tanks and all the workings are behind a glass partition next to the bar - typical kind of thing. There are tables outside for the smokers. Don't dig having to walk through the smoke at the front door, but also pretty typical for a downtown sidewalk venue. There is seating on two levels, upstairs giving you either a nice view of the patrons, bar and brewing below or a view out the large windows to the street. Not a large establishment, but very nice and airy.

I was seated up stairs immediately by a friendly hostess and a young waitress took my beer order for an Oktoberfest as I looked over the menu. Very impressive menu. I love a good reuben sandwich, so I kept with the Oktoberfest theme. The beer was fantastic. I also tried their Lovejoy IPA which was nice too. Sandwich was grilled a bit too crispy according to the roof of my mouth later on, but still good. The real star on my plate, however was the potato salad. Best potato salad every...stuff of dreams. I'm not kidding.

After 3 beers, the reuben, potato salad, pickles, and two of their Belgian style short tulip glasses, I only spent about $27. Not bad at all! So for the money, it's five stars in that category. I mean, I've spent that much on 4-5 beers in other brewpubs.

I will definitely go back to the Free State pub. I've been drinking their fantastic beers for years and they're even better in person. Even if you're in the Kansas City area, they're only about 30 miles away. Go check 'em out!

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Photo of professorpint
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by Free State on a Thursday and liked it so much that I came back the next day. Friendly bartenders and regulars create a positive vibe of camaraderie that is very welcoming. Had the limited release Yakimaniac IPA and was very impressed. The food is above average pub grub with some creative vegetarian options. Picked up a 4 pack of the Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA which is excellent. Honestly wasn't expecting much from a brewery in Kansas but Free State crushed it, and Lawrence was actually a cool town with a kick-ass record store and multiple book stores.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of lovegarden
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Wendt
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ryan_Klink
4.39/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of aratcliffe
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rxthree
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of rwhitmore
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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3.04/5  rDev -26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of KZane
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pjbfromkc
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Wobbly
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4.92/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
92 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.