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Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
54 Beers
571 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 63
Visits: 105
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: 63 | Visits: 105
Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

While visiting family in Kansas, I had the opportunity to visit Free State. I was very excited to get to Lawrence and check out this brewpub I had been hearing about. Once we arrived, I found it to be pretty crowded and the dining area seemed kind of small. After a short wait, we were lead to another area and seated. There was actually a whole other room with tables.

On to the beer. They had about 8-12 house brews on tap, and I got to try Santa's Helper (Belgian IPA), Lovejoy IPA, Ad Astra Ale, Ironman Imperial Stout, an Oatmeal Stout, and Old Backus barleywine. All of the beers were great and we left very happy with the entire experience. The waitstaff was quick and friendly. The food was fitting pub fare and tasty, too.

I can't wait to be back in the midwest and end up at Free State again. (806 characters)

More User Reviews:
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. (567 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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. (116 characters)

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. (815 characters)

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3.04/5  rDev -26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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. (256 characters)

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4.92/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.