23rd Street Brewery
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
While it lacks the character and history of it's cross-town colleague, Free State Brewing, this place puts out some consistently quality brews and food and caters to a slightly different crowd than Free State, making it a nice addition to the Lawrence beer scene.
For starters, the beer is quite good. Their lineup of regulars includes a very good IPA and Pale Wheat Ale, and they usually have a few rotating beers on tap to explore other styles. Things like saisons with peppercorns or brettanomyces as well as big Russian imperial stouts and the occasional barrel-aged take on a beer. Plus, they brewed one of my favorite local beers ever in collaboration with Free State and Blind Tiger (out of Topeka): a double red ale called The Full Kimono.
The food is pretty standard American pub fare, with sandwiches, fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, and a handful of more upscale entrees. There are a couple misses on the menu, but overall, the quality is consistent enough that I will order several different items depending on my mood. Again, don't expect gourmet, but it's rib-sticking pub comfort food.
Service has never been an issue--the waitstaff is warm and friendly and I've yet to have a bad experience there.
The atmosphere is a little sterile due to the enormous vaulted ceiling over the entire dining room and the setup that has the brewing tanks up above/behind the bar sitting on top of the kitchen area. It makes for a cool scene--being able to see where they brew all their beers while you eat your dinner, but it also makes it a bit cavernous. I will say this--the entire place is covered in TVs for local and national sporting events, and they have a package that gets them about any Euro soccer game that you might want to watch. They will happily change a TV or six to something of your liking, and it's a great place to watch Kansas Jayhawk basketball games, for those who like such things.
Value isn't terribly expensive, but it's not cheap either. Pretty much middle of the road.
07-15-2014 20:39:16 | More by LambicPentameter
4.48/5 rDev +19.8%
Excellent beer, service and food. Nobody does calamari like 23rd Street.
The staff is friendly and informative about their brews. Awesome place to go for this out-of-towner. They have many TV's for your sports entertainment. Their 666 Belgian Strong Golden Ale rivals Delirium Tremens. Our college girl is graduating next month and I'll miss going to Lawrence and getting to 23rd Street.
04-07-2014 17:26:07 | More by Thankin_Hank
2.23/5 rDev -40.4%
OK, I hate to be flat out negative about a brew pub, but this place really stank. I had two beers (Old School Porter and their Brown Ale) and both tasted like they were made by a first time home brewer...and a poor first time brewer as well.
Add to the bad beer really terrible food. My son, wife and I each had something different (burger, french roast sandwich, and a reuben), and we all thought they were the worst version of said sandwich we'd ever had. The 1/2 pound hamburger was clearly a 1/3 pound burger as well as dry, on a crumbling bun and with the smallest amount of cheese that I've ever seen put on a burger. The reuben came on burned bread, the corned beef was as dry as chipped beef, and the sour kraut and thousand island dressing would of taken a microscope to locate. And the fries...lovely seasoned fries in which in the seasoning appeared to be nothing but tons of salt.
Luckily, the prices are really high for Lawrence, too. We went for sandwiches because there is no way meatloaf is worth $14 in Lawrence, KS. It's a freakin' college town and prices are very reasonable for food here, but NOT at the 23rd Street Brewery.
Being a regular of Free State, I'd hoped that there would be a second brewery in Lawrence I'd be able to visit, but I'll never go here again. Having lived about 5 blocks from 23rd Street's former associated brewery in Kansas City, the 75th Street Brewery, I'm happy the two are no longer owned/operated by the same people. 75th Street is good....both for food and beer, and this place made me wish I'd ordered a Miller Lite...'nuff said!
10-17-2013 01:32:17 | More by Jayhawk
23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.