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23rd Street Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 99
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3512 Clinton Pkwy
Lawrence, Kansas, 66047-2145
United States
phone: (785) 856-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @23rdstbrewery

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Photo of jokelahoma
4/5  rDev +7%

This place is now known as the 23rd St. Brewery (which makes more sense, since it's on 23rd in Lawrence -- a.k.a. Clinton Parkwy -- and not 75th Street as is the case with its sister establishment in Kansas City, MO).

The building is nondescript on the outside, but nice within. High domed ceiling gives it a sort of "beer cathedral" look, except for the open hanging venting, which adds to the bar decor. Hmm... a dive bar cathedral. Interesting combination. It seems a lot rommier than it is, but doesn't seem as though it would ever feel crowded. The dinner crowd wasn't overly large when I visited, as the location is slightly out of the way. I sat at the end of the L-shaped bar and was overlooked by the bartender a few times, until the guy next to me got up to pay and forced the 'tender to come down my way.

There were twelve taps running when I visited, and they only carry their own beers on tap, as they patiently explained to the college kid who came in, sat down, and was immensely disappointed to find he'd have to drink his Bud Light in a bottle.

Food prices are reasonable, and beer prices are not at all out of the norm for this area.

If you find yourself in this part of Lawrence, it's worth stopping in. Nice place, nice people, good beer... nothing wrong with that, right?

jokelahoma, May 17, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

First off, as a public transportation person, I want to note that this location is easily accessible on the # 5 (westbound) bus.

Interestingly, the corners of the building were the only places where the name of the company appeared. The front entrance, situated in the parking lot, was strangely blank. Things that made me go “Hmmmm …”.

As I entered, there was a short vestibule, followed by the maitre d’ station to the immediate right. This location featured an unusual circular layout, with a high vaulted roof made of wood slats, resembling the top of a silo. Steel beams supported the roof and the interior was ringed by upright I-beams for further support. The all-wood bar was located at a short left oblique from the maitre d’ station and was in the shape of a “flying V”. To the right of the bar was the restaurant area with high tables and chairs as well as some booths. Further right and up a couple of steps were the standard restaurant tables and chairs with more booths lining the walls. On the far side of the space from the entry was a small game room with a pool table and a couple of video games. The washrooms were on opposite sides of the entryway, with the Men’s on the left and the Women’s on the right. I cannot speak for the latter, but the former featured Eljer full-length urinals, brushed aluminum stalls, and stone tiles, all of which was impressive.

My visit was early on a Saturday afternoon, and to my surprise, one of the brewers, Micah Weichert, was actually in and brewing. He explained to me that this was due to a glycol failure the day before and not his standard practice. His loss proved to be my gain, since we had a nice discussion. The brewhouse and Fermentation Vessels were located on the second floor and fully visible, depending upon where you might decide to sit. They had seven (7) beers on tap during my visit: Wheat, Raspberry Wheat, Belgian-style Wit, Alt, Brown, Red, and IPA. Nothing stood out as “Wow!” but neither was there anything that was undrinkable.

woodychandler, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

As the ratings indicate this was an average visit. The atmosphere is hollow and very impersonal for a brewery. Looks like it used to be a sports bar with loud, large parties. The bar set up is nice. A round bar surrounding the vat.
Location is weird...out west in Lawrence close to...nothing really. The lake is close. All the fun in town is downtown.
Beer selection was average; lager, light lager, winter ale, porter and something else..I didn't find out.

Service was average, nothing fancy, fast or special. Pricing was the best, or maybe i'm just used to Denver prices.

Mebuzzard, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Rio
4.45/5  rDev +19%

With nothing better to do on a Saturday after leaving my brother's house in Baldwin, I figured I'd run up US-59 and see if I could track down this place. I'd never been to the old brewpub that was there before, but I thought I had a pretty good idea where it was, so I set out to track it down. The building was pretty impressive from the outside, with a raised circular portion on top of the pretty much square building. The inside didn't disappoint, either. The bar is right in front of you as you walk in, with three large fermentation tanks up above the bar, looking like they're hanging way out there over the bar. A number of raised tables were in the bar area, as well, and three horseshoe shaped booths with their own TVs, on which I watched my Wilcats come back and finish off the Tigers! There was also a pool table and what looked to be one of those Golden Tee gams there. I didn't get a good look at the dining area, but it appeared to be raised up, behind the bar area seating. The place had a nice, dark, comfortable feel to it, and the addition of some brewery equipment for people to look at above the bar was quite a nice touch.

Selection was pretty good, with I think five 'flagship beers' as well as a couple of rotational offerings on tap. I later saw bottles of Miller Light being taken to tables later, but I can't remember seeing any beers other than their own on the menu. Also, from speaking with the head brewer, the waiters and waitresses are supposed to take a taster of their wheat beer to anyone who orders a BMC, to give them a chance to taste something a little more unique.

The service of the wait staff was good, though not quite oustanding. They did do a pretty good job of making sure my glass was never empty for long, though, and seemed friendly enough. I did get the chance to meet the brewers, Micah and Michael, though. These guys were outstanding. They were about to head out to get some acid to do some cleaning (they also seem to double as maintenance guys), but told me if I was still around, or came back in about half an hour, they'd show me around a bit. And I got quite a tour when I finished a bit of my errands and came back. While I thought the brewing equipment above the bar was perhaps just for show, as it seems many do, I was proven wrong as I was lead back through the kitchen and to a spiral metal staircase up to where the brewing did indeed take place, in view of the entire bar. I was shown the mash tun and conditioning tanks, both 15 BBLs, as well as the malt 'hopper' (I might be using the wrong word, but they mill their malts and run them through a tube with an auger into a storage area above the mash tun to make it easier to simply drop it all in). The three fermentation tanks seen from below (as well as one more you couldn't see) were also there, and much more accessable than I would've figured from looking up at them. Pallets of malts and grains lay against the railings, in bags that looked to be about 80#.

I was shown the boiler room, where a fierce looking rat (a porcelain-looking statue of a black rat as big as a house cat, with evil eyes and huge teeth) had been keeping 'watch' over the boiler since before 75th Street moved in there. I was also shown the cooled area where the beer was run down to the taps, and they explained why their Royal Raspberry was kept in it's own kegs, instead of the large serving tanks (to keep the raspberry flavors from sticking around and getting into the next beer that might be put in those tanks). Their hops were also kept in a frig there, including some hops they'd picked from a guy's house in Kansas City. He opened the bag of hops and let me smell them, as well. I know the smell of hops from beer, but to actually see and smell the hops themselves was very exciting.

After finishing the tour, we stood by the mash tun and talked about brewing and beer, and Micah told me how he got into brewing, and what breweries he'd worked at in the past, as well as a bit about home brewing, and about their beers and how the recipies came to be as they are today. Both Micah and Michael were great guys, who spoke very openly with me about the brewing process, and about their beers, and showed me a wonderful tour, my first look at a brewpub/microbrewery operation. It was a wonderful afternoon, and well worth the trip to Lawrence.

Rio, Nov 08, 2004
23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.