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Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
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3.83/5
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2,257 Ratings
Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

636 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, Kansas, 66044-2236
United States

(785) 843-4555 | map
freestatebrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
79
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
2,257
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.15/5
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
119
pDev:
10.36%
 
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by Living816:
Photo of Living816
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Photo of mojohawk21
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of locoformavs
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TRIKLZ
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.48/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of AGoodStout
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Service and Selection were the highlights here. Had the Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA, a great IIPA. The waitress was very good at her job, kept water glasses full, checking back every so often. Food was ok, nothing to get crazy about, then again, I just had a grilled chicken sandwich. They have a ton of different styles on tap. Hard not to find something you like.

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Photo of GrenPa1016
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
3.9/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of KSBlacksnake
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A must try if you are in the KC/Lawrence area. Quality beer, great food all in an awesome college town atmosphere. They love their hops so will always have 3 -4 hoppy beers on tap along with their wheat, oatmeal stout and always great Ad Astra which is listed as an Altbier.

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Photo of jrb378
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DelMontiac
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +8.4%
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 +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of lovegarden
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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 WillieThreebiers
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Wendt
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ryan_Klink
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of aratcliffe
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rxthree
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,257 ratings
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