Free State Brewing Co.

Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
Free State Brewing Co.Free State Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(785) 843-4555 | map
freestatebrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.84
Beers:
102
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,451
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.12
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
124
pDev:
12.38%
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Reviews by Quaffer:
Photo of Quaffer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

For some reason, I had never made it up to Free State, even though I only live a couple of hours away. Well, I finally wondered through the door a few days ago and wish I hadn't waited so long to do so.

Free State is a cool little brewpub located right on Massachusetts Street, where there are tons of other things to do if you don't just want to go to drink beer. It was a Saturday night and fairly crowded when we were there, but it was still easy to find a place to sit. (Granted, it was almost 11:00 p.m.) The music was at a nice, low level, so the conversation wasn't reduced to screaming things at the other person at the table. Overall, it had a somewhat modern, but still warm and comfortable feel to it.

The beer that I sampled was excellent, living up the the great reputation that Free State has around here. I really can't say enough good things about the brews that I sampled. Plus, they had a good seven or eight of their beers on tap, which is a pretty good selection in my opinion.

My only gripe about the place would be the service. Our wait person was nice, but rarely present. Plus she didn't seem to know much about the beer she was serving.

If you ever make it to the Lawrence area, Free State should be on the top of your list for places to visit.

--EDIT--
I've been back to Free State a couple more times and the service was much, much better. I was very glad to see that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Large brewery with lots of seating located off of the main strip in downtown Lawrence. Exterior is reminiscent of an Irish pub, with ornate woodwork and large windows. Inside, the woodwork continues, illuminated by natural light from the front windows and lots of lighting otherwise. This space feels organic, not curated for Instagram posts or some new-age interior design - it's comfortable. Seating is available all over, between several rooms. Space is well kept and clean, as is the glassware. Service is good, working well to pair beers with meals. Selection spans their own brewed beers, which tend to be a little bit more old-school in their styles. Styles lean much more towards the sessionable and social beers rather than heavy. Food is good as well. Kid friendly. Fun space to visit on Massachusetts street either before a concert, during a visit to the college campus, or simply a mid-day stroll up and down Mass street.

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Photo of Manthon
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of stercomm
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Neat little place in downtown Lawrence, KS. Stopped in around 2PM for a late lunch, sat in the upstairs area which overlooks the first floor bar. A very laid back atmosphere, good service, food selection was good. I had a Free State Golden Kolsch which hit the spot. light and refreshing. Was traveling through, looked and felt like a fun place to chill and have a few brews.

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Photo of wbe7447
1.06/5  rDev -74.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1.25 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Photo of The_Epopt
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Nice pub vibe, mix of regulars with people showing up before the game at KU. Had a hard time getting the bartender to give me my first beer but finally got it. Seems like a good local hangout.

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Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Photo of mojohawk21
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of locoformavs
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TRIKLZ
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of AGoodStout
4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of KSBlacksnake
4.74/5  rDev +15%
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 +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DelMontiac
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +9.2%
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 SCW
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of lovegarden
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, KS
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2451 ratings