23rd Street Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3512 Clinton Pkwy
Lawrence, Kansas, 66047-2145
United States

(785) 856-2337 | map
brew23.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.68
Beers:
27
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
135
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.76
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
33
pDev:
15.43%
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Jul 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
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VelasquezLuis from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jun 19, 2017
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Bradley_BizKutZ from Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jul 06, 2016
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wapcap from Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This place is massive and is located near the mall/shop area away from downtown L. The beers were average and they serve them in huge portions. The food was adequate for a sports bar/brewery vibe. It is family friendly, and probably worth checking out once or twice.

Nov 24, 2015
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beernewbie285 from Kansas

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I have been there a couple times. Each time i enjoy the atmosphere and the food, they have great food to pick. Their beers are a little different than what im use to using a lot of fruit and lime, their red ale is great the Crimson Phog, if you are in the area i would definately suggest swinging by for a glass.

Sep 23, 2015
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scratch69 from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Aug 10, 2015
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aratcliffe from Kansas

3.46/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Jul 18, 2015
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Meshuggahman

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Dec 12, 2014
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KZane from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Oct 29, 2014
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AndyBeerGuy from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Oct 06, 2014
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22Blue from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jul 07, 2014
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daniagates from Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Jul 04, 2014
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Apr 07, 2014
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APB from Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mar 29, 2014
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Theogre83 from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Feb 09, 2014
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Wesdrummer from California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Jan 19, 2014
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Jayhawk from Kansas

2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

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!

Oct 17, 2013
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Rob_B74 from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Oct 13, 2013
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Oct 12, 2013
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ndolover from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is located in a strip mall area. It is a large open area with a sports bar feel. However, I must laugh at the small TV's placed EVERYWHERE!

They seem to hire attractive young ladies, which could be a plus unless you want to know about the beer.

So you're thinking...This is a Hooter's/Applebee's!

You would be right, except the beer is actually pretty good. They have a nice selection and good quality on all the beers I had.

If you are in town, like sports, and good beer don't be afraid of hitting this place!

Jun 10, 2011
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Groenebeor from California

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Been to this place many times.

Atmosphere is kind of bad, most of the larger tables have terrible lighting over them. Doesn't make for a good time.

Quality is ok, boring fare simliar to Applebees.

Service is ok, waitresses look great - I mean, best of Kansas great - but largely unintelligent and rude. Their kegs make up for it though.

Selection is boring however. The beer is poor.

Food is meh. Nothing special, although it's not bad.

Value is ok, better than Applebees or Chilis for the same price.

May 23, 2011
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BeenJammin from Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place has a quality sports bar atmosphere to go along with a number of good micro brews. I especially enjoy the "scenery" every time I am served. I would recommend Bitter Professor IPA and Crimson Phog. They are a few of their better traditional brews. Another good one is their Oatmeal Stout. Also, keep an eye out for the Firkin tappings that happen about once a month on Friday evenings. I had a Chocolate Brown Ale that was awesome. My only beef with this place is that they doubled prices for their Wednesday night pint night special. Otherwise, it's a solid brewpub.

Feb 14, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I reviewed Freestate as well and I have to say for the reviews I saw on Free state about the college crowd I didn't get those when we went but we did happen to go to 23rd St, on a Saturday when the Jayhawks were in the NCAA tourney. Bad idea I thought. The atmosphere as some people say was a huge sports bar and it was. The food and the drinks were great even though the place was super busy for the game. Had a flight of all the beers on tap for the day and I was suprised. Those guys in KS know what they are doing. For a guy like me who wasnt an IPA fan, the bitter professor was excellent. The Crimson phog was a great beer as well. If youre ever in Lawrence, stop on in. Its well worth it.

Oct 18, 2010
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a day when the temp was 107 and their air conditioner was not firing on all cylinders. Good for me because the sultry young waitstaff all looked a bit sweaty and hot like a (bad) Coors Light commercial.

I sat at the bar and had a pale and an exceptional IPA. This was my fourth Kansas City/Kansas brewpub stop in two days and I was struggling to find a low malt, citrusy/floral IPA and this totally hit the spot - I think Bitter Professor. I also had a sample of the altbier which was average based on my altbier knowledge.

Had the goat cheese and mandarin orange salad which was very good.

They have $6 pitchers on Tuesday and the bartender told me some people will drink up to 4 pitchers by themselvers (16 beers).

Did Free State prior to this and 23rd would be my choice if I find myself in Lawrence again.

Aug 04, 2010
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TrippnFiasco from Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is absolutely a blast. The atmosphere is very casual, and it is pretty common to have 10-20 people sitting at the bar conversing with people they have never met before. Everyone is very friendly and polite. The service is great. All bartenders and servers are very friendly and helpful. The food is delicious. I would recommend the chicken marsala, chicken fried steak, or the meatloaf, but I have never had a bad meal there. They typically have 6-8 beers on tap, 4 are always on tap (wave the wheat, raspberry wheat, crimson phog, and bitter professor IPA) but also have 3-4 seasonals out at any given time. The bitter professor is great, and the others are fairly standard entries, but the seasonals are often the best.

May 29, 2010
23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 135 ratings