23rd Street Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(785) 856-2337 | map

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 32
Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of nickiversen
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My brother lived in Lawrence for an extended period of time and 23rd street brewery was a rocks throw away from his apartment.

The location lacks intrigue with a Hy-Vee and Plato's Closet surrounding it. However, once you enter you know the place means beer. A high circular ceiling is accented with a vat at the top of the ceiling. Dimly lit with a big dark wooden bar and high tables surrounding the entrance.

Their IPA and PORTER are both great for a small brewery. The beer list itself isn't amazing but they do get creative with wheat beers; throwing in a regular fruity wheat of some sort.

The atmosphere is great and I found myself loosing track of time and going balls-deep into brews all night long. If only it was downtown Lawrence!!!

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

In terms of atmosphere, this is a great place if you want to have good brewpub beer and see a game on TV. Everywhere you sat there was a TV in sight. The beers were all pretty good. I had the IPA, ESB and Wheat. The service was good. Our waitress was prompt considering how packed the place was (KU vs MU game). The beer selection was pretty good. 8 beers on tap. The only knock on the selection was that there were too many 'lighter' beers - Wheat, Raspberry Wheat and Blonde. The food was not bad. Nachos were good, pub fries were average and my mushroom swiss burger was decent. The portions were massive. My friend took home a half of a huge BLT. One major disappointment was that I could fill my growler that I have from another place. It may be a Kansas law. Otherwise it was a good experience.

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Photo of Goliath
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really a great place. I've been going to Free State, but it's really annoying to be downtown when all the undergrads start drinking. So it's nice to be away from it and 23rd street is a great place to have a more relaxed atmosphere. Today I went for lunch, which was definitely not crowded and quite nice.

Quality was fine. Everything was fresh etc. No real complaints.

Service was great. I sat at the bar today and the bartender was a great guy. He wasn't too busy, so it made it easy to chat with him a bit. But he knew a decent amount about beer, served me food and drniks promptly, and filled me in on the happenings. also offered me their mug club membership which was cool. I went ahead and got it.

I went in again today, and the brewmaster was finishing work on his ESB. It hit the tap lines as I was finishing my first beer. He gave me a sample of It and I thought it was really good. I grabed had the bartender pour me up a mug and as I almost finished, the brewmaster came out and filled up my mug again for free. It was pretty sweet. That's what I love about small brewpubs! Definitely went up another notch in my book.

Selection was fine. They had 6 beers on tap today. They always try to have 4: their wheat, raspberry wheat, IPA, and Red. Other than that they had 2 seasonals on: Wit and Brown. They try to always have 1 seasonal on at least and it sounds like throughout the course of the year they'll put up around 20 beers or so. Really can't complain. Solid stuff.

Food was great. I had the So Cal Turkey Wrap. It was great, and so were the fries. They just revamped the menu so there should be a few new things if you haven't been in a while.

Value, well it's quite reasonable. $3.50 pints plus they run at least 1 beer on special every Wednesday. In addition, for their members you get a bunch of other discounts etc.

Beers are basically just as good as Free State, and some are better. I've not had all the offerings from either brewpub yet, so we'll see how it pans out in the end. But I'd stand by this joint and plan on going as often as possible.

I swung by today to grab some of the Porter that recently went on tap. It was a great Porter, and it got me thinking about my review. So I wanted to add that the brewmaster, Bucky, is a really talented dude. I've been enjoying several of his beers lately, and he's been working on some neat stuff. Last week he had a firkin of his porter that he had added some sugarcane rum infused toasted coconut. Next week he is putting up a firkin of his IPA that he's tweaked a bit, and he's got an Impy Stout that he's been aging in Whiskey Barrels for the past year that he's going to release soon. So my compliments go out to Bucky, and really makes me want him to get more credit. Seems like everyone goes to Free State and no one goes to 23rd, when really they deserve just as much attention.

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Photo of cer40
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visit this brewpub regularly and enjoy all of the flagship beers as well as the seasonal rotations. The restaurant has been four other restaurants in my 8 years in lawrence. This is by far the best and most successful. They seem to have the cross town rivals Free State defeated in all departments in my book. The beer is better and they have more of a selection. The food is probably about the same, but the atmosphere is much better and you don't have to drive around for 30 minutes trying to find a parking spot either. With my limited exposure to brewpubs being just those in Kansas, this one seeems to be the best IMHO.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of Rio
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS
3.6 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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