Free State Brewing Company | Lawrence, Kansas
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Free State Brewing Company
Excellent based on 69 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

636 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, Kansas United States 66044 [ print map ]
785 843 4555 | twitter

Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 11am-midnight, Sun: noon-11pm

Mayor: RobertDale (13) |

Free State Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Free State Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Free State Blue Sky Rye 61, Free State Oatmeal Stout 92, Free State Bricklayer Red , Free State Ironman Imperial Stout 97, Free State Lovejoy IPA 88, Free State 80 Shilling Ale , Free State KellerPils , Free State Sour the Quad , Free State Sweet Potat-ale , Free State Wheat State Golden 35, Free State Clan of the Kilt , Free State Old Backus Barleywine 100, Free State Lemongrass Lager , Free State Mosaic Pale Ale , Free State Biere de Yard , Free State The Schwartz , Free State Garden Party , Free State Yakimaniac IPA , Free State Late Addition SPA , Free State Oldfather RyePA
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69 reviews for Free State Brewing Company
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  81%
 Selection  78%
 Food  82%
 Value  82%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (1748) Washington, Washington DC | July 4, 2012
The main bar was pretty busy when I arrived around five, but I did get a seat. Good thing, because it was jam packed with the dinner crowd by 6 or 7. Despite being standing room only, the servers did an excellent job keeping everyone happy, being friendly to strangers like me, and giving the locals a heavy dose of shit. Very entertaining. Beers were very solid, especially a porter and stout. Food was above average. The glimpse into the brewery area where Owd Mac may or may not be maturing was priceless.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1385) Boulder, Colorado | December 14, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
This place rocks... it goes without saying. Gets CROWDED on a weekend night. Food is always good, and the beer is great... the big beers, the imperial stout, barley wine and others, are top notch, of course. But I find their more common brews good, but not great. The IPAs, stouts, brown ales, ambers, etc... are good but nothing exceptional. However, donít pass this place up... a must visit.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog  (778) Phoenix, Arizona | July 3, 2005
December 2004: Above average beers and decent food in a busy brewpub in Lawrenceís shopping district.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
GT2  (629) San Diego County , California | June 7, 2013
Large, college town brewpub. Drab, outdated interior. A maze of seating rooms. Outdated menu and plating with average to disappointing food. Server was quirky, but quite attentive. A bit awkward to chat with. Many house beers on tap with okay variety. Beer quality though was average. Overall disappointing. Very cheap flights served in skinny flutes. I canít say this is a brewpub I would go out of my way for. All of their top rated beers have been a major letdown so I think Iím giving up on this brewery.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (627) Denver, Colorado | August 20, 2013
Free State is has enjoyable but very typical restaurant/brewpub ambiance. They were slammed on a Monday afternoon, strangely enough. They had about 10 different taps available in pints and 10 oz. pours. I tried an IPA and their hoppy amber and both were fair. Free State was a good place to unwind for a minute, but I wasnít thrilled with it like some of the breweries we visited the previous day in St. Louis.
theisti  (599) Leawood, Kansas | May 29, 2007| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for lunch in May 2007. I had the Owd Macs (the reason I had driven to Lawrence), the fruit and cheese plate, and the Soup of the Day (pork posole). Everything was great, and the service was top notch. Overall, this place is pretty ordinary inside, but the food and brews make it a most stop if you are anywhere near Lawrence, Kansas. One big drawback is they serve regular lineup WAY too cold. In the evenings this place tends to get crowded and really loud. This becomes a problem throughout the space, because bar, tables and upstairs are not separated particularly well.

94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu  (437) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 6, 2012
Visited Free State on a Saturday, early afternoon in the summer. The building is tucked in an old strip of Mass St. in downtown Lawrence, really cool spot. There were some people milling about in front, waiting for a table. Luckily we were seated right away with only 2 people. The waitress was nice but rushed because of the crowd. There were 10 beers on tap, which could be ordered in a number of formats; sample glasses were $1.55 each, with no restriction on how many or few must be ordered. 10 oz. beers are $3.55. Good prices, and the beer was solid. The food was, too; my wife liked her sandwich and fries and my salad was good. The brewing operation (not the main production facility, Iím told) is visible through glass windows at the back of the small bar area; there is also a mezzanine with more tables. Not the easiest place to relax and have some beers because itís cramped and crowded, but otherwise a nice place worth visiting in Lawrence.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | May 3, 2012
This place really reminded me of Mtn Sun in Boulder. Large tap selection, good looking food (I didnít try it, however), lots of hippies, and good looking hippie chicks. Would love to frequent this place. I did have one unfortunate experience with a server that was incredibly rude, but overall, I love this place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
notalush  (364) Denver, Colorado | July 13, 2012
Visited with beastiefan2k - pretty much your typical American brewpub - quite a bit of space inside, but spread out into various smaller "chambers," so despite its size it still seemed a little cramped - typical brewpub setup, with light hardwood tables and bar - mostly cozy inside - family friendly, so thatís a bonus - about eight beers on tap - your typical brewpub selections, with porters, stouts, ipas and the like - nothing fancy - beers range from ho-hum to awesome - decent bar service - excellent prices on the beers - itís a solid spot, but doesnít live up to some of the higher ratings IMHO.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (350) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 4, 2013
One of my favorite brewpub! Small bar that you have to kind of fight to get a seat at and a few rooms with dining seating. A really nice selection of beers on tap and available for growlers. Food is quite delicious and well priced. This is a must stop if you are anywhere near by!

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