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.
3fourths (1537) 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, don’t pass this place up... a must visit.
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 = ★★★★½ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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 wasn’t thrilled with it like some of the breweries we visited the previous day in St. Louis.
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 Drab, outdated interior.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 Outdated menu and plating with average to disappointing food.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 can’t 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 I’m giving up on this brewery.
On a hot day...in a cool town...a welcoming respite from our travels from KC to OKC. The venue is special...sat upstairs with a nice view down onto the bar. Would have liked to have sat outside...but even in the shade...like I said...hot day!. The beers were very good...tried all of them. They brought us 13 different ones...only problem...they mixed them all up...which was particularly annoying given a few were only slight variations of others. After pointing that out...they gave us a whole new set of 13...now that’s the right way to do things! My favorite was the Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA. The food was very good and I highly recommend having a meal with their beers. This place is a must visit when passing anywhere near Lawrence, KS.
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!
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, I’m 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 it’s cramped and crowded, but otherwise a nice place worth visiting in Lawrence.
This place really reminded me of Mtn Sun in Boulder. Large tap selection, good looking food (I didn’t 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.