Free State Brewing Company | Lawrence, Kansas
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Free State Brewing Company
Excellent based on 67 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 (17) |

Free State Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Free State Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Free State Sweet Potat-ale , Free State Wheat State Golden 36, 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 , Free State The Roaming Pint , Free State The Full Kimono Collaboration , Free State Dirty Kanza Kolsch , Free State Mass St. Mšrzen , Free State Nelson Muntz SPA , Free State Umami Lager , Free State Owd Macs Imperial Stout 100, Free State Anniversary Ale
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67 reviews for Free State Brewing Company
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  81%
 Selection  78%
 Food  82%
 Value  82%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

henry3r  (6) Wichita, Kansas | October 11, 2005
The staff was knowledgeable; however we had a hard time finding our waitress at times. There was also the sauce we asked for and didnít receive. However, the beers were quite good, making up for the less-than-stellar service. Taking away from the ambiance was the fact that it was very loud, to the point that my partner and I had a difficult time carrying on a conversation.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
TAR  (30) Lafayette, Colorado | October 6, 2005
Located in the quaint downtown of Lawrence, Free State is more than just a brewpub. In fact, itís home to some of the best food in the city. And thatís saying a lot, being that this is a diverse college town. The wonderul food ranges from hearty meat plates to all-veggie stuff. Tasty appetizers like Artichoke dip or hummus. Plus their meat is mostly, if not all, free-range organic. The beer selection is quite limited, but the seasonals are most always solid. Especially their lagers. Growlers are available to take home. FS is certainly a brewpub most would be proud to call their local watering hole.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer  (112) Melbourne, Florida | August 12, 2005
A really cool place. Too bad I didnít get to try the Owd Macs or Old Backus, but the C3 was fantastic. Nice bartender.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh  (85) Greenfield, Indiana | August 2, 2005
Visited on July 30, 2005. My only knock is that the bar is too damn small. Other that that no complaints. Food is well prepared. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Price is right.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog  (758) Traveling the USA, Missouri | July 3, 2005
December 2004: Above average beers and decent food in a busy brewpub in Lawrenceís shopping district.
ElGaucho  (231) Minnetonka, Minnesota | June 21, 2005
Iím a little surprised by the high ratings here. The bar area is tiny, though not nearly as small as Barley Johnís in New Brighton, MN. The extent of the seating in the bar area that is not actually at the bar consists of 4 chairs set up along a ledge to the right of the bar and 4 lower chairs around a small bar stool posing as a table. There was no service to either of these areas. All the rest of the seating in the place, which has two stories, is reserved for diners. We arived at around 4:15pm on a Saturday, and they would not give us a table in either of the "dining areas" and the bar itself was full. The outdoor patio was full of smokers. So, I was forced to write my notes on the bar stool, a tough task when you are sharing such a small surface with 3 beer glasses. Finally, for a place that has gained a world-wide reputation based upon 2 beers, to not have either of them year round is a disservice to the customer. The offerings that were available were solid, but not anything extraordinary. I was frankly underwhelmed but would still go back if in the area and I knew either the Owd Macs or the Old Backus were available.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye  (112) Frisco (Dallas), Texas | June 16, 2005
Good service and excellent beers. Really enjoyed this birthday surprise! Thanks to all who joined me!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
KUEric  (119) Washington, Washington DC | May 7, 2005| Updated January 23, 2011
Fantastic! Utterly Lawrence. A must visit if in town, great quality food, have a laid back atmosphere while serving an eclectic mix in their foods. The artichoke dip is amazing, definitely get that. Really Iíve enjoyed every beer Iíve sampled there, yet to have a bad beer. They will have I believe 8 on tap at all times...but their selection of what they brew is very extensive with new and unique brews coming out several times a year, plus a list of nearly 100 they have brewed over time; making it the perfect place to visit again and again.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
csbosox  (13) Prairie Village, Kansas | January 5, 2005| Updated June 29, 2008
This is a beautiful building in the heart of downtown Lawrence, right by the historic Liberty Hall. The building is vintage and wonderfully decorated. Most of the staff has been there forever and the new staff is usually really good. The food is great. Above average bar food to wonderful specials. They use many seasonal and local products and it shows in their wonderful food. Smoking, like all of Lawrence now, is not allowed inside, which is nice when you are eating and enjoying beer. Now lets get to the beer. Wonderful. They have many great beers on tap and they rotate the new beers in pretty often. They brew beer styles that you donít often see at most brewpubs. Their 2 big beers, available all winter, are amazing, they are the Owd Macs Imp Stout and the Old Backus Barleywine, both are world class. I lived at this place when I lived in Lawrence and go there almost everytime I head to Lawrence. Monday night is $1.75 beer night, when the have 4 beers on tap for that price. I would say that Free State is essential for any beer and/or food lover. The only knock I have on the place is that nearly every beer is served too cold.
heemer77  (212) Urbandale, Iowa | December 23, 2004| Updated March 8, 2005
Small bar with a nice atmosphere of a typical upscale college town bar. The big beers are above par for a brewpub. Average fair for the others. Worth the trip and the staff knows what they are talking about.

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