Brewer was hard at work, suspended above the main bar, so +1 for atmosphere. This is solidly a college place. Beers are mostly unadventurous, with the collaborations a welcome exception. Food is filling pub fare. Server gave me a sampler tray wiyh one missing, but didnít kniw the missing beer until it was pointed out. Staff kept bugging me with the check, hurrying my ratings.
Has the usual BJs appearance: big windows, high ceiling, raised bar floor with bright and shiny everything. Had the yuppie college crowd and music playing way too loud when we visited (11:30pm, Friday night, oh well). Staff was very nice and speedy... beer really wasnít that bad. Nothing to rave about, but most everything they had was made very well. Good use of hops.
Visited in September 2010. This is a college town brewpub staffed with college students. The interior is somewhat dark, though nicely decorated. Our service was pleasant, the food good, and beer average to above average.
July 2006: I was the first guy in the door at 1100 on a Monday. The bartender was friendly enough. I had a calzone that was pretty good, but not great. They had the full lineup of 6 flagship beers, plus two decent seasonals on tap. I could see how this place takes on the character of an average suburban restaurant when it gets busy. Noticed they had a mug club (bring your own mug, though). Free State is definitely higher on my list, but this was worth the visit. Thereís a decent little liquor store in the same shopping center, too. Found some Unibroue and Great Divide bombers to bring home.
Visited on Jan 25, 2008 with beastiefan2k, Gregis and csbosox. My first visit to 23rd was right as they were attempting to close down a few hours early on a Friday night. Chris sweet talked the bartender into staying open for us. Only had one of their beers, and the kitchen was closed - certainly will look to re-rate this and give it a full proper rating. They had 8-10 beers on, nice variety of styles. Very interesting and large brewpub. The entire restaurant is U shaped, surrounding a large bar that has the brewery basically in the middle of the U, mostly on the 2nd level. Really a strange set up, but visually, makes it pretty cool to look at. As noted by Eugene, many of the older ratings are for the previous owners.
A sports bar like brewpub in a building with an extremely high ceiling. Lots of TVs with lots of bar top tables and a large L shaped bar. Service was good but bartender didnít seem too knowledgeable about the beers. A nice number of taps available. I didnít try the food on my visit. Prices were quite nice.
I usually stop in here every time I am in Lawrence to visit Free State. I donít know why I keep coming back as their service is poor, the beer is poor, and the food is poor. Only worth a stop if you need some extra ticks while in Lawrence.
Its a sad state of affairs when the food tastes better than the beers. There are notable exceptions to this rule, but they usually involve worse than usual food items rather than better than average beers. Still, there is no better place in Lawrence (besides Phog Allen) to watch a KU basketball game. Keeps me coming back.