The atmosphere of 23rd street is almost like a chain restaurant. Olive green walls, wood paneling, etc. The beer selection isn’t bad but then again it’s not extraordinary, either. Likewise the food can be a bit bland. Service is usually solid and you won’t have to wait to get in. It’s tough to compete with the other brewery across town.
Visited the place with beastiefan2k, as it is his hangout. Very quite when we were there. 2 other dudes around the bar, and maybe one group at a table. A simple, large sport bar looking brewpub in a college town. Plenty of blonde college girls for the waitstaff. They seemed to be friendly enough. Knowledgeable of the brewer’s tedious schedule. All of the beers here were all very well made. As good as the beer at Free State (of which receives all of the credit in town). Pub chips were tasty and addicting. I would definitely go back to this place. 12sept09
Visited here on a Monday night and the place was absolutely packed. The lone bartender ran around like crazy the entire time I was there. The beers I tried were mostly subpar with a couple of pleasant exceptions. I thought the prices were high, especially for Kansas. This is compared to the Blind Tiger in Topeka. A decent enough place that might be worth a visit if Free State isn’t open.
Has a bit of a chain feel to it. Had some interesting styles which surprised me, I was expecting to have your typical brewpub beers, but this place was experimenting with some advanced styles. So I was intrigued and had to try them all. They are trying hard is all I can say, but right now there beers are kind of mediocre with some pretty decent seasonals. The service outside of the bar is a trainwreck with an understaffed and unknowledgeable staff when it comes to beer. This was a few years ago though, as I am reading some of the more recent ratings it looks as thought they are under new management and makes me wish I had made the time to stop through their on this most recent trip through Kansas.
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.
beastiefan2k (257) HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland | January 29, 2008| Updated July 26, 2011
All the rating for this place are old and probably don’t really apply anymore. As I understand this used to part of a different (lesser quality) brew chain but has now gone solo. Also the brewer used to work for Free State. The interior is nice, a tall dome over the center, very high ceilings everywhere and lots of room. The first time I have seen TVs at some booths. Shiny fer mentors on the 2nd floor balcony. On a busy night with a very large party we got good service but it was only ok the next night when it was quite. Food was slightly above average brewpub fair with lots of different salads and pizza type foods as well. Beer, now I only had two but I was very impressed. The seasonal Dunkel was superb and the Barleywine was above average. Most interesting they had a lot of taps with 4-5 seasonals and 4-5 regular brews. Prices are awesome (from a NYers POV) $3/pint. Re-rate: been living in Lawrence for a while now and while I love the beer they make the food is atrocious, I think at this point I refuse to go there for dinner. If you need to grab something with the beer go with the pub chips. Beer prices have gone up as well. They have a lot more overhead with too many servers, too much room, and the cost of all that salt in their dishes.
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. There’s a decent little liquor store in the same shopping center, too. Found some Unibroue and Great Divide bombers to bring home.