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.
KUEric (124) Scottsdale, Arizona | May 9, 2005| Updated July 1, 2006
Beer is the only thing to bring you in .. and its not that great.
The food is bad ... almost always out of at least a beer.
Service is hit or miss.
The atmosphere is standard chain brewpub and would be alright except you leave smelling like you’ve worked the fryer all night (believe I know, I’ve had that job).
I’d stay away from the one in Lawrence, although have heard good/decent things about KC locations.
I will say if you eat outside on a nice evening/afternoon its definitly worth visiting.
I lived less than half a mile away and went no more than a half dozen times, it was that unspectacular and unimpressive.
ReRate (after going back a few more times): Not as bad as it was. The food is better than I thought it was (wings way too ground peppery, but salads good, and sandwiches are above average). The beer still isn’t outstanding (though not bad), if in town go to Free State .. if you’ve already been there then give this place a shot. The atmosphere still is below average, but I’m giving it more than the 6 overall I previous had as it seems to be improving its quality.
My waitress said that of the seven beers they had on tap that day, two of them (including one of their five regular beers, the Brown Ale) had run out and they wouldn’t be replacing them on tap until the next day (this was dinner at 7 p.m. on Dec. 30th). Uh, o.k. Atmosphere: generic TGIF-meets-roadhouse, high ceilings, loud music kind of brewpub. Food: my wife’s London fish & chips was pretty good. My black bean burger must have been from a box, and the avocado topping was a really small dollop, until I asked for more and it was brought out. My kids shared a kids’ meal (they’re very young). The menu used the same word--chicken strips--as the adult version of the menu, but my kids didn’t get a high quality chicken strip; instead they got very poor quality chicken pressed into animal shapes, and over-cooked to a crisp as well. For $4.99 the only saving grace was the nice bowl of ice cream, and they gave one to each of my kids even though they shared a single meal. The brownie-ice cream-fudge dessert was decent. Overall, we stop in Lawrence two to four times per year and we tried something new. But we’ll never go back here. For food, atmosphere, and certainly beer, Free State wins out overwhelmingly.
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 wasn’t that bad. Nothing to rave about, but most everything they had was made very well. Good use of hops.
Dansting (114) Overland Park, Kansas | July 20, 2004| Updated February 7, 2005
A nice place, formerly Emerson Biggins and Sports Page Brewery. Never crowded, yet is set up nice.