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Prison Brews

305 Ash St, Jefferson City, MO 65101-4002
573-635-0678
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Ranked #18 of 141 restaurants in Jefferson City
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Pizza
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Prison Brews was opened in 2007 in a part of town that once housed the state penitentiary and is now experiencing residential / commercial re-growth. This has become a popular brewery with wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, etc. It has completely embraced the "prison" kitsch feel with bars between the bar & dining area and pictures of the 1800's penitentiary historical artifact lining the walls. The menu items and beers on tap are also incorporated into the theme. There is a large dining area as well as large outdoor seating on the adjacent patio complete with bocce ball. A unique experience in a growing area of town.
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Prison Brews was opened in 2007 in a part of town that once housed the state penitentiary and is now experiencing residential / commercial re-growth. This has become a popular brewery with wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, etc. It has completely embraced the "prison" kitsch feel with bars between the bar & dining area and pictures of the 1800's penitentiary historical artifact lining the walls. The menu items and beers on tap are also incorporated into the theme. There is a large dining area as well as large outdoor seating on the adjacent patio complete with bocce ball. A unique experience in a growing area of town.
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Independence, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went in and go the brew sampler, which was incredibly fun to do. They recommend the cheese platter to go with it. Very good recommendation. Helps with the flavor profiles and clear your palate to move on to the next brew. The food was great too, and the staff was very friendly. They also sell their beers there for... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The hotel attendant at the hotel we were staying at recommended this place.....said the food was great. We went on a Satureday early evening and there weren't more than a handful of tables occupied. That should have been the first clue...but of course i walked in anyway. I began to ask the waitress about what were the most popular things... More

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Ate here for lunch on a Saturday. It's located in a rather rundown neighborhood - not dangerous, but not necessarily the kind of place you'd expect to find a micro brewery. Sufficient parking in the rear. During my visit the lot was half occupied by motorcycles which made me wonder if this was a biker joint. Not so. At least... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great atmosphere, good food and locally brewed beers. We travel to Jefferson City regularly and look forward to visiting Prison Brews whenever we can.

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Belton, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great food and they have done a great job on making booths look like prison cells. Good prices on the food and great service for our large group

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

For Father's Day my family and I went to Prison Brews for lunch. From the minute we walked in, we were hooked. The young lady who greeted us at the door was very friendly and made us feel at home. Ok, at home may not be the best analogy since the place is set up like a prison, but we... More

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Fairfield, OH
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126 reviews 126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Came here for an early dinner after touring the Capitol and driving by the old Missouri State Penitentiary (closed when we were in town) and parking was limited in the neighborhood. We parked across the street in front of an apartment / housing complex and some residents were yelling, which didn't make for an ideal location. We didn't have to... More

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Galena
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Decent beer. Good pizza. Had diner at the bar. The first bartender was supper busy and had problems dealing with the tree people seated at the bar. The young lady that replaced him did a better job. The IPA was decent. They could up the IT'S in my opinion. The steak pizza was amazing.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We attended the Missouri State Penitentiary tour and they recommended Prison Brews. It was delicious food. My husband said it was the best rueben he had had and I had one of the best hamburgers I've ever had. Well priced, neatly decorated with prison themes and excellent food.

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Columbia, Missouri
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212 reviews 212 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The prison theme is fun and different. Love the onion rings and pretzels. Some of the entrees were really good while others, including the pizza was average/below average. Typical bar food but it's worth a visit if you're in JC and looking for something local.

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