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“The place that started the micro brew revolution” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Free State Brewing Co

Free State Brewing Co
636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2236
(785) 843-4555
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Ranked #2 of 234 Restaurants in Lawrence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Lawrence, Kansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“The place that started the micro brew revolution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Free state was one of the very first micro breweries. Add to this great food and service served in a renovated limestone building on Lawrence's hip Massachusetts street. The food is consistently very good as are the beers that change with the seasons. This place pretty much has it all - excellent dishes, home brewed beer and a great location. It can get crowded on game days, but the people watching is worth the wait. It's a local favorite and if you graduated from the University of Kansas you will probably run into someone you know there.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lawrence, Kansas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great Lawrence Brew Pub!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Free State is always a great time!! Very popular in Lawrence. Great Beer and Great Food!! The energy of the place just adds to the enjoyment of the experience!! Is usually crowded, but don't let that stop you!! They give you a pager and you can always squeeze through to the bar!! The wait is never too long!! I am never able to finish the beer I get at the bar before the pager goes off.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lawrence, Kansas
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32 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Oldest brewery in KS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Not only does the 25-year-old (in 2014) FSB serve up excellent beer but it has a wide variety of very satisfying food. Chuck Magerl, the owner, sources locally and in summer some of the food is from FSB's own garden. A stop here is necessary for all new visitors to Lawrence. Be prepared for a rowdy atmosphere and if it's a weekend night, a bit of a wait.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Local brewery with delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you want a truly Lawrence experience, come to Free State Brewery. Great menu items for all ages, and an array of beers that will make any affectianado of beers happy! The place is popular so you can wait on the front porch enjoying some suds or call in for a reservation. The place is fun, sometimes loud, there is an upper dining area, as well as a well hidden back room with skylights. You will not regret this experience!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado
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38 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Enjoyed it very much”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We took our KU-attending daughter and friend there for dinner based on great recommendations. It did not disappoint. The food was very good. The wait was no problem, even for a big group, but that was on a Wednesday and we arrived before 6PM. Service was prompt and attentive, appetizers came out quickly. Our group got a wide variety of food and everyone was happy. We stayed and visited for a while and were not rushed.

The atmosphere is a bit noisy, so if you're looking for quiet conversations, this isn't the place. It has more of the hopping happening vibe.

Their house brews are also very good and very popular across the region (I even had one in St. Louis a few days before).

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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