Free State Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, and American Restaurant
636 Massachusetts St (btwn 6th & 7th St.), Lawrence, KS 66044
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

The Free State Brewing Co. opened in 1989 as the first legal brewery in Kansas in over 100 years. Located in a renovated inter-urban trolly station in historic downtown Lawrence, the Brewery was an early participant in the rejuvenation of the north end of the downtown business dist... (See all)

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  • "The Copperhead Chicken Tenders and The Hot Artichoke Dip..." (7 tips)
  • "The Ad Astra Beer is toooo good!" (5 tips)
  • "... don't miss Copperhead, Oatmeal Stout, and Ad Astra. If in season, Octoberfest,..." (5 tips)
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. With a rotating selection of about 12 beers on tap from its 70-strong brew list, Monday nights, with $1.75 pints, can get raucous. Read more

    Esquire · February 2, 2011
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  • Christie D.

    Got to free state and get a growler!

    Christie D. · November 17, 2009
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  • Mike S.

    Some of the best microbrew in America. Too many great ones to list; if you are a first-timer don't miss Copperhead, Oatmeal Stout, and Ad Astra. If in season, Octoberfest, Lemongrass Rye, C4, & Marzen

    Mike S. · August 15, 2011
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  • Jeff R.

    Drink the Ad Astra with just about anything. It's my favorite.

    Jeff R. · December 30, 2009
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  • Alison M.

    Get the Copperhead. By far the best beer.

    Alison M. · May 11, 2010
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  • Maya T.

    Definitely a must-go in Lawrence,KS. one of the ten Kansas dinning wonders.

    Maya T. · March 24, 2010
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  • Megan D.

    All you need is the Cheddar Ale Soup and an order of onion rings.

    Megan D. · September 9, 2010
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  • Phil M.

    Definitely try the Oatmeal Stout. It is made out of delicious.

    Phil M. · August 31, 2010
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  • Avery J.

    It's a Must when visiting Lawrence, KS. They have some incredible Beers on Tap, order the C4 Imperial IPA if available, it's one of the Best Beers out there!! Some Select Pints are $1.75 on Mondays!!!

    Avery J. · April 19, 2011
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  • Chris D.

    Mondays are when beers are on "Sale". $1.75 each. Get a table and an appetizer around happy hour time unless you want to rub elbows...its packed at the bar.

    Chris D. · April 20, 2010
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  • Andrew F.

    Pint Night on Mondays is the way to go. $1.75/pint.

    Andrew F. · October 24, 2011
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  • Jon L.

    Try some of the newer beers like Stormwatch, Praire Fog Ale and Big Sea ESB.

    Jon L. · February 19, 2010
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  • Kait P.

    The fish and chips with an Ad Astra is the way to go.

    Kait P. · October 9, 2011
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  • David J.

    Free State is a must for visitors to Lawrence. Great food and world-class brews. Feeling ambitious? Try a black snake (black & tan with Copperhead and Oatmeal Stout). Read more

    David J. · April 23, 2010
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  • Laura F.

    A personal fav. Gotta have the Chedder Ale Soup.

    Laura F. · January 29, 2011
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  • Michael C.

    When it's a special, get the country fried steak! You will not be disappointed.

    Michael C. · December 4, 2012
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  • Tom B.

    The Ad Astra Beer is toooo good!

    Tom B. · November 17, 2010
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  • Jordan G.

    When they do Mustard Madness in March, you should definitely check it out. Great food and a ton of fun to try a bunch.

    Jordan G. · March 25, 2011
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  • Anne P.

    Crimson Berry Ale!

    Anne P. · October 24, 2010
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  • Gavon L.

    Go to Free State Brewery and be sad that it's no longer March Mustard Madness. Drown sorrows in house mustard.

    Gavon L. · April 2, 2010
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  • Jacinta L.

    FYI: You can order half orders of some of their menu items

    Jacinta L. · February 2, 2010
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  • Lisa H.

    When in doubt, Turkey Bacon Foccacia

    Lisa H. · October 12, 2011
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  • Katie C.

    Ask for a Cyclist — Wheat State Golden beer + lemonade — it's not on the menu, but a great summer drink!

    Katie C. · August 16, 2011
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  • Steve T.

    Copperhead is where it is at!

    Steve T. · March 28, 2011
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  • Haley W.

    oatmeal stout..hummus..butternut ravioli. I could go on for days. by far my favorite place in Lawrence.

    Haley W. · January 19, 2011
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  • Chase A.

    Black bean quesadilla or tomato artichoke tortellini

    Chase A. · April 19, 2010
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  • Amy Y.

    ask the host/hostess specifically for a booth on the 2nd floor. Let the server know you will be squatting. Have several apps, several beers - maybe even a Michalada (sp?). Enjoy your time and leave a Read more

    Amy Y. · March 27, 2010
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  • Matthew L.

    The best restaurant and brewery in Lawrence hands down. Food: brewhouse salad, French dip, Thai noodles, savona tuna sandwich. Beer: hop jack, copperhead, C4, saison, Octoberfest, winterfest, konza

    Matthew L. · October 26, 2012
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  • Nick R.

    Turkey bacon focaccia dipped in the cheddar ale soup is the best thing here!

    Nick R. · June 1, 2011
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  • Cindy B.

    Fish n chips...seriously!!!

    Cindy B. · March 11, 2011
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  • Laura W.

    I always take out of town visitors to Free State for a beer. Go Copperhead!

    Laura W. · May 6, 2012
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  • Lauren C.

    Especially on weekend nights, call ahead for seating. Then, come a little early and grab a beer at the bar.

    Lauren C. · February 18, 2012
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  • Justin G.

    When Old Backus is on tap, this moves to No. 1.

    Justin G. · November 15, 2011
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  • Patrick M.

    If you're there and Josiah Miller is there. Hook up!

    Patrick M. · October 14, 2011
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  • Amanda A.

    the bicyclist is a great summer treat: wheat beer + lemonade. get the hummus tray for a light appetizer on monday night pint night.

    Amanda A. · April 23, 2011
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  • Heather D.

    Good beer, good food. Love the Octoberfest!

    Heather D. · October 9, 2010
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  • Kristina P.

    Mahi mahi tacos...delicious!

    Kristina P. · August 6, 2010
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  • Jason B.

    Try out the new Josiah Miller IPA!

    Jason B. · February 21, 2010
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  • Lucie C.

    Get the Burroughser Weisse while it is still around! I'm not a big beer drinker but I seriously loved the sour finish to this beer. Their pasta specials are also pretty great.

    Lucie C. · February 28
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  • Porter House

    Hey Wang what are you doing, this is the parking lot.

    Porter House · January 19
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  • Lisa G.

    Chopped salad Verde is my new favorite! Add a little sriracha for a kick.

    Lisa G. · January 10
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  • Marcy V.

    Utilize the call ahead seating option because this place gets BUSY!

    Marcy V. · January 17, 2013
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  • Araceli V.

    The fish and chips are amazing. Always get a table on the top floor, get an amazing view.

    Araceli V. · January 9, 2013
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  • Heather C.

    Always delicious!

    Heather C. · December 9, 2012
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  • Garrett

    Black bean quesadillas!!! Mmm.

    Garrett · December 3, 2012
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  • Kalee F.

    try the brownie and mint ice cream dessert. Ohhhh my goodness its good.

    Kalee F. · May 4, 2012
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  • Jennifer G.

    Best chicken flautas! Seriously gotta try them.

    Jennifer G. · March 9, 2012
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  • Jesse M.

    Have a delicious Oatmeal Stout!

    Jesse M. · February 21, 2012
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  • Arzu

    If you enjoy apples pies try tart tatin. Simply delicious!

    Arzu · November 30, 2011
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  • Shannon I.

    Seafood and Crawfish Gumbo, oh how I miss thee! Dang low carb diet. But, everyone else . . . go there and enjoy! It's AWESOME!

    Shannon I. · November 17, 2011
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