Free State Brewing Company

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

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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    David J.
    "Try a black snake (black & tan with Copperhead and Oatmeal Stout)."(7 Tips)
    Kait P.
    "The fish and chips with an Ad Astra is the way to go."(5 Tips)
    Phil M.
    "Definitely try the Oatmeal Stout."(5 Tips)
    Megan D.
    "All you need is the Cheddar Ale Soup and an order of onion rings."(4 Tips)
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  • beer
  • copperhead
  • ad astra
  • josiah miller
  • cheddar ale soup
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • sandwiches
  • authentic
  • burgers
  • healthy food
  • lemonade
  • casual
  • onion rings
  • steak
  • great value
  • gumbo
  • fish
  • Molly C.

    Great burgers & rings

    Molly Coplen · 1 week ago
  • Deano

    Chicken tortilla soup

    Deano · 2 weeks ago
  • Chris B.

    Beers were just ok and they stop serving food early which they do not advertise on their website

    Chris Blasting · October 3
  • Maxwell L.

    Sandwiches!! And everything else!

    Maxwell Leverich · September 3
  • Carm P.

    French dip. Cheddar ale soup-- no brainer, get it. Beer- new world IPA

    Carm P · July 27
  • Michael C.

    A Lawrence, KS. must stop.... One of the best places in Kansas to stop for lunch or dinner and award winning beers.

    Michael C · June 26
  • Devin C.

    Local Micro Brewery to check out! Good food & even better beer.

    Devin C. · March 10
  • Nathan S.

    They had some 4 or 5 IPAs on tap, and a massive rainstorm came through. All around cool.

    Nathan Swartz · February 24
  • Ben B.

    Great food and great beer. The downtown setting is convent and cozy.

    Ben Baron · September 8, 2014
  • Claudia

    Good beer!

    Claudia · September 3, 2014
  • Allison L.

    Cheddar Ale Soup for the soul.

    Allison Loftus · September 1, 2014
  • Cody M.

    The bartenders are all rude; I'm officially done with this place for good. Free State employees should attempt to treat their customers with a modicum of respect.

    Cody Marshall · July 27, 2014
  • Cody M.

    The bar tending staff always seem put-out about having to do their jobs, and are consistently surly, which makes me want to avoid this place.

    Cody Marshall · June 16, 2014
  • Carl E.

    Onion rings

    Carl Edwards · March 25, 2014
  • Zoran P.

    Great place, great selection of great beer, great service.

    Zoran Pucar · March 13, 2014
  • Julian V.

    Try the Burroughser Weisse!

    Julian Villalobos · February 28, 2014
  • 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 Costanza · February 28, 2014
  • Katie O.

    The fish & chips & the burgers are delicious! On Sunday afternoons they're really busy!

    Katie O'Blenes · February 23, 2014
  • R W H.

    Bigger & nicer than I expected, really packed on a basketball game day. Food was good, as was the selection of beers.

    R W Hoskins · February 21, 2014
  • Lisa G.

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

    Lisa Grey · January 10, 2014
  • Abdul H.

    The beers on tap - brewed in the company’s 14-barrel brewhouse - are as varied as the clientele, making for a casual, welcoming environment. - © 2013 BuzzFeed, Inc

    Abdul Hakkim · December 31, 2013
  • Pete R.

    Try the dinner specials whenever possible, however have a back-up in mind. They tend to go fast, my backup is always fish and chips!

    Pete Romano · December 30, 2013
  • Brittany H.

    They've got some pretty tasty sandwiches!

    Brittany Harris · September 28, 2013
  • Audrey M.

    Awesome place! We are from out of state stopped in and had a blast! Great bartenders amazing fish and chips! I wish we could visit more often!

    Audrey Meshek · August 31, 2013
  • Dan G.

    Chicken Basil Schnitzel was awesome!

    Dan Gentry · August 19, 2013
  • Vans C.

    They stop filling growlers at 7 on Sundays :-(

    Vans Copple · July 29, 2013
  • Katie O.

    Blood orange radler is perfection.

    Katie Oliver · July 28, 2013
  • Lj M.

    So yummy eat it lol yum

    Lj Minore · July 28, 2013
  • Ella N.

    Order the oatmeal wine

    Ella Necole · July 15, 2013
  • Sarah B.

    Leave room for dessert

    Sarah Bishop · July 8, 2013
  • Blake K.

    Oatmeal Stout is simply amazing

    Blake Kryger · June 26, 2013
  • Robert K.

    Remind them of the second night they were open in 1989 when they ran out of beer and had to serve MICHELOB LIGHT, bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Robert Klotz · June 20, 2013
  • Anna B.

    Do yourself a favor and order the black cherry fresh lemonade with vodka (special order). The best cocktail in Lawrence.

    Anna Buresh · March 24, 2013
  • Tim A.

    Drink Beer!

    Tim Abernathy · February 26, 2013
  • Marcy V.

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

    Marcy Vandament · January 17, 2013
  • Shannon W.

    Their onion rings and mustard are the best. Also, if you're not a big beer person but still want to try it get a Cyclist - half fresh lemonade, half Wheat State Golden. Yum!

    Shannon Wilson · January 12, 2013
  • Araceli V.

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

    Araceli Villanueva · January 9, 2013
  • Eric H.

    The barleywine is amazing!

    Eric Howell · January 6, 2013
  • RJ H.

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    RJ Hickman · December 13, 2012
  • Heather Q.

    Always delicious!

    Heather Quijas · December 9, 2012
  • Michael C.

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

    Michael Chavez · December 4, 2012
  • Garrett

    Black bean quesadillas!!! Mmm.

    Garrett · December 3, 2012
  • Niq H.

    You can always count on the specials for a delicious, flavorful meal.

    Niq Howard · November 19, 2012
  • 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 Lewis · October 26, 2012
  • Mags B.

    Order a black and tan!

    Mags Borders · September 2, 2012
  • Brenton L.

    The cowtippin stout and full kimona are on tap. Try em

    Brenton Lawrence · May 24, 2012
  • Manorama T.

    Artichoke dip is awesome

    Manorama Talaiver · May 23, 2012
  • Kevin E.

    One of my favs in Lawrence.

    Kevin Ensminger · May 13, 2012
  • Laura W.

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

    Laura Watkins · May 6, 2012
  • Kalee F.

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

    Kalee Forsythe · May 4, 2012

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