Free State Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
  • David J.
    "Try a black snake (black & tan with Copperhead and Oatmeal Stout)."(7 Tips)
    Tom B.
    "The Ad Astra Beer is toooo good!"(5 Tips)
    M W.
    "Cheddar ale soup, onion rings with house mustard, all the beer!"(6 Tips)
    Blake K.
    "Oatmeal Stout is simply amazing"(5 Tips)
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  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceSeptember 25
    The beer is fabulous - the food is good.
  • Serena R.
    Loud, but delicious:)
  • Pam H.
    Pam HannaJune 9
    Great beer, tasty food, nice surroundings!
  • Paul W.
    Great beer, great service, great food and all-around excellent place. What are you waiting for?
  • Jen C.
    The Bora Bora was our favorite IPA. The food is good, too. Though, the pesto was a little too lemony for my taste. The vibe is cool. All of Mass St. is cool, really.
  • Apoorv I.
    Try out their barleywine if you want to try something different than normal IPAs stout and wheat beers.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MurphyFebruary 25
    Brew their own beer in house and it's delicious!!
    Upvoted Sep 20
  • Robert F.
    Robert FolsomJanuary 21
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and good beer in the same place? Yes!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeattyAugust 25, 2016
    Onions rings are the reason to come here
  • Josh W.
    Josh WoodJune 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nearly every beer is delicious.
  • Ronald H.
    Ronald HicksMay 12, 2016
    It's alright. Need to try again. It may be better if I'm drunk.
  • Patrick T.
    Patrick TyrusApril 28, 2016
    I haven't really had anything I don't like here
  • Chad M.
    Chad MolenMarch 13, 2016
    The food was okay but not fantastic. The fish & chips were soggy. Beer is always good!
  • Clare
    ClareFebruary 16, 2016
    delicious food & impressively good beer!
  • M W.
    M WitzkeJanuary 5, 2016
    Cheddar ale soup, onion rings with house mustard, all the beer!
  • Beer J.
    Beer JayDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The cheddar ale soup is excellent.
  • Omar A.
    Omar AlrubaianNovember 21, 2015
    The steak sandwich special was amazing.
  • Molly C.
    Molly CoplenNovember 17, 2015
    Great burgers & rings
  • Deano
    DeanoNovember 12, 2015
    Chicken tortilla soup
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlastingOctober 3, 2015
    Beers were just ok and they stop serving food early which they do not advertise on their website
  • Maxwell L.
    Maxwell LeverichSeptember 3, 2015
    Sandwiches!! And everything else!
  • Carm P.
    Carm PJuly 27, 2015
    French dip. Cheddar ale soup-- no brainer, get it. Beer- new world IPA
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJune 26, 2015
    A Lawrence, KS. must stop.... One of the best places in Kansas to stop for lunch or dinner and award winning beers.
  • Devin C.
    Devin C.March 10, 2015
    Local Micro Brewery to check out! Good food & even better beer.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SwartzFebruary 24, 2015
    They had some 4 or 5 IPAs on tap, and a massive rainstorm came through. All around cool.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronSeptember 8, 2014
    Great food and great beer. The downtown setting is convent and cozy.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaSeptember 3, 2014
    Good beer!
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateSeptember 1, 2014
    Cheddar Ale Soup for the soul.
  • Cody M.
    Cody MarshallJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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 M.
    Cody MarshallJune 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Carl E.
    Carl EdwardsMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Onion rings
  • Zoran P.
    Zoran PucarMarch 13, 2014
    Great place, great selection of great beer, great service.
  • Julian V.
    Julian VillalobosFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Burroughser Weisse!
  • Lucie C.
    Lucie CostanzaFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Katie O.
    Katie O'BlenesFebruary 23, 2014
    The fish & chips & the burgers are delicious! On Sunday afternoons they're really busy!
  • R W H.
    R W HoskinsFebruary 21, 2014
    Bigger & nicer than I expected, really packed on a basketball game day. Food was good, as was the selection of beers.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GreyJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chopped salad Verde is my new favorite! Add a little sriracha for a kick.
  • Abdul H.
    Abdul HakkimDecember 31, 2013
    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
  • Pete R.
    Pete RomanoDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HarrisSeptember 28, 2013
    They've got some pretty tasty sandwiches!
  • Audrey M.
    Audrey MeshekAugust 31, 2013
    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!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GentryAugust 19, 2013
    Chicken Basil Schnitzel was awesome!
  • Vans C.
    Vans CoppleJuly 29, 2013
    They stop filling growlers at 7 on Sundays :-(
  • Katie O.
    Katie OliverJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Blood orange radler is perfection.
  • Lj M.
    Lj MinoreJuly 28, 2013
    So yummy eat it lol yum
  • Ella N.
    Ella NecoleJuly 15, 2013
    Order the oatmeal wine
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BishopJuly 8, 2013
    Leave room for dessert
  • Blake K.
    Blake KrygerJune 26, 2013
    Oatmeal Stout is simply amazing
  • Robert K.
    Robert KlotzJune 20, 2013
    Remind them of the second night they were open in 1989 when they ran out of beer and had to serve MICHELOB LIGHT, bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • Anna B.
    Anna BureshMarch 24, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and order the black cherry fresh lemonade with vodka (special order). The best cocktail in Lawrence.
  • Tim A.
    Tim AbernathyFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink Beer!
  • Shannon W.
    Shannon WilsonJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Araceli V.
    Araceli VillanuevaJanuary 9, 2013
    The fish and chips are amazing. Always get a table on the top floor, get an amazing view.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HowellJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The barleywine is amazing!
  • RJ H.
    RJ HickmanDecember 13, 2012
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  • Heather Q.
    Heather QuijasDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always delicious!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChavezDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    When it's a special, get the country fried steak! You will not be disappointed.
  • Garrett
    GarrettDecember 3, 2012
    Black bean quesadillas!!! Mmm.
  • Niq H.
    Niq HowardNovember 19, 2012
    You can always count on the specials for a delicious, flavorful meal.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LewisOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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
  • Mags B.
    Mags BordersSeptember 2, 2012
    Order a black and tan!
  • Brenton L.
    Brenton LawrenceMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cowtippin stout and full kimona are on tap. Try em
  • Manorama T.
    Manorama TalaiverMay 23, 2012
    Artichoke dip is awesome
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin EnsmingerMay 13, 2012
    One of my favs in Lawrence.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WatkinsMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I always take out of town visitors to Free State for a beer. Go Copperhead!
  • Kalee F.
    Kalee ForsytheMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    try the brownie and mint ice cream dessert. Ohhhh my goodness its good.
  • Scott P.
    Scott PhillipsMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The brown ale should always be served.
  • Tonnea G.
    Tonnea GummApril 2, 2012
    Food was alright, the whole time I was eating there was gnats everywhere... Gross
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GirardMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken flautas! Seriously gotta try them.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MurphyFebruary 21, 2012
    Have a delicious Oatmeal Stout!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CunninghamFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Especially on weekend nights, call ahead for seating. Then, come a little early and grab a beer at the bar.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron ButellFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Text the words "Free State" to 6263185477 to join their wait list any time, anywhere! -
  • Arzu
    ArzuNovember 30, 2011
    If you enjoy apples pies try tart tatin. Simply delicious!
  • Shannon I.
    Shannon IkerdNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Seafood and Crawfish Gumbo, oh how I miss thee! Dang low carb diet. But, everyone else . . . go there and enjoy! It's AWESOME!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GiffordNovember 15, 2011
    When Old Backus is on tap, this moves to No. 1.
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana MancinOctober 26, 2011
    nice food!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FillmoreOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pint Night on Mondays is the way to go. $1.75/pint.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MortonOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're there and Josiah Miller is there. Hook up!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HilmesOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    When in doubt, Turkey Bacon Foccacia
  • Kait P.
    Kait PerryOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The fish and chips with an Ad Astra is the way to go.
  • Dave C.
    Dave ChapmanSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic Fish & Chips!
  • Steve A.
    Steve AulgurAugust 24, 2011
    Fabulous tomato soup! Well the beer is good too!
  • Erica D.
    Erica DayAugust 21, 2011
    For all you vegetarians out there like me......definitely try the avocado chimmichuri!!! To die for :)
  • Katie C.
    Katie CoffmanAugust 16, 2011
    Ask for a Cyclist — Wheat State Golden beer + lemonade — it's not on the menu, but a great summer drink!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SilvermanAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • Joe N.
    Joe NovakAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is amazing. The beer is even better. Read more
  • Shannon W.
    Shannon WilliamsJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Copperhead Chicken Tenders and The Hot Artichoke Dip are maybe the best foods I have ever eaten. I crave them at least once a week!
  • Kate V.
    Kate Van GordenJuly 16, 2011
    Try the black and tan... Ad Astra/Oatmeal Stout... AWESOME!
  • Nick R.
    Nick RodekuhrJune 1, 2011
    Turkey bacon focaccia dipped in the cheddar ale soup is the best thing here!
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TalleyMay 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the back room to keep the "din" out of your dinner. Read more
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AllisonApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the bicyclist is a great summer treat: wheat beer + lemonade. get the hummus tray for a light appetizer on monday night pint night.
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsApril 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!!
  • Doug R.
    Doug RundleApril 8, 2011
    Nice place but not near as big or friendly as the people at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Joe's is the best college bar around
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottMarch 28, 2011
    Copperhead is where it is at!
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GougeMarch 25, 2011
    When they do Mustard Madness in March, you should definitely check it out. Great food and a ton of fun to try a bunch.
  • Cindy B.
    Cindy Bracker SturmMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish n chips...seriously!!!
  • Casey B.
    Casey BakerFebruary 13, 2011
    Ask for the "QUAD". limited time speakeasy style quadruple
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    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
  • Laura F.
    Laura FiskJanuary 29, 2011
    A personal fav. Gotta have the Chedder Ale Soup.
  • Haley W.
    Haley WentheJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    oatmeal stout..hummus..butternut ravioli. I could go on for days. by far my favorite place in Lawrence.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ad Astra Beer is toooo good!
  • Anne P.
    Anne P.October 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Crimson Berry Ale!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DoverOctober 9, 2010
    Good beer, good food. Love the Octoberfest!
  • Marcus M.
    Marcus MelvinSeptember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ad Astra and the Cuban sandwich...good stuff.
  • Megan D.
    Megan DoSeptember 9, 2010
    All you need is the Cheddar Ale Soup and an order of onion rings.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MareuAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Definitely try the Oatmeal Stout. It is made out of delicious.
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PatrickAugust 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Mahi mahi tacos...delicious!
  • Angie L.
    Angie LileJuly 31, 2010
    For $3.50 extra you can add shrimp to your meal! Add it to the Thai noodle dish!
  • Rick H.
    Rick HowardJune 6, 2010
    The Bumper Crop Saison is extremely tasty. Give this lovely Belgian farmhouse ale a try.
  • Alison M.
    Alison McAfeeMay 11, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Copperhead. By far the best beer.
  • David J.
    David JohnstonApril 23, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • Chris D.
    Chris DrayerApril 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Chase A.
    Chase AndersonApril 19, 2010
    Black bean quesadilla or tomato artichoke tortellini
  • Gavon L.
    Gavon LaessigApril 2, 2010
    Go to Free State Brewery and be sad that it's no longer March Mustard Madness. Drown sorrows in house mustard.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YoungMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • Maya T.
    Maya TaoMarch 24, 2010
    Definitely a must-go in Lawrence,KS. one of the ten Kansas dinning wonders.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BarrFebruary 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try out the new Josiah Miller IPA!
  • Jon L.
    Jon LaranceFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try some of the newer beers like Stormwatch, Praire Fog Ale and Big Sea ESB.
  • Jacinta L.
    Jacinta LangfordFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    FYI: You can order half orders of some of their menu items
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RisleyDecember 30, 2009
    Drink the Ad Astra with just about anything. It's my favorite.
  • Seth S.
    Seth SanchezNovember 25, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    The Sanchez- A golden grilled chicken with fried onions on top and side of jalepenos and BBQ sauce.
  • Christie D.
    Christie DickersonNovember 17, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Got to free state and get a growler!
  • Valter J.
    Valter JuniorMay 31, 2013
    Microcervejaria local, restaurante, bar, boa comida e grande diversidade de cervejas.
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