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
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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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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  • copperhead
  • ad astra
  • beer
  • cheddar ale soup
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  • lemonade
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  • 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
  • Christie D.

    Got to free state and get a growler!

    Christie Dickerson · November 17, 2009
  • 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 Silverman · August 15, 2011
  • Jeff R.

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

    Jeff Risley · December 30, 2009
  • Alison M.

    Get the Copperhead. By far the best beer.

    Alison McAfee · May 11, 2010
  • Maya T.

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

    Maya Tao · March 24, 2010
  • 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 Jenkins · April 19, 2011
  • Megan D.

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

    Megan Do · September 9, 2010
  • Phil M.

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

    Phil Martinez · August 31, 2010
  • 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 Drayer · April 20, 2010
  • Andrew F.

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

    Andrew Fillmore · October 24, 2011
  • Jon L.

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

    Jon Larance · February 19, 2010
  • 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 Johnston · April 23, 2010
  • Kait P.

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

    Kait Perry · October 9, 2011
  • Michael C.

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

    Michael Chavez · December 4, 2012
  • Laura F.

    A personal fav. Gotta have the Chedder Ale Soup.

    Laura Fisk · January 29, 2011
  • Tom B.

    The Ad Astra Beer is toooo good!

    Tom B · November 17, 2010
  • 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 Gouge · March 25, 2011
  • Anne P.

    Crimson Berry Ale!

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

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

    Gavon Laessig · April 2, 2010
  • Jacinta L.

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

    Jacinta Langford · February 2, 2010
  • Steve T.

    Copperhead is where it is at!

    Steve Talbott · March 28, 2011
  • 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 Young · March 27, 2010
  • 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
  • Laura W.

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

    Laura Watkins · May 6, 2012
  • Lisa H.

    When in doubt, Turkey Bacon Foccacia

    Lisa Hilmes · October 12, 2011
  • Katie C.

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

    Katie Coffman · August 16, 2011
  • Haley W.

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

    Haley Wenthe · January 19, 2011
  • Chase A.

    Black bean quesadilla or tomato artichoke tortellini

    Chase Anderson · April 19, 2010
  • Justin G.

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

    Justin Gifford · November 15, 2011
  • Nick R.

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

    Nick Rodekuhr · June 1, 2011
  • Cindy B.

    Fish n chips...seriously!!!

    Cindy Bracker Sturm · March 11, 2011
  • Jason B.

    Try out the new Josiah Miller IPA!

    Jason Barr · February 21, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wang

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

    Wang · January 19, 2014
  • Lisa G.

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

    Lisa Grey · January 10, 2014
  • Marcy V.

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

    Marcy Vandament · January 17, 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
  • Heather Q.

    Always delicious!

    Heather Quijas · December 9, 2012
  • Garrett

    Black bean quesadillas!!! Mmm.

    Garrett · December 3, 2012
  • Kalee F.

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

    Kalee Forsythe · May 4, 2012
  • Jennifer G.

    Best chicken flautas! Seriously gotta try them.

    Jennifer Girard · March 9, 2012
  • Jesse M.

    Have a delicious Oatmeal Stout!

    Jesse Murphy · February 21, 2012
  • Lauren C.

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

    Lauren Cunningham · February 18, 2012
  • Arzu

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

    Arzu · November 30, 2011
  • 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 Ikerd · November 17, 2011
  • Patrick M.

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

    Patrick Morton · October 14, 2011
  • Shannon W.

    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!

    Shannon Williams · July 18, 2011

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