23rd Street Brewery
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Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 82
Beer Avg: 3.57
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2.23/5 rDev -41.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1 | $$$
OK, I hate to be flat out negative about a brew pub, but this place really stank. I had two beers (Old School Porter and their Brown Ale) and both tasted like they were made by a first time home brewer...and a poor first time brewer as well.
Add to the bad beer really terrible food. My son, wife and I each had something different (burger, french roast sandwich, and a reuben), and we all thought they were the worst version of said sandwich we'd ever had. The 1/2 pound hamburger was clearly a 1/3 pound burger as well as dry, on a crumbling bun and with the smallest amount of cheese that I've ever seen put on a burger. The reuben came on burned bread, the corned beef was as dry as chipped beef, and the sour kraut and thousand island dressing would of taken a microscope to locate. And the fries...lovely seasoned fries in which in the seasoning appeared to be nothing but tons of salt.
Luckily, the prices are really high for Lawrence, too. We went for sandwiches because there is no way meatloaf is worth $14 in Lawrence, KS. It's a freakin' college town and prices are very reasonable for food here, but NOT at the 23rd Street Brewery.
Being a regular of Free State, I'd hoped that there would be a second brewery in Lawrence I'd be able to visit, but I'll never go here again. Having lived about 5 blocks from 23rd Street's former associated brewery in Kansas City, the 75th Street Brewery, I'm happy the two are no longer owned/operated by the same people. 75th Street is good....both for food and beer, and this place made me wish I'd ordered a Miller Lite...'nuff said!
10-17-2013 01:32:17 | More by Jayhawk
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is located in a strip mall area. It is a large open area with a sports bar feel. However, I must laugh at the small TV's placed EVERYWHERE!
They seem to hire attractive young ladies, which could be a plus unless you want to know about the beer.
So you're thinking...This is a Hooter's/Applebee's!
You would be right, except the beer is actually pretty good. They have a nice selection and good quality on all the beers I had.
If you are in town, like sports, and good beer don't be afraid of hitting this place!
06-10-2011 21:25:35 | More by ndolover
2.98/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Been to this place many times.
Atmosphere is kind of bad, most of the larger tables have terrible lighting over them. Doesn't make for a good time.
Quality is ok, boring fare simliar to Applebees.
Service is ok, waitresses look great - I mean, best of Kansas great - but largely unintelligent and rude. Their kegs make up for it though.
Selection is boring however. The beer is poor.
Food is meh. Nothing special, although it's not bad.
Value is ok, better than Applebees or Chilis for the same price.
05-23-2011 03:41:06 | More by acelin
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a quality sports bar atmosphere to go along with a number of good micro brews. I especially enjoy the "scenery" every time I am served. I would recommend Bitter Professor IPA and Crimson Phog. They are a few of their better traditional brews. Another good one is their Oatmeal Stout. Also, keep an eye out for the Firkin tappings that happen about once a month on Friday evenings. I had a Chocolate Brown Ale that was awesome. My only beef with this place is that they doubled prices for their Wednesday night pint night special. Otherwise, it's a solid brewpub.
02-14-2011 02:34:05 | More by BeenJammin
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I reviewed Freestate as well and I have to say for the reviews I saw on Free state about the college crowd I didn't get those when we went but we did happen to go to 23rd St, on a Saturday when the Jayhawks were in the NCAA tourney. Bad idea I thought. The atmosphere as some people say was a huge sports bar and it was. The food and the drinks were great even though the place was super busy for the game. Had a flight of all the beers on tap for the day and I was suprised. Those guys in KS know what they are doing. For a guy like me who wasnt an IPA fan, the bitter professor was excellent. The Crimson phog was a great beer as well. If youre ever in Lawrence, stop on in. Its well worth it.
10-18-2010 03:58:56 | More by FosterJM
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a day when the temp was 107 and their air conditioner was not firing on all cylinders. Good for me because the sultry young waitstaff all looked a bit sweaty and hot like a (bad) Coors Light commercial.
I sat at the bar and had a pale and an exceptional IPA. This was my fourth Kansas City/Kansas brewpub stop in two days and I was struggling to find a low malt, citrusy/floral IPA and this totally hit the spot - I think Bitter Professor. I also had a sample of the altbier which was average based on my altbier knowledge.
Had the goat cheese and mandarin orange salad which was very good.
They have $6 pitchers on Tuesday and the bartender told me some people will drink up to 4 pitchers by themselvers (16 beers).
Did Free State prior to this and 23rd would be my choice if I find myself in Lawrence again.
08-04-2010 20:15:20 | More by Yetiman420
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is absolutely a blast. The atmosphere is very casual, and it is pretty common to have 10-20 people sitting at the bar conversing with people they have never met before. Everyone is very friendly and polite. The service is great. All bartenders and servers are very friendly and helpful. The food is delicious. I would recommend the chicken marsala, chicken fried steak, or the meatloaf, but I have never had a bad meal there. They typically have 6-8 beers on tap, 4 are always on tap (wave the wheat, raspberry wheat, crimson phog, and bitter professor IPA) but also have 3-4 seasonals out at any given time. The bitter professor is great, and the others are fairly standard entries, but the seasonals are often the best.
05-28-2010 23:04:23 | More by TrippnFiasco
4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My brother lived in Lawrence for an extended period of time and 23rd street brewery was a rocks throw away from his apartment.
The location lacks intrigue with a Hy-Vee and Plato's Closet surrounding it. However, once you enter you know the place means beer. A high circular ceiling is accented with a vat at the top of the ceiling. Dimly lit with a big dark wooden bar and high tables surrounding the entrance.
Their IPA and PORTER are both great for a small brewery. The beer list itself isn't amazing but they do get creative with wheat beers; throwing in a regular fruity wheat of some sort.
The atmosphere is great and I found myself loosing track of time and going balls-deep into brews all night long. If only it was downtown Lawrence!!!
09-12-2009 23:56:51 | More by nickiversen
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
In terms of atmosphere, this is a great place if you want to have good brewpub beer and see a game on TV. Everywhere you sat there was a TV in sight. The beers were all pretty good. I had the IPA, ESB and Wheat. The service was good. Our waitress was prompt considering how packed the place was (KU vs MU game). The beer selection was pretty good. 8 beers on tap. The only knock on the selection was that there were too many 'lighter' beers - Wheat, Raspberry Wheat and Blonde. The food was not bad. Nachos were good, pub fries were average and my mushroom swiss burger was decent. The portions were massive. My friend took home a half of a huge BLT. One major disappointment was that I could fill my growler that I have from another place. It may be a Kansas law. Otherwise it was a good experience.
03-03-2009 15:09:54 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Really a great place. I've been going to Free State, but it's really annoying to be downtown when all the undergrads start drinking. So it's nice to be away from it and 23rd street is a great place to have a more relaxed atmosphere. Today I went for lunch, which was definitely not crowded and quite nice.
Quality was fine. Everything was fresh etc. No real complaints.
Service was great. I sat at the bar today and the bartender was a great guy. He wasn't too busy, so it made it easy to chat with him a bit. But he knew a decent amount about beer, served me food and drniks promptly, and filled me in on the happenings. also offered me their mug club membership which was cool. I went ahead and got it.
I went in again today, and the brewmaster was finishing work on his ESB. It hit the tap lines as I was finishing my first beer. He gave me a sample of It and I thought it was really good. I grabed had the bartender pour me up a mug and as I almost finished, the brewmaster came out and filled up my mug again for free. It was pretty sweet. That's what I love about small brewpubs! Definitely went up another notch in my book.
Selection was fine. They had 6 beers on tap today. They always try to have 4: their wheat, raspberry wheat, IPA, and Red. Other than that they had 2 seasonals on: Wit and Brown. They try to always have 1 seasonal on at least and it sounds like throughout the course of the year they'll put up around 20 beers or so. Really can't complain. Solid stuff.
Food was great. I had the So Cal Turkey Wrap. It was great, and so were the fries. They just revamped the menu so there should be a few new things if you haven't been in a while.
Value, well it's quite reasonable. $3.50 pints plus they run at least 1 beer on special every Wednesday. In addition, for their members you get a bunch of other discounts etc.
Beers are basically just as good as Free State, and some are better. I've not had all the offerings from either brewpub yet, so we'll see how it pans out in the end. But I'd stand by this joint and plan on going as often as possible.
I swung by today to grab some of the Porter that recently went on tap. It was a great Porter, and it got me thinking about my review. So I wanted to add that the brewmaster, Bucky, is a really talented dude. I've been enjoying several of his beers lately, and he's been working on some neat stuff. Last week he had a firkin of his porter that he had added some sugarcane rum infused toasted coconut. Next week he is putting up a firkin of his IPA that he's tweaked a bit, and he's got an Impy Stout that he's been aging in Whiskey Barrels for the past year that he's going to release soon. So my compliments go out to Bucky, and really makes me want him to get more credit. Seems like everyone goes to Free State and no one goes to 23rd, when really they deserve just as much attention.
08-13-2008 19:11:21 | More by Goliath
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23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS
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