It’s great fun to watch employees at Free State Brewing Company craft new brews amid 14 spotless stainless steel tanks while savoring black bean quesadillas, Sonoma Shrimp Fettuccine or Chicken or Crawfish Gumbo. Pair your meal with renowned flagship beers that include Ad Astra Pale Ale or Wheat State Golden as well as Oatmeal Stout and Copperhead Pale Ale. With seasonal beers and several small batch brews, there’s a beer to suit every taste. Kansas’ first brewery in at least a century, ‘Free State’ opened more than 25 years ago and has expanded to bottled beer distributed in this state as well as Missouri and Nebraska. Located near the end of Massachusetts Street, this longtime brewery and restaurant is a beloved fixture in downtown Lawrence and a favorite for university students as well as local residents.