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Cheers: Free State Brewing Company toasts 25 years Sunday

Free State Brewing Company

opened in 1989 as the first brewery in Kansas since Prohibition.

In the 25 years since, the downtown Lawrence brewpub has capped its reputation as a pioneer of the craft beer movement. Read all about Free State’s history and what’s next for the brewery

in the latest issue of Ink

, out today.

Also in

the story

: The tale behind Copperhead Pale Ale’s dangerous name, plus info on Kansas breweries that followed in Free State’s footsteps.

To celebrate its 25th birthday, Free State has added an impressive mosaic mural to its brewpub. And on Sunday, Free State continues its annual tradition of sharing its birthday with customers. Anyone born on February 23 gets a birthday discount based on their age. Turning 30? That’s 30 percent off for you and your whole table. Turning 55? That’s 55 percent off, and so on.

We’ll drink a Copperhead Pale Ale to that.

Contact enterprise reporter Sarah Gish by emailing sgish@kcstar.com or tweeting @sarah_gish.

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