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Raising a Glass in Kansas

By Linda Tancs

Prohibition was a 13-year ban on the sale of alcohol in the United States, beginning in 1920 and ending in 1933.  Someone forgot to tell Kansas.  Boasting some of the strictest alcohol laws in the nation, the state prohibited the sale of alcohol in open saloons until 1987.  The change in law spelled good news for Free State Brewing Company, becoming in 1989 the first legal brewery in Kansas in over 100 years.  The brewery is just one signature attraction on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, voted the cutest downtown street in the state.  Commonly known as Mass Street, the 600 through 1200 block is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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