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Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing CompanyBarley's Brewing Company
Based on:
44 Beers
529 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

467 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
United States
phone: (614) 228-ALES

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Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Visited this place last night with my wife. Heard about it here on BA. We walked from our hotel, the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Columbus, the walk was 0.3 miles. It would have been very pleasant but about an hour before there was a tornado warning and it was still raining. Anyway, we made it and we entered a medium sized brew pub with a large squarish bar front and center with beer signs scattered (not too many but I recall a Hoegaarden one near the door) and many of the walls had beer bottles displayed around them but did not cover every square inch.
I asked for and received a sampler tray of "every beer" as there was no listing of the available "house" beers except on a difficult to read chalkboard that I had to leave my seat to read. There were somewhat generic posters of beer and brewing (you know, those dated looking posters with possibly french language references to brewing or beer drinking from about 1880) interspersed with the Brew Pubs own daily specials posters which are repeated on a stand up plastic announcement board at your table. So anyway I got the sampler, drank all 10 offerings and then ordered my personal favorite, the Scotch Ale. It was a nice, malty offering with only a hint of hops (just my style). The waiter brought me a "Scottish Ale" instead which I realized after drinking about one third of it and I thought that I would feel bad for asking him to pour me what I ordered after I had drank that much. Anyway, this is a BREW PUB with at least two beers that sound a lot alike (they had a scottish ale on cask as well) and I would have appreciated it if he confirmed my order with me before bringing me the wrong beer.
I digress....the food was not good. My wife ordered a BBQ chicken wrap that was 10% chicken and 75% lettuce. My "Chipotle Chicken Sandwich" had a bun which was strange. The top was far too "fluffy" and thick, about 2 inches thick and dry. The bottom was soaked through with the cajun sauce that the chicken had been bathing in. We both got cheddar Pierogi which were excellent. Anyway, we agreed that if we do return (we are from out of town) we would simply not eat there. I have an idea, though, that the burgers with fries might have been the better way to go as they did appear tasty on other's tables.
So the selection is pretty good. 10 beers on tap that are produced right there demonstrating a good, solid range of about B+ beers. Really a nice spot for a BA but think long and hard about what food you might be thinking of ordering. You do not have to think twice about the Pierogi, however.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place looks like it has been around since the 90s's. I assume that's the case. It's right next to the convention center and I assume the hockey arena is nearby as well, so it was quite busy when I was there. Lots of Coors Light drinkers. Lots. The one beer I had was very tasty and the food was way above average. (Thanks to my host for the recommendation.) A worthy visit, though seems stuck in the past on decor.

Photo of Alanca
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great spot if you're at convention center you can just walk across street and get a good beer and sandwich instead of convention food. They're in entertainment book so cheap price w on line /smart phone coupon

Photo of misternebbie
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bonis
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This has been one of my go-to breweries since I got into craft beer a few years ago. Their beer is above average compared to most of the breweries in the area, but rarely anything that will "knock your socks off".. they always have a couple good options and there's always something for even the most novice beer drinker. The food is always excellent and service is great. If they are brewing, you can request to go down and talk to the brewers. Nice view of the brewery (in basement) from the bar area as well.

Photo of kansascobleigh
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of shadwow13
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ScottJWing
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Barley's Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
92 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.