Grindstone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by karst:
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
An existing building has been gutted and renovated for this 175 seat brewpub. The open spaces are ideal for the modern gold topped tables with stool height padded chairs with stainless steel backs. Outside an attractive garden for guests prefering open spaces. A great looking bar set up for 15 taps. Liquor for mixed drinks and bottled beers are well displayed. Like the rest of the restaurant the granite bar top is sparkling clean. A seven barrel, 200 gallon brewing system is in full view through glass windows behind the bar. Its copper clad brew pot, liquor pot / mash tun stand out and Stainless steel fermenters fill up the rest of the room behind the long bar. A large walk-in cooler adjacent to brewing area holds over a dozen stainless steel server tanks for the tap. The beer is excellent and features a wide variety of lagers cold fermented to produce some of the nicest, clear, clean crisp beers running from rich dark Dopplebock to light Golden Honey Wheat that was truely amazing. Growlers are available (BYO until Grindstone growlers become available). At night when not occupied the brewing equipment is illuminated with red lighting giving the bar a great ambiance.
The wait staff we encountered were very beer savy and super attentive. We were served excellent food that was reasonably priced. The Grind'n Brat was a beer brat loaded with "TAZ Mead" sauerkraut and Grindstone Mustard on a oven fresh hoagie roll - served with a side of choice of Asian slaw, side salad, french fries or terra chips. We also tried the Grouper Sandwich ( on fresh corn-dusted kaiser roll), The Chicken Pepito ( grilled chicken breast on French bread with chipotle aioli, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and black bean spread. The pizza was an excellent choice from the childs menu. They also brew soft drinks (Root Beer, Honey Creme, Ginger Ale, Grape and Raspberry) that is available by glass or to take home in growlers. Entrees include Prime Rib, Seafood Pasta, Gouper, Salmon, Fettuccini just to hit a few that I want to go back and try.
We tried almost every thing available including 3 or 4 that were about to go on line to the taps as soon as empty serving tanks became available.
A raspberry fruit infused mead and the signature Lemon Brewer's Mead were outstanding and a great way to finish up a fine meal with desert.
A sampler of 5 brews is available in attractive mini pils glasses ( oatmeal stout, oktoberfest,Golden honey wheat, Honey pilsner and the Lemon Mead).
Grindstone's brewmaster, Taz Pfefer is rightfully proud of his work and took the time to show off why this is a great addition to Mid-west's craft brewing.
Well worth driving to Columbia, Missouri (center of the state). Lots of parking and easy to find on E. Broadway just west of Columbia downtown shopping area.
07-03-2005 05:21:39 | More by karst
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3.74/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I got a chance to visit Grindstone Brewery the day after it opened, and sampled a couple of their beers and even had a little conversation with their brewmaster, Taz Pfefer. It seems he is living the homebrewer's dream. He went straight from brewing 10 gallon batches at home to 250 gallon batches at his brewpub. He admits some of the brews need a little tinkering, but from what I tasted, they don't need much.
It seems like a nice place, big but sparsly decorated, I am sure they will get some more ambiance as time goes by.
I tried their oatmeal stout and oktoberfest brews. The oatmeal stout is pretty dry, not as creamy as other oatmeal stouts I have had, but it is pretty tastey. The oktoberfest tastes something like a cross between an amber and an ESB, if there is a difference. It actually has a slightly sweet finish.
One interesting thing about this brewery is their plans to offer a line of fruit infused meads. The current one they have on tap is finished with lemons and tastes surprisingly like lemonade.
They currently have 5 offerings on tap including the before mentioned oatmeal stout, oktoberfest and mead along with a honey wheat, and a pilsner.
Everything is lagered, no ales yet though Taz plans to try some ales soon. Also all of their beers are unfiltered and un pasturized, brewed in house. The brewing kettle and tanks are clearly visible though windows behind the bar.
I didn't try anything on the menu, but it looks like an interesting mix with some exotic stuff for pub fare including a grilled grouper sandwich and an italian meat and cheese plate.
So if any of you are ever headed through Columbia, this is a spot you all might want to check out. It adds another option in a formerly one-brewpub town.
05-30-2005 08:27:42 | More by Bang34
Grindstone Brewing Co. in Columbia, MO
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