Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Erdinger2003:
3.01/5 rDev -25.5%
I had trouble finding the entrance. I didn't know there was a parking lot just past the lush, green bier-garden fence full with vines. The entrance is kind of hidden with a lot of rain lately causing a lot of growth of the greens on the fence. I almost went into the employee entrance on the front of the building facing the parking meters where I parked on 5th street, just off of the main drag, Stadium Blvd.
The place was busy. I heard from a family member that they were always busy which is why I showed up late afternoon Sunday. Granted it was Memorial Day Weekend. I ordered Edy's IPA and some wings. I ordered the Edy's as it was one of the best and most rated IPA. I was surprised to see their glasses were imperial nonics that pour 18oz with a good head. IPA was stale and lacking in hop character, although I did notice after looking at the board that all their styles were British. The hop character was small even for a British ale. The wings came fairly fast, within 10 minutes. They were ok, not very spicy like hot wings usually are. There was a BBQ flavor that took over, but it was like Cookies BBQ sauce, nothing great. They looked dry and they were, but they were fresh and hot.
The service was good, the woman who helped me was very attentive. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the clinking of the glasses against the tap nozzle and the sloppy pooring. The head never reached too high, so I guess they felt they could be lax in pooring. It was confirmed when both of my beers had little head. If it were to style this would be acceptable head in parts of southern England.
They also stacked glasses, I could see they had the bars being bussed by some college age students who were also taking the glassware and stacking it roughly, which was apparent when I got my second beer which was a nitro stout that has very small bubbles that show all the nucleation points around the bulge of the nonic affecting the appearance of the beer. I'm guessing the stacking comes from always being busy. They have a large bier-garden and a lot of seats inside, so they can hold a lot of people. They even have a nice complete circle bar that's raised up.
The wait is apparent as people with a party were waiting and my family member said they liked the food, but they are always busy was a complaint. That did ring true in my experience there.
05-28-2013 20:31:43 | More by Erdinger2003
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3.84/5 rDev -5%
My wife and I made a return visit to the brew pub in late May. We were seated immediately in a nice, shady spot in their outdoor patio area. The waitress quickly came and took our drink orders and gave us plenty of time to peruse the menu before ordering.
Food and beer were both great and tasty. My wife got a huge salad (a half-portion would have been better since we couldn't take left overs with us) and I opted for their chicken wings and a Cajun sausage and pasta special, again with very generous portions.
The beer selection was large and extensive as far as styles go. I tried their green chili beer and brown ale, both refreshing and quite tasty.
Excellent atmosphere, service, and food and beverage offerings. Highly recommended.
06-17-2014 17:28:23 | More by beergoot
Flat Branch Pub & Brewery in Columbia, MO
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.