Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 89
Beer Ratings: 251
Beer Avg: 3.52
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Tone:
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great brewpub all around. They have a large bar section with multiple flat screen tv's with the important games on. They also have a more private dining section without any tv's. The food is pretty darn good; ranging from burgers and sandwiches to my andoulie sausage cajun pasta and some smoked pork barbecue offerings. They always have at least 8 of the beers on tap if not more, when I went they had 12. So far all their beers are top notch. I recently had their '09 Barleywine offering and their '05 Doppelbock offering!. All I can say is this place blows any competition out of the water as far as fresh, great beer in Columbia, MO. The service is quick, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our server talked for length on their beer aging processes and release schedules. Not so knowledgeable on the exact differences amongst styles, but I'll still take it. The wait can sometimes be quite long, but if you avoid 5:00-6:00pm on weekends you can usually find a table relatively quickly. Overall, this place is just amazing and I always enjoy my return visits - worth a stop if you're in the Columbia area!
01-30-2009 02:55:09 | More by Tone
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3.79/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
I was able to stop by during my latest visit to Columbia.
This is a pretty large and bustling place. We waited about 20 minutes to get a table at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, so I would say they have lots of fans. We had some beers which made the short wait seem shorter.
They have a really nice terrace that seems to be a big draw. There is a large dining room and nice bar room. The bar is a square in the middle of the room with service stations on each end. There are TV’s , so you can keep up with the games.
Service at the bar and table side was very friendly and prompt. Both servers were able to provide some beer insight.
Food was tasty and I thought pretty reasonable priced. They have some specials which are worth checking out. They offer really good homemade “blue” coleslaw. Get it!
Unfortunately the beer was not a huge hit with our party. We started with the Ed’s IPA. It was either old or the lines needed tending. The hops were pretty much MIA and there was a vegetable thing going on that was way out of place. The stout was better and we thought the best beer of the evening was the pepper ale which had a nice pepper aroma but was not overly hot.
I will be back again and will try some more beers.
08-15-2013 17:25:14 | More by Redrover
3.01/5 rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75 | $$
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
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is hopping, even on a day with tropical storm type of humidity! Due to nearly every spot being taken, my date and I ended up sharing a chair at the bar, which I did not complain about! The patio seating has beautiful plants and vines creating a private getaway, inside has that classic brewery warehouse look, with just a little more shine and newness.
The staff clearly enjoy working here and their attitude rubs off on the customers, the general vibe is cheerful and lively. It is obvious that the bartenders and servers are proud of their exceptional quality and specialty items.
We shared several samplers, the Oil Change Oatmeal Stout and the Green Chili Beer especially stood out to me. I was wary of the Green Chili variety at first, but it was quite remarkable and unusual. Their Brown Ale was sweet and delicious...hell, everything we tried was good!
The food was fantastic! The green chili chicken fingers made from the green chili beer batter will forever be praised and lauded as one of this earth's greatest culinary creations.
I want to go back!
09-05-2011 17:34:58 | More by Moon2Goddess
Flat Branch Pub & Brewery in Columbia, MO
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.