Columbus Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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Place Score: 90
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
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Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

535 Short St
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
United States
phone: (614) 464-2739

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 49
Photo of lurpy1
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went here alone on business. Crowded night but not overwhelming. Really enjoyed it, but in nearly every aspect there was a "but" statement. The environment was intimate and expansive at the same time...BUT the image they are trying to project is muddled by formica-looking countertops on the bar, which projects a weird Arby's image. Service was knowledgeable and helpful... BUT once I had bellied up to the bar it took way too long for someone to take my initial order. There were some wonderful, and I mean wonderful beers on tap: Columbus, Super Fresh H.O.P, and most of all Bodhi, one of the best beers in the country....BUT, those are all IPAs, and everything not IPA was quite pedestrian. 8-10 CBS beers on tap....BUT no guest beers whatsoever. That was a bummer.Food was delicious - stroganoff pasta, interesting modernized take on the standby and the 'tizers ordered by people around me looked tasty as well....BUT $16 was a bit much, and contributed to my overall sticker shock. Did not expect a flight, a tulip, and noodles to run $32.

I had a great time and if I keep coming to Columbus, I shall return without question. Overall the Buts keep CBC from being great, but it is a very good joint.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Vibe: The neighborhood that the restaurant is located in seems run down and somewhat desolate, but it offers easy access by car with its own parking lot and is a short distance from I-70/I-71. There is a large four-sided bar in the front with two TVs and a large screened in patio out front.

Quality: I didn’t try any of the food, but the quality of the beers was very impressive. It was nice being able to have two of the top 50 rated beers in the American IPA and American Double / Imperial IPA styles on-tap; the other beers that I tried were quite good as well.

Service: The bartender was very friendly, offered fast service and really knew her stuff about the beer.

Selection: The restaurant has five taps of their own beer, but the limited selection is made up by the quality of the beers.

Value: Both the food and beers seemed to be very reasonably priced. It was only $5.50 for a flight of five beers.

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped in before a Clippers game. Some reviews I read have described the atmosphere as that of a chain restaurant. I could see that. It didn't have the laid back casual atmosphere of some other brewpubs that I have gone to. The first thing I came upon was the bar. It is a rather large oval bar. They had five of their beers on tap. I seen Bud but quickly averted my eyes. I ordered a sampler (Bodhi, Columbus IPA, Summer Teeth). Bodhi and Columbus IPA are delicious. Summer Teeth was good.

I got a BLGT sandwich which was bacon, lettuce, and green tomato. It was a nice twist on a light sandwich. My friend and his boy got a pizza which they seemed to enjoy.

The service was fine. I would like to see a larger selection of beer. It's worth going to have the Bodhi and Columbus IPA, but many good beer bars carry these offering and have a larger selection.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5

The CBC beer is awesome, and they had a decent selection of CBC beers, but the only other beers they had available were BMC, Corona, and the like. I think a better selection of other craft brews (at least some Columbus options) would be better. Really pretty bummed when I come to a micro-brew and half the people are drinking Bud Lite.

The food was decent. Not the best in the world (the pulled pork is really not that great), but it isn't horrible. There are some good options, but I think the place underperforms.

Overall, the beer selection sucked, and that was the main issue. I'm kinda hurt about that. I wish they would just show more support to the Craft community as a whole, but the food wasn't bad, and they provided good service, but they need to at least offer a few other Columbus-area breweries.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This review comes after two stops over a seven year time period.

After tasting some of their massively hopped beers at the Cincinnati winter beer fest a couple days prior to being in town, I made it a point to stop by again.

Sat at the bar with a non-drinking co worker. I began with the beer flight which had a helles, pale, bock, IPA, IPA x 2, IPA x 3, and a seasonal stout.

All beers were very well made and I came back to the beautifully fresh and clean IPA as I didn't want to bury myself with the double and trippel IPA.

Buddy and I snaked on the nachos and quesidilla which were both very tasty.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Was really looking forward to trying this place-especially the Columbus IPA

This is located in the brewery district of Columbus along the river. The atmosphere is pretty updated and swanky but with an almost diner style kitchen and seating. Merchandise is available at the front counter.

The beer- Pretty much the reason I came to Columbus wasto try the Columbus IPA, and I was able to do so. Unfortunately only 4/6 beers were available on tap because last week was teir "bussiest week ever" So the hoppy rotating beer and scottish beer were unavailable to try. Four beers on tap is kinda lame for a brewpub.

The service- Our waiter was very knowledeable about the beer and very helpful about navigating around town as well as good places to go since we came along way. He went above and beyond the call of duty.

Food- Some different items as well as some typical items. Appetizers, sadnwiches, wraps...pretty standard.

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited late afternoon. Easy to find and ample parking. First thing you see is the outdoor area, covered and a nice seating capacity.
Inside is a bar and traditional restaurant area. I sat at the bar and got an IPA. Service was quick but there were only a few other guys in the bar area and no one in the restaurant area.
The tap list had 5 brews with no guest taps. Nice deep menu. Got the Buffalo Wrap which was nice but the fries were the highlight. Crunchy and nicely spiced, they were great.
Prices were reasonable. I was kind of put off by the fact that I had to go next door to the Kroger to buy bottles. I'm sure that's due to idiotic distribution laws so the positive here is that the Kroger is in walking distance.

Edit: the restaurant and brewery are 2 separate entities and the restaurant is just another retailer. I wish I had known this before the visit as I connected the 2.

Definitely worth a visit. I know I won't pass through Columbus again without stopping in.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I drove here from my hotel downtown on a rainy Monday night. It was cold and rainy and generally miserable. Parking was a bit of a nightmare. The place was busy as hell. That typically leads to good things inside. I walked in to the crowded bar and was basically ignored for about 5 mintues. After finally being asked what I want, I ordered the Black IPA. It was really good and tasted super fresh.

The atmospere was pretty cool. Large and open inside with plenty of seating. I was acutally surprised at how many people could fit in here. It seemed as though there were lots of parties or reunions going on.

Beer was pricey at $4.75 for happy hour, which was $1 off the regular price. The beer was good and that is about the only reason I go to a brewpub anyway. I would come back again for the beers.

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I am fortunate enough to live right next door to CBC and can walk there w/ ease. The first thing I thought about the place was it is in an odd location. Really...there is nothing around it. A grocery store (Kroger) is probably the closest thing and it is a 5 minute walk. Unless you go looking for CBC, you aren't going to be in this area. Not going to be driving by and say...oh...let's stop. I like the atmosphere in the bar (I have only been into the bar area). It is well designed. It is a rectangular bar with plenty of room to walk around. The bar is filled with windows and has seating/standing room along the edges as well. The patrons range from sports fans to professional types there after work to just plain folks. The service has always been average. Not bad...but nothing that warrants any special mention either. They have all their staples on draft...IPA, (which is amazing on draft), etc. They will usually have some draft only type things as well as their seasonals. You may do a sampling flight if you like as well. The full menu is available at the bar. The food I have had has been pretty good. The pizza, nachos, quesadilla may sound like standard bar food...it isn't. More a gourmet version. The desserts are pretty good as well. The banana upside down pie...get it. The prices on the food menu are a little above average as a whole but the drinks are reasonable. The price of a pint is 4.50-5.00 during regular hours with it dropping to 3.50 for HH. Everytime I am there, I enjoy myself. But, as at least one other reviewer noted...it feels more like a bar in a restaurant than a restaurant in a bar. I love the bartenders...they are each fantastic. In any event, if you are in Cbus...check it out. Or...if you are just traveling through on either 70 or 71...stop...it is just off the interstate. You can see it from 70 even though you can't recognize what it is. FYI...they are closed on Sundays.

Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wanted to grab a bite to eat with the wife before the Blue Jackets game. We thought, where better than CBC?

Located out in the boondocks of the old brewery district, it seems to be the only place still up and running. Kind of a shame, I think the business would be alot better if they picked the place up and moved it over to the Arena District near Nation Wide.

Anyways, we got seated near the windows over looking the fermentation tanks which was a cool site to see. We ordered the IPA and Porter with our meals and then had the beer sampler, all of which was reasonably priced at around $5 per pint.

The food was pretty good but a little pricey and the waitstaff was very nice but not really all that knowledgeable about their beers. Seemed more like a chain restaurant with good beers rather than a brewpub.

Overall a decent place with some hidden brew gems. The regular IPA is really a fantastic brew and the pub exclusives were good as well. Its a shame they don't' distribute outside of the Columbus area. If the IPA made its way down to Dayton I would pick up a 6er regularly.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Columbus Brewing is my least favorite brewery in Columbus to go to, but I love to drink their beers on tap all over town.

Nothing really wrong with it, it is a nice brewpub/brewery with better-than-average food, a nice restaurant and patio and good brews. But is it out of the way, in the dying Brewery District of Columbus (which should have been a great 'hood but never really took off). The beers are good to very good, but you can have them all over town without having to come here.

They have a nice happy hour and some good pizzas, also growlers at reasonable prices. But... I would rather go to Barley's or even Elevator. Also, the ambience is nothing great, feels like a chain more than a local brewery.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I am lucky to be living in the brewery district now, so this place is right down the street from me.

The food here is great. Its more of a upscale casual restaurant that brews on premise.

They dont have any guest taps. All of their handles are for their own stuff. They have a very good IPA, a pale ale, porter, Scottish red, apricot ale and currently are doing their "Hop Odyssey" which is a new hoppy beer every month this year. So far it has been very good.

The tapping parties of these new beers falls on the first Thursday of every month. I always go down there on Saturday, try the new beer and bring my growler along. If I remember a growler refill is in the $12 range.

All of their year round brews along with one seasonal (usually a summer and winter respectively) are on shelves and bars all over town. I love being able to get a 6 pack of Columbus IPA down at a gas station on my way home from work.

I would like to see some guest taps here. They make good beer, but it would be nice if they really brought the whole craft scene to the brewery district.

Photo of bigkingken
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I walked in with a friend on a weekday afternoon between Christmas and New Years only to find the place completely packed - a good sign. Rather than wait for a table, we decided to head over to the bar.

I didn't get a chance to really check out the entire restaurant, but I remember I loved the place; exquisite decorating, modern design, solid colors, straight lines and a relaxed yet modern atmosphere.

The menu had a lot of tempting options. I was debating between Cajun jambalaya, a pizza featuring smoked provolone, allouette, parmesan and goat cheese with fresh spinach and fire-roasted red peppers, and a soup, salad and chicken salad wrap combo. I chose the latter.

The soup and salad were delicious. The chicken salad wrap was decent. But thanks to their dedication to using fresh, local ingredients simply and effectively, the chicken and vegetable soup was some of the best soup I've ever had. And the salad featuring spinach, oven-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, red onion, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette was simply divine.

The food here rocks.

And the beer ain't bad either.

My sampler consisted of an Apricot Ale, Pale Ale, 90 Shilling Scottish-style ale, 1859 Porter and an IPA. They were unfortunately out of their Christmas seasonal. Each beer was very true to style and extremely good. If I had to pick one, though, it would be the Pale Ale due to its floral notes, soft bitterness and balanced malt. It was refreshing.

The restaurant was packed and the bartender was having to deal with a lot more food orders than normal, but he did a decent job keeping up. And I wouldn't expect much banter since I was seated with a female friend, with whom I was having a long, in-depth conversation.

All in all, I would have to rate Columbus Brewing as the best brewpub in the city. I'd come here time and time again if I lived within 45 miles of the place.

Photo of timmlimestone
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I think I alway shit CBC at the wrong time. The place is dead, but it is out of the way. It is pretty impressive that they pull at all on off days in this corner of the city. Nice interior, nice volume on the speakers. Very nice people working there. I like the beer. Everything is very sound technically. Very good, and very palatable. I wish I lived in Columbus, then I might be able to see the busy side of CBC. Granted I have only gone there during Black Friday on both occasions. That might now help....???

Photo of jbird3030
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This has become my favorite restaurant here in Columbus. I've been here twice so far and have really enjoyed myself both times. The beers are generally good, although not outstanding. The food is excellent and pairs well with the food. Last night, for instance, I had an excellent pot roast with a pint of their tasty 1859 Porter. Their Apricot Ale is extremely fruity but good. The IPAs that I've tried have been merely ok. Their Oktoberfest was decent. I actually tried that along with their rare tuna appetizer, one of the few items I don't actually recommend there. I look forward to more visits in the future!

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is very modern, trendy and up scaled.
All the beers they have on tap are their own. Usually right around 7 brews including a seasonal. Most of them are 4 and change depending on what you get. One can also order a sampler of all their brews for right around 5.

Overall, I'd say this place is more of a restaurant that serves beer, than a brew pub that serves food. If you're coming through its good food, touch on the pricey side. The beer is not bad you probably won't be blown away by it though. My favorite is their IPA.

Photo of amietaj1
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

CBC is definitely a nice beer stop in the area, but I wouldn't be at the top of my list if I were visiting. It is located in the Brewery District section of downtown Columbus, and can be a touch tricky to find if you aren't used to city driving.

CBC is (or at least was) owned by Cameron Mitchell, who is a big name in the central Ohio restaurant industry, and has that typical Mitchell atmosphere of the restaurant (subdued colors, modern design, lots of space, relatively loud and busy, etc). And as with the rest of his restaurants, the service and food are both excellent, with a constantly changing menu.

As far as beer goes, they typically have 7-8 of their own offerings on tap, with an additional seasonal or two thrown in the mix. The beer is good and definitely well-crafted, but nothing that is going to blow you away or that you should seek out. As mentioned in previous posts, the Apricot is one of their best offerings, along with the schilling and porters.

For you BA's out there, eventhough the restaurant is great, this would be my only complaint -- it is more of a restaurant that serves beer, than a brew pub that serves food. If you live in Columbus, this is worth the occasional visit, but if you are only in town for a few days and want to get the best beer geek experience, I'd skip this for a few of the other more beer-centric locales.

Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on a Friday night for dinner with a bunch of friends. Most of the place was full with a nice atmosphere, not too loud, some TVs at the bar and a nice amount of seating. We were seated right away because we had a reservation. There is a good selection of food, some of which is pricey, the beer prices were around $4 or $5 a pint. I had the pulled pork which was good, a decent portion, but nothing amazing. Most people ordered the beer samplers, I went with a pint of the 90 Shilling which was tasty. The beers are good, everyone enjoyed the beers they tried, no real complaints. The service was good, the waitress knew a lot about every beer, and was able to give great descriptions of everything on tap. I was torn between a bit pricey and reasonable, but I was still hungry after my pulled pork and fries. A place worth checking out, more for the beer than the food, but still a nice place that has a relaxed atmosphere and some good beer.

Photo of Bagman007
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went here one day with a friend around happy hour. Not very busy at all. The restaurant atmosphere is a little stuffy, but the bar was pretty chill. There is a window in their restaurant where you could see the brewery so I thought that was pretty cool. The beer was excellent. Some of the best I have had at a brew pub. I am a huge fan of the CBC Apricot Ale. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about their beer and friendly as well. I don't believe they sell anything other than their CBC beer, but I could be mistaken because I never asked. The food was surprisingly good. I had a hamburger which was tasted better than expected. Price wise I thought it was about what you would expect. Hamburger and fries were around $8. I think the beer was about $4. Great place though. I love their beer and would definitely go back.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited the brewery prior the NHC BJCP Judges Reception this weekend. The location for the brewery is, as most are, in an area of 'transition'-- you just don't know if it's comming or going. Located basically under the bridge near Downtown Columbus. But after you're in, things look up quickly. The bar takes on a sleek-urban demeanor with a retro-'60's edge. More fun than your local Applebee's. They had 5 of their 6 advertised beers on tap, and seem to focus of fruit beers and pale ales. All beers were very clean and hit the sytles well. Bartender was courteous and attentive, but didn't seem to share much with us. Reasonably priced, although I cannot comment on the food- I didn't eat. The crowd seemed to be a mix of young professionals and middle-aged folks, but it seems taht Ohio State atire is a requirement. 2 tv's in at the side of the bar is the only game-action, and with no sound. Small seating area, but a good sized bar. They seem to pack the house on this Saturday night. I'm certainly greatful for them hosting the reception!

Photo of Osiris9588
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This Cameron Mitchell owned brew pub, hidden away in the back of the Brewery District, is really the only vital local left in the dying district. It always has an array of house crafted beer available, most of which are rather good. They also have at least one seasonal on tap as well. They also bottle and distribute quite extensively throughout the region. You can get growlers to go as well.

The pub itself is more of a restaurant, yet has a decent sized bar. The service is always good. I usually order a flight, which features their standard beers and one seasonal. It's a great vaule at around $5. The IPA and porter are my favorites. The food is high quality stuff, and the menu changes frequently. The happy hour is a great value too--1/2 off pints and appetizers.

I actually had a chance to meet the brewmaster and tour the brewery. He's very passionate and knowledgeable about his craft.

I would recommend this place to any BA visiting Columbus.

Photo of metallistout
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If you've been to any Cameron Mitchell restaurant, then you'll not be surprised at the way the place is set up. It has that typical "upscale" look, that you would expect from a CM joint.

The food is very good and is consistant with the menus with his other places.

The service was pretty good. No complaints.

The beer selection is good enough for me.

Overall I would say that I enjoyed the restaurant. I don't frequent the upscale type places, but I like beer, especially good beer and that is why I ate here.

Photo of Risser09
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I pull right up to this spacious parking lot and get a front row parking spot, which is great, because there doesn’t seem to be much parking in the city, but maybe I’m just clueless. The bartender was very helpful serving me a sample flight. It was only $4.75 and contained 7 beers in 3 oz ampler glasses. Those were: Ohio Honey Wheat, Apricot Ale, Pale Ale, 90 Schilling, Columbus 1859 Porter, Columbus IPA & Keller Lager. The building is spacious and clean with nicely painted walls and a modern décor. Bright red bar top is sexy and wood trim is nice too. There is outdoor seating but I chose the indoor A/C. The top shelf liquors are suspended above the bartenders’ heads. Nice touch. I really liked the spray deodorant, hair gel, mousse, etc. that they keep in the bathroom to freshen up, if you say, had to go back to work after your lunch hour.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

As part of my beer tour of Columbus, I stopped at Columbus Brewery. This place is very modern and upscale. Lot's of subdued lighting and reds and black.

They have about 7 beers on tap (all of their own design). I tried the porter and the IPA along with a chicken and andoulle sausage quesadila.

I couldn't believe that on a FRIDAY NIGHT, they closed at 11PM!!

Well, I got there about 10:40PM. They were very accomodating and I was surprised that they would serve me food that late... but they did.

My appetizer was good but at $8.95 just a lttle pricey for what you got. The beers were $4 per pint.

I would go here again.... everything was quite good. However, I prefer BJ's and Barly's to this place.

Photo of cueball52
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My wife and I met another couple here Friday evening for dinner. I had called ahead earlier in the day and made reservations so we were seated promptly when we arrived.
The staff was very friendly and courteous.
The decor is unusual but it works, resulting in a very comfortable and cosy atmosphere.
The food is excellent and not overly pricey.
The beer (which is what we are all interested in) is good. I have always enjoyed their pale ale. I tried the IPA and it was okay but nothing exceptional. Their porter however was quite good. I didn't have one this time but I really like their apricot ale.
The best way I could describe their beers is that they are solid for the style. It is good brew but nothing out of the ordinary.
For a combination of good food and good beer it is worth a visit. I'll definitely be back again.

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Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.