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3.95/5
Based on:
38 Beers
856 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 49
Visits: 119
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 49 | Visits: 119
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,881 characters)

Photo of timmlimestone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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....??? (511 characters)

Photo of jbird3030
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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! (614 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of amietaj1
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (1,046 characters)

Photo of Osiris9588
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of metallistout
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of cueball52
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of gixxerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I scoped this place out for lunch as it was about 1/2 home from a work-related commitment. It is in the brewery district of Columbus, just follow the signs to CBC when you exit the interstate. It is a bit tucked away, but easy enough to find, due to the signs. I arrived around 1:30, on the tail end of lunch, but the place was pretty packed. Most people seemed to be there watching the Ohio State basketball game.

I opted for a table, since I eating lunch, and the bar was pretty full. It only seats about 20-25. The waitress was knowledgeable about the beer. The seasonal was the Barley wine, I missed the smoked porter by a day, damn! There were 8 total offerings, the 7 standards and 1 seasonal. I chose the 1859 Porter, it was creamy and roasty, and how I wanted more than 1. I restrained myself though, due to the long drive ahead.

The décor was a bit industrial/yuppie chic. You could see someone put a lot of thought into the décor, minimal, yet just enough to make it unique and non-generic.

The food was top notch. I settled for the Buffalo Chili for an appetizer, since the sausage/duck soup is not available, it was great. For the main course I had the buttermilk battered catfish filets. They were served over a bed of veggies, risotto cake, and with a delicious house concocted tartar sauce. The presentation of the meal looked like something you would expect from a four-star establishment. It was the best catfish I have ever tried. It was cooked to perfection, and the accompanying fare on the plate complemented the fish to perfection.

I have to also mention the iced tea. I know this is beer advocate, but I am a big tea drinker as well. And they served up freshly brewed tea in a glass flask along with a glass of ice and lemon. This was probably one of the best tasting iced teas I have ever had. I like my tea unsweetened and this one was full of flavor.

The price was not exactly cheap, unless you count $32 (total including tax and tip, the beer was $4) as a cheap lunch. I was fortunate enough to be on the company’s dime. The food and beer are really good, but you’ll pay for it. I will probably stop by again, since it is right off the interstate, and I really enjoyed the food. (2,227 characters)

Photo of rocketmotor
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 3/3/07 with a group of 20 people, quickly seated.

I ordered a beer sampler. All the beers were decent or better and the Apricot beer is excellent! The barely wine was also included with the sampler, nice touch.

Food was good, served hot and very quickly. Good value, ~$8.00 for sandwiches and $16.00 for a nice salmon filet, $4.75 for 7 beer sampler. Menu offers apps, sandwiches, steak & seafood and some pastas.

Overall very good. Beer and food all good. Server was good with beer descriptions and attentive to tables. (540 characters)

Photo of Braudog
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I first visited CBC in 1999, but it didn’t stand out in my mind. The more recent visit in Oct 2006 was much better. Overall, I’d classify their beers as standard recipes, but they were all good enough and worth the visit alone. Their menu looked good, although I didn’t eat (unfortunately holding out for Barley’s, which was a disappointment). What set it apart from the other Columbus brewpubs was the atmosphere and service -- both tops. In my mind as of my latest patrol, CBC was the top beer spot in Columbus. (517 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Having visited this place a number times, it's time I throw my two cents in. Let me start by saying that this is a great restaurant. The atmosphere is top notch and the food is excellent. Wait staff are very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. They gladly suggest things. I would highly recommend this place.

As far as the beer goes, good is as far as I'll go. I like their beer, but there is better out there. Personally I prefer their IPA and the Pale Ale is also worth noting. But, I think Barley's has more to offer in terms of strictly beer.

I understand that the Brewing Company was recently sold by Cameron Mitchell to one of the chefs there. As far as I can tell, I cannot tell any difference. The food and service are every bit as good as it was. An entirely different entity owns the brewery and always has, so no change there.

Overall, it's a nice place and definitely worth a visit. (906 characters)

Photo of HellsBELLS24
3/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I wish I would have visited the CBC before it was sold to Cameron Mitchell. It is more like a resturaunt now than a brewery. The only good beer is the Columbus Pale ale. The rest are just mediocre.

The service is pretty good, but so is all of the CM resturaunt service. The food was rather expensive but tasty. It has a nice atmosphere and some prettyy good music.

For beer I would not recommend going and if you would like to spend a lot of money on a date for dinner this is the place to go. From what I have heard since the sale to CM the concentration on ber has declined. (583 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I felt like I was stepping back into 1985 New York when I walk into this trend hole. Feels like a yuppie chain to me. Everything is all angles in here. Very loud and unbrewery like.

The service is less than what I expect from Cameron Mitchell. I find our bartender's attempt to talk about beer annoying. I can tell that he only drinks bud light at home. I just want him to bring me a sampler and a pint and to go away.

I had heard a lot of hype about the pale ale so I tried it first. It was good but not as good as I had been lead to believe.

The other two standouts were the Nut Brown and the Apricot. They were solid. The four other beers that I tried were mediocre to bad. They tasted like they had been contracted out to some macro brewery rather than made on premises by a professional.

I order several appetizers. They're all good. I especially like the Calamari, done Thai style as trends dictate these days.

Overall, I decide that I like this place but then I discover one hell of a problem. This place opens late and closes really early. They pretty much kick us out and its not even 11:00. What a bunch of bull crap.

Now I leave despising the CBC. I recommend against. (1,197 characters)

Photo of soper2000
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Finally got a chance to hit up a Columbus brewpub. Ended up choosing CBC over Barley's because CBC's menu was more appealing than Barley's to my girlfriend. (Hey, I gotta compromise. She did let me go to a Brewpub). Situated in a little desolate corner near I-70, I was a little surprised when we walked into a very clean and modern environment. Not as large as I expected and more of a restaurant than a true brewpub. Service was good on a Saturday night around 7 and luckily there was no wait for a table (but the place was very busy). Beers were priced at 3.50 per pint and they offered around 7 draft beers with no guest taps. The Pale Ale was pretty decent, excellent balance but nothing truly special. I ordered the tortilla encrusted Mahi Mahi which was decent. Overall the CBC is a decent establishment but there's not much to this place which will keep me coming back. (877 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Nice and subdued. Track lighting throughout. They were blasting the 80's tunes which was fun for me and my wife. May not suit all their customers but it worked for us.

Quality: Pretty good. As with all Cameron Mitchell restraunts, they make a good product. Feels like a first class operation.

Service: The service was pretty piss-poor. It was a Saturday night and maybe our waitress was overwhelmed but it just wasn't working for us. Took way to long to get our drink orders and she actually gave me the wrong entree! The management was nice enough to comp my dinner and give us a free dessert. Otherwise, I would have rated the service as a "1".

Selection: A nice selection of their brews. I was kind of annoyed b/c the seasonal selection was the "First Street Sabre" which is their stab at a low-cal, low-carb offering. Are you kidding me? But other than that, I really enjoyed their seletion of beers.

Food: Typical Cameron Mitchell fare. Which is good. I had a really nice wood-fired pizza (once they got my order straightened around) and my wife had a good looking veggie platter.

Overall, I would come back for the beers but not for the service or the atmosphere. Oh well...go for the beer but that's about it. (1,246 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

We stopped by, beleave it or not, before they were even open on a saturday afternoon. They open at 5:00 pm, abit late IMO. So I can't comment on the food or the # of people.
The location is out of the way, under the interstate with plenty of parking. Use the directions on thier web site, very helpful. The front door was open so we went in to see this "L" shaped brewpub. Very nice bar area with a number of CBC tapps. The tables seemed close together, so im sure with a crowd they are. A line of booths available as well.
Nice folks inside let me look around, and I took home three sixers of the bottled line. The beer quality was good but I gave the 3.5 for thats all I was able to try. I'll get back again, but they should open earlier on a saturday, just my opinion. (774 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

When you walk in, I find the bar area impressive. The bar itself is a bright reddish/orange, with iron sculptures around it. The outside windows are huge, which adds to the atmosphere. I find the beers here pretty good, however I wish they had a bigger selection. We shared on of thier pizzas which was good, but a little fancy for our taste. The bartender was very friendly, which is always a plus. Good place to go for a beer or two. I am not as sure about the food. I would be interested in seeing the other side where all of the tables are. (544 characters)

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Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.