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Columbus Brewing Company

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very good

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of TheBierBand


3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

06-09-2007 04:36:17 | More by TheBierBand
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.

05-02-2007 03:22:54 | More by cueball52
Photo of gixxerman


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

03-11-2007 23:41:18 | More by gixxerman
Photo of rocketmotor


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

03-06-2007 05:52:53 | More by rocketmotor
Photo of Braudog


3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

02-24-2007 02:48:36 | More by Braudog
Photo of prototypic


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

02-18-2007 17:11:09 | More by prototypic
Photo of HellsBELLS24


3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

06-04-2006 00:45:47 | More by HellsBELLS24
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

09-16-2005 14:13:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of soper2000


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

02-14-2005 23:50:23 | More by soper2000
Photo of mattcrill


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

08-22-2004 16:00:43 | More by mattcrill
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