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Columbus Brewing Company

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very good

87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Active Beers: 51
Beer Ratings: 2,780
Beer Avg: 4.02
Taps: 5
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of bigkingken
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

bigkingken, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of timmlimestone
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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....???

timmlimestone, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of jbird3030
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

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!

jbird3030, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of amietaj1
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

amietaj1, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

wingman14, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Bagman007, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

BEERchitect, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Osiris9588
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

Osiris9588, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of metallistout
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

metallistout, Nov 14, 2007
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