Columbus Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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3,624 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.03
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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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 49
Photo of mjw1200
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Top notch craft brewery. Always a stop when I am in town. It's a cut above normal bar food. Friendly staff. The beer though is amazing. I would love it if they distributed to Dayton. Actually they should just open another beer pub in the house next door to me.

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 STBbrewing
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Service was amazing,and the beer was amazing.it feels more like a very friendly restaurant then anything

Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Columbus Brewing. In short this is a very comfortable brew pub. The service was spot on very knowledgeable bartenders. The prices are reasonable related to the quality. In all honesty I could go here and drink nothing but Bodhi or Columbus IPA. That is saying something as IPA and DIPA are not my favorite beer styles. The food was good and priced reasonably. In short this is a great brew pub and I will stop to get more Bodhi.

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 mikepcarney
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to CBC many times while living in Columbus. Great brewery, good food. I'd recommend sitting @ the bar. Service is much more prompts and you get me of a description of the beers. Lunch can get busy at times, but there isn't much of a dinner rush during the week. Weekends depends on what is going on in the area.

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 Swettenham_Shire
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I come here for seasonal draft specials and growler refills of the acclaimed Bodhi DIPA.

The service is exceptional and the food variety is good, but a little pricey to make it a frequent visit. And the place itself is hard to get to unless you already live in downtown Columbus.

Photo of wapcap
4.23/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

One of the best breweries in Ohio. There beers are always good, and they have a great selection. Its located in a warehouse district looking area, and they have their own parking lot. The food is always good, and I believe they do source some local foods.
This place can get packed so check it out earlier in the evening, or try making a reservation. I highly recommend!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here for lunch on Saturday afternoon with the girlfriend and some of her friends. They actually suggested it! I didn't have to slyly suggest another beer stop. Killer.

They only had 3 Columbus beers on tap (IPA, Pale Ale, and Summer Teeth) I indulged in Summer Teeth, an excellent summery Kellerbier. They had about 8 other guest taps from local Ohio brewers. I would have gotten White Rajah if I hadn't already gotten a 6 pack of it and already drank bottles before even purchasing that. Good selection of beers, but wish there was more from the actual brewery the restaurant is partnered with. The Columbus Pale Ale and Jackie O's Razz Wheat were ordered by other members of the party and praised.

The location is cool in the Brewery District- they have a nice open bar area inside, with a big dining room. We sat on the outside patio, which was awesome.

The food was good, prices weren't terrible, but weren't exactly cheap either. Got a really tasty pizza- two of my compadres, including my girlfriend, got the pulled pork sandwiches, which looked good, and confirmed good by the person actually eating them. Our other companion got the tilapia sandwich which was similarly praised.

The service is prompt and friendly- really the two best things to describe for restaurant. Our waitress didn't seem to know much about beer, or at least didn't show off her knowledge, but joked with us the whole time and was very friendly.

I would definitely stop in here again, just wish they had more Columbus Brewing Beers.

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 garuda
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A - Typical brewpub/restaurant atmosphere. I was there on a Thursday just after the lunch rush, so a little difficult to tell how it get when its hopping; however, was still bright and lively inside.

Q/S - Quality and service at the bar were good. Attentive staff, well crafted beer and food.

S - For being a brewpub, it could maybe have more than 5 beers on-tap, but maybe that's just me. Just the right amount of food selections on the menu, too. Not a ton of choices, but good diversity.

V - Good value in pricing, too. Was easily able to expense a flight of all on-tap beers and lunch.

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat at the bar for dinner on a Tuesday evening. Place was busy but not packed.
A - Clean bright but not necessarily beer centric - 3.75
Q - Correct and clean glasses, maybe served a bit cold, but that is easily dealt with - 4
Ser - Very good - 4
Sel - Good selection of CBC but not just those beers, also Jackie O's, Seventh Son, Hoof Hearted were also on tap when I was there plus an fine selection of bottles from across the country - 4
Food - Has the American pie pizza it was great - 4.25

Photo of rocketmotor
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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 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 Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Having never visited CBC before it was brought under the Cameron Mitchell umbrella, I'm not really sure what has changed. Upon walking into the brewpub though you can immediately tell it is a CM property. Located in the Brewery District (but kind of tucked away), CBC has its own parking lot which is unusual for most drinking establishments in the area.

The brewpub itself is L-shaped, with the bar being on one side and the dining area on the other. There are a lot of red hues, flora and track lighting, giving the place a trendy and chic feel. There is a nice view of the brewing facilities via a large window in the back of the dining area. Another thing that I noted was the music. Lots of 80's new wave and contemporary alternative stuff like World Party. I liked it.

CBC has a fair selection of beers, but I feel they could offer more of a rotation than they do. They typically have about 5 beers year-round with one rotating seasonal. It seems like they could expand on that. Their beers are all above average and they offer a sampler.

The service is decent here as well. Being an upscale establishment, the wait staff won't hesitate to make recommendations and know the beers pretty well. Same goes for the bar staff.

The food is of course excellent, as it is in any Mitchell restaurant. The sandwiches are very tasty.

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 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 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.

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 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 Braudog
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

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