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3,356 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of gmendez1122
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Ahhdball
2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I may have been there at a bad night so correct me if someone feels different. Yup, definitely Cameron Mitchell style. Very art deco with a lot of colors. The bar offers a sampler which was nice for the wife and I, it helped kill the 2 HOUR WAIT because I got to sample all of them. The beer was good I liked the Pale but I can get that almost anywhere in Columbus. The waiter was good but the service gets a low score because of the 2 hour wait. The food was average and it didn't impress me, especially with a name like CM attached to it. I would expect more. I'll give it another shot in the future and I hope I don't come away as jaded as I am now.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of qcbrewer
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of HellsBELLS24
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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 IPA4LIFE
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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 chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Rfrick11
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of timmlimestone
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of BlueWinged35
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of falcon1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 amietaj1
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Mostly hoppy beers in, brewer can sell as much as he makes. Good beer for late in the aft with a professional crowd. Nice square bar, patio leads into urban space. Nicely built place, a microcosm in design and in business plan of Amsterdam back home.

Photo of bigkingken
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 soper2000
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of gixxerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of crewfan1952
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.