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Columbus Brewing Company

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88 Ratings
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Dogbrick, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Yetiman420
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Yetiman420, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

It is somewhat difficult to get to this spot on Short Street in the Brewery District due to construction activity that seems to plague Columbus these days, but it is worth the effort. Look for signs to Short Street from High Street. Ample free parking. Good variety of house brews in a mostly restaurant like setting. Nice decor; large oval bar near the enrty area. Covered outdoor seating available in season. Very friendly and helpful waitstaff and management. Everyone seems to be sincerely interested in what you think of their beers. High quality beers. Trendy food menu.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Vibe: The neighborhood that the restaurant is located in seems run down and somewhat desolate, but it offers easy access by car with its own parking lot and is a short distance from I-70/I-71. There is a large four-sided bar in the front with two TVs and a large screened in patio out front.

Quality: I didn’t try any of the food, but the quality of the beers was very impressive. It was nice being able to have two of the top 50 rated beers in the American IPA and American Double / Imperial IPA styles on-tap; the other beers that I tried were quite good as well.

Service: The bartender was very friendly, offered fast service and really knew her stuff about the beer.

Selection: The restaurant has five taps of their own beer, but the limited selection is made up by the quality of the beers.

Value: Both the food and beers seemed to be very reasonably priced. It was only $5.50 for a flight of five beers.

metter98, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of qcbrewer
3/5  rDev -23.9%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2%

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
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Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.