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Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

95 Ratings
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Active Beers: 58
Beer Ratings: 3,017
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 -4.5%

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 -7.1%

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 -0.8%

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 -5.8%

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 +9.3%

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 -4%

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 -30.6%

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 -4%

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
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%

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!

BEERchitect, Apr 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1%

kvnklingler, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

williamjbauer, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BeerBucks, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of gixxerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

gixxerman, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Bierguy5, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of bigkingken
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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 GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.88/5  rDev -2%

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.

MbpBugeye, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +2%

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.

garuda, May 13, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

buschbeer, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Cynic-ale, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

rjcoy06, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

mattcrill, Aug 22, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.