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Type: Bar, Eatery

116 Broadway E
Granville, Ohio, 43023-1304
United States

(740) 587-0249

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Reviews by Bierguy5:
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Brews Cafe is located in the old historic Granville downtown. The interior is nice, with a second level (including an elevator). Everything is spread out nicely, which makes the place seem a bit bigger. There is a nice display of tap handles that are not in service. The selection here is top notch. There were taps from Avery (Collaboration, Hog Heaven), Rogue, Bell's, Dogfish, Great Lakes, etc. The bottle selection behind the bar takes up several coolers, and includes AleSmith, Three Floyd's, and many many more. We were part of a pub crawl, and our service was very good. Our server was helpful, and prompt. Brews had probably 5 different Barleywines on tap, and I was most pleased that they would split 1 draft between 2 people. I had the white chicken chilli, which was good. I think everyone at our table enjoyed the food. I would have loved to stay longer. This is a great stop, that can probably give you everything you could ask for as far as beer, food, and service.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Two floors, plenty of room to spread out. Good food menu, much better than simple bar food. Great selection of rotating taps including lots of local craft beers along with the best national craft brands. Brews has a place in craft beer history as an early convert to craft.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Did not oversell the name at all. Very accommodating staff for our group of 7. Good selection of draft and bottles. Food also better than most pub type places. The "curtains" made from drained bombers added to the daytime ambiance.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Very nice place. Good atmosphere. A few big screen tvs. At least 2 dozen taps, and tons of bottled beers, which are available for carry out. Great Lakes, Bell's, Founders, Left Hand, Weyerbacher, Stone, Dogfish Head, just to name a few tap handles. Also have some smaller, local ones like Weasel Boy and Buckeye Lake. They hand out a printed tap list because it rotates often. Had Bell's Oracle,and BA Old Rasputin bottles when I was there too. Good food menu and wood fired pizza oven.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bogforce
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A: A very laid back bar/cafe atmostphere. A ton of spacing in between the tables and not a ton of tables so you don't feel crowed. A decent size bar on the first floor that has 7-8 coolers with there bottle selection in them.

They also have a late night bar the opens during the night and stays open later then the normal bar area. It's on the top floor and has a small selection of craft to choose from. It is more of a bar scene, with dart boards and pool tables. As well as a stage for bands to play.

S: Service has been great everytime I have gone. The wait staff knows a small amount about the beer and what they have to offer. I once was seated upstairs during a football game and was interested to keep up with it, so our waiter would update me on the score every few minutes.

Selection: A very good selection of different beer. They give you a on tap list on a print out sheet because they change it and keep it updated which is pretty rare to see. They have a lot of awesome beer on tap too. They even had a cask ale last time I went. The bottle selection is very good too, I had 2010 Bigfoot a few days ago. They have bombers as well with stuff from a lot of different breweries.

F: Not a lot to say about it, fresh cut fries and some delicious sandwiches and pizza!

This place is also priced very reasonable! They charged 4.50 for a pint last time. Even for the cask ale. And 3.50 for a bottle of 2010 Bigfoot which I thought was a great bar price.

They also sell all the bottles out the coolers to take with you. You can buy regular six packs at normal price or do a mixed six for a per bottle price. I am pretty sure they also do growlers fills but I am not sure about the price.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

On our way traveling from Eastern Ohio to Western Ohio, a friend of mine suggested we stopped in Granville to check out Brews Cafe. My wife and I were originally going to swing by Columbus and grab some lunch, but this was something new, a place we'd never been.

So, on to the cafe.

When you walk in you are greeted by some moderate seating. Booths on the side, square four tops down the center, and more seating in an upstairs balcony area. Straight ahead you will find the open kitchen and brick fire oven. The highlight, however, is the bar.

The entire length of the bar is stocked with tap handles ranging from local (Weasel Boy, Great Lakes) to national (Dogfish Head, Left Hand) to international (Lindeman's). Behind the bar there is a wall-sized cooler stocked with an equally impressive bottle selection. Above the bar are (I am assuming) retired tap handles of yesterday. It was a fine sight.

Our waitress took our order for our first drinks. When asked about the beer selection, she said she didn't know too much because she didn't drink beer. Odd? Perhaps. She had a list, though, which quickly remedied the situation. I ordered the close-to-local Weasel Boy seasonal (which was remarkable in its own right) and my wife ordered a Bell's Hopslam (also remarkable).

Next, the food.

The menu had only two sides featuring some starters, sides, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers. We opted for burgers. I tried the veggie burger (made in house with a spicy brown rice mixture--not bad), and my wife had the standard burger covered in cheese, and grilled onions and mushrooms--can't go wrong with that.

After our food arrived, our waitress seemed to forget we existed (even though we were sitting in the middle of the establishment). So, for my next beer (Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew--on tap!), I had to hit up the bar. The bartender was quite nice, and I heard her and another gentleman having discourse over the availability of the aforementioned beer, which leads me to believe that at least the bartenders have some investment in the product they sling.

Another quick note is that Brews does growler fills, though the growler cost is $7--fill cost varies by beer.

Overall, the price was right, the beer was awesome, and the food was pretty darn good (at least the burgers). A nice surprise from a small town in central Ohio.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Here I am in Northeastern Ohio for Thanksgiving, spending time with the family, hearing the rain and the wind outside and mentally revisiting the (beer and non-beer) places I discovered and enjoyed while living in Central Ohio this year. There is Bodega in Columbus, The Brew Kettle near Cleveland, Great Lakes of course, the amazing Weasel Boy in Zanesville, Brews Cafe in beautiful Granville...

Brews Cafe. I'm reading some reviews, trying to find mine. No luck. Is it, I ask the gods of the rain and wind, at all possible that I never got to review what was probably my favorite beer bar in Central Ohio? Indeed. Shame is my name.

So let me get back to it, now that I am back (briefly, I know) in the lands of my beloved and berated Ohio.

Brews Cafe is an absolutely excellent beer-focused pub/bar/restaurant in the gorgeous (and upscale) town of Granville. College town, nice Main Street, some businesses and restaurants... and then Brews. Unassuming from the outside, you step inside and find yourself in this expansive, cozy, woodsy pub. An open kitchen down there, lots of tables and booths to the left, and the glorious bar to the right.

You're here for the beer. What a selection! Divided by styles in the printed-daily list, it is a beauty. I've had plenty of amazing stuff, from Founders, Dogfish, Heavy Seas, Weasel Boy, Brewdog, Great Divide. I've had rare stuff like Founders Nemesis and "regular" stuff like Stone Ruination or Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. And plenty more.

They also have a cask selection- I remember having Weasel Boy Black IPA, wow! Only place ever. And growlers too! Only $14 for nice stuff like Great Divide Hercules DIPA (plus the jug). Their pint prices are very reasonable, never more than $6, even for the rare stuff like Founders Nemesis. Plus, hundreds of bottles to go, by the piece or the six-pack. Yeah, this is also a bottle shop!

Upstairs from the main pub is "Brews Too", a cool bar with a pool table and live music and $3 craft brews during happy hour. Deal!!

Food here scores the only low points. They've got a lot of cooks and chefs running around, but the stuff they churn out is less than stellar. Sandwiches, dips, fried stuff... a surprisingly good burger, even though they cannot cook it rare and it comes pre-pattied and frozen from some whatever massive foodservice company. Forget about it. You're here for the beer, and maybe some basic nourishing products to keep you drinking.

Service has always been friendly and nice at Brews, no issues. But Christina, the bartender, must be mentioned and remembered. An exceptionally beautiful creature, somewhere between an angel, a Renaissance virgin and a porn star. Incredibly deep dark eyes, impossibly gorgeous features, a nice slim, athletic body with a perfect booty to boot and a gaze and a smile that could wreck any of those perfect-on-the-surface suburban marriages nested in the million-dollar golf mansions around the mysterious Alligator Mound, a mile or so from Brews.

Oh, Christina. We miss you.

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Photo of Spider889
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came on a Friday night and had a wait of 15 minutes for a table. The atmosphere is semi sports bar, semi-eclectic randomness. They even had the leg lamp from "Christmas Story" greeting you as you were waiting for your table.

We were seated on the second floor where half of the walls were lined with old beer bottles of all different types. Very interesting. They also had paper signs reminding customers of beer tastings, the next one was a Unibroue tasting in mid September.

The tap list was about 25-30 beers, and later I discovered at least one beer not on the list even though it was dated for today. Ohio beers from Great Lakes, Weasel Boy, and Brew Kettle. Some Founders, Bells, DFH, Clipper City, Southern Tier, etc. One offering was on cask, and one was nitro. The bottle list seemed a little out of date but they must have had at least 100+ different bottles available.

The food was pretty good, we had spinach dip (slightly above average) and the buffalo chicken pizza (which was really good).

Service wasn't spectacular, but good. Our waitress was not completely familiar with what was on tap but was quick to check and ensure she was ordering us the correct beers.

Overall this is certainly one of the better bars in the Columbus area. It's a little out of the way, but worth checking out if you have the chance. They sell bottles to go if you need that, and also do growler fills. Apparently they ask you to buy their own growler, but one bartender was willing to fill my CBC growler for me.

As far as price the food was average. The beers were actually on the cheaper side. but our growler was $18 which seemed high to me. But maybe I'm just used to $11 growlers (new glass and beer) at BJ's and $9.99 refills at CBC.

All in all I'd come back, but their selection wasn't much better than Bodega to be honest.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

As a native of a nearby town, it was my pleasure to discover Brews Cafe in Granville, OH, and their amazing tap and bottle lineup. I've been there several times in the past few months and have to say that I am always impressed with the beers they are serving. On my most recent visit, I had Founders Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout on tap and KBS by the bottle to give you an example of the quality. There are about 30 taps or so and another hundred or so bottles to choose from. Be sure to get up and go look at the coolers of bottles behind the bar though, because there is always stuff there that doesn't make it onto the bottle list.

The atmosphere is quite nice as well, as it is in a three story older building and there is a long bar on the first floor with brick walls and nice booth seating. Several flat screen tvs for sports as well. The food is pub oriented and reasonably priced, and I usually get the quesadilla (without Jalapenos however, because they use a lot of them!), which is quite large.

I have to say however though, two out of the past three times I've been there I've had terrible service. The first time, we had a middle-aged waitress who seemed to know nothing about the beers on tap when we asked and could have cared less about serving us as well. In order to get service, we literally had to repeatedly get up, walk over to her, and get her to come to the table. Furthermore, it was not a busy night. The last time I went, I had an almost identical experience with a younger waitress, though it was even more frustrating this time because there seemed to be a bunch of waitstaff just milling about and chatting with each other. One visit however, we did have a very attentive and nice young waitress who frequently came over to get our drink orders. So, it seems to be a bit of a mixed bag.

Overall, this is simply the best craft beer bar in central Ohio I would say. Better than anywhere I've been in Columbus even. Worth going to for the selection even though my odds seem to lean towards lousy service when I do go.

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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by Brews Cafe recently while on an impulse drive over to Granville. The intial wait for lunch was about 20 minutes. This place in located in the main, downtown, area of Granville in what appears to be an old Masonic Temple. Dining and bar are on the first floor. The server mentioned three floors, but I didn't explore all of them.

The atmosphee here is great, not perfect, but pretty nice. The character of the old building has been maintianed to a great extent, included wood floors and exposed brock walls. The walls are decoarated with old B&W pictures of brewing, bars, etc. The windwos in the upper stories displays empty bombers.

My wife and I each had a beer; me a stout and she a DIPA. Both arrived in full pint glasses, Shaker style and both seemed extremely fresh. I didn't talk to the server much abotut he brews, but she did easilyproduce a beer list dated for that day when asked. One thing to note, they have more beer in the collers and on the white boards than they list on the paper list they hand out. Not sure of the reason for the difference, but just be aware there is more available.

Food was excellent bar style fare. Both my wife and I had a Buffalo Chicken Wrap. The fries are the diner style, with the skin on and a sprinkling of Kosher salt. The onion rings were great, coated in a flavroful and crisp batter.

I only live 15 minutes or so from here, but have never made it up yet. All in all, I was very impressed and certainly see some trips back in my future.

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Drove out there yesterday after a particularly long rehearsal. The ride is very easy and will become easier once the last little bit of 4 lane divided highway is completed. I think I only spent a total of 10 minutes on the 2 lane portion. The rest is a breeze.

I was quite taken by the pride the citizens of Granville have in their beautiful city. I hadn't been there in ages but it looks like it will now be on my short list of regular stops.

Terry was behind the bar and she did a fantastic job. Courteous, friendly and a vast beer knowledge to boot. In fact, she has creative control of ordering the beers they serve. So we all owe Terry a debt of gratitude for her keen sense of beer awareness!

I only had room for a cup of their awesome Red Chili, as I had a big meal to prepare and eat at home later (fresh Atlantic Cod baked Tuscan-style - with fresh Rosemary, Garlic, Lemon and drizzled with Olive Oil - to say it was delicious doesn't justify it).

I look forward to going back to Brews Cafe and trying out some of their other menu items, and of course, more of their beer!

Yes. The beer.

It was great. There is a lot of it there.

An overwhelming selection, easily the best I've seen anywhere in the area. I had a couple pints of the Rogue Brutal Bitter IPA and it was outstanding. I sampled a couple other IPAs too but their names escape me at the moment.

They also have take-home growlers and six packs to carry-out which is very convenient to those of us who have to trek back to C-town and don't want to do it empty-handed (or loaded).

I plan to take advantage of this wonderful feature next time.

Brews Cafe is probably the coolest place in Central Ohio and as far as multi-tap specialty beer bars go, it blows away any comparable place in Columbus. We're not talking about Selection, although I'm pretty sure Brews Cafe has everyone beat in this department too.

What are they doing in Granville that sets them apart from their brethren in the Capitol City?

The folks at Brews Cafe are Friendly, Unpretentious, Knowledgeable, Attentive, and Service-Oriented.

In Columbus it seems to be more about being Unfriendly, Pretentious, Smug, Snobby (or Stuck Up if you prefer), Cliquish, and Service is the last thing on their minds, mainly because they are Too Cool For Their Jobs and have to chat with their friends at the other end of the bar, many of whom will soon get their chance to work in "Said Bar" and continue the vicious "High Street Attitude" cycle.

These are a key barometers of mine. If I detect that my business is neither wanted nor appreciated at a particular establishment, I will (and do) stop patronizing it. I don't care how many different beers they have or how good it is. There are too many friendly places to waste time and money otherwise.

And yesterday I was only too happy to take a 70 mile round trip to avoid the "High Street Attitude".

It paid off.

If you are planning a beer tour of the area, it will not be complete without a stop at Brews Cafe.


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Photo of michaelwarling
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

So I live in Granville and Brews probably has a line item for my personal business in their yearly balance sheet. I have dinner there a few nights a week and always take plenty of beer home with me. They keep between 20 and 30 craft and micro beers on tap and that selection changes weekly if not daily. Their bottle selection is well over 200+ The bartenders really know their beer (the wait staff, not so much) I really enjoy giving them a challenge when i get carry out beer. I will always ask for something off the wall. Last week i asked them to mix up a six pack of high gravity, medium hoppy IPA or pale. every single one was awesomely exceptional. The week before i was in the mood for wheat beer, so i asked for a mix of unfiltered wheat beers with more hops than you would expect (thinking a challenge). Took her about 2 minutes and i was ready to go. amazing selection again. Recently the bartenders have begun to anticipate my arrival and holding back beer that they know i will appreciate (ie stone's 13 aniversary the day it came out, or left hand widdershins barley wine last year after it was all gone).
The food is okay, nothing exceptional, but you dont visit a place called "brews" for food do you?
Also another note. A lot of the reviews have mentioned that brews has 2 floors, but there actually is another floor. Its kinda hard to find if your not a local, but if you go up the fire escape in the back, there is a bar with pool tables, dart boards and a stage. The beer selection upstairs is different than down below (more geared to the college crows) but they dont have any problem if you want to buy a pint downstairs and hike it up on your own. I had my last birthday up there and the table was covered with empty bombers of high quality beer. it was a night to remember!
Brews rocks, worth the drive and worth the time. Make it a priority

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I live in Westerville, an Ohio town which also hosts a small college, but downtown Granville is quainter and seems to have more to offer than down-town Westerville. And Brews Cafe is a part of that appeal. They had an impressive beer list, and pretty decent food. I have a cousin at Dennison, and plan on visiting to drag my family back to Brews Cafe once school is back in session.

I visited with Jabier and ate on the 2nd story balcony, so I didn't get a very good feel for the interior other than that it was spacious and dark. The porch over-looked the main street running through town, and was a nice place to sit. The beer list was the biggest I've seen yet in an Ohio on-premise establishment. My food was OK - I had a Cuban sandwich which wasn't grilled; it just came on a roll, and that isn't a huge plus for me....it did taste good though and the fries were quite tasty for a sit-down place (usually I find that fast food has the best fries). The beer list was good, and my beer came in a style appropriate glass and seemed well cared for. I struck out a few times on the menu - it sort of annoys me when the beer list isn't up-to-date, but that is a minor complaint. This place is a gem in the rough, and I plan on making a return visit.

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Photo of Actualimeer
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Last month my wife and I went for our near-annual spring get-away. It is tradition for us to go to Brew's so I can try several new beers and she can drive me back to our room. With a huge selection and knowledgeable wait-staff I always get to try several new, tasty beers every time I'm in Granville.

My waitress has always been able to recommend a beer to me after I bombard her with an exact description of what ever it is that I'm in the mood for. The service is friendly and most of their food is decent bar food. I love their onion rings, but the pizza falls short the pizza falls short.

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4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was in passing through the area and had been told by a former Denison Alum that this is a place to check out since it is pretty much an oasis of beer in central Ohio.

Located right on the quaint main street in what is downtown Granville, Brews Cafe is pretty hard to miss.

The inside is very comfortable, lots of table and a long bar adjacent to an open kitchen as well as tables upstairs. I guess they host some music here for the college kids a few times a week as well.

Great stuff on tap, lots of local OH micros as well as some other stuff from all over. TONS of bottle which you can also get to go which was really cool. Bartender was great, knew a lot about beer and definitely was a beer geek that loved to discuss beer. That is always good when you are at a bar by yourself.

I didn't have any food but it looked like decent pub fare.

This is a great place, very comfortable inside and it really is one of the few places in the area that caters to the good beer crowd. One unfortunate thing is that I don't believe their website is working anymore so there is no draft list available online.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very nice place indeed. Two stories of tables and some nice decorations. The bar is fairly large, lined with about 35 taps and the back wall has several large refrigators that are jammed back with brew.

Service was great. We sat at the bar and had no issues at all. Food and beer was brought to me very fast. The barkeep also had a good knowledge of the beer.

The selection is very nice and they have about everything you can imagine that is in Ohio. Food was pretty solid for your typical bar food.

I just wish this place was a little closer to home.

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Photo of telefrog
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I just moved from Cincinnati to Columbus, and Brews was one of the reasons I wanted to move to the eastern side of Columbus. This place is great, without being over the top or pretentious. Good service, but not out of this world. Definitely worth the short trip from Columbus. I thought the food was better than average for a bar, and the beer selection is definitely the highlight of the establishment. I prefer to sit and eat at the bar to contemplate my next beer selection. The wall of 100+ different types of bottles, and a dozen or so high quality make the decision tough. If you're anywhere NEAR Granville, make the trip!

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