Flat Branch Pub & Brewery

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3.53/5
Flat Branch Pub & BreweryFlat Branch Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

115 S 5th St
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-4230
United States

(573) 499-0400 | map
www.flatbranch.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
103
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
328
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

I had trouble finding the entrance. I didn't know there was a parking lot just past the lush, green bier-garden fence full with vines. The entrance is kind of hidden with a lot of rain lately causing a lot of growth of the greens on the fence. I almost went into the employee entrance on the front of the building facing the parking meters where I parked on 5th street, just off of the main drag, Stadium Blvd.

The place was busy. I heard from a family member that they were always busy which is why I showed up late afternoon Sunday. Granted it was Memorial Day Weekend. I ordered Edy's IPA and some wings. I ordered the Edy's as it was one of the best and most rated IPA. I was surprised to see their glasses were imperial nonics that pour 18oz with a good head. IPA was stale and lacking in hop character, although I did notice after looking at the board that all their styles were British. The hop character was small even for a British ale. The wings came fairly fast, within 10 minutes. They were ok, not very spicy like hot wings usually are. There was a BBQ flavor that took over, but it was like Cookies BBQ sauce, nothing great. They looked dry and they were, but they were fresh and hot.

The service was good, the woman who helped me was very attentive. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the clinking of the glasses against the tap nozzle and the sloppy pooring. The head never reached too high, so I guess they felt they could be lax in pooring. It was confirmed when both of my beers had little head. If it were to style this would be acceptable head in parts of southern England.

They also stacked glasses, I could see they had the bars being bussed by some college age students who were also taking the glassware and stacking it roughly, which was apparent when I got my second beer which was a nitro stout that has very small bubbles that show all the nucleation points around the bulge of the nonic affecting the appearance of the beer. I'm guessing the stacking comes from always being busy. They have a large bier-garden and a lot of seats inside, so they can hold a lot of people. They even have a nice complete circle bar that's raised up.

The wait is apparent as people with a party were waiting and my family member said they liked the food, but they are always busy was a complaint. That did ring true in my experience there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of TravelinTom
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to this brewery dozens and dozens of times. Open since 1994 it is maybe missouri's oldest craft brewery. Weather permitting sit outside if you can. Inside is usually quite crowdwd. Can be loud especially in bar section. Multiple TVs above and around bar area. Service can be on the slow side. If MU has big sporting event go early or you may not get in. Brewery serves about 12 core beers always. Best IMO are oil change stout and Katy trail pale ale. All are good and true to style. When deviating from their core beers brews can be thin and disappointing. Food selection is very good and all food is excellent. Overall an excellent place to eat and drink in Columbia!

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

While passing through Columbia, I dropped by this brewpub with my family. On a beautiful early July day, we sat in the outside patio, which was shaded and very enjoyable. The service was prompt, and the place was busy. The inside is dark, with a high ceiling and a large bar at one side of the building. The brewing equipment is on display, and a brewer was hard at work cleaning when we were there.
The beer was, quite simply, excellent. My wife and I both had different samplers, and all of the beers were fabulous. Particularly notable were the American Pale Ale, the Vanilla beer, and a wonderful stout. The menu was diverse, and I had a great pork sandwich with sriracha aioli and radishes. Terrific brewpub and worth a stop.

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Photo of joshuawilcox99
4.75/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

They have a really good craft beer selection. Had the honey wheat beer with a pizza and it was delicious. Service wasn't the best in the world but that is to expect in a college town sometimes. Want to go back to try more beers and I heard they have good burgers.

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Photo of mm9899
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dub_deuce22
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of jpbolton
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of joshstl
4.75/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Food was really good had the chicken tempura strips as an app.Got the chicken club wrap for my main course both really good! Had the ipa,the pale ale and the specialty bluesberry beers all really good!

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerDazed
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of McAfee85
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of SirHamhands
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

My wife and I made a return visit to the brew pub in late May. We were seated immediately in a nice, shady spot in their outdoor patio area. The waitress quickly came and took our drink orders and gave us plenty of time to peruse the menu before ordering.

Food and beer were both great and tasty. My wife got a huge salad (a half-portion would have been better since we couldn't take left overs with us) and I opted for their chicken wings and a Cajun sausage and pasta special, again with very generous portions.

The beer selection was large and extensive as far as styles go. I tried their green chili beer and brown ale, both refreshing and quite tasty.

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food and beverage offerings. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Flat Branch Pub & Brewery in Columbia, MO
3.53 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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