Flat Branch Pub & Brewery

BEER AVG
3.55/5
Flat Branch Pub & BreweryFlat Branch Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(573) 499-0400 | map
flatbranch.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
109
Ratings:
337
Reviews:
186
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
7.54%
 
 
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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of joshstl
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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 joshuawilcox99
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Dusty278
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

By far, Flat Branch is my favorite place to eat, have a beer, have a beer drinking session, or watch a game.

First off, their beers are delicious. If you are driving through Columbia Missouri, stop by and have a beer and if you don't have time, buy a growler and bring it with you. If you have time to stop in, it's a great time and the food is wonderful (Try the Shepard's pie, you'll thank me). If you are feeling like desert, they make a wonderful float out of their stout (Oil Change). Katie Trail Pale Ale and Oil Change Stout are their top beers that most people get but they are all good.

Sit outside, at the bar or in a booth, just make sure to change which beer you get each time. And you can get a sampler of either 6 or 8 beers at a time for not too much. BUT one thing is, if you try the green chili beer, I would suggest you do it in the sampler first to see if you like it.

The one downside is how crowded it can get. But everyone there is drinking good beer and it's always a good time.

Oh yea, and only go if you do indeed like good beer because they only serve what they make there, no bud and no coors for you who drink it.

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Photo of SirHamhands
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped over this place on the way to St. Louis from KC.

I had been here once before and thought it was a gem. Sat outside on a wonderful cool and breezy Fall Sunday. The place was crowded and busy but still everything flowed perfectly.

The patio area is nice and cozy with tons of vegetation covering the are and giving it a private feel.

I tried their IPA and got a growler of their APA. Their IPA is nice and citrusy with some fresh grassy hops to it. This place has a great feel, great service, great food and the beers are well crafted.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of skrib09
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

i originally wanted to review this place because of the beer but i decided the food could use a little attention. first let me have a quick note about the brews.

i love their chili beer. it's really well done. it has good balance with the pepper note. if you love spices, hot peppers, or spicy food in general, you will dig this.

the service is always great. all of the servers know everything about the beers and are quick to answer questions about the food on the menu.

speaking of food, let me get to the point of this post. for a pub and brewery, flat branch does their food very well. they incorporate their beer into their dishes, such as the chili beer battered chicken tenders which are excellent.

the entres are nice and well priced. huge burgers. good quality fish. etc.

great place in columbia.

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Photo of McAfee85
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is hopping, even on a day with tropical storm type of humidity! Due to nearly every spot being taken, my date and I ended up sharing a chair at the bar, which I did not complain about! The patio seating has beautiful plants and vines creating a private getaway, inside has that classic brewery warehouse look, with just a little more shine and newness.

The staff clearly enjoy working here and their attitude rubs off on the customers, the general vibe is cheerful and lively. It is obvious that the bartenders and servers are proud of their exceptional quality and specialty items.

We shared several samplers, the Oil Change Oatmeal Stout and the Green Chili Beer especially stood out to me. I was wary of the Green Chili variety at first, but it was quite remarkable and unusual. Their Brown Ale was sweet and delicious...hell, everything we tried was good!

The food was fantastic! The green chili chicken fingers made from the green chili beer batter will forever be praised and lauded as one of this earth's greatest culinary creations.

I want to go back!

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Photo of curiamagna
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Every year, I drive 800 miles round trip to eat and drink at Flat Branch. Their baby back ribs are the best I have had anywhere (I travel a lot and love ribs - no other establishment has come close in five years). Their pretzels are also very good.

They always have a good selection of beers that are consistently very good. The service is usually very good, even when they are busy (I visited once during a Cardinals' World Series game and had only a short wait). My one suggestion is that they bottle some of their beer or improve their growlers. Often, a growler is flat 24 hours later when I get home. The growlers are also clear glass - brown would be better. These issues are minor. Anyone passing through central Missouri should stop and give Flat Branch a try.

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Photo of whiterascal
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

AMAZING! I thought that the food was spectacular. I had the soft pretzel appetizer while sitting at the bar waiting for a table, delish. For dinner, I had the veggie burger and it was also very tasty. It was crowded and there was a wait, but that was the perfect opportunity to sit at the bar and enjoy a couple pints. The bartenders were fast and attentive. The Green Chili beer is to die for. It had a little hotness, but not too much. They had quite a few beers on tap to choose from, but after I started drinking that I couldn't stop. I would recommend this to anyone that drives through or near Columbia, MO. Fabulous place.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very pleasant looking, newish, even my wife liked it. Big place, lots of area, we had a group of 20 and this was the best place we had dinner in Columbia by far.

First, at the bar we had a taster, great value, 6 beers of 5oz each, for less than $8. Really nice offerings, did like the spicy green chili beer, very well done and worth a try, good for food, the stout was loved by alll, I enjoyed the mibock, and most of all the Irish Red on Cask, creamy, smooth the a slight sweet finish, wanted more but a pint was great.

Food was way better than regular bar food, my neighbor had 2 big sausages with pasta, mine a meatloaf sandwich, nice sweet potato fries. All well done. Nifty waitress.

Bar service was exceptional. We asked for margaritas for the kids (no alco), she whipped them up, and said it was the first time, so she charge us a buck a piece, wow!!We will be back

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Photo of greenfeet
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I was here in April, but I have to add a review. Traveling across from St. Louis to Kansas City, I am very glad we stopped here. Mid-day the patio seating was very full with happy looking patrons. Inside was open and uncrowded, pleasant decor with attentive, knowledgable service. I was quite impressed with the number of varieties available. Some were closes cousins, but still distinguishingly different in taste. On reflection months later, I still have good feeling and would go out of my way to visit again.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great brewpub all around. They have a large bar section with multiple flat screen tv's with the important games on. They also have a more private dining section without any tv's. The food is pretty darn good; ranging from burgers and sandwiches to my andoulie sausage cajun pasta and some smoked pork barbecue offerings. They always have at least 8 of the beers on tap if not more, when I went they had 12. So far all their beers are top notch. I recently had their '09 Barleywine offering and their '05 Doppelbock offering!. All I can say is this place blows any competition out of the water as far as fresh, great beer in Columbia, MO. The service is quick, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our server talked for length on their beer aging processes and release schedules. Not so knowledgeable on the exact differences amongst styles, but I'll still take it. The wait can sometimes be quite long, but if you avoid 5:00-6:00pm on weekends you can usually find a table relatively quickly. Overall, this place is just amazing and I always enjoy my return visits - worth a stop if you're in the Columbia area!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On my last visit to Columbia, I decided to hit up one of my old haunts and drink a couple of pints at Columbia's old brewpub, Flat Branch. As you walk up, there is a huge patio that is just perfect for sitting outside on a nice summer day and enjoying some brews with some friends. If you decide to sit inside, to your left is a huge rectangular bar with tables all around and to your right is a smaller seating section that allows for you to escape all the hullabaloo going on at the bar. The atmosphere is great. Loud and a bit rowdy it you want, or just quite enough to have a dinner out with the family. The service is normally pretty good. Beers are refilled, food is prompt, and dishes cleared away but sometimes when it gets a bit crazy, you might have to wait.

The best thing about the Flat Branch is that they always have a huge selection of beers on tap. They normally have about 10 different brews with about 5 selections always on, 3 or 4 or so seasonal selection, and 1 hard cider that's always there. Also, if you want something different, they have hand drawn root beer and cream soda that are both pretty tasty. The last time I was there I had a Kristalweizen, a Dunkelweizen and their Oil Change Stout. All were very good, but the Dunkel was just a bit sweet for my liking. The food is always good. Try the bangers and mash or their Fish and Chips. Both are excellent, but really, out of the 100 or so times I've been there, I never have had a bad meal. The reason that it is always packed is that it really is pretty reasonable. Your not going to loose an arm and a leg like some brewpubs.

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Photo of Bang34
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of the first places I visited when I moved to Columbia 2 years ago.

The layout is large and open with what they claim is the largest bar in Columbia. It is a huge square bar with a couple banks of taps, two casks and a nice selection of single malt whiskeys. It is very industrial with tall brick walls and big steel rafters. They also have a beer garden or rather an outdoor patio with some potted palnts, which is open when the weather is nice.

The only beer they have is brewed in house, but they always have a nice selection of about 13 beers, a couple of them being rotating seasonals.

Their standards such as the RSB, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen, Pale and such are all at least mediocre offerings with some that are actually quite good representations of the given style.

They also are not afraid to experiment with their seasonals, offering more traditional beers such as a Vienna Lager, Barleywine and Imperial stout, all of which are quite good and branching out to include a pumpkin ale around Thanksgiving which tastes a lot like a pumpkin pie stuffed in a pint glass.

The food is excellent with regular pub grub such as burgers and sandwiches, but also a nice selection of brick oven pizzas.

I went here about once a week for a while when a professor of mine used to treat the entire class to the first round after class to "continue the discussion" in an informal setting.

They also offer growlers, refills are $6 on mondays and $8 every other day.

This is Columbia's original brewpub and is also a smoke free bar which is hard to come by in this part of the country.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I used to go to Flat Branch quite a bit when I lived in Columbia.

Very nice atmosphere, exposed wooden ceiling, lots of brick, industrial venilation system. Could use more seating. Massive centrally located bar seems to rob the place of eating area, and add an element of chaos with foot traffic through dining room. Long waits on weekends. Bad tv placement, I remember watching a basketball game here sitting at the bar, head turned at an angle and having an aching neck, but who judges brewpubs on tv location?

Great food, cooked with their beer. Bangers and mash are pretty all right. Beer bread served with honey butter is great. Strip steak is okay.

Flat Branch's beers range from peculiar to tasty. Their ESB is a little too sweet, with not enough hops for an ESB IMO. Oil Change Stout is a nice one, very drinkable IPA and porter.

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 TravelinTom
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BSnead4n6
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to Flat Branch for a few years now. The atmosphere is usually good. Can be crowded on weekends, but it has a nice big bar, plenty of table space and a nice patio in front.

The beer itself is usually very good. They have a few brews that are almost always on the menu (one/two pale ales, good stout, hefe, etc) plus seasonals. They have a six beer sampler if you want to try a few at a time. I feel like I always leave very satisfied with my beers whether I get my usual IPA or try something new.

The food menu is varied and usually very tasty. Good options and deals for lunch, dinner, or late night-happy hour food.

Service is usually fine, but servers are sometimes stretched a little thin when it's busy. Never had any problems.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was in town for business at University of Missouri and had an open afternoon which I killed at Flat Branch and Broadway.

I visited from 12 - 2 on a surprisingly busy Tuesday. The environmnet is an old building near a park on the edge of downtown Columbia. Very nice old rehabed building with a historic cycling theme where I sat in the bar. Four, large flat screen tv's strategically placed in the bar and a large chalk board with a beer listing.

Service consisted of what appeared to be kids from the local school(s) and the place is very well managed.

I began with a $6 sampler of the chili beer, dopplebock, rye porter, hefe, English ale, and a honey wheat. The hefe and rye were both very nice. The others were average. I followed that with an imperial pint of Ed's IPA. If you're a hop head, this place will be a let down. The IPA was malty and sweet with very little bitterness or aroma. I ended with a ~3 oz sample of the oil change stout which was very good. I did not have the brown, Katy Trail pale (which I probably should have), ESB, or Irish.

I had a spinich, feta, sun dried pizza which was excellent.

Compared to Broadway, Flat Branch is a "better run" establishment with a nicer, more professional atmosphere. I can't say the beers were anything better than average though and at the end of the day, that's what counts for me.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: A really nice balance between traditional "local" restaurant and a brew-pub. It's casual with lots of raw brick and exposed ceilings, etc, but it definitely has a bit of class as well.

Quality: The beer is kinda all over the board. Their brown ale is quite nice, rich, malty, sweet, well balanced, etc. Their ESB is pretty tasty as well, and it's nice as it's served from the cask (at least so I was told, I haven't sat up by the bar any of the 3 times I've been there), their Vienna Lager is also quite nice. The other beers are so-so, nothing special, but fairly tasty nonetheless, and fresh and local, which is always a plus.

Service: The service is absolutely fantastic. The wait staff is quite professional, knows all about the beers that they have on tap at any given time, etc, and regularly double-check with you to make sure you're enjoying your meal/beer.

Selection: They usually have a pretty good selection of beers on tap, around ten or so, plus Strongbow cider (apparently it's a big thing here in town).

Food: Ok, don't get me wrong, it's not 3 star Michelin, but it's DAMN good for pub grub, and deft. a step above the norm. Last time there, I had a shepherd's pie that was to die for, and my fiancee had an amazing carrot/ginger soup. Good simple food, good fresh flavors, top notch.

Value: Flat Branch is a pretty good value as well; a great option is a mix-a-six sampler (30 oz. of beer total, six 5oz servings) for six dollars. This is really nice to split with someone (you can customize it to try any of the beers on tap at the moment) or have one yourself and see how the different flavors play with different foods. It's not cheap strictly speaking, but specials like Happy Hour 20oz drafts for $3.00 help out immensely.

Conclusion: Decent-Good local beer, plus great service, great food, and a nice atmosphere makes Flat Branch worth a stop if you're cruising through Columbia.

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Flat Branch Pub & Brewery in Columbia, MO
3.55 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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