Columbus Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

2555 Harrison Rd
Columbus, Ohio, 43204-3511
United States

(614) 224-3626 | map
columbusbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.26
Beers:
70
Reviews:
1,146
Ratings:
5,140
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.04
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
132
pDev:
12.38%
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cd_beer_disapear from Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is great! Plenty of space plenty of variety. All of your favorite Columbus Brewing offerings are on tap plus a buttload of other one-offs and rotation beers. Columbus Brewing has a great reputation for award winning beers. The servers are friendly, helpful and courteous. I will definitely be back even if it is a 3 hr drive. Great brewery, GREAT tasting room!

Mar 05, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

GPS let us down, but we finally made it. Very industrial building. Lots of beers on tap. Flights are reasonably priced with great pours. Staff was helpful and pleasant

Feb 11, 2020
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cratez from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

What I had: CBC IPA and Bodhi Double IPA on tap, white wine for the lady.
What I liked: Lively atmosphere, diverse crowd, patio was better than we expected, speedy and competent service, growlers to go, outstanding house beers.
What I disliked: Small draught list with no guest taps from what I could tell, a bit pricey compared to other places, strange hours for a taproom as it closes at 11-12ish even on the weekend.
Would I go back? Most likely.
Overall Rating: 74

Jan 29, 2020
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Unusual layout. Very modern. Service was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was very well prepared and tasty, with edgy interpretations of old standards. The beer was fabulous, as I had expected, but not much from Columbus itself (and of course the treasured Bodhi was off). Plenty of parking makes this pub easy to visit again and I certainly shall.

Jan 17, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We had a party here a week ago. The location is a little dicey - a stink, presumably from the river, permeated the air outside but did not follow us in.

The porch in front was reserved (at significant expense). It was not ready when it was supposed to be and they had difficulty getting one of the heaters to work, leaving the room pretty chilly all evening. There was no audio from the TV in the room and it was not easy to see the game.

Wait and bar service were very good. The quality of the food and drink served was all first rate. Beer was served slightly too cold - surprising for a brew pub.

There were only two taps of CBC brews CPA and SFW (Safe for Work, a 4.5% dry Belgian Pale, I believe). The guest tap selection was fair. Overall, pretty disappointing, but I had to drive anyway, so I did not partake much (an assorted flight and one each of the CBC's on tap). I would have had a Bodhi if they had it. When the night descended into shots I just watched like a good DD.

I think they need to build a new pub. CPA and Bodhi need a better home.

Oct 24, 2015
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dcotom from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Visited 7/06/15. Not at all crowded on the evening visited. Pleasant ambience, no loud music. A couple of different flights on the menu. I opted for the "Hop Heads" selection, which included Columbus' IPA and Pale Ale and Brew Kettle's White Rajah. Wait staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Will visit again the next time I'm in town.

Jul 29, 2015
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wapcap from Nebraska

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

One of the best breweries in Ohio. There beers are always good, and they have a great selection. Its located in a warehouse district looking area, and they have their own parking lot. The food is always good, and I believe they do source some local foods.
This place can get packed so check it out earlier in the evening, or try making a reservation. I highly recommend!

Jun 19, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat at the bar for dinner on a Tuesday evening. Place was busy but not packed.
A - Clean bright but not necessarily beer centric - 3.75
Q - Correct and clean glasses, maybe served a bit cold, but that is easily dealt with - 4
Ser - Very good - 4
Sel - Good selection of CBC but not just those beers, also Jackie O's, Seventh Son, Hoof Hearted were also on tap when I was there plus an fine selection of bottles from across the country - 4
Food - Has the American pie pizza it was great - 4.25

May 20, 2015
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nlmartin from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Columbus Brewing. In short this is a very comfortable brew pub. The service was spot on very knowledgeable bartenders. The prices are reasonable related to the quality. In all honesty I could go here and drink nothing but Bodhi or Columbus IPA. That is saying something as IPA and DIPA are not my favorite beer styles. The food was good and priced reasonably. In short this is a great brew pub and I will stop to get more Bodhi.

Oct 05, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Apr 14, 2014
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I come here for seasonal draft specials and growler refills of the acclaimed Bodhi DIPA.

The service is exceptional and the food variety is good, but a little pricey to make it a frequent visit. And the place itself is hard to get to unless you already live in downtown Columbus.

Excited for the CBC expansion and tap room. Also getting Bodhi in bottles!

Mar 13, 2014
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Sammy from Canada

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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.

Aug 02, 2013
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mikepcarney from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to CBC many times while living in Columbus. Great brewery, good food. I'd recommend sitting @ the bar. Service is much more prompts and you get me of a description of the beers. Lunch can get busy at times, but there isn't much of a dinner rush during the week. Weekends depends on what is going on in the area.

Jul 03, 2013
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mjw1200 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Top notch craft brewery. Always a stop when I am in town. It's a cut above normal bar food. Friendly staff. The beer though is amazing. I would love it if they distributed to Dayton. Actually they should just open another beer pub in the house next door to me.

Jun 10, 2013
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garuda from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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.

May 13, 2013
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went here alone on business. Crowded night but not overwhelming. Really enjoyed it, but in nearly every aspect there was a "but" statement. The environment was intimate and expansive at the same time...BUT the image they are trying to project is muddled by formica-looking countertops on the bar, which projects a weird Arby's image. Service was knowledgeable and helpful... BUT once I had bellied up to the bar it took way too long for someone to take my initial order. There were some wonderful, and I mean wonderful beers on tap: Columbus, Super Fresh H.O.P, and most of all Bodhi, one of the best beers in the country....BUT, those are all IPAs, and everything not IPA was quite pedestrian. 8-10 CBS beers on tap....BUT no guest beers whatsoever. That was a bummer.Food was delicious - stroganoff pasta, interesting modernized take on the standby and the 'tizers ordered by people around me looked tasty as well....BUT $16 was a bit much, and contributed to my overall sticker shock. Did not expect a flight, a tulip, and noodles to run $32.

I had a great time and if I keep coming to Columbus, I shall return without question. Overall the Buts keep CBC from being great, but it is a very good joint.

Nov 17, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Aug 17, 2012
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Jul 15, 2012
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IPA4LIFE from California

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5

The CBC beer is awesome, and they had a decent selection of CBC beers, but the only other beers they had available were BMC, Corona, and the like. I think a better selection of other craft brews (at least some Columbus options) would be better. Really pretty bummed when I come to a micro-brew and half the people are drinking Bud Lite.

The food was decent. Not the best in the world (the pulled pork is really not that great), but it isn't horrible. There are some good options, but I think the place underperforms.

Overall, the beer selection sucked, and that was the main issue. I'm kinda hurt about that. I wish they would just show more support to the Craft community as a whole, but the food wasn't bad, and they provided good service, but they need to at least offer a few other Columbus-area breweries.

Mar 09, 2012
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Feb 17, 2012
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Dec 29, 2011
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kirok1999 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited late afternoon. Easy to find and ample parking. First thing you see is the outdoor area, covered and a nice seating capacity.
Inside is a bar and traditional restaurant area. I sat at the bar and got an IPA. Service was quick but there were only a few other guys in the bar area and no one in the restaurant area.
The tap list had 5 brews with no guest taps. Nice deep menu. Got the Buffalo Wrap which was nice but the fries were the highlight. Crunchy and nicely spiced, they were great.
Prices were reasonable. I was kind of put off by the fact that I had to go next door to the Kroger to buy bottles. I'm sure that's due to idiotic distribution laws so the positive here is that the Kroger is in walking distance.

Edit: the restaurant and brewery are 2 separate entities and the restaurant is just another retailer. I wish I had known this before the visit as I connected the 2.

Definitely worth a visit. I know I won't pass through Columbus again without stopping in.

Aug 05, 2011
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Jan 18, 2011
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crashdavisinoh from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I am fortunate enough to live right next door to CBC and can walk there w/ ease. The first thing I thought about the place was it is in an odd location. Really...there is nothing around it. A grocery store (Kroger) is probably the closest thing and it is a 5 minute walk. Unless you go looking for CBC, you aren't going to be in this area. Not going to be driving by and say...oh...let's stop. I like the atmosphere in the bar (I have only been into the bar area). It is well designed. It is a rectangular bar with plenty of room to walk around. The bar is filled with windows and has seating/standing room along the edges as well. The patrons range from sports fans to professional types there after work to just plain folks. The service has always been average. Not bad...but nothing that warrants any special mention either. They have all their staples on draft...IPA, (which is amazing on draft), etc. They will usually have some draft only type things as well as their seasonals. You may do a sampling flight if you like as well. The full menu is available at the bar. The food I have had has been pretty good. The pizza, nachos, quesadilla may sound like standard bar food...it isn't. More a gourmet version. The desserts are pretty good as well. The banana upside down pie...get it. The prices on the food menu are a little above average as a whole but the drinks are reasonable. The price of a pint is 4.50-5.00 during regular hours with it dropping to 3.50 for HH. Everytime I am there, I enjoy myself. But, as at least one other reviewer noted...it feels more like a bar in a restaurant than a restaurant in a bar. I love the bartenders...they are each fantastic. In any event, if you are in Cbus...check it out. Or...if you are just traveling through on either 70 or 71...stop...it is just off the interstate. You can see it from 70 even though you can't recognize what it is. FYI...they are closed on Sundays.

Dec 29, 2010
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projectflam86 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wanted to grab a bite to eat with the wife before the Blue Jackets game. We thought, where better than CBC?

Located out in the boondocks of the old brewery district, it seems to be the only place still up and running. Kind of a shame, I think the business would be alot better if they picked the place up and moved it over to the Arena District near Nation Wide.

Anyways, we got seated near the windows over looking the fermentation tanks which was a cool site to see. We ordered the IPA and Porter with our meals and then had the beer sampler, all of which was reasonably priced at around $5 per pint.

The food was pretty good but a little pricey and the waitstaff was very nice but not really all that knowledgeable about their beers. Seemed more like a chain restaurant with good beers rather than a brewpub.

Overall a decent place with some hidden brew gems. The regular IPA is really a fantastic brew and the pub exclusives were good as well. Its a shame they don't' distribute outside of the Columbus area. If the IPA made its way down to Dayton I would pick up a 6er regularly.

Oct 31, 2010
Columbus Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5140 ratings