The Cannon Brewpub

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The Cannon BrewpubThe Cannon Brewpub
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The Cannon BrewpubThe Cannon Brewpub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1041 Broadway
Columbus, Georgia, 31901-5256
United States

(706) 653-2337 | map

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by TrappistJohnMD:
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

My family and I stopped by The Cannon for lunch this afternoon. This is a large restaurant/brew pub located in a nice revitalized part of downtown Columbus. Very nice atmosphere that seems laid back and family frendly. Waitstaff was pleasant and attentive. Beer selection looked good with a nice variety of styles. I only had the IPA which was decent. Food was average pub fare, but good. Nice place to hang out.

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Photo of DocRoc
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

I'd rather go over to Maltitude game some beer go home and cook.

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Photo of Hans_Olo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Cool place. Small but inclusive range of beers brewed. Kind of vanilla. Decent enough though no styles that are pretty much a given these days (DIPA, Imp Stout etc.) Good beers nothing great.

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Photo of sebaastionb
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ZirconTweezer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Wrex68
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of boss302
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Previous review (6/22/2010):
This is a very nice establishment in downtown Columbus. The interior is all exposed brick. The brewery sits behind the bar on an elevation, and it just invites you to drink a beer. There is a nice information board where you can gather details about the beer they serve. Great Atmosphere.

Fortuneately for the beer drinker, the beer quality is top notch. While the food is good, it is not nearly at the level of the beer.

Service has been hit and miss in the past, however recently it has been much better, therefore I've given it a good rating.

Selection is 5-6 beers that they brew on premise. I'm not sure if they serve other beers, and I don't care. Afterall, why would you go to a microbrewery to drink other brewer's beers.

Food is typical pub fare, nothing standout, but as stated it is not on par with the beer.

I've had most of their beers over the years, and have not been disappointed with any of them.

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Photo of ReallyBigChief
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

Cool old building . The place caters to and has a distinctively military feel to it. Very male. It's great to have a brewpub in Columbus, and their beer is OK. Nothing on the menu for a vegetarian besides beer. It gets pretty loud in the evenings, but in a good way.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Brew Pub is located in downtown Columbus. Nice place to check out as there is not much else in the area. The pub has a typical rustic atmosphere with a military theme. Of Cousre Ft benning is just down the road. The brewpub has a nice selection of beers. Of the beers I ordered, the Golden Ale was decent and went well with the meal. Their wheat beer was good, but I enjoyed their IPA best of all. They have good pubgrub although their menu may be a bit extensive. Service was good. The Brewpub is worth another visit.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

The place is small, but comfortable and friendly. The wife and I stopped over for a few beers after a Bela Fleck concert at the Columbus Theater. Its walking distance from a lot of other attractions. The girl behind the bar was super friendly, and it was a quite atmosphere where it was comfortable to talk to others. Got to give extra points to the bartender because I realized I left my ID there and they had it ready for me the next day when I came back.

I had the sampler flight. I didn't really care for any of them. The one I decided to get a glass of was the Red Jacket Ale. It was similar to Killians. The stout was ok too. All of it was drinkable, but I wasn't impressed.

The food was good. I had a Monte Christo with a raspberry sauce/jelly. Very good.

Its the only brew pub in Columbus. Its comfortable and fun. I suggest stopping by if you're in town, but don't get hyped about the beer. The atmosphere and service is great though.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Tuesday night after work and was pleasantly surprised. I sat at the bar in the back by the brewing equipment and fermentors where just a few locals were hanging out and chatting with Laura the bartender. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. The locals were friendly, the beers were decent and the food was good.

The selection of house drafts was typical: A pale ale, an IPA, a golden ale, a wheat beer, a stout, a red, an Imperial IPA (I think) clocking in at 8% and even a root beer. I started with the Special Ops IPA and was impressed with the balance and drinkability of it. I followed this with the Red Jacket Ale, which again was a nicely balanced and drinkable beer with a pleasant malt profile.

For dinner I ordered the Chicken Bayou, a spicy fried chicken breast topped with creamed spinach, shrimp and a bit of andouille sausage. I cleared my plate and was full when finished.

Columbus doesn't have many options when it comes to craft beers, but the Cannon Brew Pub is an oasis of good local folks, food and brews. I will certainly return when back in the area.

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Photo of RDMII
4.95/5  rDev +35.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a super cool brewpub hidden in what otherwise is a small, homely town. Walking inside you're greeted by a huge main room, it's basically a building that has had the upper floor demo'ed so the roof is wayyy above you. Hardwood floors and big, well finished tables are very inviting too. They have a counter right up front to buy shirts and hats, and a kitchen area with several brick ovens. The brewery sits all the way to the back of the building behind a bar, the tanks and plumbing all in full view. The beers served here are strictly the house brands, and the prices are awesome when sued to paying Atlanta prices. A sampler of the beers is only $2.30, pints run $3.50. And they're good beers too, plus they brew their own root beer as well. Food is very good, broad menus from burgers to pizza, well priced, and quickly served. The staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and eager to assist. All in all it's a great getaway from the big city bars.

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Photo of Joe79
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been an avid Cannon Brewpub regular since 2001. My ratings primarily go to how it used to be, since it was recently taken over by new management. The regulars are hoping they will change soon though.
The beer is and has always been outstanding. They have great variety and their seasonal are always very good. From their very strong "Sledgehammer," to their caffeinated "Speed Loader," they are all excellent.
The Brewpub has always kept a very neat atmosphere, keeping in the traditions and past of Columbus Georgia, and they are VERY patriotic and are great supporters of our troops.
Whether you are going for lunch, a weekend sit-in at the bar or sidewalk seating, going for dinner, or just going to get sloshed; there is no end to the fun, tasty brews, and interesting people you will run into.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I have been the Cannon Brew Pub a few times over the years. The food is really good. I almost always have one of their Giant Calzones. I don't know how they are able to stuff so much into a piece of bread! I always felt satisfied.

The beer is decent. I have tried their sampler but I consistently go back for their Red Ale (*edit: Red Jack Amber). I wish they brewed their beers to a higher gravity. But as a place to go in the Columbus area I would say this is a good one. Come hungry because you will leave stuffed. I remember thinking their porter was really watered down - but it has been a some time since I've been their. I am heading back next weekend so I will report back what I find.

In the summer their lager is a decent one. I remember it paired really well with their pizza.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Recently went on a work trip to Fort Benning, GA. Being the beerfly, I stopped by Cannon Brew Pub in Columbus, GA. This brewpub is tucked into a series of restaurants / bars / pubs in the older downtown area. The building has a nice inviting front with a signature piece of artillery sitting out front. The artillery theme continues inside with photos and memorabilia. The bar sits in the back of the main room and the brewing setup is stationed behind the small bar. The beer is the standard brewpub setup: Stout, Red, Lager, and at that time a Summer Seasonal. I had the Stout and the Summer Seasonal, a Hefeweizen. The Hefe was average at best. Unfortunately, the Stout had a noticeable vinaigrette aftertaste. If my co-worker had not pointed it out independent of me, I would have wondered if I was certain. However, both he and I could taste the subtle vinegar taste. I am thinking infection by the third sip. Not a problem that extended to the Hefe. The menu looked good and I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Salad. Not impressed by the salad. Reading the other reviews in contrast, maybe they were having an off night / brew session. I will re-visit this place to give them another try. This review is based off one visit and is not taking in account the off flavor in the Stout.

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Photo of shivtim
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is a fun, lively restaurant/brewpub right in downtown Columbus, on a nice boulevard with grand oaks in the center, and just a couple blocks from the river. There's the beautiful namesake cannon out front, and a ton of military-esque stuff on the walls and in the bathrooms. There's also a lot of other random things, including a "Circus World" sign from the defunct Florida amusement park.
The space is nice, it used to be a two story building and they've knocked out the second floor so it's high ceilings with exposed brick and wooden beams. You can even see where a fire place used to be on the second floor, now suspended mid-wall, still with a portrait of FDR above it (he died in Warm Springs, not far from Columbus). It's actually a fairly large floor space, with two rooms and a loft, and was bustling even though we went on a Monday night. The prices for beer were great, at just over $3 a pint, and even less during happy hour. There was a beer sampler (less than $3 for 6 samples) but we didn't try that because I don't like to drink small amounts of lots of beers. I'd rather have a full pint of a beer or two, and an excuse to come back again and try more.

Service was prompt and considerate. A decent sampling of beers to choose from, and the two I tried were good. Food was also pretty good, we had a cajun pizza with andouille sausage and crawfish on it.

Overall, a surprisingly nice place for mid-Georgia! Worth the trip if you're anywhere near here, say for an Auburn football game or something (or an easy 1/2 day trip from Atlanta).

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I often talk to my students about the idea of foreshadowing - the subtle clues that an author may provide as to what is to transpire later on. Little did I know that my side trip with Uncle JedI would foreshadow what we accomplished on our way from Sacramento, CA to Portland, OR about a month later. We had just been to the Mellow Mushroom in Auburn and since the Auburn Ale House would not open for several more hours, U.J. suggested heading east and checking out The Cannon. Man, his knowledge of places is encyclopedic, he is a great driver, his taste in music is perfect, and I was merely along for the ride. Let's roll!

The Cannon was located quite near Fort Benning, GA and this place was a military buff's dream. A replica cannon sat out front on the sidewalk and the entrance was on the right side of a combined two buildings. It was a long, narrow space on the bar side with lots of high tables and chairs and the copper-topped bar in front of the the copper-jacketed brewhouse with the FVs on the second floor, above the brewhouse.

Thier logo read "BEER", but it was a knock-off of the Army Rangers' logo. They had lots of vintage and contemporary military photographs adorning the walls on both the bar and restaurant sides. There was an old belt-driven fan system in the overhead to cool the exposed brick walls and the wood beam ceiling. An extensive Mug Club collection was on hand with the bulk of them stored in the passageway by the lavatories. They also had a beautiful bas-relief metal-on-wood sculpture of various Columbus-based industries. On the restaurant side, the backs of the booths incorporated stained glass! Upstairs, on the second floor of the bar area, there was a private party area with an English-style dart board. Lots of archways connected the bar and restaurant sides.

On a personal note, they had both patches and sweatshirts with their logo embroidered on them.

Beers: Red Jacket Amber (5.0); Chattahoochee Brown (4.5); and Ironclad Stout (5.2). Neither of us were terribly impressed by their offerings.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is a MUST for people visiting Columbus. I searched for a brewpub on the web before I went to Columbus and found this place. I have two children, so a "bar scene" isn't what I look for in a brew pub--I look for more of a well-rounded place, and this was it. My kids loved the "ghost" piano that played several songs while we were there (we sat next to it), and I loved the beer, and my wife loved the food (and so did I, even though I was more focused on the beer). It was perfect. With all this greatness, I would assume something could go wrong like the service, but I was wrong--it was excellent. I don't think my wife's drink was ever below 1/4 before a refill, and I had the sampler and a few beers (the stout and IPA), and all of it was served on time and great. I'm surprised I haven't heard about this place before I went there. I would join their mug club, but I just don't live close enough. I will frequent it (at least every time I go to Columbus!)


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Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Beautiful location in an old mill building downtown. 20+ foot ceilings with a really neat fan system overhead, and brick walls all around. The bar is at the back of the long, narrow barroom (there's a separate dining room next door), and the kettles and tuns are behind the bar. Food tends toward meaty sandwiches, but the pizza is probably second-best in Columbus after Mellow Mushroom. Five year-round beers (IPA, light weissbier, pilsner, stout, and red) and one seasonal, plus root beer on draft.Not much else in the way of the beer available, some bottles of swill to keep the good ole boys happy. The house brews are hit or miss, but overall pretty good. Definitely the coolest and most original bar in town.

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The Cannon Brewpub in Columbus, GA
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