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Barley's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 401
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
467 N. High St.
phone: (614) 228-ALES
AKA - Ale House No. 1
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by adamette:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Visited this place last night with my wife. Heard about it here on BA. We walked from our hotel, the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Columbus, the walk was 0.3 miles. It would have been very pleasant but about an hour before there was a tornado warning and it was still raining. Anyway, we made it and we entered a medium sized brew pub with a large squarish bar front and center with beer signs scattered (not too many but I recall a Hoegaarden one near the door) and many of the walls had beer bottles displayed around them but did not cover every square inch.
I asked for and received a sampler tray of "every beer" as there was no listing of the available "house" beers except on a difficult to read chalkboard that I had to leave my seat to read. There were somewhat generic posters of beer and brewing (you know, those dated looking posters with possibly french language references to brewing or beer drinking from about 1880) interspersed with the Brew Pubs own daily specials posters which are repeated on a stand up plastic announcement board at your table. So anyway I got the sampler, drank all 10 offerings and then ordered my personal favorite, the Scotch Ale. It was a nice, malty offering with only a hint of hops (just my style). The waiter brought me a "Scottish Ale" instead which I realized after drinking about one third of it and I thought that I would feel bad for asking him to pour me what I ordered after I had drank that much. Anyway, this is a BREW PUB with at least two beers that sound a lot alike (they had a scottish ale on cask as well) and I would have appreciated it if he confirmed my order with me before bringing me the wrong beer.
I digress....the food was not good. My wife ordered a BBQ chicken wrap that was 10% chicken and 75% lettuce. My "Chipotle Chicken Sandwich" had a bun which was strange. The top was far too "fluffy" and thick, about 2 inches thick and dry. The bottom was soaked through with the cajun sauce that the chicken had been bathing in. We both got cheddar Pierogi which were excellent. Anyway, we agreed that if we do return (we are from out of town) we would simply not eat there. I have an idea, though, that the burgers with fries might have been the better way to go as they did appear tasty on other's tables.
So the selection is pretty good. 10 beers on tap that are produced right there demonstrating a good, solid range of about B+ beers. Really a nice spot for a BA but think long and hard about what food you might be thinking of ordering. You do not have to think twice about the Pierogi, however.
05-03-2009 02:52:20 |
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More by kbrown
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of the best places in town, all around ! Even brought back a growler of their Scottish Ale and the Blue Ribbon Grand Cru that I'm enjoying as I write this review. You definitely have to go here when in Columbus. The Brewery was located around the corner from the hotel where I was residing and is in the area known as the Arena District.
10-21-2013 02:02:21 |
More by MRJAZZ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I hit the BBC on a weekday afternoon after a long flight to Columbus. It sits in a very attractive and tastefully renovated old building and has a gorgeous bar that was originally from the building next door, which now is a Sushi place. I had the Centennial IPA and the Imperial IPA - it was 'hops fix' time for me. Both fit my definition for taste, balance and finish. The real flavor rush was their cask offering, 'Kind of Blueberry' barrel aged Rye IPA. As the name implies there's a slight hint of blueberry, adding to the complexity of the brew. I could sip that one into perpetuity. I ordered one of the salads off the menu which was excellent, too. Columbus' 'Short North' offers a plethora of quality beer interludes; locals are indeed fortunate to have an institution like the BBC doing what they're doing for as long as they have.
05-29-2013 15:50:22 |
More by SudsTerkel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorites in Columbus. Really good beers, though to be fair, probably not the best you've ever had. Still, you'll find a couple of things that you'll enjoy, I'm sure of that. The Imperial Stout had a really nice flavor, but was just barely imperial, clocking in at a hair over 7%. It was a touch watery too, but after another miss at a different Columbus brewpub, I was pleased all the same.
Our food was very reasonably priced upscale pub fare, and the server was really nice, friendly and knew his beer.
Totally worth a stop. Nice building too.
07-29-2012 14:57:05 |
More by rodney4130
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Located across the street from the convention center in downtown columbus oh. My boyfriend has been here a few times and wanted to share the experience with me.
A- The atmosphere is simple but very good. Its sort of an old woody pub feel. What makes this place stand out to me is the beer poster above every booth. Some are very Euro and some are posters of Barley's own ales. This place doesn't try to be a "big deal" They arent advertising all of their stuff to go or merchandise. We had to ask to get a growler fill-and they had them-but they werent tooting their own horn in the esence that a lot of other places are.
The Beer- 9 beers on tap 8 regular and a cask. They are really big fans of firkin and real ale. The cask this evening was a very well put together bourbon barrel barley wine (what?)- amazing. Also was a pale ale, pilsner, 2 christmas beers, their flagship scottish ale, a DIPA (best I've had in awhile), a Russian Imperial Stout, and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Pretty serious stuff. All were well put together- the DIPA and the availibility of the barleywine definately stood out for me.
The Food- Pretty standard upper middle class pub food with some nicer entrees. THe bleu chips were awesome and my buffalo chicken wrap was a bit too spicy. Edit-I have been here again and everything is good except for the wrap being a little too spicy
The Service- Our server was knowledgeable about the beer and did well-but didnt have much of a personality.
Overall- This was a bit pricey but a great experience. I'd love to come back here again!
12-27-2011 04:59:47 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When I lived in Columbus about two years ago I was at Barley's downtown location at least once per week, usually during the late afternoon or early evening. My friends and I usually sat the bar which seats about 15-20 people. There are a lot of tables (maybe 20?) as well. No outdoor seating if I recall correctly.
Atmosphere was enjoyable especially considering its proximity to the heart of downtown which can garner some less-than-par beer enthusiast environments. The crowd was never too obnoxious and the establishment as a whole was never all that busy when I visited except on a few occasions.
Quality was above-average but not stellar. Barley's puts out solid products across the board but nothing that will blow your mind. We usually had the same bartenders who were attentive and knowledgeable and started to recognize us (in a good way) after awhile. Can't say they did anything spectacular - they did their job.
Selection consists of 7-9 of Barley's taps, of which 4-5 were constants and the others were seasonal rotators. There were usually a couple of guest taps (2-3) that often weren't ordering in lieu of Barley's in-house selections. Apparently there is a bottle selection as well but I never ventured to take a look at it. There always seemed to be at least one beer on cask which is worth checking out. Barley's does a fine job with their cask beer - highly recommended.
I usually ordered food at the Smokehouse but the food at the downtown location was tasty the few times I ordered it.
Prices are about average. I always enjoyed myself at Barley's and I would have to say it was my favorite brewpub in the general Columbus area. My favorite selections were the Alexander Russian Imperial Stout and usually whatever was on cask.
07-19-2011 02:42:16 |
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