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Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 2,022
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
525 Short St
phone: (614) 464-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Having never visited CBC before it was brought under the Cameron Mitchell umbrella, I'm not really sure what has changed. Upon walking into the brewpub though you can immediately tell it is a CM property. Located in the Brewery District (but kind of tucked away), CBC has its own parking lot which is unusual for most drinking establishments in the area.
The brewpub itself is L-shaped, with the bar being on one side and the dining area on the other. There are a lot of red hues, flora and track lighting, giving the place a trendy and chic feel. There is a nice view of the brewing facilities via a large window in the back of the dining area. Another thing that I noted was the music. Lots of 80's new wave and contemporary alternative stuff like World Party. I liked it.
CBC has a fair selection of beers, but I feel they could offer more of a rotation than they do. They typically have about 5 beers year-round with one rotating seasonal. It seems like they could expand on that. Their beers are all above average and they offer a sampler.
The service is decent here as well. Being an upscale establishment, the wait staff won't hesitate to make recommendations and know the beers pretty well. Same goes for the bar staff.
The food is of course excellent, as it is in any Mitchell restaurant. The sandwiches are very tasty.
10-27-2003 15:22:13 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
08-02-2013 13:20:14 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Columbus Brewing is my least favorite brewery in Columbus to go to, but I love to drink their beers on tap all over town.
Nothing really wrong with it, it is a nice brewpub/brewery with better-than-average food, a nice restaurant and patio and good brews. But is it out of the way, in the dying Brewery District of Columbus (which should have been a great 'hood but never really took off). The beers are good to very good, but you can have them all over town without having to come here.
They have a nice happy hour and some good pizzas, also growlers at reasonable prices. But... I would rather go to Barley's or even Elevator. Also, the ambience is nothing great, feels like a chain more than a local brewery.
09-14-2010 03:43:21 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
01-18-2011 01:15:07 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This review comes after two stops over a seven year time period.
After tasting some of their massively hopped beers at the Cincinnati winter beer fest a couple days prior to being in town, I made it a point to stop by again.
Sat at the bar with a non-drinking co worker. I began with the beer flight which had a helles, pale, bock, IPA, IPA x 2, IPA x 3, and a seasonal stout.
All beers were very well made and I came back to the beautifully fresh and clean IPA as I didn't want to bury myself with the double and trippel IPA.
Buddy and I snaked on the nachos and quesidilla which were both very tasty.
02-17-2012 03:06:27 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
It is somewhat difficult to get to this spot on Short Street in the Brewery District due to construction activity that seems to plague Columbus these days, but it is worth the effort. Look for signs to Short Street from High Street. Ample free parking. Good variety of house brews in a mostly restaurant like setting. Nice decor; large oval bar near the enrty area. Covered outdoor seating available in season. Very friendly and helpful waitstaff and management. Everyone seems to be sincerely interested in what you think of their beers. High quality beers. Trendy food menu.
04-26-2003 20:43:33 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I felt like I was stepping back into 1985 New York when I walk into this trend hole. Feels like a yuppie chain to me. Everything is all angles in here. Very loud and unbrewery like.
The service is less than what I expect from Cameron Mitchell. I find our bartender's attempt to talk about beer annoying. I can tell that he only drinks bud light at home. I just want him to bring me a sampler and a pint and to go away.
I had heard a lot of hype about the pale ale so I tried it first. It was good but not as good as I had been lead to believe.
The other two standouts were the Nut Brown and the Apricot. They were solid. The four other beers that I tried were mediocre to bad. They tasted like they had been contracted out to some macro brewery rather than made on premises by a professional.
I order several appetizers. They're all good. I especially like the Calamari, done Thai style as trends dictate these days.
Overall, I decide that I like this place but then I discover one hell of a problem. This place opens late and closes really early. They pretty much kick us out and its not even 11:00. What a bunch of bull crap.
Now I leave despising the CBC. I recommend against.
09-16-2005 14:13:33 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited the brewery prior the NHC BJCP Judges Reception this weekend. The location for the brewery is, as most are, in an area of 'transition'-- you just don't know if it's comming or going. Located basically under the bridge near Downtown Columbus. But after you're in, things look up quickly. The bar takes on a sleek-urban demeanor with a retro-'60's edge. More fun than your local Applebee's. They had 5 of their 6 advertised beers on tap, and seem to focus of fruit beers and pale ales. All beers were very clean and hit the sytles well. Bartender was courteous and attentive, but didn't seem to share much with us. Reasonably priced, although I cannot comment on the food- I didn't eat. The crowd seemed to be a mix of young professionals and middle-aged folks, but it seems taht Ohio State atire is a requirement. 2 tv's in at the side of the bar is the only game-action, and with no sound. Small seating area, but a good sized bar. They seem to pack the house on this Saturday night. I'm certainly greatful for them hosting the reception!
04-21-2008 16:04:40 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I scoped this place out for lunch as it was about 1/2 home from a work-related commitment. It is in the brewery district of Columbus, just follow the signs to CBC when you exit the interstate. It is a bit tucked away, but easy enough to find, due to the signs. I arrived around 1:30, on the tail end of lunch, but the place was pretty packed. Most people seemed to be there watching the Ohio State basketball game.
I opted for a table, since I eating lunch, and the bar was pretty full. It only seats about 20-25. The waitress was knowledgeable about the beer. The seasonal was the Barley wine, I missed the smoked porter by a day, damn! There were 8 total offerings, the 7 standards and 1 seasonal. I chose the 1859 Porter, it was creamy and roasty, and how I wanted more than 1. I restrained myself though, due to the long drive ahead.
The décor was a bit industrial/yuppie chic. You could see someone put a lot of thought into the décor, minimal, yet just enough to make it unique and non-generic.
The food was top notch. I settled for the Buffalo Chili for an appetizer, since the sausage/duck soup is not available, it was great. For the main course I had the buttermilk battered catfish filets. They were served over a bed of veggies, risotto cake, and with a delicious house concocted tartar sauce. The presentation of the meal looked like something you would expect from a four-star establishment. It was the best catfish I have ever tried. It was cooked to perfection, and the accompanying fare on the plate complemented the fish to perfection.
I have to also mention the iced tea. I know this is beer advocate, but I am a big tea drinker as well. And they served up freshly brewed tea in a glass flask along with a glass of ice and lemon. This was probably one of the best tasting iced teas I have ever had. I like my tea unsweetened and this one was full of flavor.
The price was not exactly cheap, unless you count $32 (total including tax and tip, the beer was $4) as a cheap lunch. I was fortunate enough to be on the companys dime. The food and beer are really good, but youll pay for it. I will probably stop by again, since it is right off the interstate, and I really enjoyed the food.
03-11-2007 23:41:18 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
When you walk in, I find the bar area impressive. The bar itself is a bright reddish/orange, with iron sculptures around it. The outside windows are huge, which adds to the atmosphere. I find the beers here pretty good, however I wish they had a bigger selection. We shared on of thier pizzas which was good, but a little fancy for our taste. The bartender was very friendly, which is always a plus. Good place to go for a beer or two. I am not as sure about the food. I would be interested in seeing the other side where all of the tables are.
02-24-2004 02:32:51 |
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