Been here twice, the place is right in the heart of Columbia, which is great and just a stoneís throw away from Flat Branch. Go downstairs and has that college town feel. The food is college town good. The beer sways toward hops and big. Pretty well done stuff. Like the place and like drinking the beer. Would still chose Flat Branch but this is a a good spot to visit.
The location of this place is very nice, for theyíve taken the basement restaurant and turned it into an escape away from the bustle that fills Broadway Avenue on any given hour; also, the dim lighting sets the mood for the experience you are about to have. Not only is their beer brewed behind the windows at the rear of the bar, but all the food is local, which creates a very mouthwatering product. The food is amazing, but it sometimes is overcooked (the one time Iíve gotten a burger, it was dry). Their selection of beer seems to be alright for a small brewery just getting started, but none of their house brews are terribly impressive while still being quite expensive. Sometimes there are guest taps, which are always delicious beers when featured, but this isnít always a reliable option. However, if Iíve sat at a table rather than at a bar, Iíve gotten horrible service. The first time, the waitress took about 10 minutes to even greet me, at which time she forgot to bring out silverware and a menu; because I didnít learn my lesson the first time, my second experience at a table gave me a waitress that was visibly wasted, and she took to ignoring me for a glass of white wine at the bar. This second waitress, once I got her attention in order to ask for another beer because my glass had been empty for 10 minutes at that point, was rude as hell to me and even forgot to bring me the beer I ordered until I asked the bartender; turns out she hadnít even placed the order. Also, neither of these waitress knew anything about the beer they were serving, which is horrible considering itís brewed there. Seriously, if you go here, sit at the bar, for the bartenders have always been cordial and wonderful while the waitresses are rude, vapid, and incapable.
Its nice that Columbia has a second microbrewery now. Its been around for at least a few years now and Iím just now making my way around to it. Good location, great space, and great food. The beers, sadly, are mediocre, but as a beer experience, this is a pretty solid contribution to the beer drinkers scene in this part of MO.
Somewhat industrial interior, but nice enough. Friendly service. I was there for Sunday Brunch - like what I had. A selection of their own beers + guest bottles.
jcnielsen (305) Charlotte, North Carolina | March 26, 2012| Updated April 8, 2015
I really like going to this place, but more so for the food. The food is very good, the Hummus and Pesto and Lamb Burger are awesome. The beers here are average for a brewpub. I like their darker beers (brown, porter, stout) a decent amount better than the pale ales and wheat. They also have some guest beers on tap there, but I like getting the sampler because it seems like there is a decent turnover in new beers available.
Right from the start there seemed to be a lack of attention and knowledge. It took about 5 minutes for the manager and hostess to figure out how to seat the three of us in this not very busy establishment. Neither the manager nor our waitress knew the correct abv of their small beer (i heard a waiter at a nearby table say one abv for it, the manager say another and our waitress say yet another, so someone was probably right). I had a rye IPA that was just ok and my wife had the dry stout (it wasnít too bad) and for $2.75 a pint, quite a value. The food prices were not nearly the value of the beer so that kind of evened things out. I had the Peasant Plate (various meats, cheeses, bread,veggies and fruits) and thought it was damn good...unfortunately, it took them almost 30 minutes to bring out our food. This place felt kind of pretentious and I donít see myself going back here unless Flat Branch catches fire.
Went at opening time, very good service and the food selection was very good as well. Tried a sampler, there were six different brews to try. My favorite was the Barley Wine, best of the group. The remainders were average, nothing to brag about.
Good overall micro--offering only a few crafts, 4 at last visit. They also offer a fair bottle selection but nothing really unusual. Food is good. Certainly better than most bars but not as good as the Flatbranch.