(Visited 08/2006): Brews is nestled in downtown Granville. Evidently it recently moved from a few doors down but kept pretty much the same layout. Street parking is plentiful in the vicinity.
The downstairs area is devoted to a restaurant and beer bar, with the bar running along the right side of the wall. Lots if brick and funky lighting adorn the downstairs. Upstairs is Brews Too which caters more to the sports crowd and live bands.
The beer selection is phenomenal. There are around 20 beers on draught from the likes of Stone (a necessity as Brews has been named Most Arrogant Bar in America in the past), Dogfish Head, Rogue, GLBC and many more. As for bottles there are over 100 and they run the gamut from craft beer in the states like Bell’s, GLBC, CBC, Rogue, Stone to imports like Sam Smith’s, Young’s, Paulaner...the list goes on and on.
The service here was good at an early lunch. The server knew the beer and offered to bring samples of anything we wanted to try. She was on top of things through the whole meal.
As for the meal, both the fish sandwich and rueben were very good.
All in all this place more than lived up to my expectations. It manages the difficult task of combining a huge beer selection with a reserved approach to beer appreciation. Superb, and well worth the 45 minute trip from home.
Stopped in here around noontime on a hot Saturday over Memorial Day weekend. Downtown was busy that morning from the farmer’s market, but this place was pretty quiet by the early afternoon. The building is really cool from the outside, an old building with a two-level porch. Inside, the place is really cool, with a big bar downstairs and mezzanine with more tables upstairs. The beer fridges had a lot of good regional, state, national, and international crafts, and the taps had the same great mix. From Granville to good Columbus stuff to Speedway variants and on, just a great selection for what’s probably a slower time of year for them. We only had a snack but it was tasty. Prices are fine, no complaints there. Granville is a bit out of the way, but this is an essential stop if you’re in town.
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and some beer. Parking is on the street, but we only had to park a block or so away. The place wasn’t too busy and we were seated right away. The atmosphere here is pretty cool. Lots of beer signage and old world pub feel going on. The tap list was pretty impressive with Jackie-Os and Weasel Boy Bourbon Barreled Anastasia on draft and hundreds of bottles to choose from. Lots of limited release stuff to be had. Our waitress was very attentive and one of the most knowledgeable beer waitresses I’ve ever had. I got a goat cheese burger with habanero peppers on it that was enormous and delicious. It came with tortilla chips and some of the tastiest salsa I’ve encountered. I wish I would have had more of that salsa. Pricing is about on par for the area. Bottle prices seemed especially nice. If you ever get the chance to stop in to this place, you’re in for a treat. I will be back.
JCW (152) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 19, 2008| Updated January 1, 2010
Years ago I used to visit my grandparents in Granville, so I’ve always wanted to visit this place. Granville has changed quite a bit, I couldn’t get a phosphate at the local drug store bar anymore, but all and all I wasn’t disappointed. Brews Cafe is without a question the best beer bar I’ve been to in Ohio, possibly the best period. Lots of one onlys on tap, and a bottle collection that is second to none. On tap, they had Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old) , many of Ommangang’s stuff on tap that I’ve never seen any where else, etc, etc. Food was good pub food. Neat little town to go to regardless of Brews Cafe to boot. Great beer stop.
I live in Westerville, an Ohio town which also hosts a small college, but downtown Granville is quainter and seems to have more to offer than down-town Westerville. And Brews Cafe is a part of that appeal. They had an impressive beer list, and pretty decent food. I have a cousin at Dennison, and plan on visiting to drag my family back to Brews Cafe once school is back in session.
I visited with Jabier and ate on the 2nd story balcony, so I didn’t get a very good feel for the interior other than that it was spacious and dark. The porch over-looked the main street running through town, and was a nice place to sit. The beer list was the biggest I’ve seen yet in an Ohio on-premise establishment. My food was OK - I had a Cuban sandwich which wasn’t grilled; it just came on a roll, and that isn’t a huge plus for me....it did taste good though and the fries were quite tasty for a sit-down place (usually I find that fast food has the best fries). The beer list was good, and my beer came in a style appropriate glass and seemed well cared for. I struck out a few times on the menu - it sort of annoys me when the beer list isn’t up-to-date, but that is a minor complaint. This place is a gem in the rough, and I plan on making a return visit.
This place has a pretty wonderful beer selection and the ambiance is excellent. The upstairs (via the side staircase) is a complete dive--that part stays open much later than the proper bar, which was too bad, because it sharply limited my time in the bar. But fortunately Scott working at the bar was extremely kind and let me get a quick one (or two) in while he was sweeping up. A big thanks to him for that!
Ahhhh. This place is GREAT. I can NOT believe I live 15 minutes from here and have NEVER been...Headed down on a Saturday afternoon...They were not too busy during lunch. Service was a tad slow, and our waitress was a bit new and not very knowledgeable. That, truly, was the only low point...The food was excellent. Seriously. I ordered the Philly Cheese steak and it is the best I have had outside of Philly! The beer, WOW...Soooo much to choose from...Very generous portions/servings of food and alcohol, and the prices were great! We will definitely be back here again soon!!!
We made the 50 minute drive from Hillard out to Granville to visit Brews today and I was absolutely impressed with the great new building. 3 stories with a nice old world pub feel. Great taplist. 45 handles! And a huge wall of coolers behind the bar that I didn’t even get into. How could I with all the unusual taps they had. Food was much better than this site lets on too. I had the NY Strip with Onion rings and a great porter bbq sauce on it that I tried very hard to get the recipe for... Service was excellent and they catered well to my family of 5 . My waiter was quite friendly and knowledgable about the beers they served. I noticed that children isn’t checked on here but I certainly didn’t see where they were a problem at all. I agree with the previous poster that said this is the best bar in Ohio. I agree as far as selection this one might be the best at least in Central Ohio! Awesome place!