It's always a pleasure to revisit the Columbus Brewing Company, because this Brewery District stalwart has homegrown character to spare. Its futuristic industrial exterior yields to a laid-back, duskily lit copper and red interior equipped with a large Block-O-like red lacquered bar and an unusual arboreal leitmotif. And since the late '90s, CBC has been proving you can have your top-notch craft beer and eat a delicious meal, too.
CBC is awash in excellently balanced, mostly British-style quaffs. A recent dipping of my beak there turned up the following beauties: a mildly sweet, unclovey Ohio Honey Wheat; the classic 1859 English-style porter named after the date the original recipe was conceived; a hoppy, well-structured Pale Ale; a complex and malty 90 Schilling Ale; and an IPA with a dry, grapefruity finish.
CBC's food is well nigh the top of local microbrew pubs. To achieve this stature, it utilizes a racy spice rack and then knocks out entrees with Caribbean and Cajuny accents, such as the jammin' jumbo-sized jambalaya, the Cuban Chicken and a rich, tomatoey and tangy Seafood Stew. For simpler snicky-snacks to back up CBC's lovely brews, try: the BBQ Chicken Jerk Pizza with chunky, aromatic chicken, corn and poblano strips ("Pizza and a Pint" for $12 is a CBC special) and an Andouille Sausage Quesadilla.