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Cambridge Brewing Company

Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 140
Beer Ratings: 3,785
Beer Avg: 3.98

Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

223 Ratings
Ratings: 223
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1500
United States
phone: (617) 494-1994

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cambridgebrewer

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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has a nice open concept overlooking the brewhouse through a large window. There are beers to go available on your way out (including growlers).

Service: The waitress I had was very knowledgeable and provided us with good service and suggestions.

Selection: This brewery offers a solid selection of year-rounds, seasonals and on-offs. They had about 5 or 6 year rounds and 5 on-offs and seasonals. I went there the morning after Extreme Beer Fest so I only had the Brett Grisette but it was great nevertheless.

Food and value: I had bacon & eggs witch was delicious. As far as the beer goes, the prices were very reasonable. This is definitely a good brewery to visit if you're ever in the Boston area and are looking to have a few local beers. The experience probably would of been better if I hadn't been hungover.

04-14-2014 18:05:23 | More by SebD
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

Right in Kendall Square, this place is tucked into the back corner of a little open pavilion, with a parking garage and metered parking all over the place. Great feel when you walk in, with lots of dark wood and brick balancing with a ton of windows that allow natural light to flood the space. There is a bunch of outdoor seating for warmer weather, a ton of table space when you first walk in, and a more private room off the right side of the bar. The bar is horseshoe shaped, with plenty of seating. 12+ beers on tap, with beers to go in growlers and bombers. Food was decent, with a good balance of gastropub fare, as well as some more interesting options mixed in there. The bartender I had was nice enough, but seemed more interested in watching Animal Planet than anything else. There was a party going on in the private seating area, and I was impressed how separated that actually seemed from everything else. It didn't distract a bit. Prices were very reasonable, and it's definitely worth a stop to snag some very unique beers that they don't distribute/bottle.

10-13-2013 01:39:28 | More by GarthDanielson
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vonnegut21

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$

Tucked in a little corner of Kendal Square, Cambridge Brewing Company has a wonderful location. The inside has high ceilings and exposed brick. It's a bit spacious and open feeling, but it kind of works. Strong hipster vibe going on with the after work crowd, but the Sox game does its best to balance that out. Service was quite good. Attentive, but not overbearing. Selection is decent, maybe 8 offerings... a couple are quite unique. I stick with Arquebus. I made a good choice. The beers are all well crafted, but I just can't pry myself away from their barleywine. Beers are a bit on the high side for a brewpub, but I can't complain about the quality. The food was tasty and fairly-priced. The short-rib poutine was particularly tasty and came in a huge portion. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

10-09-2013 01:27:03 | More by vonnegut21
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SABERG

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in Yesterday after a harbor trip to Georges Island.
We have been several times at this point.

The atmosphere has changed little over time, welcoming and warm. Outside seating was busy on a Saturday afternoon. The Beer quality is exceptional, we had a grissette, Jan had the Great Pumpkin, and we shared the real star of the show a cask ESB dry hopped with Fuggles. That beer was outstanding!! We split crab cake appetizer and, greatly enjoyed the company of Steve the bartender.
Manager stopped by and chatted.
All in all a wonderful time.
Value is great as no item is hyped or priced out of reach.

Highly recommended.

Cheers
SABERG

09-22-2013 16:21:02 | More by SABERG
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Went on a Friday night, straight from Logan upon arrival to Boston actually. It was very crowded and there was a line to get a table. Got lucky and got a seat at the bar right away. There was some really interesting stuff on tap, including the barrel-aged wild porter and the barrel-aged barleywine. The service at the bar was probably better than the service at the table, the waitress didn't strike me as being terribly knowledgeable or interested in the beer. The atmosphere was okay, it is a pretty large place and it lacked character, but it not at all an unpleasant place to spend time. It also is just a couple blocks from other points of interest in Cambridge, including Lord Hobo.

08-04-2013 14:38:34 | More by outoffocus
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MThiele360

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

CBC can easily be overlooked - especially with Lord Hobo and Meadhall in the neighborhood now - but should really be a part of any visit to the Boston area. My wife and I frequently grab dinner at CBC prior to a movie at Kendall Square Cinema.

The atmosphere is more restaurant than bar. The bar is in the center of the space, flanked by the brew tanks, but the restaurant tables dominate throughout the rest of the space. The bar consists of about 15 stools at the bar itself and about another 15 on the periphery. Even on Friday and Saturday nights, it's never really too crazy. In fact, I'd say it's the busiest during the weekday happy hour as a function of the many offices in the surrounding complex.

Service is mostly good, but I've had some misses. Whenever I sit at the bar, the bartenders are always friendly and attentive. You're never left with an empty glass. Once I was sitting in front of the taps when a keg kicked and a little spray hit me - the bartender was very apologetic and comped me a beer. Most of the time, the table service is good but I have had the odd occasion where the server goes MIA.

Selection is excellent. Being a brewpub, all of the beers are brewed on-site and it's a truly rare occasion when there's a guest tap. They have a stable of your standard styles - an amber, a brown, a pale - but they can get very experimental with the rest of the beers. They do some great sours, and their imperial stout is up there with the best. Almost every time I'm in they're pouring something I've never had. While some brewpubs keep going back to the same recipes, they're always trying something new here.

The food is good, not great. They change the menu frequently, which can be a good thing, but I've had occasions where nothing on the menu really piqued my interests. There are some good bar bites if you're looking for a snack and a beer, but this is really a full-service restaurant first and a bar second.

Beers are very reasonably priced, in the $5-$7 range as they're only serving their house brewed beers. When you consider that most of their beers are excellent it's a great value compared to the $7-$11 a glass some of the local beer bars are getting.

05-29-2013 19:58:26 | More by MThiele360
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

My first stop at CBC, I have wanted to check this place out for a few years now. Large brick and wood space inside with lots of people enjoying themselves, some a little too much. Not as many people outside on the patio, altho if the weather was a little nice I would have joined them out there as it looked awesome. Service was pretty good. At times he just wanted to talk to the locals but I didn't have to wait too long for my beers. Quality was pretty high. Legit food ingredients, proper glasses, etc. Selection was pretty good but not amazing. Nothing overly rare or interesting, except the sake beer. but a decent array of beers to choose from. I stopped in for dinner so I decided to go with a margarita pizza which was solid, I finished the whole pizza in no time flat. Prices were on par with everywhere else I had been, maybe a touch high but it is a major city. Overall an awesome little brewpub in the heart of the city. I will definitely return when I am in the city.

05-29-2013 16:46:49 | More by orangesol
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in for dinner while in Boston. Took a while to find the place....sits back from the street and the GPS didn't help. Once there, we were quickly seated and waited on. Fairly busy night with a varied crowd. Service was very good. Beers and food both came at reasonable speed. The food was good, though I felt my portion of the special ravioli for the night was quite small. Nine small, square ravioli for $16? I should have gotten a burger. The beer, including the one-offs available were quite good. I would probably make another visit, though Lord Hobo is just up the street.

05-16-2013 13:47:15 | More by Imstillthegman
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Durge

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Although I've been here a few times over the years, I stopped by for a a couple beers recently and found it hadn't really changed notably, which isn't really a bad thing. Stopping in during a weekday afternoon, the place is a bit sleepy but not vacant. There's a comfortable crowd of couples and loners like me with good music playing and a nice selection of Cambridge brews on tap. I believe they have entertainment some nights and they serve food which I didn't have this trip, so I imagine the atmosphere might be a little more compelling at a different time. But it was fine for hanging out at the medium sized bar, watching some Sports Center updates and chatting intermittently with the staff. The bartender was an attentive young lady who was happy to talk some beer and was helpful. She offered me some half sized portions to allow me to have more variety without pushing my limits for driving home, which I greatly appreciated. There's nothing terribly special about the physical place but there's nothing wrong with it at all. They sell growlers and bombers from a cooler. Bathrooms and all else seem to be quite clean and pleasant. Some folks were having a bite to eat and the grub looked good, and I've eaten here some years ago and don't recall any issues. All and all this place is a nice stop which probably offers some livelier experiences for the evening crowds. The beers were all good from what I was able to enjoy this time through.

04-18-2013 03:20:18 | More by Durge
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Almost skipped over this place, but I'm glad I didn't. On the surface it seemed like another run of the mill chain-type brewery trying to cash in on the beer scene / college scene. And, well, it is that in a sense, but they actually make some good stuff here. Lots of room in here, with a good-sized bar and plenty of tables for dining. It's a generic but comfortable atmosphere, with a slight leaning towards hipsterism, but what do you expect; it's Cambridge.

There was a very nice selection of beers of tap, with a good variety of styles, and it seems that these guys are no strangers to barrel aging and wild fermentation. Definitely not your typical run-of-the-mill glorified homebrew beers here, there is actually some rhyme to their reason. Service was fine, even despite our party of 4 strolling in about 45 mins. before closing time. Prices were reasonable. We didn't sample any of the food.

Cool place overall, and I'd definitely go back if in the area (i.e. never, probably).

03-10-2013 00:55:05 | More by Rifugium
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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
91 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.