Cambridge Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
100 Beers
4,220 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 282
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cambridgebrewer

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 282 | Reviews: 199 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

CBC has what all brewpubs should strive for: quality brews, wide selection, inviting atmosphere, and good food.

I'll start with my only negative: the place can be loud. But this is no different than many establishments these days. If you can overlook this, CBC is about as close to the perfect brewpub as you can imagine. Service is problem with good knowledge of the products, both food and beer. Great selection. There were six seasonal brews when I visited plus cask. Add in the four year round offerings and you'll have a wide enough variety of styles to find a thing or two to your liking. The atmosphere is light and friendly, a modern take on the neighborhood bar. To round things out the food is very good. I sampled the Mezza Plate and Poutine. Both where very tasty examples of what can be done to ordinary bar food. Prices for both beer and food were reasonable for Boston.

Would I return? Given the interesting selection of seasonals and good food, you bet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DavidSomers
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AirBob
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of trippnwo
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBungyo
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I was really impressed with the variety of beers here. Where so many breweries fail is being consistent across a gamut of styles. But whether it was a big old ale like Old Butternuts, a sour (don't remember which one I tried but it was delicious), or Flower Child IPA, it didn't matter. All were wonderful.

Food was great too. The standout for me was the poutine but the pizza was pretty tasty too.

As for the service, it was on point and I never felt like I had to wait long for another beer. I guess it would be no surprise that the place felt immaculately clean too. It's obvious much pride is taken in maintaining this brewpub and it shows. Definitely a place I plan to spend more time at.

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CBC is constantly pushing the envelope with new beers and ingredients. They always have something top notch. The food is better than most microbreweries.

One of the top five places to visit when visiting Boston/Cambridge.

Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%

Good lord, it is hard to get around Boston. Take a look at a map. Every other decent-sized city in North America is on a grid system, all precision and sharp angles. Boston is like if you fed psilocybin to a 9-year-old and had him try to hand-trace a spirograph drawing. That sound too obscure? Well them imagine feeding raw tequila to a squirrel and watching it stumble across a park. That's how Boston's roads are shaped.

(And Cambridge and Boston are the same goddamn thing, so far as I'm concerned.)

So, okay. CBC is located inside a darling little courtyard. It's very cute, but also very easy to drive right past.

The building is much smaller than I was expecting, which was nice because it lent the place a casual, personal vibe. The aesthetics are weirdly similar to the older brewpubs of the Midwest--Broad Ripple BrewCo in Indianapolis, Blue Cat in Rock Island, etc--woody and creaky with lots of big windows. Tons of trinkets behind the bar. Tons of history.

It's weird to talk of "tons of history" for a place that's only been open 25 years, but 25 years is ancient for the American craft beer scene. It's nice, here and there, to stop by a place that feels like people have been living there for a while, that doesn't feel formulaic or prefab.

The wait staff were talkative and friendly. The food was great and affordable. The beer was quite good, and also affordable. This is one of a handful of MA brewers that has (mostly) forsaken noble hops, and so the beers fall wonderful upon my midwestern pallet.

Very nice joint. Doesn't have the buzz of Lord Hobo, obviously, but it's still a must-stop if you're in town.

Photo of dabarton
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Russkiy
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cojeff
2.72/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of tikk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ZDSmith87
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cshafer7
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WoostaBia
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dbattey
4/5  rDev -2%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
91 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.