Cambridge Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located on One Kendall Square, which can be difficult to locate for out of towners like me. Basically get off the T and walk straight and you will hit it.

If possible, sit outside. Outside had much more charm and is just cooler overall. Inside it looked a bit cramped and was very generic looking with light wood tables/chairs.

Menu was ok, not overly large. Had a meatball pizza which was surprisingly good.

They do have samplers, $2 a sample...we ordered 4 samples along with the beer and cheese sampler appetizer (having no idea they actually give you 3 1/2 samplers with it...this didn't say on the menu, so I wish our waitress made a mention). Regardless, the food was decent enough.

On to the beer, they had 8 to 10 on tap. Standards included a pale ale, brown, golden and a stout. Seasonals included a bitter, imperial stout, summer barleywine and a few others (I think there may have been a lambic too, but it wasn't on their beer menu).

Others around us had beer tubes, which probably had 8 or so beers in them...pretty cool if you have a group that can agree on 1 style...

The barleywine was good. Perhaps a bit strong on the alcohol flavor end, but good. I really enjoyed the imperial stout...quite good and drinkable, but it packs a heck of a punch.

They do sell shirts and pint glasses for those who collect.

A good beer place. Like I mentioned, try to sit outside, the atmosphere is much nicer. Fresh tasting assortment of beers available.

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4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

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

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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.

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
91 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.