Cambridge Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
4.01/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
93
Reviews:
1,384
Ratings:
4,802
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
328
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1500
United States

(617) 494-1994 | map
www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com

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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 328
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit this place a couple of times during a recent week long stay in Cambridge, mostly for beers, the only food I had was there pub nachos, which were pretty good, a very large plate, most of the fixin's.
Atmosphere is kind of stuff/upscale, lots of pale wood paneling, and the worst drinking music ever - new age 80's type light jazz stuff from satellite radio, all but for about 30 mins of one visit, when they'll finally switched to some blues.
Quality, of the beers, was excellent. They had a large range of beers, some experimental styles, classics, seasonals,etc...and pretty much everything I tried was somewhere between good and great.
Service was good, I sat at the bar every time. Got a free beer from the manager once, but also got cut off once by the bartender b/c he'd felt I drank enough strong beers in one sitting (4 in about 3 hrs), even though I was walking back to my hotel a few blocks away and was not drunk or even visably loose AFAIK, just quietly sitting at the corner of the bar by myself taking notes. Oh well, the tab was running high anyways.
Selection was great, for what doesn't appear to be a very large brewing operation, they had over 10 beers on tap, very nice, with some really creative, and successful experiments, like a dark saison and pale 'summer' barleywine.
Overall the prices were reasonable and the beer was good. If only they dropped the muzak and loosed up the collar some, it would be a pretty inviting beergarden...actually, they had a pretty nice outdoor seating area (not sure what, if any music was out there), but being a west coaster, I wouldn't have sat out in that humidity if the beers were free!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I've been on here on multiple occasions that attract different vibes. I don't think this place ever gets that tense I need this beer vibe, but it will get crowded at some of the big events. Most of the time, it's pretty chill, especially when the patio is open and people can spread out more through the space. It's a comfortable place to go. I would rate the quality of the beer to be higher than the quality of the food and the quality overall somewhere between. The service is good and attentive, though at those big festivals, they can understandably be over-stretched. The selection for both beer and food is good. You have a great mixture of dark and light, lagers and ales, hoppy, sour, and farmhouse. It's ever-evolving and CBC probably has the best portfolio in terms of breadth in the state. The food likewise offers you appetizers, salads, soups, seafood, heartier entrees, pizza, and burgers. There's something for everyone. Some of the food is average but others are phenomenal.

Overall, CBC is one of the best breweries to visit in the state.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Doublicious
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beric
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Vibe: It really depends if you're inside or outside. The outdoor patio rocks- it's big and looks great. The tables and chairs are comfortable and it generally isn't too loud. Compare this to inside where you need to shout across the table just to be heard.

Quality: The beer is fantastic, always, and the food is of great quality as well. Nothing too special by any means, but not shabby either.

Service: Typically just fine. Nothing to write home about.

Selection: Always have a good number of brews on tap, including an on-cask options typically as well. Really makes it easy to enjoy samples, small sizes, or some pints. I love ordering the towers since they look ridiculous, but are a great value when you want to share some stuff with some friends.

Food: A bit pricey, but normal by brewpub and Cambridge standard. Good options, verging on gourmet for some people. Everything I've gotten here has been good.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

V: I really liked the look and feel of this place. The contrast of function and work with dining and leisure. Its set in an old building that must have been restored into a restaurant. It had class while at the same time was comfortable. really cool all around.
Q: I had the pilsner and the barrel aged imperial stout (forget the name but it is very recognizable). Both were top notch.
Ser: Our waiter was awesome, incredibly knowledgeable, nice, and all around just a cool guy.
Sel: Menu didn't have a bucket load of choices but it had a pretty decent selection. So finding something you like should be too bad but there is some limit.
F: Food was unbelievably good. Got the skirt steak, with potatoes and brussel sprouts. Was so fantastic

Definately will be back at some point.

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Photo of Bruce5
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

When I first found CB I was in love with the place, finally a place that did not subject me to Bud or Miller. For many years I was a major supporter. But now there are lots of microbreweries delivering quality beers and CB no longer meets the standard.

Loved CB for many years, now I walk a few more blocks to Slumbrew.

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Photo of jcMPLS
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kdivers
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of KristopherWKing
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of scxcrunner
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lobina
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Barbican
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jebrew
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Really cool place with a nice outdoor patio and a really laid back vibe where everyone was welcomed and taken care of by the attentive staff. They had a nice selection of beers, the waiter offered solid recommendations and the food came out quick and hot. Beers were good, my burger was very good and there was no rush to leave or pressure. It was a perfect hangover experience and our waiter was one of the best I've ever had, at any restaurant. Quality place close to Lord Hobo, go to both if you're up in Cambridge, MA, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jophish17
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.