Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
100 Beers
4,211 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 ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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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.