Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
100 Beers
4,216 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 drinksandeats:
Photo of drinksandeats
1.83/5  rDev -55.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I was a regular visitor of CBC, drawn by its excellent selection of beers they brew, including four standards and a seaonsal menu of four to five other beers. Food is good, but the food-to-price ratio is average.

However, service leaves a lot to be desired. I've been many times where service disappears mid-meal, or is lackadaisical to begin with. I do understand how busy waiting can be, but there's no excuse for customers to have empty beer glasses while the waittress chats on end with a coworker. The last straw was this weekend, when my party was promptly seated on a not-so-busy afternoon, waited five minutes before hailing the hostess to track down a waiter for us (perhaps one of the ones chatting nearby) and then leaving five minutes later without so much as a "I'm sorry about the wait, I'll be right with you" from anybody. Given the many excellent places to enjoy beer in the Boston area, I will certainly not return to CBC again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
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%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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