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Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.95/5
Based on:
100 Beers
4,190 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
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 nickd717:
Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here to celebrate my engagement right after it happened. Well, actually, I wasn't planning for it to happen. I was originally headed here to meet my friend Barry. My now-fiance asked me, "Are we really still going to go to Cambridge Brewing after this?" It goes without saying what my answer was. I mean come on, I couldn't set that kind of precedent if I was going to get married to the girl. She has to understand that I'm going to be a polygamist, and my other wife is going to be beer.

That said, this place is not unromantic as far as brewpubs go. It's a very big place with dim lighting and Christmas lights, more or less, hanging around the place. Nice decor.

I applaud them for their great selection - ELEVEN house brews on tap, plus some others you can only get with the three course beer dinner (which I also applaud them for having). The quality of their beer was excellent overall. I wasn't crazy about their standard four, except for the Charles River Porter, but some of their special brews were outstanding. The Colonel (wild porter), Bad Knees (old ale), Double Happiness (barrel-aged blonde with brett), and Audacity of Hops (Belgian IPA) stood out.

The food was also excellent. Here's the problem though: service is extremely slow. We ordered a crab cake appetizer and it took over 45 minutes to come out. Fortunately I got to try lots of tasty beer in the meantime, although my ticking notes were minimal because of the engagement and all.

Prices are very reasonable for the area. If I end up moving to Boston, which I really, really hope happens soon, I will be here all the time.

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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
92 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.