John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Active Beers: 178
Beer Ratings: 810
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Hibernator:
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Classic John Harvard's layout with the nice dark wood and dim lights. Plenty of seating at the bar and dining room area with booths and tables.
Food is standard pub selection with a concentration on burgers, wraps, pizza, salads and apps. Also featured are enticing specials and other quality dishes. We started out with the chicken quesadillas and spilt a pizza & wrap. Food quality is better than average and enjoyable overall.
The beer selection is one of the main reasons you come here though, right? Expect a diverse draft beer selection of about 8 brews.
Selections during my visit included Rye Dunkel Lager, John Harvard's Pale Ale, Fat Turkey Brown Ale, Double Pilsner and Munich Light Lager. The featured beers were Harvest Spice Ale and Imperial Round House Belgian Stout (10.8% ABV).
Word to the wise, you can get a sampler platter that comes with 5 beers for $5.99. Pretty good deal.
I sampled a bunch of of their different beers and ended with the Imperial Round House Belgian Stout that was delicious. Good beers. Service was good too, our waiter was attentive, prompt, friendly and knowledgeable.
12-19-2010 00:31:56 | More by Hibernator
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4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If I'm going to drink in Framingham, this is really the only place to go. Prices and poor draft maintenance keep me from BBC.... and that's about it. Not too many options in the immediate area, though I still haven't been to the Framingham beer works due to the fact they were delayed in brewing on the premises
The beer is at the worst always true to style and a respectable representation of style and on occassion they hit one out of the park, some of their IPAs are worthy of more praise and the rotating cask selection has recently been a lot more experimentive and fun.
The service cannot be beat. I'm generally here on Sundays after work and it is usually the assistant brewer bartending, "Baggles". Always on top of everything, never waiting for a pour and is quite passionate about brew, the best attributes in a brewpub 'tender
Food is alright, typical american grill/pub style, but the cheap late night offerings are what give it a bump
Quality spot in a bit of no mans land for beer in Framingham.
08-06-2013 17:13:57 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
3.61/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is not the easiest place to find if you aren't familiar with the mall setup...it's in a corner between 2 huge anchor stores. Once you find it, it's very welcoming inside...fairly typical brewpub set-up, with the bar area immediately in the front and dinner seating in the back. They had 8 beers on-tap when we went, and it seems that they rotate fairly often. There were a lot of summer-style brews, with one stout. Looking at their beer list, they have plenty of different brews to rotate through. Growlers available to go, and very reasonably priced, between $10-15 for filled ones, depending on style. The food was decent. Standard gastropub menu, with ranges from chowders and chilis to sandwiches and burgers to some more hefty entrees. Our waiter was fantastic...we were there with our 17 month old, and she wasn't feeling overly well, but he was awesome, bringing our stuff out quickly, checking back often, and getting our check out quickly. The hostess, however, was a bitch. She glared/rolled eyes at us when we walked in, I had to walk up close enough to count her gray hairs before she would acknowledge us/seat us, and she mumbled and walked off abruptly after we thanked her for helping (barely). The rest of the experience was enjoyable enough that I don't want to dock the whole place for one person, but she was hell on wheels. Other than that, good place to eat and drink.
05-14-2013 22:49:50 | More by GarthDanielson
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I like John Harvard’s in Framingham and it has improved strides since I was there last. The atmosphere strikes me as an old time bar with the addition of several tvs. There was a good mix of people there for the last half of the Patriots game. They featured about seven different beers on tap, yet their selections were very impressive. A saison, dubbel, and October spice beer among others. Very solid compared to stout, ipa, etc. The beers were high quality in my opinion, but not the best I have had. Certainly none was one that I would not gladly order in most microbreweries. The service was excellent. Our server let us try the beer before ordering and dropped off additional bread when she noticed we still had some hummus to get through. I really enjoyed my hummus and pulled pork sandwich, although my wife’s buffalo chicken wrap left something to be desired. The food by in large was good, but not great. I would certainly come back here if I was in the area. I was really pleased with how much better this place is over the last time I was here.
10-18-2011 15:29:43 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in the corner of the large Shopper's World. Kind of tucked away.
Very large restaurant with a nice visible brewing operation. Menu is pretty extensive with sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and pizzas. Apps were a huge hit for our kids. Nice kids menus too.
8 beers going the day we visited, with a decent range. Nothing dark, though. I get it's summer, but it is NE. One beer on cask and quite tasty.
Service was very attentive, even though they were crowded. Professionally done.
If you are in the area, worth a stop. Decent place to catch a game. Great way to kill time while the wife shops.
08-24-2011 02:06:54 | More by beer2day
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is the only John Harvard's I have visited. It is usually pretty busy I think it is because it is in an outdoor mall/shopping center and right next to a giant shoe warehouse and a arts/crafts store. I don't know if It is coincidence or great planning. They always have a wide variety of styles and for some reason every time I go there it's the first day they are serving a new brew. Had an Imperial Belgian Stout the other day and it was very good. If I took notes probably a b+/a-. The food is pretty good and if you just want a burger and beer it isn't that pricey. The girlfriend loves the fall seasonal pumpkin spice where they dip the rim in some cinnamon sugar.
I like going here every month or so just to see whats new. Being a home-brewer I love seeing the whole brew system behind the bar.
12-24-2010 18:23:20 | More by DrinkingDrake
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stop in here fairly often with my family when we're in the area shopping. It's pretty kid friendly - we haven't had any trouble bringing our preschooler here in the past. Most of the time we've sat in the dining room, but the same solid service is available when seated in the bar area as well. The beer selection covers about 7-8 offerings, with a few of these being seasonals or occasional releases. Beers tend to be solid, ranging from mediocre to quite good. Same with the food, with some of our favourites being the pot pie and beef stew. A great place to stop in for lunch and a beer to break up the monotony of shopping.
06-12-2010 20:27:34 | More by DrJay
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for dinner last Saturday night. Bit of a wait for a table, but there were tvs above the bar to watch football. This restaurant is certainly kid-friendly: lots of families dining here tonight. Strange ambiance here: looks like a brewpub took over an Olive Garden. Our waiter was very good. Friendly and quick, but did not bother us constantly. He was there when we needed him. Beer selection was pretty good. There were about 9 beers on tap that night. They still have the Harvest Spice Ale on tap, first tapped in September 2009? Kinda old. Tried the two newest beers to be tapped (this past week): the Old # 13 Imperial Porter and the 2010 Stout. The porter was excellent. Food I thought was better here than what I remember at the Cambridge location. My buffalo chicken mac and cheese was tasty, and my wife liked her burger. The mountain of ice cream brownie sundae for $4.99 was a steal. Food and beer prices were all reasonable for a brewpub. Worth a visit if in the area.
01-18-2010 17:46:52 | More by morebeergood
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this location with some co-workers last evening. I've been here numerous times before but hadn't had a chance to review. This location is more similar to the Harvard Sq location than the Manchester, CT location - dark wood and stained glass, exposed brewing machines. Service - our waiter was exceptional at first, very attentive, but then dipped off. We took a bit to order appetizers and dinner but there was a pretty big period in between when he would come and check on us. Selection was decent - I always enjoy their beers, however they were out of the two selections that I was most eager to try, on the up side they had two additional offerings to replace what they no longer had. Food is outstanding. I've yet to have something that wasn't incredible there. I always enjoy the food, beer, and atmosphere at John Harvard's.
08-04-2009 15:51:10 | More by Jayli
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Framingham, MA
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.