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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 191
Beer Ratings: 856
Beer Avg: 3.6

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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
very good

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1 Worcester Road
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01701
United States
phone: (508) 875-2337

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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

John Harvard’s in Framingham is located in the back corner of a shopping plaza, within the endless strip of malls and big box on the stretch of Route 9.

Interior is classic John Harvard cozy. Old dark rustic wood booths and tables, dimly lit atmosphere, and yet at the same time very family friendly. An L shaped bar is off to one side with flat screen TV’s above it tuned to sports at all times.

Food is typical Pub Grub. Burgers, Sandwiches, salads, entrees, appetizers, etc. All food is hearty and good quality. I tend to find their food a little greasier than some places, but overall I’ve always been more than happy with it.

Beer, well… it’s good, but compared to others in the chain this is probably the lowest quality. They have about 5 on tap with usually 2 specialties at any given time. I’ve been here many times and no matter which specialty or standard beer I order they all seem to be a tad bit watery and bland. Still better than any macro or local micro, but you can tell their beers are geared more towards casual shoppers in the area who convinced their family to try something other than the Olive Garden.

If you’re spending a day shopping, it’s terrific to have a brewpub around. Sure beats TGI Fridays or Pizzeria Uno, but if you’re looking to truly experience John Harvard’s, there are other’s in the chain a short trip into the Boston area which I like a lot better.

03-27-2006 21:51:42 | More by taez555
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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
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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Framingham, MA
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.