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Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 1,472
Beer Avg: 3.63

Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

11 Rogers Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930
United States
phone: (978) 282-7399

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @capeannbrewing

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(Place added by: Todd)
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Durge

Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I can't believe that there have been only three previous reviews of this place. I really enjoyed my first visit there this week. I stopped by with a friend while traveling home through the area so it was just a two beer stop, and it was a relatively sleepy time of the late afternoon, so it was pretty quiet. But I enjoyed the atmosphere even though it's actually very simple and pretty small. The focal point to me is the small but very cool boat shaped bar. I could see bellying up port side for many hours watching a Sox game and burying many pints of brews. There's some long tables with benches for other seating and a cozy enclave of upholstered furniture if you want to get comfortable with your Greenhorn DIPA while leafing through a copy of Ale Street News or the like. Then there's a dart board and a pool table, a few televisions to keep your brain on idle, throw in some rest rooms and you have one beautiful beer joint. The understated Gloucester fishing village flavor just heightens the atmospheric impression here, but it's definitely not "overboard" or ultra-touristy at all. It's actually a pretty stripped down establishment, but I think it is quietly very unique and neat. It's basically just one room, big enough to support a small crowd. The bartender was pretty friendly and very helpful with the beer chat. The front is all window so you have a view out onto the street which snakes through a wharf-ish neighborhood along the ocean side of Gloucester. They offer some great beer items for those that like a good tee-shirt or sweatshirt, hat, glass, etc. My only gripe was that the growlers cost an additional $8 for the bottle itself, so my DIPA for home was a total of $23. Not that I haven't paid around that much before for a high octane quality brew, but $8 for the bottle alone seems too steep to me (but they are nice bottles I'll grant that). They had a decent selection of beers with a small number of taps and including at least one "big beer" (DIPA) was nice. They had an oyster stout going also which was a little disappointing but at least they were trying. All in all I really look forward to a repeat visit, next time I'll plan on a local hostelry!

05-01-2010 01:41:28 | More by Durge
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Resuin

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I ate here on a Saturday evening with my family. There was over an hour wait for outdoor seating on the patio (overlooking the boats and water) but we just had some beers at the bar (I drank their chili stout - pretty solid). There were like 10-15 beers on tap - solid selection.

I had the burger which was tasty and the french fries were good. Other people at my table got lobster roll, fish and chips and the steak bomb - everyone enjoyed their food.

After we were seated, we ordered a bottle of their barrel-aged saison, which we were told was aged in merlot and cabernet barrels for 18 months and then bottle conditioned for 6 months. It was $20 but worth it - really, really tasty and unique.

The tables in the restaurant are picnic tables - the indoor ones are very long, and I'm guessing you'd have to share with other people. The outdoor ones were great for 4 people (which we had) and it was a terrific atmosphere.

There were lots of games inside - board games, darts, table shuffleboard, foosball. Definitely a fun place with good beer.

07-29-2013 22:23:01 | More by Resuin
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Cape Ann Brewing Company in Gloucester, MA
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.