John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

33 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Closed on May 30, 2019.
BEER STATS
Average:
3.56
Beers:
187
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
944
Master Beer Listing
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.62
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.98%
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Reviews by Brad007:
Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I hadn't planned on stopping here but since I got bad directions to another place (thanks Google Maps! Morons), I decided to wander into Cambridge and discovered this place.

The atmosphere isn't quite what I like but its tolerable. A bit warm and dank smelling place with lots of drab wood (perhaps a bit of stain would go a long way in brightening it up?). The smell bugs me as it reminds me of the basement at my parents house.

Beer quality is decent. I liked the pale ale. Selection is limited but that's ok because some places have too many beers to choose from. Solid examples of tried and true styles are what they seem to do best (and that's hardly a bad thing in the age of extreme beer).

Bartender was quick to take my order as the waitress seemed distracted. Forgivable as long as they acknowledge my presence. They were quick at first, which shows that they care.

Talking about selection, the beer list isn't much but they seem to have a decent grub menu balanced with a few foodie items. I'm sick of burgers so I ordered a spent-grain pizza instead.

Speaking of which, pizza was delicious. Honest and tasty with spent grains. Price was good too, which is a plus. If I wasn't so sick of burgers, I would have gone with one instead. A pleasant surprise.

Value? Pint prices are slightly cheaper and ditto on the food. The beer isn't really a draw though and that hurts the appeal. Still, if you want a break from the hectic Boston grind, it'll do.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FannYu
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A neat basement bar near Harvard with a full bar, a couple house beers and 4 or 5 guest taps. There is decent food and a good selection of styles on their limited taps (at least when I was there). Good vibe, cool stained glass, beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Large open dining room one floor below street level. Only had 2 of their own beers on tap. 6 or so local craft guest taps. Friendly service. Food was reasonable priced, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
2/5  rDev -44.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Photo of sbuchert
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of flek
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
3.33/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of mothman
2.86/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2

Photo of jeanphoenix
3.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of scxcrunner
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Stopped here before Harvard's home opener v Holy Cross in September. It was average. They had a beer from most styles on the menu and my wife and I both chose to go with the all seasonal harvest ale. Food was average. Cant go wrong with a burger but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Visited in the 90's and have a pint glass to prove it

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Photo of dabarton
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of ricp215
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tikk
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev +10.5%

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 944 ratings