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 WillieMoe:
Photo of WillieMoe
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a quaint little place. Well, okay it's not that little, really. Located under Harvard Square, JH's has a nice atmosphere, with a slightly colonial look to it, and some nice stained-glass windows featuring Cambridge/ Boston icons. I picked out Carl Yazstremski and Bobby Orr, but couldn't quite figure out all of them. I did enjoy the cooler filled with growlers right near the door. I didn't take advantage this time around, but will be sure to partake on a future visit.

The beer selection was a lot larger than I was expecting. After foolishly jumping for the Old Willie's IPA to start ( I say foolishly because I should have order the sampler right away). The IPA was top notch, and I even had another go at it in the sampler.
The lighter beers were solid, but not spectacular.There didn't seem to be a whole lot of variation with the Colonial Gold, the light and the Cambridge-on-the-Charles. My favorites were the Wassail, IPA and the Imperial Stout-which you should go and get now, cause I don't know how long they'll be brewing it!

The one downfall was that our waitress seemed to lose interest in us after we ordered dinner, but luckily this guy who was just jetting around the place was ready to take beer orders.

Oh yeah, they have food too! It was very good and this is definitely worth a vist if you're in the Harvard area.

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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