John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

33 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States

(617) 868-3585 | map
johnharvards.com

Notes:
No longer brewing beer at this location.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
187
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
942
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.62/5
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
109
pDev:
12.98%
 
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 82
Reviews by albern:
Photo of albern
3.73/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

In the language of realtors ... location, location, location. That is what brings people into this brewpub more than anything else. Years ago, this space was a revolving door of establishments that couldn't survive (33 Dunster Street, etc.). Harvard Sq. was ripe for a brewpub and this place fit the bill. It has been around for about 10 years and going strong. The food has been very good at times, the selection of beers is typically good, and the place is nicely divided between tables for dinner and pub like tables for those just going in for a drink. Because it is in the basement, there is no natural light, but they do compensate with faux stained glass and light streaming in through that. The beers have always been good, but not great. I've had so many different iterations of their porter and darker offerings that they tend to blend together. If you're in Harvard Sq and you like beer, this place is a must. If you want to track down better beer, go to Cambridge Brewing Co in Kendall Sq.

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More User Reviews:
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheAnk
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 942 ratings