Cambridge Brewing Company

Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1500
United States

(617) 494-1994 | map

Notes: CBC was founded in 1989 in Kendall Square, Cambridge, where we've been crafting classic, unique, and experimental beers ever since. Thanks for supporting authentic craft beer! Cheers. Phil & Will
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I've been visiting since they opened, and return 3-4 times a year, so I'm chiming in. A coupla days ago was my first Pandemic restaurant visit at the brewery with a friend. Outdoors of course, as I don't think indoors has been approved in Massachusetts.

Felt safe to me, the Beer Garden wasn't quite as pretty as is it was in 'the Before Times', lined with flowers and all, but it was great. The routine is, wear masks when entering, leaving, taking a leak, etc. Take it off at your table. Anyways, it was great to be out, but even better to see Cambridge Brewing on top of their game. The Small Electric Cat was exceptional, Flower Power, Amber ...

Jun 18, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Brewpub - the entrance is a tucked back off the street. But they have some outdoor seating and then indoor bar and seating area. About a dozen house brewed beers available on tap - wide variety. I had glasses of the porter and a sour ale both were pretty good. service at the bar was good, and the food was as well.

Aug 05, 2019
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Radome from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I visited on a week night while in Boston on business. It looked very crowded from outside, but they were able to seat my large party immediately with no fuss. The interior was a simple college town bar & grill, but clean, modern and open, The decor consisted of brick, brass and light colored wood. It was a bit loud, but not bad for a college hangout. The atmosphere was laid back, with most tables seeming to concentrate as much on dinner and conversation as on drinking the beer. I saw plenty of people appreciating the beer, but I didn't see any who were just there to pound it down without tasting it.

Service was good, as was the variety and quality of the food.

The beers I had that night were tasty. The beer menu leaned toward IPAs, but there was also some variety that a non-hophead like me could appreciate. For me the standout was Blunderbuss Barleywine aged in a Four Roses Whiskey barrel. All the beers I tried were fresh and well-handled. There were about 15 on tap, which was enough to offer some variety while not being too overwhelming.

This was a great place for dinner and craft beer. If I am in the area again I would certainly go back.

Apr 16, 2019
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BillBabbitt from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nothing over the top, and not a large taproom. What it is, is a very comfy, cozy, friendly place to enjoy a really quality craft beer. If I lived in Boston, this is where I would hang out.

Feb 08, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Decided to try this place out after Lord Hobo was closed (didn't realize they don't open till 4PM on the weekdays). Nice place tucked away well away from the street. Tons of outdoor seating which was nice on a summer's day. Selection was fairly sparse, maybe a dozen choices with one cask selection. Beer was good, wait staff was attentive and friendly. Really can't complain.

Jul 10, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Every thing you'd want in a brewery next door to MIT. Must see. Beantown stout and all their fragrant pale ales FLY!
Try their extensive menu and enjoy the brainy university crowd. A bit of heaven. I'll always return here. Spacious bar.

Mar 23, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went here for my birthday over the weekend. The space is in this mixed space building area next too a BBQ restaurant, offices, and the Friendly Toast. The space itself is pretty small relatively. Some tables in the front, a bar area, and tables in the back. Although my party and me were able to be seated quickly on a Saturday night, the small space made the entire restaurant and bar area quite loud.

The bar menu seemed to have over a dozen CBC beers offered with a medium-sized bar menu. I had the 4 sampler flight that offered the Great Pumpkin Ale, Soleil Couchant, Commissioner Gordon, and Brett Sematary. I also had the BBQ bacon cheeseburger, which had an excellent BBQ sauce flavored with their pale ale. Our server was prompt, polite, and knowledgeable.

Overall, I enjoyed this space despite its tight quarters.

Nov 07, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I've been on here on multiple occasions that attract different vibes. I don't think this place ever gets that tense I need this beer vibe, but it will get crowded at some of the big events. Most of the time, it's pretty chill, especially when the patio is open and people can spread out more through the space. It's a comfortable place to go. I would rate the quality of the beer to be higher than the quality of the food and the quality overall somewhere between. The service is good and attentive, though at those big festivals, they can understandably be over-stretched. The selection for both beer and food is good. You have a great mixture of dark and light, lagers and ales, hoppy, sour, and farmhouse. It's ever-evolving and CBC probably has the best portfolio in terms of breadth in the state. The food likewise offers you appetizers, salads, soups, seafood, heartier entrees, pizza, and burgers. There's something for everyone. Some of the food is average but others are phenomenal.

Overall, CBC is one of the best breweries to visit in the state.

Apr 12, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Vibe: It really depends if you're inside or outside. The outdoor patio rocks- it's big and looks great. The tables and chairs are comfortable and it generally isn't too loud. Compare this to inside where you need to shout across the table just to be heard.

Quality: The beer is fantastic, always, and the food is of great quality as well. Nothing too special by any means, but not shabby either.

Service: Typically just fine. Nothing to write home about.

Selection: Always have a good number of brews on tap, including an on-cask options typically as well. Really makes it easy to enjoy samples, small sizes, or some pints. I love ordering the towers since they look ridiculous, but are a great value when you want to share some stuff with some friends.

Food: A bit pricey, but normal by brewpub and Cambridge standard. Good options, verging on gourmet for some people. Everything I've gotten here has been good.

Mar 31, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

V: I really liked the look and feel of this place. The contrast of function and work with dining and leisure. Its set in an old building that must have been restored into a restaurant. It had class while at the same time was comfortable. really cool all around.
Q: I had the pilsner and the barrel aged imperial stout (forget the name but it is very recognizable). Both were top notch.
Ser: Our waiter was awesome, incredibly knowledgeable, nice, and all around just a cool guy.
Sel: Menu didn't have a bucket load of choices but it had a pretty decent selection. So finding something you like should be too bad but there is some limit.
F: Food was unbelievably good. Got the skirt steak, with potatoes and brussel sprouts. Was so fantastic

Definately will be back at some point.

Jan 12, 2016
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Bruce5 from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

When I first found CB I was in love with the place, finally a place that did not subject me to Bud or Miller. For many years I was a major supporter. But now there are lots of microbreweries delivering quality beers and CB no longer meets the standard.

Loved CB for many years, now I walk a few more blocks to Slumbrew.

Jan 07, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Really cool place with a nice outdoor patio and a really laid back vibe where everyone was welcomed and taken care of by the attentive staff. They had a nice selection of beers, the waiter offered solid recommendations and the food came out quick and hot. Beers were good, my burger was very good and there was no rush to leave or pressure. It was a perfect hangover experience and our waiter was one of the best I've ever had, at any restaurant. Quality place close to Lord Hobo, go to both if you're up in Cambridge, MA, you won't be disappointed.

Jul 18, 2015
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TheBungyo from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I was really impressed with the variety of beers here. Where so many breweries fail is being consistent across a gamut of styles. But whether it was a big old ale like Old Butternuts, a sour (don't remember which one I tried but it was delicious), or Flower Child IPA, it didn't matter. All were wonderful.

Food was great too. The standout for me was the poutine but the pizza was pretty tasty too.

As for the service, it was on point and I never felt like I had to wait long for another beer. I guess it would be no surprise that the place felt immaculately clean too. It's obvious much pride is taken in maintaining this brewpub and it shows. Definitely a place I plan to spend more time at.

Dec 06, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CBC is constantly pushing the envelope with new beers and ingredients. They always have something top notch. The food is better than most microbreweries.

One of the top five places to visit when visiting Boston/Cambridge.

Nov 23, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%

Good lord, it is hard to get around Boston. Take a look at a map. Every other decent-sized city in North America is on a grid system, all precision and sharp angles. Boston is like if you fed psilocybin to a 9-year-old and had him try to hand-trace a spirograph drawing. That sound too obscure? Well them imagine feeding raw tequila to a squirrel and watching it stumble across a park. That's how Boston's roads are shaped.

(And Cambridge and Boston are the same goddamn thing, so far as I'm concerned.)

So, okay. CBC is located inside a darling little courtyard. It's very cute, but also very easy to drive right past.

The building is much smaller than I was expecting, which was nice because it lent the place a casual, personal vibe. The aesthetics are weirdly similar to the older brewpubs of the Midwest--Broad Ripple BrewCo in Indianapolis, Blue Cat in Rock Island, etc--woody and creaky with lots of big windows. Tons of trinkets behind the bar. Tons of history.

It's weird to talk of "tons of history" for a place that's only been open 25 years, but 25 years is ancient for the American craft beer scene. It's nice, here and there, to stop by a place that feels like people have been living there for a while, that doesn't feel formulaic or prefab.

The wait staff were talkative and friendly. The food was great and affordable. The beer was quite good, and also affordable. This is one of a handful of MA brewers that has (mostly) forsaken noble hops, and so the beers fall wonderful upon my midwestern pallet.

Very nice joint. Doesn't have the buzz of Lord Hobo, obviously, but it's still a must-stop if you're in town.

Nov 14, 2014
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mjstacker from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Not so bad, I like their bombers and labels, wish the beer was better. Big Man IPA is a total malt bomb but the double, Audacity of Hops is better and the tripel, Tripel Threat is a bit Wah, Wah. Just bought a 6-pack of their new hoppy pilsner and it's marginal.

Aug 15, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has a nice open concept overlooking the brewhouse through a large window. There are beers to go available on your way out (including growlers).

Service: The waitress I had was very knowledgeable and provided us with good service and suggestions.

Selection: This brewery offers a solid selection of year-rounds, seasonals and on-offs. They had about 5 or 6 year rounds and 5 on-offs and seasonals. I went there the morning after Extreme Beer Fest so I only had the Brett Grisette but it was great nevertheless.

Food and value: I had bacon & eggs witch was delicious. As far as the beer goes, the prices were very reasonable. This is definitely a good brewery to visit if you're ever in the Boston area and are looking to have a few local beers. The experience probably would of been better if I hadn't been hungover.

Apr 14, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Right in Kendall Square, this place is tucked into the back corner of a little open pavilion, with a parking garage and metered parking all over the place. Great feel when you walk in, with lots of dark wood and brick balancing with a ton of windows that allow natural light to flood the space. There is a bunch of outdoor seating for warmer weather, a ton of table space when you first walk in, and a more private room off the right side of the bar. The bar is horseshoe shaped, with plenty of seating. 12+ beers on tap, with beers to go in growlers and bombers. Food was decent, with a good balance of gastropub fare, as well as some more interesting options mixed in there. The bartender I had was nice enough, but seemed more interested in watching Animal Planet than anything else. There was a party going on in the private seating area, and I was impressed how separated that actually seemed from everything else. It didn't distract a bit. Prices were very reasonable, and it's definitely worth a stop to snag some very unique beers that they don't distribute/bottle.

Oct 13, 2013
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vonnegut21 from New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Tucked in a little corner of Kendal Square, Cambridge Brewing Company has a wonderful location. The inside has high ceilings and exposed brick. It's a bit spacious and open feeling, but it kind of works. Strong hipster vibe going on with the after work crowd, but the Sox game does its best to balance that out. Service was quite good. Attentive, but not overbearing. Selection is decent, maybe 8 offerings... a couple are quite unique. I stick with Arquebus. I made a good choice. The beers are all well crafted, but I just can't pry myself away from their barleywine. Beers are a bit on the high side for a brewpub, but I can't complain about the quality. The food was tasty and fairly-priced. The short-rib poutine was particularly tasty and came in a huge portion. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

Oct 09, 2013
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped in Yesterday after a harbor trip to Georges Island.
We have been several times at this point.

The atmosphere has changed little over time, welcoming and warm. Outside seating was busy on a Saturday afternoon. The Beer quality is exceptional, we had a grissette, Jan had the Great Pumpkin, and we shared the real star of the show a cask ESB dry hopped with Fuggles. That beer was outstanding!! We split crab cake appetizer and, greatly enjoyed the company of Steve the bartender.
Manager stopped by and chatted.
All in all a wonderful time.
Value is great as no item is hyped or priced out of reach.

Highly recommended.


Sep 22, 2013
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went on a Friday night, straight from Logan upon arrival to Boston actually. It was very crowded and there was a line to get a table. Got lucky and got a seat at the bar right away. There was some really interesting stuff on tap, including the barrel-aged wild porter and the barrel-aged barleywine. The service at the bar was probably better than the service at the table, the waitress didn't strike me as being terribly knowledgeable or interested in the beer. The atmosphere was okay, it is a pretty large place and it lacked character, but it not at all an unpleasant place to spend time. It also is just a couple blocks from other points of interest in Cambridge, including Lord Hobo.

Aug 04, 2013
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libeer4182 from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

CBC can easily be overlooked - especially with Lord Hobo and Meadhall in the neighborhood now - but should really be a part of any visit to the Boston area. My wife and I frequently grab dinner at CBC prior to a movie at Kendall Square Cinema.

The atmosphere is more restaurant than bar. The bar is in the center of the space, flanked by the brew tanks, but the restaurant tables dominate throughout the rest of the space. The bar consists of about 15 stools at the bar itself and about another 15 on the periphery. Even on Friday and Saturday nights, it's never really too crazy. In fact, I'd say it's the busiest during the weekday happy hour as a function of the many offices in the surrounding complex.

Service is mostly good, but I've had some misses. Whenever I sit at the bar, the bartenders are always friendly and attentive. You're never left with an empty glass. Once I was sitting in front of the taps when a keg kicked and a little spray hit me - the bartender was very apologetic and comped me a beer. Most of the time, the table service is good but I have had the odd occasion where the server goes MIA.

Selection is excellent. Being a brewpub, all of the beers are brewed on-site and it's a truly rare occasion when there's a guest tap. They have a stable of your standard styles - an amber, a brown, a pale - but they can get very experimental with the rest of the beers. They do some great sours, and their imperial stout is up there with the best. Great barrel-aging program. Almost every time I'm in they're pouring something I've never had. While some brewpubs keep going back to the same recipes, they're always trying something new here.

The food is good, not great. They change the menu frequently, which can be a good thing, but I've had occasions where nothing on the menu really piqued my interests. There are some good bar bites if you're looking for a snack and a beer, but this is really a full-service restaurant first and a bar second.

Beers are very reasonably priced, in the $5-$7 range as they're only serving their house brewed beers. When you consider that most of their beers are excellent it's a great value compared to the $7-$11 a glass some of the local beer bars are getting.

May 29, 2013
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My first stop at CBC, I have wanted to check this place out for a few years now. Large brick and wood space inside with lots of people enjoying themselves, some a little too much. Not as many people outside on the patio, altho if the weather was a little nice I would have joined them out there as it looked awesome. Service was pretty good. At times he just wanted to talk to the locals but I didn't have to wait too long for my beers. Quality was pretty high. Legit food ingredients, proper glasses, etc. Selection was pretty good but not amazing. Nothing overly rare or interesting, except the sake beer. but a decent array of beers to choose from. I stopped in for dinner so I decided to go with a margarita pizza which was solid, I finished the whole pizza in no time flat. Prices were on par with everywhere else I had been, maybe a touch high but it is a major city. Overall an awesome little brewpub in the heart of the city. I will definitely return when I am in the city.

May 29, 2013
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Imstillthegman from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped in for dinner while in Boston. Took a while to find the place....sits back from the street and the GPS didn't help. Once there, we were quickly seated and waited on. Fairly busy night with a varied crowd. Service was very good. Beers and food both came at reasonable speed. The food was good, though I felt my portion of the special ravioli for the night was quite small. Nine small, square ravioli for $16? I should have gotten a burger. The beer, including the one-offs available were quite good. I would probably make another visit, though Lord Hobo is just up the street.

May 16, 2013
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Durge from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Although I've been here a few times over the years, I stopped by for a a couple beers recently and found it hadn't really changed notably, which isn't really a bad thing. Stopping in during a weekday afternoon, the place is a bit sleepy but not vacant. There's a comfortable crowd of couples and loners like me with good music playing and a nice selection of Cambridge brews on tap. I believe they have entertainment some nights and they serve food which I didn't have this trip, so I imagine the atmosphere might be a little more compelling at a different time. But it was fine for hanging out at the medium sized bar, watching some Sports Center updates and chatting intermittently with the staff. The bartender was an attentive young lady who was happy to talk some beer and was helpful. She offered me some half sized portions to allow me to have more variety without pushing my limits for driving home, which I greatly appreciated. There's nothing terribly special about the physical place but there's nothing wrong with it at all. They sell growlers and bombers from a cooler. Bathrooms and all else seem to be quite clean and pleasant. Some folks were having a bite to eat and the grub looked good, and I've eaten here some years ago and don't recall any issues. All and all this place is a nice stop which probably offers some livelier experiences for the evening crowds. The beers were all good from what I was able to enjoy this time through.

Apr 18, 2013
Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
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