Cambridge Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.97/5
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 494-1994 | map
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
113
Ratings:
5,450
Reviews:
1,577
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
345
Reviews:
206
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 206
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Cambridge Brewing on 9/9/2011, pre-NOTF. It was a beautiful late summer day which was a perfect complement to the outdoor seating on the patio; however, we opted for the bar. We arrived at the tail end of the lunch crowd, so it was pretty much dead when we sat down. I was really quite impressed by the array of beers on tap, as well as the relative strength of the brews (none with the exception of Arquebus) was really over 6.8%, with most around 5.5%. I opted for Mind Left Body and Le Sasionniere - both were quite good and relatively easy drinking. For lunch I opted for the BLT which was quite good and reasonably priced at $8 - the fries were fantastic. Given that the restaurant was pretty much devoid of patrons, service was a bit slow and somewhat inattentive. That said, CBC is a top notch brewpub and well worth stopping in if you are in the area. Pint prices are very reasonable at around $5.25 a pour and the option to be able to purchase pitchers and towers (100oz) makes it really appealing if you want to sit down with a group.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of NextJen
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Stephenmheadley
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place, perfect spot to start an evening out on a Friday.

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Photo of sbuchert
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of lfrancisco
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Prost76
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of flek
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kdevilliers
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little spot with great saisons and an amazing Flanders. Food looked good (didn't eat). Solid brews and nice folks. Underrated.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Doublicious
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beric
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,450 ratings.
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