Cambridge Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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5,346 Ratings
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

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

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

(617) 494-1994 | map
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
121
Reviews:
1,542
Ratings:
5,346
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.07/5
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
351
pDev:
9.83%
 
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by albern:
Photo of albern
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been frequenting CBC since it opened circa 1990. I think I discovered the place the 2nd or 3rd week it opened. At the time, the only competition was the Commonwealth Brewery, which has long since folded. CBC is the best brew pub in the Boston area, has the most interesting selection of specials, has a good vibe, and the food isn't bad. The service has always been a mixed bag, at least at the tables. The outdoor ambience is excellent in the warm weather. The pale ale has always been my favorite regular. It is well made, carbonated just right, and very fruity and flavorful. Years ago, they made a buckwheat ale that I thought was exceptional, but I don't think they've made it in a long while. The seasonal pumpkin is also very nice. You can't go wrong here. If you're visiting from out of town, do yourself a favor and visit. The only downside is that the location isn't all that hip. The factory turned shopping area, is a little isolated. If you want surrounding atmosphere, John Harvard's in Harvard Square or the Beerworks at Fenway Park is better. CBC has them beat for better beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ScaryEd
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of KDempsey
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Nichols33
3.58/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of cd34
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of NextJen
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -2.9%
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 +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of lfrancisco
3.5/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of flek
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kdevilliers
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 5,346 ratings