Cambridge Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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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:
1,545
Ratings:
5,343
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.07/5
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
350
pDev:
9.83%
 
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was on my summer "to do" list, so when a friend gave me Sox tickets for this past Saturday, I decided to kill two birds and go to CBC. It was quiet (maybe having something to do with the Sox game we were ultimately late to, and also the fact that we were there during the first session of the ACBF). We sat inside to beat the heat for a bit. Our server was really attentive for the first 3/4 of our meal, but I think we got caught during some sort of shift-change, and she ended up basically waiting on everyone outside, but no big deal, service was fine. We started off by sampling 8 different beers, and were impressed with them all, including my first ever sour! I ended up going with the L'Amour Du Jour while my wife had the Half Wit with lunch. The beers were outstanding, and the food was good too...she had a chicken caesar salad and I went with the Cubano sandwich, which was damn tasty. After dinner, we split a YouEnjoyMyStout, then scrambled to Fenway to watch the Sox get spanked. My only regret was not enjoying a full Charles River Porter. We got a sample, and loved it, but it didn't really seem to go with either of the dishes we ordered, and after lunch, we just had to try the Imperial Stout (after which, we stopped respecting beer and started respecting water!). But honestly, I think the Porter completely outshines the Stout, and I'm actually surprised it doesn't get more love on BA. Just a classic and delicious Porter, and if I wasn't going to Fenway after, I'd definitely have taken home a growler. All in all, an excellent brewpub, and I look forward to going back.

EDIT: Also, not really a knock, I guess I was just a little surprised they weren't offering an IPA. I would've liked to have tried one there.

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 5,343 ratings