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3.99/5
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:
104
Reviews:
1,541
Ratings:
5,304
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
339
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 339
Reviews by dauss:
Photo of dauss
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I was in the Boston area and saw it as one of the highest rated establishments. I had called earlier to schedule an appointment with Will to take a tour. We had gotten there very early, must have been moments after they opened for lunch. Very spacious, with a lot of light colored wood tables and a simple looking bar. It wasn't all dressed up or dim, just plain and inviting. Behind the register was the mash tun and kettle, just sitting there without any glass or wall blocking the view from the customers. The back of the brewhouse were filled to capacity with fermenters and serving tanks.

Service was good, but there were probably 2 other customers when we first sat down. When I was there, they had 14 beers on tap. The day before they had done some sort of tasting with the brewers and had a bunch of the more elaborate beers left over from the night before. The ESB and the porter were excellent. Out of the 14 beers on tap, I thought only 5 were very good. The brewer had given us a tasting of all his offerings after the tour.

For lunch I had the Fried Haddock. The Haddock was dry and chewy, not moist and flaky. The batter was very thin, and there were only two small pieces of fish atop a mountain of french fries. The coleslaw was good, and the fries were really good, but the Haddock was a huge disappointment.

Would I come back, hell yeah. There were some very good beers there, and what a selection. As for the food, I'll never order the Fried Haddock ever again.

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of Bruce5
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of jcMPLS
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kdivers
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of KristopherWKing
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
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