Cambridge Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.97/5
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:
111
Ratings:
5,470
Reviews:
1,578
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
207
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by deciding39:
Photo of deciding39
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Was looking for a good place to have a meal and some decent craft beer with the girlfriend this weekend. Decided to give this place a shot.

Easy to find location right off of the Kendall T stop and a nice atmosphere as well. We sat in the large dining room, which had a nice "public house" sort of feel. Service was quite speedy and our waitress was very friendly.

I sampled two of their beers at the restuarant - the Charles River Porter, and the Tiger Bite. The Charles River Porter is a malty, aggresively-hopped American-style porter that cannot be missed. I paired it with the blackened chicken sandwich, and was not disappointed. The sandwich was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the beer complimented the dish well by cutting through the charred spicy flavors with a robust chocolate-like sweetness. The Tiger Bite lacked too much in character to warrant drinking by itself, but the notes of lime and lemongrass paired well with the chicken pot stickers, and the white wine yeast used makes for a pleasant dry, clean finish.

I also took home a growler of the Tall Tale Pale Ale, but was rather disappointed by it. Although the hop character was great, the beer was almost completely uncarbonated, with absolutely zero head retention. The malt character was also lacking, leaving the beer with a very light, almost watery body. I will have to try the beer again on tap to see if it was just the growler.

Despite the fact that it's quite a trek from my apartment in the Fenway, I will definately be visiting again. Solid menu, fantastic service, and $4 pints are reason enough to check this place out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of cd34
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -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

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,470 ratings.
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