Cambridge Brewing Company

Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(617) 494-1994 | map
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Notes: CBC was founded in 1989 in Kendall Square, Cambridge, where we've been crafting classic, unique, and experimental beers ever since. Thanks for supporting authentic craft beer! Cheers. Phil & Will
BEER STATS
Average:
3.94
Beers:
133
Ratings:
4,664
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.08
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
155
pDev:
9.56%
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Ratings by jjayjaye:
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Reviewed by jjayjaye from New York

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Drove down from Bedford, where i was staying on business, parked at the Alewife station and took the subway to town. CBC was a comfortable three block walk from the Kendall stop. I thought i might have to hunt around for it in Kendall Square, but it is easily visable from the street. The CBC archway draws you near and partitions off a large patio from the rest of the square. It is a moderately sized open facility situated so that you walk through the table seating area with the bar area located in the back. It was pretty full when we arrived, which is usually a good sign. Very warm and casual environment.

I liked the long narrow table with tall stools that separated the bar from the table seating. Although ordering a drink from there was a bit of a challenge; single bartender did his best to keep the beer flowing and he did so with a smile. The cask was empty, but there was otherwise a good selection of the house beers available. The Pumpkin had a good autumn spice to it but lacked a substantial pumpkin flavor. The Cambridge Amber was good; quite rich and malty with a distinctive carmel flavor.

While we didn't eat there but the meals looked good and everyone appeared to be enjoying the food.
Oct 28, 2006
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Cambridge Brewing is located in a neat nook, Kendall Square, about 1.5 mi from Harvard. It was more of a pub restaurant style place that had plenty of outdoor seating. Inside the place seemed small....there was a small bar and some surrounding tables.....there was a hallway extending behind the bar that I did not explore....so there could be more seating than what I saw. The quality of the food and beers were very good. The service was kind and attentive. There was a decent selection of food and beer to choose from.....I had the smashed patty burger.....phenomenal.....put on your list to visit.
Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by Noelito76 from New York

Sep 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.66 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Jul 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
I've been visiting since they opened, and return 3-4 times a year, so I'm chiming in. A coupla days ago was my first Pandemic restaurant visit at the brewery with a friend. Outdoors of course, as I don't think indoors has been approved in Massachusetts.

Felt safe to me, the Beer Garden wasn't quite as pretty as is it was in 'the Before Times', lined with flowers and all, but it was great. The routine is, wear masks when entering, leaving, taking a leak, etc. Take it off at your table. Anyways, it was great to be out, but even better to see Cambridge Brewing on top of their game. The Small Electric Cat was exceptional, Flower Power, Amber ...
Jun 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Brewpub - the entrance is a tucked back off the street. But they have some outdoor seating and then indoor bar and seating area. About a dozen house brewed beers available on tap - wide variety. I had glasses of the porter and a sour ale both were pretty good. service at the bar was good, and the food was as well.
Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by pdl255 from Massachusetts

Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
I visited on a week night while in Boston on business. It looked very crowded from outside, but they were able to seat my large party immediately with no fuss. The interior was a simple college town bar & grill, but clean, modern and open, The decor consisted of brick, brass and light colored wood. It was a bit loud, but not bad for a college hangout. The atmosphere was laid back, with most tables seeming to concentrate as much on dinner and conversation as on drinking the beer. I saw plenty of people appreciating the beer, but I didn't see any who were just there to pound it down without tasting it.

Service was good, as was the variety and quality of the food.

The beers I had that night were tasty. The beer menu leaned toward IPAs, but there was also some variety that a non-hophead like me could appreciate. For me the standout was Blunderbuss Barleywine aged in a Four Roses Whiskey barrel. All the beers I tried were fresh and well-handled. There were about 15 on tap, which was enough to offer some variety while not being too overwhelming.

This was a great place for dinner and craft beer. If I am in the area again I would certainly go back.
Apr 16, 2019
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Reviewed by BillBabbitt from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Nothing over the top, and not a large taproom. What it is, is a very comfy, cozy, friendly place to enjoy a really quality craft beer. If I lived in Boston, this is where I would hang out.
Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Nov 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.38 by DebSab from Florida

Nov 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by egrandfield from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.55 by schroeder1200 from New Jersey

Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Jul 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.73 by KDempsey from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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.
Jul 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.09 by HurryItsJacob from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by NextJen from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.
Mar 23, 2017
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Rated by Stephenmheadley from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by sbuchert from Massachusetts

Feb 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by lfrancisco from North Carolina

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Oct 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by kdevilliers from Massachusetts

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by StoutSnob40 from California

May 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by SimcoeKid from California

May 25, 2016
Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
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