Cambridge Brewing Company

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3.96/5
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4,142 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

Notes:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Beers:
100
Reviews:
1,175
Ratings:
4,142
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.07/5
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
357
pDev:
9.83%
 
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 208
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%

Good lord, it is hard to get around Boston. Take a look at a map. Every other decent-sized city in North America is on a grid system, all precision and sharp angles. Boston is like if you fed psilocybin to a 9-year-old and had him try to hand-trace a spirograph drawing. That sound too obscure? Well them imagine feeding raw tequila to a squirrel and watching it stumble across a park. That's how Boston's roads are shaped.

(And Cambridge and Boston are the same goddamn thing, so far as I'm concerned.)

So, okay. CBC is located inside a darling little courtyard. It's very cute, but also very easy to drive right past.

The building is much smaller than I was expecting, which was nice because it lent the place a casual, personal vibe. The aesthetics are weirdly similar to the older brewpubs of the Midwest--Broad Ripple BrewCo in Indianapolis, Blue Cat in Rock Island, etc--woody and creaky with lots of big windows. Tons of trinkets behind the bar. Tons of history.

It's weird to talk of "tons of history" for a place that's only been open 25 years, but 25 years is ancient for the American craft beer scene. It's nice, here and there, to stop by a place that feels like people have been living there for a while, that doesn't feel formulaic or prefab.

The wait staff were talkative and friendly. The food was great and affordable. The beer was quite good, and also affordable. This is one of a handful of MA brewers that has (mostly) forsaken noble hops, and so the beers fall wonderful upon my midwestern pallet.

Very nice joint. Doesn't have the buzz of Lord Hobo, obviously, but it's still a must-stop if you're in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BillBabbitt
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DebSab
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of egrandfield
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of schroeder1200
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 4,142 ratings