John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

BEER AVG
3.58/5
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Worcester Road
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01701
United States

(508) 875-2337 | map
johnharvards.com

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84
Reviews:
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Ratings:
51
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
15.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 51
Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the only John Harvard's I have visited. It is usually pretty busy I think it is because it is in an outdoor mall/shopping center and right next to a giant shoe warehouse and a arts/crafts store. I don't know if It is coincidence or great planning. They always have a wide variety of styles and for some reason every time I go there it's the first day they are serving a new brew. Had an Imperial Belgian Stout the other day and it was very good. If I took notes probably a b+/a-. The food is pretty good and if you just want a burger and beer it isn't that pricey. The girlfriend loves the fall seasonal pumpkin spice where they dip the rim in some cinnamon sugar.
I like going here every month or so just to see whats new. Being a home-brewer I love seeing the whole brew system behind the bar.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mickyge
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of emottram
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of dwatulak
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.25 | food: 3.75

The place was solid, but this is some of the worst beer I've ever had

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Photo of kettleandcask
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Two reasons to like this place:
The bar area with all the TVs is separate from the dining area. The best of both worlds. You can go watch your game, or you can bring your family and sit in an area that's relatively quiet.
The food is quite good, at least what we were eating. The veggie burger, Greek salad, and vegetarian pizza were excellent.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.9/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If I'm going to drink in Framingham, this is really the only place to go. Prices and poor draft maintenance keep me from BBC.... and that's about it. Not too many options in the immediate area, though I still haven't been to the Framingham beer works due to the fact they were delayed in brewing on the premises

The beer is at the worst always true to style and a respectable representation of style and on occassion they hit one out of the park, some of their IPAs are worthy of more praise and the rotating cask selection has recently been a lot more experimentive and fun.

The service cannot be beat. I'm generally here on Sundays after work and it is usually the assistant brewer bartending, "Baggles". Always on top of everything, never waiting for a pour and is quite passionate about brew, the best attributes in a brewpub 'tender

Food is alright, typical american grill/pub style, but the cheap late night offerings are what give it a bump

Quality spot in a bit of no mans land for beer in Framingham.

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Framingham, MA
3.58 out of 5 based on 939 ratings.
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