Cape Ann Brewing Company

Cape Ann Brewing CompanyCape Ann Brewing Company
Cape Ann Brewing CompanyCape Ann Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

11 Rogers Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930
United States

(978) 282-7399 | map

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 47
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Adorable little joint, located right on the Cape. The taproom is long and woody, with broad communal tables, booths, and a bar. TVs played softly, the crowd was made up almost entirely of friendly locals, and the staff were quite friendly.

Seriously, a very nice atmosphere. 100% laid back and without the smallest hint of pretentiousness. Sometimes I like the bustling antiseptic feel of your hipper and more brightly lit joints, but more often than not I'd prefer to simply sit back and drink.

The beer is old school east coast craft, with a strong focus on balance and English influences peaking through. I would have guessed the place opened up in the mid 90's, but it's actually only about 10 years old. Huh. Anyhow, there's nothing bad about not being excessively hop-forward, not offering anything barrel aged, and not crapping out an array of middling sours, but this lack of newness might turn off some of the more scene-conscious beersmen.

There's about 10 offerings, with a beer for every mood so long as you're not in the mood for something XTreme.

Food was standard pub fare. Having lived in New England less than 6 months, I'm still getting used to the wondrousness of having fresh seafood available all the time, so I don't quite know how their clams stack up against those of your average pub. So... it was good, is all I can say. I might have been more impressed than I should have been.

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Photo of PortLargo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Convenient location in Gloucester with ample parking. Bartenders seem to be very knowledgeable. Pub-grub is a little better than average. Beer selection is pretty decent by any standards. Some brews are only average, but a few real winners (Dead Eye DIPA). Also, they had a cask IPA at room temp during my visit. About the only negative is they serve many of their brews in a shaker glass. They offer tours during the day and if you ask politely they will work with your schedule.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

My Ladies and I swung by here today for lunch, after a not-so-successful whale watch.

The Pub was easily found on the waterfront, a short walk from our whale watch boat. Gorgeous day that it was (and is!), we scored seats outside on the patio, under the canopy. Inside, past the hostess station, was a long bar running to the rear along the left. Many picnic tables were set about, of the big, solid, polished variety. Place had lots of light, solid wood, and it was fairly bright. A very convivial setting. The patio had more big-ass picnic tables, almost all in the shade. The view out over the harbor is superb! On tap were about 10 biers, from barleywine to amber, koelsch to pilsner, milk stout to DIPA. The two I quaffed (DIPA and barleywine) were very solid.

Our server, and the whole staff, were exceedingly friendly and accomodating, from the basics of getting our food and drinks, to taking some pictures and chatting about the area. Food was solid pub food (had 2 steak subs, a burger, and chicken tenders, plus nachos). Tasty, though a tad pricy, but consider the setting. All in all, a very pleasant experience! Zum Wohl!

4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.20 | service: 4.30 | selection: 4.40 | food: 4.15 | $$$


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Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I ate here on a Saturday evening with my family. There was over an hour wait for outdoor seating on the patio (overlooking the boats and water) but we just had some beers at the bar (I drank their chili stout - pretty solid). There were like 10-15 beers on tap - solid selection.

I had the burger which was tasty and the french fries were good. Other people at my table got lobster roll, fish and chips and the steak bomb - everyone enjoyed their food.

After we were seated, we ordered a bottle of their barrel-aged saison, which we were told was aged in merlot and cabernet barrels for 18 months and then bottle conditioned for 6 months. It was $20 but worth it - really, really tasty and unique.

The tables in the restaurant are picnic tables - the indoor ones are very long, and I'm guessing you'd have to share with other people. The outdoor ones were great for 4 people (which we had) and it was a terrific atmosphere.

There were lots of games inside - board games, darts, table shuffleboard, foosball. Definitely a fun place with good beer.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I tried two beers at their establishment. The first beer was their chilli stout and the second was the Navigator. The chilli stout was awesome and the navigator was very good. The chilli stout was the color of coke and had a great smell and taste. I was wondering what a beer with "hot sauce" was going to be like and I was surprised at how the flavors really worked together. We sat out on the deck and watched the ships come in and out of the ocean and joked about the show Wicked Tuna. Service was fantastic. Food was out fast and hot and the waitress always showed up at the right time. I hope to go back and try other beers (pumpkin coffee stout).

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went for the first time with my sweetheart.
The beer list was full of their offerings. Started with Cask home grown pale ale, quite good.
Octoberfest was also quite good.
Shared mussels, steamed in pale ale and garlic witha hint of mustard. Had fish and chips, both items were excellent.
Service was solid as food was put up by the kitchen any staff member delivered it hot and promptly!
Atmosphere was family friendly, big tables to share, my wife noticed that with 2 football games on, each was using subtitles, while music filled the house. Nice touch.

A trip here is worth the drive, value to price was very good.
Seek this out

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Photo of ACD
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is what a Brew Pub/Restaurant should be like! I have been several times and will continue to make the 25 mile trip to scenic Gloucester, many many more time!

Great beer with great selections for each season! They really take pride in creating and selecting different styles of beer. Not just the same old same old types. You can tell a lot of time research and effort goes into each of their selections!

The bartenders and servers could not be more friendly and helpful!

The food choices are perfect compliments to the beers!

Combine that with being right on Gloucester Harbor, this is a must visit for anyone who like beer- food and the sea! It is a great time any time of the season

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Photo of bkbythesea
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

the beer is excellent....many choices...take home growlers are a plus...haven't tried the food yet..but hear its tasty...only ding would be when they have bands in there they should tone it down a bit...its far too loud....maybe have the amps on a lower to have to scream in each others ear to hear each other....the atmosphere otherwise is all brewery...i have to make it a point to go down some day when they are batching something to not only enjoy the product but watch the process as well.

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Photo of mingo1968
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was in the area and stopped in the beer was fresh and the service was good. The view on the back deck is very nice looking into the warf. If i lived here this would be one of my watering holes so if your in the area stop in. Oh you can smell them brewing the beer. The place was clean and staff friendly. Our server was very nice and knew about the beers she even gave a few samples out. It wasn't that crowded when i was there. But i would imagin if the place was crowded seating would be tough out on the deck. The deck is very big but not alot of tables. Really i cant wait to get back in there when im back in the area. Wish i could get their brew down here in philly.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We had a great exploring the ocean and beach of Stage fort Park in the historic fishing town of Gloucester, MA. Home of the Perfect storm, the area is loaded with fishing and Revolutionary war history. not to mention the official spot of the Massachusetts bay colony circa 1623.

Haning outside on the open deck right at the mouth of the harbour is a perfect way to end the day. The famous "Crowns nest" and Ice making building are all within eye-shot. Two large fishing vessles nearly hit eachother as i sipped my honey Pilsner. After, i tried the rather extreme fisherman's Tea which is a Barleywine with a mix of three traditional tea's, all of which eneded up in the Boston Harbour on that famous day. The Beers were pretty good and service as well.

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Photo of ICCULIS
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to both the old location and the new one that just opened up in Jan. 2011. I greatly prefer the new location - more more room, killer views of the Bay and the addition of a kitchen make this BrewPub ideal.

They recently got their entertainment license and I caught a local Boston Based band (Hi8us) there last Friday night. Great music, crowd and beers made this a wonderful place to be. The room is not entirely designed for live music and some areas sounds better than others.

The outdoor patio is top-notch - tiki torches and the sweet smell of the salty air make this my favorite place at the brewery - aside from being belly up at the bar!

The prices are reasonable and the food/beer is top-notch. I love that they infuse many of their beers with fresh hops or other flavor enhancers (coffee, etc).

I love this place and look forward to returning!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Cape Ann Brewing numerous times before they moved to their new bigger location. Now that they've been open several months with a full kitchen I feel like it's time for a review.

The restaurant has a long bar and several long picnic tables for communal seating. It takes a little getting used to, but I've never had an issue with other patrons sitting so close. Several TV's behind and above the bar have the latest game on. The back wall is all windows looking out at Gloucester harbor. In the summer, the deck has one communal table that has no wait, and several smaller tables you need to be seated at by the hostess. Almost forgot! On one side of the bar are dart boards, books, board games and a long shuffle board table. All for free, but I think you have to bring your own darts.

My wife and I visited on a warm summer Sunday afternoon and sat at a table on the deck. Our waitress was superb. She checked with us each time she saw our beers getting low, knew the details of the menu and beers and was very pleasant to speak with. She even remembered to bring me a new knife and fork without me asking after she took them with my appetizer plate. It was a small gesture, but one that stood out.

The food and beer selection are pretty standard for a brew pub (burgers, sandwiches, nachos, etc), however being in Gloucester, the menu has many seafood options. We got crab fritters and baked clams for appetizers. Both were delicious. The honey chipolte sauce on the fritters was fantastic. We each had sandwiches for dinner. She had a fresh lobster roll and I had a buffalo chicken sandwich. Both were tasty and served with sea salt covered fries.

The beers ranged from their year round selections (Fishermans brew, ale IPA) to an IPA filtered through cascade hops, German wheat beer and a honey pilsner.

Prices were fair. Most appetizers were under $10. Entrees were $10 to $20+ and beers were about $5 each. After several hours on the deck with beers, apps and sandwiches our bill before tip was in under $70. Not too bad for 2 people.

I'm about a 20 minute drive from the Cape Ann Brewery and I really need to get up there more often. Sitting on the deck on a warm summer day watching the boats go by is a wonderful relaxing experience.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made a day trip up north to Gloucester this afternoon. Walked around the area and did some shopping and decided to go to Cape Ann Brewing for lunch.

The atmosphere is casual with a good sized bar with TV's and a bunch of picnic tables. Not sure how I feel about the communal picnic table set up. I think it can be hit or miss. Things were pretty busy during this Saturday afternoon. It's a fun bar to hang out. They have board games and darts too.

You can get a seat by the window. You'll notice a couple hundred lobster traps obstructing what would otherwise be a nice view.

Food was really good. Started off with Gloucester Stuffed Clams and had the Fish and Chips for lunch.

Beer draft selections included about 11 options. Beers offered were IPA, Fresh Hopped IPA, Honey Pilsner, Coffee Pumpkin Stout (awesome), Greenhorn Double, Tea Party, Rock Porter, Navigator, Bavarian Wheat and Fisherman's Brew. The beers I had were fresh and tasty.

Check this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped by here on a rainy Wednesday night for trivia night with some friends. Cool looking bar inside. There are big long wooden community tables for seating, plus a large circle of rocking chairs. All kinds of games scattered throughout to occupy people. Two tvs showing the Sox game. Nice looking bar also. Shaped like a boat. The tap handles were on the barrels behind the bar. Service was good. The bartender came over to me as soon as it was my turn to order. There were six beers on tap tonight. I went with two of their seasonals: Sunrise Saison and Eclipse Schwartzbier. Both were good. Prices were $4.50/$5.50 a pint. There was a bit of food available behind the bar: a Thai soup, and slices of pizza for $2. Fun place to hang out. Very cool crowd, as everyone was there to have fun. We ended up winning the trivia night and the gift certificate, so it was a great evening.

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Photo of Durge
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I can't believe that there have been only three previous reviews of this place. I really enjoyed my first visit there this week. I stopped by with a friend while traveling home through the area so it was just a two beer stop, and it was a relatively sleepy time of the late afternoon, so it was pretty quiet. But I enjoyed the atmosphere even though it's actually very simple and pretty small. The focal point to me is the small but very cool boat shaped bar. I could see bellying up port side for many hours watching a Sox game and burying many pints of brews. There's some long tables with benches for other seating and a cozy enclave of upholstered furniture if you want to get comfortable with your Greenhorn DIPA while leafing through a copy of Ale Street News or the like. Then there's a dart board and a pool table, a few televisions to keep your brain on idle, throw in some rest rooms and you have one beautiful beer joint. The understated Gloucester fishing village flavor just heightens the atmospheric impression here, but it's definitely not "overboard" or ultra-touristy at all. It's actually a pretty stripped down establishment, but I think it is quietly very unique and neat. It's basically just one room, big enough to support a small crowd. The bartender was pretty friendly and very helpful with the beer chat. The front is all window so you have a view out onto the street which snakes through a wharf-ish neighborhood along the ocean side of Gloucester. They offer some great beer items for those that like a good tee-shirt or sweatshirt, hat, glass, etc. My only gripe was that the growlers cost an additional $8 for the bottle itself, so my DIPA for home was a total of $23. Not that I haven't paid around that much before for a high octane quality brew, but $8 for the bottle alone seems too steep to me (but they are nice bottles I'll grant that). They had a decent selection of beers with a small number of taps and including at least one "big beer" (DIPA) was nice. They had an oyster stout going also which was a little disappointing but at least they were trying. All in all I really look forward to a repeat visit, next time I'll plan on a local hostelry!

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by with the fam on a chilly November (read: off-season) Saturday.

3 long sturdy picnic table meet you upon arrival, with a set of 4 rocking chairs in an area near the shuffleboard table (the only I've seen in New England).

All Cape Ann's current offerings are on tap for sampling, pints, or growlers. Fresh and tasty at the source.

They have pizza by the slice avail from a local place if you get hungry. I had one and it was tasty.

Board games are available as well....ranging from Chutes and Ladders for the really young (they are cool with little ones here) to Monopoly and Mastermind for the older folks.

I'm glad I stopped in, will definitely come by again when in the area. The people here (either owners or brewers) are very cool and will chat and/or show you the brewing operation if you want.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped by here on a Friday afternoon/evening and the place was busy, but not crowded. The bar area has nice decor, the taps are built into a wall made of barrel ends. Very cool. The room is filled with long picnic tables lending the place a very friendly atmosphere.

They had 4 of the beers on tap and all were excellent. Their selection includes 3 year round beers and several seasonal and occasional beers. The bartender was very friendly thoughout the night and knew quite a bit about the beer and local area. Towards the end of the night, the brewer came out and talked to us at the bar about their brewery.

They do not have a kitchen, so the food is limited to items that can be served without cooking. Most of what is available is from other local businesses - pizza from the local pizza place, jerky, smoked fish plates from a local smokehouse. There are many nearby restaurants and the bartender was very helpful when we asked for suggestions. We had dinner and came back later for more beer and to fill our growler.

Keep in mind the hours. Most places in Gloucester close at 9pm (its a fishing town) including this place, so get there early.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped here on a sunny Thursday afternoon because we were in the area and I wanted to see what the taproom was like. It's pretty rustic, with wood floors and wood paneling. There are three long wooden tables with benches and a circle of six rocking chairs (nice touch). Near the rockers is a bookcase with books and games. Two TVs, and a cool bar in the shape of a boat. Also a selection of Tshirts.
There are six rotating taps. When we were there they had Fisherman's Brew, Fisherman's Ale, a barleywine, a bavarian wheat, a schwartzbier, and the doppelbock. The barleywine was excellent, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the wheat beer.
We didn't have anything to eat; the food menu is slender.
The minimalist tone is satisfying, and we had an enjoyable hour in the rocking chairs. When we get to Gloucester again will be sure to go back.

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Cape Ann Brewing Company in Gloucester, MA
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2085 ratings