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Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Cape Ann Brewing CompanyCape Ann Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

11 Rogers Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930
United States

(978) 282-7399 | map

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Reviews by Durge:
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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheHawk99
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of sbuchert
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Oidmoe
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of scxcrunner
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of WoostaBia
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great experience: live music, great food and beer selection in a beautiful rustic setting.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 costanzo_mike
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of vonnerbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PortLargo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Tarps68
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jarrodddd
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Cape Ann Brewing Company in Gloucester, MA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 2,049 ratings
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