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Cambridge Brewing Company
Active Beers: 126
Beer Ratings: 3,405
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1 Kendall Square
phone: (617) 494-1994
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
AOBF '03: The day after.
Davo was talking like grabbing a bite on the way out of town. Didn't know there was a BA brunch goin' on there so that was cool. Got to say thanx to our hosts and got to meet Baker (Tom) & Vice President Zwerver (Peggy) from Heavyweight when they came and shared a table with us (great folks, and the beginning of many wonderful days with them). Breakfast was terrific, blueberry pancakes done right and a Charles River Porter to help wash it down. A triplewide front seating area alongside a "C" shaped bar seating a dozen+ and adjacent bar counters. Large front glass windows with stained glass panels, 3' X 3''s of beer pints, lots of light wood and brick, drop lighting and ceiling fans. They had a jazz trio performing during brunch. In the back they have a larger seating area where they put up all of the BA's, we. They have.... I don't know what the hell you'd call them, but they're like a beer tower that must hold a few gallons. Actually, you call them beer bongs. They park them on your table and you pour beers at your leisure. It's like getting pitchers times 8 if that's your thing. Have had some most amazing beers from these folks over the years at the BA festivals (Wind Cried Mary Gruit, Benevolence, You Enjoy My Stout) but I'd like to get back here and do a more extensive tasting.
06-08-2003 19:03:45 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I began this review on my last trip, during their 17th anniversary fest, and that is how my notes begin - by mentioning a paraphrase of one of my colleagues, saying "You don't last this long in the biz without doing something right." Indeed. If I last another 17 years, it'll be a frickin' miracle.
It is a great walk from the Kendall T to this location. You pass through the Marriott Hotel's lobby, transit up Broadway, a right onto Xxxxx, into the courtyard of One Kendall Square, through their archway, and you're in.
The maitre d' station is just inside of the doorway, with a number of tables and chairs to the right. There are two sets of shelves with stools that separate the initial retaurant area from the bar. The bar is an elongated U-shaped affair with a couple of blackboards above the back bar, listing "Ales" (the standard four), and "Beer Specials" (cask, seasonals, et al.). Above the register is the most (in-/un-/non-)ostentatious display of GABF medals that I have ever encountered. Beyond the back bar, through four arched portals, is the brewhouse, plus another set of restaurant tables and chairs. Back at the bar, the serving tanks are in front of me, to the extreme right and the fermentation tanks are to the right and continue forward.
Aesthetically, it is my kind of place, with lots of exposed piping, ducting and brickwork, and plexiglas panes in the roof. The other selling point is the seven stained-glass panels depicting various styles of beer.
Cue V. at this point, sceaming, "What about the beer, you dill-hole?!?" Relax, kid, I'm turning over a new leaf. First off, I found it notable that they go with a porter, vice a stout, and a good one at that, for one of their standards. The Golden? It is what it is. Say no more. The Pale Ale was a good representation of and APA. The Amber was sweet, for my taste, but still good. It was obvious that it is their specials/seasonals that really give their brewer a chance to shine. The Imperial Stout was a bit much to begin my summer vacation, but the Amarillo/Centennial Infinite Summer IPA on cask was fantastic. Happ, now, V.?
Finally, I had the blackened chicken breast sammich, which put me in mind of S. F. Examiner's Rob Morse's comment from the 1987 to '89 timeframe: "I'm tired of blackened everything. Blackened redfish? Why can't I have reddened blackfish?" Oh, well. It hit the spot in 2006.
06-16-2006 03:18:53 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The night of the day before the BA 8th Anniversary Bus Tour. After Carmen had kindly driven us all to the Tap, Haverhill for lunch, we had time to leave La Voiture parked in Jamaica Plain and mygoodself, Carmen and 36PoundLoveChild headed out here via the T, Kendall Square on the hot sticky Red Line if my memory serves me right.
A short-ish walk from the T-Stop during a darkened night, though I had lost my bearings completely, we most certainly were in a business district with a few hotels and near MIT I think. Anyways, thanks to Carmens skillful use of the Compass she had hidden in the handle of her pocket knife and complete ignorance of No Walk signs, we made it with little trouble and in double quick time it seemed.
From the outside, it seemed to a well lit classy joint, it could have been the dark of the night that lent this impression though. We walked pass, and thru an outside covered patio area to enter, through a decent sized front area with tables and chairs, punctuated with many diners and we headed straight for the island bar for a brew whilst we waited for our guests.
Shortly after our arrival, we were joined by BAs Todd, Cfahooligan, Lolita and UncleJimbo. After which we retired to a back room area to a large table.
8 Taps are supposed to have 4 Regulars and 2+ Seasonals, but the beer range seemed rather limited actually during our invasion, in fact, even UncleJimbo seemed surprised and commented that the limited range was unusual. I tried the Charles R. Porter, the "The Wind Cried Mari" Scottish Heather Ale, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale and an ESB if memory serves me right. All were pretty decent but I enjoyed the two former brews the most. I noticed that the large plastic columns (sometimes called Giraffes) that hold something like 4-8 Pints are popular here also.
Food was above average, I tried some Hummus to start with, and then a very tasty Fresh Mozzarella and Asparagus sandwich with Fries which was great if a little pricey.
Service was adept and punctual, but they soon get pissed if you start moving the Tables or Chairs here as 36PoundLoveChild found out when some of his friends arrived.
Overall a decent place, enjoyable, clean, airy, reasonably friendly and a solid place to grab a bite to eat with a few friends and a small but decent offering of locally brewed beers.
I would like to get back here again.
Last Visit: Friday 20th August, 2004.
08-31-2004 05:37:53 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Someone needs to hire an interior decorator for the place, it's a mess. Th setup of old brick walls, unusual bright painted walls, and stuffed creatures near the bar did not seem to meld together; as hideous as putting longhorns on a pink 1970s GM car. It made me feel depressed. But once I got past that, it was all uphill.
The brewpub offers nine beers, but five of them are on a rotating release depending on the season. You can go as small as a 9 ounce sample for a session brew, to as much as a "tower glass". You can buy growlers of their year-round offerings near the front of the store. Service is helpful, but sometimes the employees got too involved with each other than the customer. Maybe because it was slow, but I was taught not to chatter in front of the customer. They make a good Irish stout, and one I wish was on their regular menu. Too bad I didn't have the resources at the time to try a few more beers : (
12-28-2007 06:28:34 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This brewpub met all of my expectations and more. It was tough to find, a detailed map and directions would help for people who have not been out this way before, and directions from people were off. The beers, now there is something to talk about and the summer barleywine and high abv stout were awesome half-pints, rounded out by the smoked, and solid porter and heffe. This was late lunch and service was tremendous, I understand if that is not the case at busy mealtimes. Bar was attractive, a good sized patio but that is in the middle of a wind funnel between the buildings. Parking was found today but I could see that as a problem as well. Superior brewpub.
07-15-2009 03:39:48 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for the Striped Bass Festival in July. I have been here several times in the past, and the place has not changed over the years. An easy walk from the Red Line Kendall stop or the hotels in the area. The building is tucked away off the street. Plenty of outside tables were filled with patrons, along with a cook doing his work over a grill just off the patio.
The front of the place is airy and well lit with plenty of glass. The back room behind the bar is a little darker but has plenty of tables. The bar is a decent size that can comfortably fit about 15 people. Some tees and hats are available at the front door.
There were about 8 beers on tap with a huge range of styles including a gruit, summer beer, and summer barley wine along with the usual offerings. The beers were of good quality and very tasty.
Service at the table was a bit slow, but it was pretty crowded. The waitress did explain the beer and striped bass pairings. We went to the bar after dinner, and the bartenders were prompt and friendly. While at the bar I got to meet Todd, his wife, and a few other BAs enjoying dinner.
The food was very good. Several different bass dishes were available, and the ones we had were delicious.
Bottom line - this is a must stop if visiting the Boston area.
08-02-2006 11:48:19 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brewpub is very close to MIT but hard to find unless you know exactly where it is. I think the only entrance is from an open courtyard between some business buildings, next to another restaurant or two. The indoor seating was nice, all wood decor with a short u-shaped bar and the smell of wort in the air, and the outdoor cafe-style seating was comfortable as well, with plenty of unbrellas to keep the sun off.
The house beers span a wide range of styles, from the ubiquitous golden ale and red ale to aged porters and a variety of IPA/DIPA offerings. I chose the IPA on cask and was completely satisfied with it.
The food is excellent, and not too expensive, making this an ideal spot for a date or just a nice afternoon. The only real negative, not too strong a negative though, is the SLOW service. The greeters/seaters were quick and efficient, but the server we had was very slow in getting food, beers, or check to us. Even when the place was dead slow with other customers.
Regardless, I'd come back again without hesitation. The food and drinks were too good.
06-20-2010 18:26:47 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been to the CBC a few times, but this is my first review. Stopped by here on a cold Saturday night, which made the lengthy walk from Kendall not pleasant. I was glad to get a table towards the back. The waitress was a bit annoying, she asked me what I wanted to drink twice before I was even able to take off my jacket and look at the beer list. The beers are really good here. They have several staple beers that are always on the menu. These are good, but they are the same every time. I tend to order the seasonals, which are always different and quite good. I had the Scotch Ale, the Big Man Ale, and the Barleywine. Very tasty. My wife had the Belgian Wit and the Porter, which she said were great. The food here I think is a bit hit or miss. Sometimes the food is good, other times the food is just OK. They need to introduce some new items on the menu, as they have been the same for a while. Overall, this is a fun place to have a bite to eat, but come here for the beer first.
01-22-2007 23:16:35 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This was a nice brewpub that is ranked the highest on BA for the local Boston area. Whilst this was a nice place, it did not rank that high with me. The atmosphere was strange. Light wood and a small bar up front with another room in the back. Kind of modern-ikea and almost like L'amere a Boire, but not done as well. The quality of the ales sampled was nice, but I must assume that one or two of them were off or at least had carbonation issues. Service was nice, fast, and efficient, and the selection surely sounded very good! $1.19 per 5 ounce sample glass is nice, and they had four year rounds (pale, porter, amber, golden) and four seasonals (youenjoymystout, sour cherry, barleywine, ipa, and winter) on our last visit. The two year rounds I had (pale and porter) were well made but alltogether too bland. The seasonals were better, but the IPA would have been much better on cask. The winter did not do it for me, but the cherry was interesting, the barleywine was intriguing, and the imperial stout was just damn good! I'd definately go back here again to try some new seasonals. This brewery does crank out some damn good stuff. I just wasnt *wowed*
01-31-2005 14:14:25 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
(Review of 24MAR02) - This is a good place to become a regular at... Their every-day line-up of biers should have something to please everyone. Their seasonals are A-1!! Easy to get comfortable here. If at all possible, try to go when Lee is behind the bar (most Saturday afternoons, lately - Note: Lee has moved on, but Rhiannon and Scott can really take care of you! - 06MAR04). He is very bier-knowledgable, and superbly efficient! Have had some very tasty, filling meals here lately, especially the pulled-pork! Can't wait for summer, to sit outside, relax with friends and enjoy great bier.... Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
03-07-2004 00:13:47 |
More by Bierman9
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