Beer Obsessed on the road: Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA

cambridge brewing sign

If you are in Boston, you need to get your brewpub hit by taking the T (Boston subway) over to Cambridge and making the quick walk to Cambridge Brewing Co.
Butted up against M.I.T., you get a younger but respectful crowd in there. On this Thursday it was quite crowded but once again, since I was solo, I was able to sneak a seat up at the bar. The first thing that caught me off guard was the beer tube. Not sure what they actually call it there but is a clear tube that holds 100oz of beer. You order it and you receive this tall tube at your table with a tap at the bottom. It clearly makes sense as there were several groups that were six plus people and I don’t think that sized group is unusual here.cambridge brewing pale ale
I wanted to cross the beer menu and I started with the Pale which was very good. I mean real good. Could have stuck with it the rest of the night. Amber was next and that was good too but the pale is still the stand out. With dinner, I had the IPA not bad but the p-a-l-e a-l-e was still on my mind. Dessert was a barrel aged porter that had Brett in it. That was a real sipper.  Interesting beer and would love to try it again in a few months to see how it evolves.
Food is standard pub fare and I went for the fish and chips, heavy on the vinegar to help work with the IPA.
Again, a very worthy pub to hit while in Boston.

cambridge brewing brewsystem
Earlier in the day during the Boston trip, I thought it appropriate to swing by Cheers. I caught a photo of the exterior, which was used for the TV show. There were a few groups there getting pics of themselves next to the sign so catching a good angle was tough (see my photo at bottom of this post). I took a look inside but there isn’t much there to go with the TV show that many love. Just some memoribilia and a very crowded bar with a lot of Sam Adams on tap.

Other:
Other than that, the family and I are off to family camp this weekend for our traditional outing. I am packing some Odonata Saison, Nostrodamus Begian Brown, and some Racer 5. Funny enough, the Safeway in the nearest town has a pretty good beer selection so I won’t be hurting.
Cheers. Oh and more shots below. Clicky any pic for a full size view.

cambridge brewing amber

cambridge brewing fish and chips
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3 Responses to “Beer Obsessed on the road: Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA”

  1. Ilya Feynberg Says:

    First of all,

    I LOVED the pictures! The food and beer angles and the way they were done were great! I think I have some new desktop backgrounds for my computer here :)

    Anyway…

    I LOVE Boston. Well the whole New England area has such a great and rich beer culture. It’s just fantastic. I have not had the chance to try anything from Cambridge Brewing Company as of yet, but I really really want to. Just hard to get their stuff down here in Dallas.

    Any idea what other styles they brew?

    P.S. Sam Adams might be “out growing” the craft brewery stamp by some people’s accounts, and some bloggers opinions. I for one don’t see it that way at all. Craft brewing is about far more than just numbers in my opinions…far more. And as long as Sam Adam’s remains true to themselves, I don’t care how big they grow…they’re always going to be a craft brewery in my opinion. :)

    Now I must search your site for more awesome pictures and more beer! hehe

    Ilya

  2. 22oz Bomber Says:

    Thanks Ilya.
    Cambridge mainly sticks to standard “american” styles like Pale, Amber, IPA, Porter, etc. They also run a barrel program and put various experiments on draft as well.
    I agree with you about Sam Adams. They stick to appropriate ingredients, they are always trying new things, and they remain a private company. I like the brewery in Boston. It’s the size of any American small craft brewer production facility and they do all of their one offs there. For example, they produce a beer calle Brickhouse Red that is only served on draft in Boston. A tasty bold Irish Red style beer.
    Cheers.

  3. Ilya Feynberg Says:

    Thank you for the reply! :)

    There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the standard “American style” beers. If you do them very, very well…then you’re doing something right. Better to do a couple things very well, than a lot of things poorly. So no problems with that here…

    I would love to try the Brickhouse Red, and I love it when breweries come up and brew only “local brews”. Give it some character, and it shows what they care about more…and it’s not their stock price. :)

    Ilya

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