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

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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 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
cheers sign

Bear Republic keychain…

Monday, August 10th, 2009

bear republic keychainso there I was up in the Sierra Nevada suffering in the 100 degree heat. I needed something to quench my thirst and when I saw the six pack of Racer 5 in the store I knew that was the ticket. While in line to purchase it, I noticed a blue card sticking out of the six pack and I almost tossed it assuming it was some kind of marketing junk probably not even generated by Bear Republic. I scanned the blue card and it was an offer for a pretty cool looking bottle opener all for the price of six bucks and two proof of purchases. I held on to it since I already had my first proof of purchase.
While pondering about getting my second proof of purchase and writing that six dollar check, I was reminded how often companies used to do something similar “back in the day” (pre-internet). 473 of 500Getting your parents to write you a check for raking leaves and convincing/ordering them to buy two more boxes of whatever so that you could assemble your check, proof of purchases, return address info, and envelope. I wonder if Bear Republic had the same idea when they came up with this offer. A nice piece of memorabilia for the fans of their beers….with the added bonus that it has a cycling theme to it which made it all the better for me.
I received my package back in the mail, I opened it up and there it was, my own bottle opener that I “worked so hard” for (I did had to write my own check this time). As you can see, on the back of the envelope there is the sticker that says “473 of 500″. Looks like I just made it. With only a few left, I made the decision to toss the second offer card I had, along with another proof of purchase. bear republic proof of purchaseI didn’t need to be greedy here since they’re just about to run out. I’m happy with the one I have. Now it’s time to put it to use. Thanks for the nice design Bear Republic.