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Brew Pub Details

Established:1989
Production: 2,000 bbl/year
Brewmaster: Will Meyers
Tours: By Appointment
Restaurant: Yes
Smoking: Yes
Games: Board Games

Cambridge Brewing Company

One Kendall Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02139
(617) 494 -199

Reviewed by: dfunk
Monday, March 19th, 2001

The Arrival

After walking across the MIT campus, due to poor instructions given by a passerby, I was relieved to sit down a have a few quick samples. A big sign will direct you to CBC from inside Kendall Square. It was pretty empty, which I like, but it was 3:00 on a weekday afternoon. Its setting is a "refurbished building where high ceilings, exposed brick, light woods and earthy colors combine for a lively casual atmosphere."

The Beer

Tall Tale Pale Ale - The dry-hopped Tall Tale Pale Ale was bold, but lightly sweet for a pale ale. It was really smooth with a less-bitter aftertaste than most. A combination of Cascade and Centennial hops. The summary says it has a "nectarious flavor." The taste leans away from a pale and towards a golden.

Lately I've been expecting more bite from Pale Ales and the Brewer assured me, "If you come by again, I'm sure you will find these beers overall to be drier and show their usual p
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Cosmic Charlie's Electric IPA - Relatively full-bodied and aromatic and similarly sweet for an IPA, considering the high hop content.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

The Cambridge Amber - Smooth, equivocal in bitterness to the Tall Tale. It had an interesting combination of a light pre-/mouth taste, with a dryer and more bitter finish. I would suggest that these three were even in overall impression.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Triple Threat Belgian-Style Ale - Was what you might expect- unfiltered, sweet, with a high grain flavor.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Blunderbuss Barley Wine - What can I say? As you'd expect, it's more wine than beer, almost. It's 12% alcohol could knock you off the stool if you let it.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Bannatyne's Scotch Ale - I don't know if the name and its spelling influenced me, but Bannatyne's Scotch Ale hinted of fruit taste, specifically banana. Bannatyne/Banana? It was rich and full-bodied and hinted of chocolate and molasses.
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Charles River Porter - This beer left the most impression upon me. It tasted like it came from the Charles River. Very earthy, dirty, robust, with an aftertaste that would last until the next drink, even up to ten minutes. I mean this all in the most positive way possible. This beer was a real treat. It wakes up your senses. You've got to try it.

Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Will Meyers

Will Meyers is already my favorite brewer. Three reasons: He took time to talk to me in between working the tanks. He's the only one that has bought my sampler platter for me. So, right there, he's an awesome guy. He refers to himself as a Brewer, not a Brewmaster. Very humble. The chalkboard above the bar even lists the gravities and alcohol content of the brews. That was also a first. They change brews quite often, so many listed here might be different by now.

The Atmosphere

If I lived near Boston, I would be here on a regular basis. As Hemingway would say, "A clean, well-lit place." It was spacious and inviting. I met an off-duty employee who loves beer and her friend who writes poetry. Come visit the site and submit, you two.

Afterthoughts

Great place, nice people. Try the porter. I only had an hour to spend at CBC, so I didn't get to sample any food. Too bad. It was the most memorable of three Boston area brewpubs I visited, and this was because of more than just the beer.

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