Cambridge Brewing Company
One Kendall Sq., Cambridge
By Vintage V
Let me get this out in the open right away: as a proud resident of Cambridge I’m partial to CBC, my neighborhood brewery, and for good reason! In addition to serving up great craft beer (and food) since 1989, Brewmaster Will Myers is one of the best and nicest beer makers in the business. Known for pushing the boundaries of brewing (his beer cellar was one of the first of its kind), you can often find him pouring one of his award-winning brews (he has more than a dozen) at any of the brewpub’s renowned festivals or special events.
One affair you won’t want to miss is their upcoming 3rd Annual Sour Fest on Saturday, March 26 (oops, too late, hopefully you found about this event on your own), an un-ticketed event featuring more than a dozen funky, tart and puckering Wild Ales. Two other can’t-miss events are their Anniversary party (this year marks their 27th) on Saturday, May 14, and the wildly popular Great Pumpkin Festival, held annually the Saturday before Halloween – you’ll need to get tickets the day they go on sale, usually late September, for that one.
Aside from their great events, and the great craft beer ambience, another of the characteristics that makes this Cambridge landmark so worthwhile is their spirit of collaboration. In addition to focussing on seasonally inspired New England fare in the kitchen, Myers sources many of the ingredients for his beers from local producers. He also collaborates with other local brewers, as well as from all over the world, to a provide an eclectic variety of beer styles for his loyal patrons.
New weekly happenings at CBC include Stump Trivia on Monday nights (arrive early and feast on 25 cent wings, Chef Jon Gilman features a different brew-inspired flavor each week) and Dollar Oysters every Tuesday at 4:00. Wash it all down with a glass of their award-winning grissete-style saison, Le Saisonniere, or their hoppy new seasonal, Indoor Recess.
We highly recommend you plan a trip to CBC to grab a brew and admire their famous ever-changing mural, or enjoy the warm weather ontheir dog-friendly patio. But if you can’t, no worries – thanks to their bottle project started nearly five years ago, you can find their flavor-forward, creative beers at the better beer stores bars, and restaurants throughout New England.
Photos courtesy of Cambridge Brewing