Cambridge Brewing Company

A stalwart worth seeking out.

By Molly McDonough

In the modern era of sud-sipping at picnic tables in the shadow of fermentation tanks, it’s quickly obvious that this local brewery—with its sit-down service, pub menu, and restaurant vibes—harkens to another time. Indeed, CBC is the oldest brewpub in the Boston area, founded in 1989. We can hardly imagine what techy Kendall Square looked like back then, but one thing’s for sure: As the landscape of both the city of Cambridge and the beer-brewing industry have evolved, CBC’s beer has kept up—even forged ahead. Brewmaster Will Meyers has continuously honed his skills since first being hired here in 1993, ever-perfecting classics like the Charles River Porter and Cambridge Amber while scratching an itch for innovation. Recent highlights include Cerise Cassee, a barrel-fermented American sour; Spock’s Brain IPA, produced in hazy New England style; and Cinnamon Babka Stout, a collaboration with its neighbor Mamaleh’s Delicatessen. 

Cambridge Brewing Company


  • Insider Tip

Skip the lines; being a true “brew pub” with an extensive menu, Cambridge Brewing Company is a rare brewery that takes reservations. Head to reserve.com to book a table.

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