Lamplighter Brewing Co.

This brew hub is an all-day affair.

By Molly McDonough

We don’t know how this Cambridge brewery managed to make a former car garage feel like a cozy living room, but they pulled it off so well that we’d happily hang out here from morning till night. At 7:30 a.m. (and 8:30 on weekends), the spot opens as Longfellows, a coffee shop with breakfast and snacks; by 11, Lamplighter’s taps are turning, filling pints and crowlers as convivial beer drinkers slowly replace laptop-toting coffee sippers.

The dozen or so varieties of suds on offer rotate frequently, allowing brewers to play with one-off batches and to tinker with wild yeasts, barrel fermentations, and other nerdy pursuits befitting of the neighborhood. Watch their mad experiments from behind the 16-seat bar that looks out into the production area, while sipping a thick, juicy IPA or a flight of current offerings.

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

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To accommodate the ever-growing hordes of beer drinkers lining up outside its front door, Lamplighter opened a back taproom in early 2018. The more intimate space can be rented out for private events.

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