Craft Brewery Profile: Cambridge Brewing Company
If there’s anything that Cambridge is famous for, it must be great craft beer — and you’ll find plenty at the Cambridge Brewing Company at 1 Kendall Square, Building 100 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s also a brewery you can feel great about patronizing, as they have a strong commitment to the community and sustainability. They focus on energy-efficient practices, using spent grain as animal feed, recycling and composting, supporting local farmers and fishermen and promoting other local businesses with a similar commitment.
The Cambridge Brewing Company is a crafter’s paradise. Since 1989, they have focused on creating the highest quality craft beers along with seasonally inspired New England fare in their refurbished mill with high ceilings, skylights, and exposed brick. One of their claims to fame is as the first commercial brewery in the United States to make a Belgian beer. You probably also won’t find too many other places to enjoy a sake-beer combo.
What’s on Tap?
There’s a little something for everyone at Cambridge Brewing Company, where they feature flavor-forward house beers composed entirely of water, malt, hops and yeast. The pride of their American craft beer stable includes the Cambridge Amber, a well-balanced amber-colored delight with a malty caramel sweetness, notes of chocolate and fruity hops.
If you’re a fan of German beer, you may want to sample the Zwickel, a combination of Weyermann Pils and CaraHell malts with German Saphir hops. Of course, there are pale ales on the menu like the Tall Tale Pale Ale, with a combination of Cascade and Centennial hops, as well as porters like the dark, full-bodied Charles River Porter with notes of caramel and toffee.
Make Sure to Catch…
…the CBC Bottling Project. After you’ve sampled some of the great tap craft brews and tried some of the terrific, seasonally-driven food menu, you’ll probably wish you could take some of those beers home with you. Now, thanks to the CBC Bottling Project, you can. Keep an eye out for single batches of rotating CBC favorites available locally like The Audacity of Hops, Flower Child IPA and the Tripel Threat.
- Cambridge Amber
- gravity 1.012 4.7%
- Charles River Porter
- Porter gravity 1.014 6.0%
- The Zwickel
- Bavarian Larger Gravity 1.008 5.25%
- Tall Tale Pale Ale
- Pale Ale gravity 1.013 5.7%