Craft Brewery Profile: Lamplighter Brewery
The guys at the Lamplighter Brewery love two things — the city of Cambridge and beer. You don’t have to love Cambridge to love the Lamplighter, but you just might after visiting this 10,000-square-foot brewery located between Inman Square and Central Square that used to be a Cambridge auto repair shop. The name Lamplighter is a tribute to Cambridge as well, in honor of the classic gas lamps that light the city and the citizen who was once responsible for keeping them lit.
That kind of love and passion for the city also goes into the beer, where the goal is to brew flavorful ales that are easy to drink but unique, distinctive and complex for a beer-drinking experience you won’t find anywhere else.
What’s on Tap?
A visit to the taproom will give you the opportunity to sample a variety of fruity and creatively named beers. Some of these include Birds of a Feather, an IPA with mosaic and Columbus hops featuring notes of spruce, lemongrass and peach; Lady Knox, an American pale ale with Idaho hops featuring lemon, honeydew and pine flavors; and So Much for Subtlety, a rotating double IPA with Idaho hops with peach, strawberry and mango notes.
If you’re looking to move away from the pales, you might try Watt, a pear, biscuit and straw-flavored English golden bitter; Werewolves, a robust porter with dark fruit and treacle notes; or Metric Systems, named for the old garage that predated the brewery, a tart lemon salt Gose.
Make Sure to Catch …
… the various pop-up food trucks and shops that appear on a regular basis, including the Bacon Truck pop-up, Manoa Poke Shop pop-up, Joju Pierogi pop-up and Puritan & Co. Sandwich pop-up. One or more of these tasty options will usually appear on Thursday through Saturday evenings after 6 p.m.
Even if you can’t catch one of the trucks, there are usually tasty snacks available in the taproom, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the taproom, you can enjoy tasting flights, growler fills, half pours and full pours while you play board games, enjoy a bite, take part in special events like Trivia Tuesdays, or just spend some quality time with friends.
- Birds of A Feather
- IPA 35 IBU 6.8%
- Belgian Strong Ale 5 IBU 8.8%
- Belgian Blond 40 IBU 6.8%
- Lady Knox
- American Pale Ale 22 IBU 5.0%
- Leopard King
- Pale Ale 35 IBU 6.2%
- Lion Eyes
- IPA 65 IBU 6.2%
- Double Wit 35 IBU 6.8%
- Lucid Nonsense
- Oat IPA 60 IBU 7.1%