Wild Bar Wednesdays at Cambridge Brewing Company
As an excuse to get out and about to catch up despite our busy schedules, my roommate and I have been embarking on weekly Wild Wacky Bar Wedneday trips. We’ve been kind of throughout Cambridge, but I can safely say that one of my go-to’s for anyone looking to snag a great pint for decent money and awesome atmosphere has got to be the Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Square.
These guys don’t only have an awesome pub with bangin’ food, but their in-house beer selection is out of this world. I rep local-MA breweries pretty hard, but if you haven’t tried these guys either from their tap or from your favorite beer store, you’re missing out.
Some reviews of their rarer offerings:
3 Loco (Belgian Brett Tripel aged on Sauvignon Blanc Barrels, 9.5%): Smells of pineapple and grapefruit, with a murky sour Brettanomyces tang. It has a golden hue with low carbonation, poured into a wine glass. Tasty, it has a sweet caramel malt base tempered by classic Brett flavors in the middle, and cloyingly sweet white grapes on the back end. Is medium bodied with a bit of alcohol heat near the end.
Rye & Punishment (Rye IPA, 6.5%): Grassy,earthy hoppiness with a hint of resin makes up its smell. Once you imbibe it socks you immediately with spicy rye flavor and a light toasty malt backbone. Only after that dissipates do you get your dirty, dry bitterness on the tongue. Looks dark copper with a white half-finger head, which quickly disappeared and left no lacing on the glass.
We also tried their 2011 Barleywine, which to my roommates surprise was extremely well-aged and tasted like raisins and dark plums before hitting you with the winey sweetness of alcohol. Lastly we scored a sample of their Golden beer brewed with sake dregs – 14% abv didn’t shy away from the flavor, but that rice and spice you get from the dregs of CBC’s homebrewed sake (which is mysteriously all gone) is pretty evident – it was a great base beer to try something different with, but I definitely am good with just a taster lest I be dragged to the nearest karaoke bar against my will.
They also have some of the highest-rated beers in the area, like Spring Training IPA, Sgt. Peppercorn Saison, and others. All their beers were reasonably priced and the bartenders are awesome. Worth a visit, and worth a buy if you like good MA beer. Tally-ho.