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Barfly’s View: Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Brewing Co.

Cambridge Brewing Co. is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts’s Kendall Square neighborhood, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston, and it is hands down my favorite brewpub in the Boston area.

That’s because of the laid-back, upscale pub atmosphere and quality, fresh foods. But the real reason I love Cambridge Brewing Co., or CBC, as the locals call it, is the beer. I’ve never met a CBC beer that I didn’t like. Lots of small brewpubs make mediocre beer, but CBC, the oldest brewpub in Boston, makes world-class brews. (In fact, it just won a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest.) CBC has four house beers that are always on tap, as well as a frequently-rotating selection of more experimental brews, some with rather amusing names. And you can buy growlers to go.

Kendall Square is a technology center of Boston and Cambridge, and it’s home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). So CBC is often packed with 30-something professionals drinking over lunchtime business meetings or quirky MIT students winding down after a day of hitting the books.

Whenever a beer-loving friend or colleague visits Boston, CBC is the first drinking-destination I recommend.


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The 10 Best US Brewery Tours, According to TripAdvisor

Allagash Brewery in Portland, Maine

Allagash Brewery in Portland, Maine

TripAdvisor, which bills itself as “the world’s largest travel site,” today released a list of the 10 most popular American brewery tours, based on its user “popularity index.” I’ve been on a number of brewery tours, including one at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, which is ranked fourth in TripAdvisor’s list. Unless you’re a brewer yourself and you appreciate the actual brewing equipment, a brewery tour is a brewery tour is a brewery tour. Sure, some of the facilities might be nicer, one brewery might make better beer and/or give out more samples and some have better gift shops. But in my experience, brewery tours are not particularly exciting.

Here’s TripAdvisor’s list, starting with the most popular brewery tour:

  1. New Belgium Brewing – Fort Collins, Colorado
  2. Allagash Brewery – Portland, Maine
  3. Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour – Saint Louis, Missouri
  4. Samuel Adams Brewery – Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico, California
  6. Heinzelmannchen Brewery – Sylva, North Carolina
  7. New South Brewing – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  8. Boulevard Brewing Company – Kansas City, Missouri
  9. D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery – Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  10. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. – Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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Lagunitas Founder Tony Magee on Craft Beer and the Company’s Planned Chicago Brewery (Video)

Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas Brewing Co., recently sat down for an interview with Mark Bazar, who is apparently the host of some online interview show that’s cleverly named…The Interview Show. The whole 13-minute conversation is worth a watch, and it’s posted below.

The most interesting part of the interview, for me at least, is how Magee talks about Petaluma, Calif.-based Lagunitas’s plans to build a new brewery in Chicago, which will be massive. In fact, it will be the largest brewery in the city, according to Magee, who is from Chicago. And it will have a brewpub/tasting room located in the middle of the facility so visitors can see the inner workings of the brewery while sippin’ on some suds.


via HuffingtonPost.com

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Rare New Beer Alert: Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

In early August, Belgian Trappist brewer Chimay announced its 150th anniversary beer, called Spéciale Cent Cinquante, which (roughly) means “special 150” in French. Chimay’s Spéciale Cent Cinquante is a pale, Belgian strong ale, and it looks like it’s hitting U.S. store shelves now—albeit in very small quantities and only in certain states.

Chimay reportedly only brewed 12,500 cases of this special anniversary Belgian ale, and the United States will only see 2,500 of them, according to a press release from Hunterdon Distributors, which sold its allotment of 500 bottles in a single week.

Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante will be available in Virginia, Florida, California, Kansas, New York, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, according to Hunterdon, but it seems likely other distributors will ship the beer to additional U.S. states.

So beer nerds should be on the lookout for this rare, new limited-edition brew, which will never be made again. I’m a big fan of Chimay, and I’ll definitely do everything I can to get my hands on the Spéciale Cent Cinquante ale. If you find a bottle, buy it immediately—and then promptly send it me. Please. (Hunterdon also says Chimay will release another special anniversary Chimay Vintage Grand Réserve later this year, but I couldn’t find any specific details about that ale.)

More about Spéciale Cent Cinquante, from Chimay:

“This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive strong beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of the brewery. Produced with 100% natural ingredients, its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of foam. The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops. At 10% alcohol, the flavour is full bodied and complex with a slight but refreshing tang note and a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate.”


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