May 2nd, 2008


Cambridge Brewing Co. signThat’s how many beers will be on tap this weekend at the Cambridge Brewing Co.‘s 19th anniversary fest. Red God IPA — a hop bomb that the brewpub created years ago as a rebuke to the Miller Brewing Co’s insipid and briefly popular fake microbrew, Red Dog — will be featured. So will selections from head brewer Will Meyers’ new cask cellar, a rich breeding ground for complex, aged, Belgian-inspired sour ales.

Which is to say that the CBC has come a long way since 1989, when it opened with three draught beers that seemed exotically flavorful at the time: Regatta Golden, Cambridge Amber and Charles River Porter. Recently, the CBC expanded its brewery, installing some new tanks and upgrading things a bit. That’s to get ready for next year’s 20 beers on tap, I imagine.

Come five o’clock tomorrow, I’ll be there, doing my part to empty those casks and toasting to the longest-running brewpub in greater Boston.

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3 Responses to “N-n-n-nineteen”

  1. Gareth

    Did you get a chance to go to this? If you did, how was it?

    I love me some CBC beers, didn’t get to make it out though.

  2. ljclark

    I did go, but I was only able to stay for a couple beers, alas. I had two Belgian-style beers: The Cerise Cassee, a barrel-fermented wild sour ale with cherries, and the Golden Ring, inspired by the Trappist pale ale Orval. Both were very good. They still have quite few tasty things on tap, so get over there this week if you can.

  3. Gareth

    Good to hear. I actually had a pint of The Golden Ring a couple weeks ago down at Ellum, definitely tasty stuff.

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