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Within minutes of landing in Boston, I rushed away to get beer in me system. Luckily, my friend that picked me up works at Cambridge Brewing Company. From my days of living in Boston, now almost 5 years passed, I used to visit CBC every so often. When I return nowadays, it's always in the cards.
Located in Kendall Square, just a bridge and a few blocks from the center of Boston, it's easy to find. The menu is far more impressive than a brewpub would suggest. This time I was strictlly heading for the brew. There is a great selection of house beers but I usually step to one of the specials. Brewmaster Will Meyers always has some unique creation looming about - magically one appeared before me...
81 / 100
The gruit is an interesting ale. It doesn't have hops in it, but still somehow manages to be delicious. Having only tried one gruit previously (Fraoch, from Scotland), I had an idea what I was getting into. The Weekapaug Gruit (named after a Phish song) was a bit better. It's a deep, dark black with almost no head. The aroma is hard to put a finger on - some caramel, a bit chamomile. It has a unique flavor as well. It's malty and somewhat sweet. It seem non-beer until the wheat and malt kick in. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Arquebus Summer Barleywine
88 / 100
This here is straight up delicious. Barleywine and summer don't seem to fit. Barleywines: thick, syrupy, staggeringly high in alcohol, made for men with beards. Summer: generally none of that ('cept me, me and my beard). Arquebus is aged in chardonnay barrels which give it well, a chardonnay type fruit flavor. This sounds odd and it is, but somehow it all works. It seems slightly lower in hops than most barleywines which allows the tannins slick over the top giving an almost honey flavor. Served in a wine glass, this is far more accessible than most barleywines. A day later I returned to the CBC and this is exactly what I wanted.
Bier de Miel
76 / 100
A fine representation of this sweet Belgian beer. This would work quite well after dinner.