Cambridge Brew House
They are located at 375 Salmon Brook St in Granby, Ct.
Tue-Sat 11:30-12 Sun 11:30-11 (Kitchen closes every night at 9pm)
I went on a Wednesday night. It was busy, but not crowded. The atmosphere is traditional New England style pub food establishment. It was winter, so the deck was closed, but it looked very promising for a summertime hang out spot. It seemed to be filled with locals who were having dinner with their families or groups of people there after work for a drink at the bar.
Service was poor. We kept being told that our server would be right over, but they never came. Finally the hostess served us. Food was good. We got steak skewers, Chili with beef, and fried pickles. The pickles were exceptionally good. They were spears, not slices and were super tasty. There are a lot of vegetarian options for those who don’t eat meat.
So the beer was good. I was very pleased with the variety of options. Many breweries (you will hear this complaint myriad times from me if you continue to read this blog) rely on IPAs and only IPAS with like 1 or 2 other options. They had a legit variety of beers. I tried a beer flight which included:
Kolsch (EXCELLENT and by far their best beer) highly recommend this german style beer.
IPA (not as bitter as many) IPA is not my thing. Don’t rely on me for IPa recommendations if you like IPA.
Porter (good, didn’t blow me away, but it was fine.)
Scottish Ale (interesting)
Barleywine (more bitter than expected for a barley wine, but I guess they do mean aggressive bitterness when they say it. Ain’t no lie baby… bitter bitter bitter) you get a smaller pour of the barley wine as it is a MUCH higher alcohol content.
Parking: There is free parking. The lot in the back is closer to the entrance. It is a decent sized lot, but might fill up in the summer on a weekend night, especially when they open that promising deck area.
Area: Safe. Did not feel like a sketchy neighborhood or somewhere that a diminutive female would be uncomfortable walking alone to their car at night. Being a diminutive female, I’m well suited to the overall vibes that diminutive females get when alone in certain parking lots.
Overall: I liked it. The food was good. The beer was good. The atmosphere was less hip craft brewery and more homey New England brewpub. It is definitely a comfort food, comfort drink kinda place.