Our 100th Visit! Cambridge Brewing Company

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We planned our 100th visit for the Cambridge Brewing Company. The brew pub has been operating since 1989, and is in an old mill building, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their beers are both traditional and experimental. They were the first commercial American brewery to produce a Belgian beer. Their food menu is just as diverse, offering food that shows what New England is about.

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Mark and Megan

We went on March 7th, the 2 year anniversary of our first post on this blog. We let our friends and family know we were going, and almost all whom had been on a visit with us before was able to go! 17 people came to celebrate with us (19 in all), so we have a lot of pictures.

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Sam enjoying her beer

 

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Andrea enjoying her ….. water.

 

 

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Heather …. just being weird.

 

 

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Dustin chugging his beer.

 

 

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Mark and Marilynn

 

 

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We ordered nachos for an appetizer. When the rest of the table saw them they put in another order or 2. Since there were so many of us they had pitchers of water on the table for us.

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Very cheesey nachos, with Sam making an angry face. But look in the background, as well as pitchers they sell a beer tube? tower? We didn’t get one, but we did see them.

 

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Pete noticed the camera.

 

Beers:

Regatta Golden
Al ordered this beer, the first beer on the list under year round beers. It’s the lightest beer they make, similar to what Al drinks regularly. He liked it, as well as Sam and Andrea, simple and light. Not enough flavor for Megan and Mark.

 

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Al sharing the Regatta Golden.

 

 

Tall Tale Pale Ale
Marilynn ordered, she did not like it, not what she was expecting. Dustin liked it, Mark thought it was a fairly hoppy, somewhat typical Pale Ale.

 

Morning Dew Saison
It has a bit of a funky smell to it, thankfully doesn’t taste like that. Marilynn and Heather liked it, refreshing. Andrea thought it was ok. Megan and Mark liked it, light body, fruity-ish flavor, probably the elderflowers.

 

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The parents: Al, Sheila, Jim, and Marilynn

 

Machinery of Night
Whiskey scent and flavor, followed by a sour aftertaste. There was a sweetness to it, probably from the barrel aging, and a tart finish. Light in body, especially for a barrel aged beer. Everyone liked this beer, wouldn’t drink a lot of it, but it is good for a pint.

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Big Man IPA
Hoppy IPA, a mild wintery spice taste, aggressively dry hopped, adds that extra flavor. Mark and Jason thought it was pretty good, hoppy IPA with a little extra flavor.

 

Charles River Porter
Robust, roasty, coffee flavor, good overall balance and taste. Most people liked this beer as well.

 

Sgt. Peppers
Amber color, spicy, peppery taste. Good, interesting flavor, after a whole pint it did get quite spicy. Mark liked it and bought a bottle.

 

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Look at that pour!

 

Kafka’s Hat Simcoe
Strong smell, piney, earthy style IPA. Chris, Jason and Mark all thought it was decent. Not Mark’s favorite style IPA, but it was pretty good.

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Smile from Chris.

 

 

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Moving down the table, Andrea, Bre, Deryl, Michelle, and Kevin. Big, cool mural in the background.

 

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Other side of the table, Sheila, Jim, Jason, Melitta, and Katrina.

 

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Mark chatting with Jim.

 

Food:

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Burger and fries

Mark got the burger and fries, good burger really good fries. A lot of people got the burger and liked it. Dustin got bacon on his and thought there could have been a little more.

 

 

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Steak, twice baked potato, and onion rings

Megan and Andrea both got the steak and liked it.

 

 

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Burger with salad

Heather got the BBQ burger with a salad. Burger and roll were good, could have used a little more BBQ sauce. Salad dressing was light and refreshing.

 

 

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Braised Chicken pizza

Katrina and Kevin got the Braised chicken pizza that had feta, potatoes, spinach and sundried tomatoes. An odd mix, but it was good.

 

 

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Panini and fries

 

Melitta got the Beet Salad and enjoyed it. Chris had the Duck, it was tasty.

 

 

 

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Dessert

 

 

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The whole table, all 19 of us, plus a random waiter.

 

 

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Want to Visit?

 

 Monday  11:30am- 11:00pm
 Tuesday – Thursday  11:30am – 12:00am
 Friday  11:30am- 1:00am
 Saturday  11:00am-1:00am
 Sunday  11:00am- 11:00pm

7th Settlement, Dover, NH – many visits in one

Looking through our stops, we realized that we hadn’t posted about a brewery we have been to quite a few times, as it is fairly local for us. Megan posted a visit when she had gone with Kristen from Good ‘n Good for Ya, but Mark and Megan hadn’t posted a joint visit. We’ve enjoyed some great food and beers at 7th Settlement, located in Dover, New Hampshire.

7th Settlement is a Community Supported Brewery, serving Progressive American Pub fare. All of their food is farm to table- even their ketchup. They know what local farm each cow, chicken or pig came from and support local farms with their produce as well. Their baked goods and pasta are also made in house. With everything made to order, you don’t have to worry about allergies.

Throughout our various travels to 7th Settlement, we have been able to enjoy many different beers and food.

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long bar on the right and long community tables on the left. Dining room further back

 

 

 

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On one visit a while back Mark had had the Red Winter Wheat Ale and really enjoyed it. Megan had the Czech Untz, a Kolsch style ale with Czech hops. A bit heavier than expected, as we usually have a more fruity Kolsch, but it was good.

 

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We tried their main entrees, Mark their Pork special, which was a pork chop in an apple glaze with apple sauce and Gouda polenta with Brussels sprouts. Mark enjoyed the pork, the polenta and even ate most of the Brussels (even though he isn’t fond of them).

Megan had the Chicken feature, which was a Statler chicken, with Pancetta baked on, served with fingerling potatoes and carrots (which were traded for string beans). There wasn’t a bite left!

Another time we went back to visit we both got burgers. The burgers are big and really tasty.

 

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Megan went on a tour of the brewery during the Dover Mini Maker Faire, and learned a lot about the way they do things at 7th Settlement. With her was the Barrett family, Peter, Mary, Chris and John, as well as Bre.

 

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2 row barley start with for grain

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Grain room

 

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During tour, we smelled chocolate malt (smelled like fire burning a little), and learned that the hops are even local! The hops are through a hop exchange, out of Strafford.

The tour was given by one of the brewers, which had very good analogies for those not familiar with the beer process- like rowing through fondue cheese, like when you add water to oatmeal, etc
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A good description was given for the way the water buckets operate- one way entry, helps keep bacteria out

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They have large kegs in their refrigerator, for in house use. They feed into the lines at the bar, 78 feet away. This is the furthest the beer goes, unless they are going to a festival.

All beers are vegan– which is unusual, but it is due to the finding agent they use- seaweed based instead of fish based.

 

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Their average time to brew- 3 weeks. The least amount of time for one of their beers is 2 1/2 weeks, with the most at 5 weeks.
Since the tour, they have added 3 more fermenters, and 4 more conditioning tanks- nice to be growing so quickly!

Both brewers are looking to further their beer education, and hope to never stop learning.

 

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Chris enjoying his beer

Chris had recently turned 21 before the visit to the Dover Maker Faire and 7th Settlement, so it was exciting for Megan to have a beer with Chris during this trip!

 

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Chocolate Bacon Cake!

 

Another time we went back to visit we both got burgers. The burgers are big and really tasty.

We had some of their Peter Peter Pumpkin Ale as well.  A heavier, darker style pumpkin ale with a subtle pumpkin taste. It is conditioned with bourbon and vanilla beans.

 

There have been some changes recently. When 7th Settlement opened, they were sharing space with One Love Brewery. One Love has moved out, and up to Lincoln NH, so they both have more space to do their own thing.

 

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We both agree that this has benefitted 7th Settlement. They have a lot more variety of beers on tap, and have become a little more experimental, at least more than they were. We have visited more often recently because they have new beers more often, and more beers that intrigue us.

 

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Chicken wing special. The sauce was really hot, but very tasty. Megan may or may not have been crying a little… The wings were good, nice and crunchy, and homemade blue cheese was laid beneath them, very good as well.

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A beer cheese fondue with homemade bread. This was really good as well, great taste and helped Megan cool off from the chicken wings.

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We had the Gerrish IPA and Milk Stout while we were their this time. Both were good. We also tried the Kris KOLSCHstofferson, it was a little darker than we were expecting, the ‘gentle malt flavor’ they described was a little more prominent than we were expecting.

 

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Yup, those are Megan’s ski’s

 

Most recently, we skied down to 7th Settlement during the Blizzard of 2015. Yes, this month. We accepted the Facebook invite telling us snow shoes and ski’s were acceptable forms of transportation.

 

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Mark only had a little snow frozen in his beard, it was windy!

 

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Beers on tap most recently

 

Mark started with the Hero Pale Ale. Very hoppy with a good flavor, Mark liked it. A little too hoppy for Megan, not her type of beer.

 

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Mark also tried the NH Common. A good beer, light style but still flavorful, it did not taste cheap.

 

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beer menu, during the Blizzard of 2015

 

 

Megan had the Black Day Porter. Nice coffee notes, balanced flavor, good dark beer. We both liked it.

 

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an exhausted Megan, after skiing (not downhill)

 

 

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Honey Chipotle Flatbread

 

We ordered the Honey Chipotle Flatbread. It was tasty, crunchy onions with a good sauce. The Potato Bites were good as well. Mark liked the Horseradish Aioli, Megan used some of the homemade ketchup instead. The couple seated next to us ordered the potato bites after seeing ours come out- good choice!

 

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Potato Bites with Horseradish Aioli

 

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What’s on tap and what’s coming