Brewing six times a week with a system barely larger than 7 BBLs keep the brewers very occupied with their copper Pub Brewing system. The owners have four years experience at this location and are looking at expansion to other sites around the U.S. Currently merchandising is doing very well in this university town.
The Crimson Wheat was a hazy dark gold with a clove aroma, medium body, smooth light clove flavor and aftertaste. The John Harvard Pale Ale appeared a clear dark amber and was accompanied by a medium body, hop and malt flavor, and hoppy finish. The Old Willy IPA was a dark amber with a medium body, hop over malt flavor balance, and hoppy aftertaste. The Nut Brown Ale gave a very dark brown appearance to match its medium body, slightly sweet malty flavor balance, and overall clean finish. The Stout offered a fine head with a creamy mouthfeel, smooth chocolate, malty flavor.
The mature-acting univresity crowd and the congenial atmosphere made this a comfortable setting for enjoying the custom-crafted brews that use English malts and a yeast strain developed at the nearby university. For such an upscale location, prices were reasonable; $2.50 - $3 for 10 ounces, $3.25 per pint, and $9.95 - $11.95 per pitcher.
John Harvard's Brew House
33 Dunster Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996.