Along the Charles River across from Boston, historic puritanical colony, Cambridge, could be difficult to navigate with its narrow one-way cobblestone streets, landmark cultural museums, and world-class collegiate institutions. Busy downstairs restaurant JOHN HARVARD’S BREWHOUSE, with its wooden décor, Old Americana portraits, and reasonably priced entrees, has been a provincial staple of this frontier settlement for over a decade as of April ’05 visit.

Boasting beer recipes handed down from literary wit William Shakespeare, brewer Geoff De Bisschop kept servicing brew tanks behind the bar. German-styled sourdough-fizzed blonde ale Colonial Kolsch; friskily Cascade-hopped red-yellow-fruited John Harvard’s Pale Ale; subtly Saaz-hopped red-fruited sweet-grained Old Willie’s IPA; soapy crystal-malted yellow-fruited Bard’s Best Bitter; feathery coffee-espresso-lilted Newtowne Nut Brown; and roasted coffee-themed hazelnut-tamed Irish-styled Black Watch Stout were served.

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