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Lamplighter Brewing Co.

284 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02139

On almost every night of the week, Lamplighter is either hosting a cheese tasting, screening a movie, or housing a different pop-up kitchen that serves anything from dumplings to waffles. All of that’s great, but not even necessary. The beer is that good and the converted mechanic’s shop space is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. We prefer the funkier back room with the couches and tiger murals, but the Birds of a Feather New England IPA tastes just as good wherever you drink it.

One grey, snowy day you should wake up, tell your boss you have pink eye (there won’t be any follow-ups), and then spend the entire day at this brewery built into a converted garage in between Central and Inman. Grab a cappuccino and a breakfast taco from Pepita (the in-house coffee shop), switch over to the Rabbit Rabbit New England IPA when the beers start pouring at 11, order some takeout from the Dosa Factory for lunch, and then settle in on the couch in the funkier back room as the place fills up in the evening. For dinner, Lamplighter hosts a different pop-up nearly every night, which features some seriously good restaurants (like Dakzen), so try to stay sober enough to enjoy that, too.

On the weekends, you’ll probably have to wait in line to get into Lamplighter, a multi-room brewery in Cambridge that sometimes feels like the 20-something yuppie headquarters of Boston. But waiting in line a little bit is worth it for fresh beer and pop-up vendors selling dumplings and poutine. Plus, there’s a coffee counter inside to go along with the beer, which should help you stay awake past 10pm for the first time since New Years Eve.

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