Sunday, June 2, 2013

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House (Framingham)

A couple weekends ago we were hanging out at the Natick Mall. We worked up an appetite after a day of signing up for our wedding registries. Looking for good, simple food we ended up at John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House, a local craft brewery serving, in their words, "real beer and honest food," we could not agree more. The laid back atmosphere, great food, and crisp beer were a great end to our day! 

Since we are not big beer drinkers we decided to trust the experts and ordered John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House's House Sampler, which consists of five 5 oz pours from their current, handcrafted beer selection chosen by the bartender. Our sampler included Pale, American Wheat, Stout, Blueberry, and Kolsch Ales. Aida's favorite beer was the Stout which had a strong, deep flavor almost reminiscent of strong black coffee. James loved the blueberry with it's sweet cinnamon sugar rim and subtle blueberry flavor. For two people that don't drink beer this sampler was perfect and a great deal at $6.99! 

To start our waiter brought over a basket of John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House's Ciabatta, cake like bread. The bread was absolutely delicious especially when dipped in their olive oil and herbs mixture. 

As a starter we ordered the Asian Chicken and Ginger Crispadillas topped with a chili glaze and scallions. These Asian inspired fried quesadillas were well made and very flavorful. The chicken filling was packed with delicious ginger flavor and the chili glaze balanced the dish perfectly. As a matter of fact, we would have loved if more of the chili glaze had come with the dish as a dipping sauce. We would recommend the crispadillas to anyone dinning at John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House! Delicious! 

As an entree James ordered the Smokehouse, an ale-braised burger, topped with onions, smoked gouda, bacon, and a crispy onion ring. This was not an earth-shatering, amazing burger but it was an alright burger; great paired with a cold beer. The burger was cooked to a medium, the bacon added a nice saltiness, and the huge onion ring on top was deliciously crispy. 

Last but not least, Aida ordered one of her favorite sandwiches, a Cuban. John Harvard's Cuban stays true to the original slow-roasted pork, ham, pickles, swiss cheese, and mustard version. This a an extremely well made Cuban sandwich. The cheese was perfectly melted and the classic flavors melded great together. A must have when dinning at John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House! 

Overall we really enjoyed our visit to John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House. We would recommend it to anyone looking for good food, good service, a great value, and a cold beer! 

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