John Harvard's Brewery in Framingham Brings 'Authentic New England Comfort'
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When it comes to Bostonian pub-style favorites, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House is a lead contender, mastering the art of craft beers and classic homey foods.
We had the privilege to speak to Bob Scott, General Manager of John Harvard’s in Framingham, about the customers, the food, and most importantly: the beer.
Since 1992, John Harvard’s has gained an outmost respect in the region, creating their own original beer recipes, and providing signature house specialties and burgers to the younger and older crowds, blue collar to white collar, and everything in between.
Brewing all of their beer just behind their main bar, head brewer RJ Schultz is known for creating adventurous, limited-time only beers including Bamberger Swine Bier (Bacon Beer), Irish Dry Stout, Espresso Nutbrown Ale, and 50 Shades of Earl Grey IPA, incorporating teas from vendors in the area.
“The customer who comes to us wants more of the upscale casual New England pub feel, and we go the extra mile to use all-natural chicken, and the best quality meat using no hormones, so our guests definitely appreciate that. Plus, the coffee we serve daily is New England Coffee [based in Malden, MA].”
Sticking to its traditional roots, this menu is full of New England comfort food staples.
The award-winning Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie is baked in a small bowl, few inches deep, with a chicken-pea-mushroom-carrot-sauce medley and topped with a buttery flaky crust that brings you back to grandma's kitchen. Its conventional flavor is very familiar to a lot of folks here in New England, so it’s no surprise as to why JH’s take on the Chicken Pot Pie is one of the ordered items through DiningIn, followed by the Mac N’ Cheese.
The famous Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘N Cheese is a “a twist on a traditional dish”. In this JH classic, you can find all-natural chicken (slow smoked in-house), light Gorgonzola cheese, drizzled with spicy buffalo sauce, and to add a delightful crunchiness are panko bread crumbs. It, without a doubt, sounds as good as it tastes.
Another set of gems we recommend are the enourmous, juicy, All-Natural John Harvard’s Burgers, all served on a kaiser roll with lettuce, pickles, and fries.
Featured through DiningIn are: Harvard's Classic Burger, Smokehouse Burger, Chipotle BBQ Burger, Gorgonzola Burger, Cajun Turkey Burger, and The Vegetarian Burger.
Because plating, freshness and beautiful presentation is key, many weekly specials can only be found if you visit the John Harvard’s Framingham location, where you can also pack a beer or two to go.
"You can currently purchase the beer to take home with you at this location," said Scott, "but starting in April 2013, you'll eventually start finding our beers outside of John Harvard's walls.".
JH will begin a small expansion in the next couple of weeks, where they will start distributing through retail to one liquor store and some other restaurants in the Worcester and Middlesex counties.
"If I had to describe John Harvard’s in a few words," Scott continued, "it would be 'authentic New England comfort with great beer'."
As expected from a restaurant that prides itself in tradition and comfort, the staff provided us with impeccable service.
We highly recommend you pay a visit to our friends at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Framingham, located in Shoppers World and just around the corner from the Natick Collection, for fantastic beer and comforting service perfect for the March Madness get-togethers.
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