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A Cambridge microbrewery set to open its taproom this summer is partnering with a local coffee brewer during its morning hours, providing a cool new hangout space in between Central and Kendall Square.
Lamplighter Brewing first announced its plans to open a microbrewery and taproom in Cambridge back in 2014, but due to routine hurdles including finding a proper location, getting rezoning approval from the city, and renovating the space, the process has been slow. Lamplighter co-founders AC Jones and Cayla Marvil and head brewer Tyler Fitzpatrick have been hard at work to ensure that the taproom — a 1,500-square-foot space located at 284 Broadway that will seat 70 — will open as soon as possible. They aim to begin shipping kegs and pouring growlers by late June and opening the taproom to the general public sometime in mid-July.
“We really want to have a spot that’s inviting, fun, and friendly,” Marvil said. “We’re hoping to provide that atmosphere — a taproom that’s warm and welcoming and easy to make a regular hang out.”
Marvil said Lamplighter will accomplish that with board games, trivia nights, tasting events, and collaborations with other brewers and restaurants in the area. The addition of coffee from Longfellows Cambridge, which will be open in the space Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., is also a significant benefit.
“The coffee from Longellows is a major component,” Marvil said. “It will be awesome to have the space open and accessible in the a.m. and to cultivate that community and cafe vibe.”
Longfellows will offer a variety of pastries and snacks like yogurt parfaits and waffles in addition to a full drink menu, with items ranging from espresso to non-coffee specialty drinks like a citrus rosemary soda.
As for the Lamplighter drink options, the brewery’s initial beer offerings include a dry hopped saison, an amber ale/Belgian strong hybrid, a wild yeast pale ale, an English golden bitter, a chamomile honey wheat, and an IPA and red ale that are both fermented with 100 percent Brettanomyces — a type of yeast commonly referred to as “Brett” that has become a popular ingredient for American craft brewers.
Much like other local breweries, Lamplighter’s food offerings are meant more as a snack than a full sit-down meal. The featured item is the brewery’s “hop dogs,” gourmet hot dogs sourced from Hardwick’s Chestnut Farms, where animals are raised on spent grain and hops from the brewery. Choices range from a classic beef dog to a taproom Thai pork dog served with spicy peanut sauce, cilantro slaw, Sriracha, and crushed Fritos. On the side, Lamplighter will have tots, with toppings like white cheddar sauce, pickled jalapeños, and bacon bits available.
With so many options in store in an area of Cambridge that could use a few more, Marvil thinks the taproom will be able to draw in more than just craft beer fans.
“There’s a lot of different tastes and palettes out there,” Marvil said. “And we hope to have something for everyone.”