To better inform your voting in CHOW’s monthlong Best Brewpub in America Bracket, we’re throwing a daily spotlight on individual matchups.

With MIT and lots of tech and biotech firms, zip code 02139 is one of the nation’s brainiest. Maybe that’s why Cambridge Brewing Co.—located in the hart of Kendall Square—has had a long run, in brewpub years (the place opened in 1989, making it the oldest in Bostonland). It opens onto a pedestrian plaza, with outdoor tables in warm-weather months.

The space feels relatively mod, despite the historic-ness of the brick surroundings. CBC is known for barrel-aged beers, housed in the cellar, and—thanks to a liberal use of beer—the menu turns locally sourced ingredients into comfort-y dishes like beer-braised oxtail poutine.

The South Fork of Long Island isn’t only the place where stressed-out Manhattan residents pay tons of money for the yearly ritual of sitting in traffic on Route 27 to get to the Hamptons for a partial summer share. It’s also where you can get amazing Belgian-type farmhouse ales at the Southampton Publick House. It’s located in a historic tavern, though you probably knew that from that cute extra “k” on the end of “publick.” The must-sip beer is Southampton Double White, a hefty take on witbier, which you can enjoy with classick classic LI grub like crab cakes and chowder.

Ready? Go vote. Remember: You can vote once a day in this first round, ending April 23. So don’t forget to come back often to give your thumbs-up for your favorite spot. May the best brewpub kick ass.

Top photograph by Jennifer Yin / SF Beer Week

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