In late July, I met up with my sister and brother-in-law in San Francisco for a long weekend roadtrip. We drove to Monterey, through the picturesque coastal town of Big Sur, then down to Cambria and Paso Robles. Naturally, we visited several wineries and breweries along the way.
The most charming brewery we stopped by was Cambria Beer Company. Offering “pints by the sea,” a visit to the brewery is the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon. After a day of stopping all along the coast to take in the amazing views in Big Sur, we were ready to get out of the car and kick back with a beer!
I’m told that the brewery will soon undergo a name change, which is why I believe the logo is faded/almost non-existent on the awning below. But for now we’ll still call them Cambria Beer Co.
The three-and-a-half-year-old brewery is family-owned and sits in the heart of the West Village of Cambria. The tasting room makes you feel like you’re relaxing at a friends house–there are several rooms to sit in, a few games to choose from, and faint music pulsing through the space as people wander in and out.
I ordered a flight with the Robust Porter, German Lager, American Amber, Double IPA, Saison, and Dakota Pale Ale. My favorite of the bunch was the saison. I’ve been loving the style lately, and this one was no exception. The lager and double IPA were also really good. My sister, who doesn’t like beer (gasp!), had a pint of the homemade root beer and it was excellent, too.
We arrived toward the end of the day on a Sunday (after visiting Black Hand Cellars for a quick wine tasting), but the owner, Aaron, was serving beers and answered several of our questions. One of my favorite things about visiting different breweries is getting the chance to interact with the mastermind behind the beers. It’s always a nice little surprise, and I usually get starstruck!
I certainly recommend stopping by if you’re near the Central Coast. We stayed at Sand Pebbles Inn right by Moonstone Beach and had the best experience. Cambria is a cute, seaside town with many fun activities–not to mention a fair share of natural beauty.