Cambria Ale House

2 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2084 Main St
Cambria, California, 93428-3014
United States

(805) 395-1295 | map

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Added by cambriaalehouse on 05-14-2012

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Easily the best beer selection you'll find anywhere in Cambria. The owner here does a good job of landing good beers, even if sometimes the server (a hippie biker dude) has no clue what beer he's pouring.

One time I went in and there was a Bourbon County handle, but the guy couldn't tell me which beer it was. After tasting it, I was pretty sure it was the Coffee Stout, so score. On another occasion, I got a pint glass pour of Figueroa Mountain's Anniversary beer when it was supposed to be like an eight ounce pour for $9. It's just that kind of place.

There's bottled beers for sale at prices that are par for Cambria (read: expensive), but it's way better than any other store in town. Occasionally there will be some real good stuff here, like last year when there were a bunch of Firestone Anniversary and Velvet Merkin bottles.

It's a small place, very intimate-feeling and comfortable and the service is always good, so overall, a solid place for a small town.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Staying in Cambria for a little getaway. Cambria is a sleepy town with some nice restaurants and this gem. Drove past the outside and decided I had to give it a try. Looked up the business on Yelp since i didn't see it on BA yet and it had some good reviews so I made the wife drive us over after dinner. 6 beers on tap and several bottle selections, about 20 different beers with good stock, most kept refrigerated. We were the only ones in the bar but a gentleman playing the guitar in the corner made for a nice atmosphere. The owner was extremely nice and informative. I told him to get on BA and it looks like he figured it out. He said he had plans to expand the bar to 12-18 taps in the near future. Selection was diverse for the limited taps he had. Something from each style and all of good quality. Selections on tap included stone ruination, RIS, Uinta kolsch, Tap it IPA, and Affligen belgian blonde. Bottles were of good quality with selections from kern river, deschutes, ballast point, drakes, green flash, dogfish head etc. You can ether have a beer on tap or grab a bottle from the fridge and enjoy it there for no additional cost. Bottles can be taken to go as well so this seconds as a nice quick bottle shop. The owner was asking questions abou how to improve and seemed to really care about trying to stay contemporary and offer the best craft beer experience with the resources he had available. All in all really enjoyed this place. Not the biggest or most diverse selection of craft beer I have seen but for a town like this it was an amazing find. The focus on details and creating a good experience were top notch. Can't wait to come back and see how the place has expanded in the future. If you are in town and into craft beer this is a must.

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Cambria Ale House in Cambria, CA
Place rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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