E.J. Phair Brewing Co. and Alehouse

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1258) San Leandro, California | March 4, 2016
Brewpub right in the middle of downtown Concord, just about a 10 minute walk from the BART station and pretty much next door to Hop Grenade.

Feels like an old pub and restaurant inside. Big wooden bar greats you when you walk in. Some booths and also communal tables in the main dining area, but a second room and bar also available.

They do taster pours and I grabbed a flight of the somewhat limited selection of house beers. But they did have a halfway decent guest list. The house beers are not terribly good, though the one IPA they had on wasnít half bad.

Service was fine. Food looked like your fairly typical brewpub/American restaurant fare, so probably donít really need to eat here either. In general, not a place I need to return to.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1514) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 12, 2015| Updated March 6, 2015
Visited January 9, 2015.

I had to stop in Concord and that was only a mile from here so of course Iíd check out the brewpub in town. Despite what the other ratings show itís not all that bad, though the beer is not very impressive. Downtown Concord is a nice area with a park, plenty of restaurants, near a BART station, and with plenty of free parking. Also, the EJ Phair pub is next door to another place that looks interesting (didnít go in unfortunately). Another positive is that of the 8 house beers you can do individual small pours rather than a flight. 5oz for $2 is pretty good, though I could have done with smaller pours. Some other pros include patio seating, some decent guest taps (Union Jack and a few others), and the historic looking building. The cup of chili was pretty good too.

The negatives were that the beer is not very good and that it took a while to get any service. The server was plenty nice but it took quite a while before anyone stopped at the bar to take an order. I tried the three hoppy beers as well as the collaboration saison (with Henhouse). The IPA was the best of the three hoppy beers (the others being a pale and a DIPA), but it was the old fashioned American hoppy beer where itís just bitter and malty and not really hoppy. At least the color was right and didnít try to pass off a red ale as an IPA. The saison was actually pretty decent. Not sure which brewery it was brewed at but it was kind of dank with some fruity esters. The four tasters and the cup of chili came out to about $10.

As mentioned before, Iím bummed that I didnít walk next door to Hop Grenade. Check them out. Check this place out too for the sake of brewing history but donít expect to want to drink a lot of beer. Almost forgot that they have a fridge full of guest bottles to drink on premise. There is a bottle list on the menu. Not a bad selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
Meilby  (100) Kristiansand, Norway | August 13, 2013
The place looked quiet nice from the outside and the interior was ok. But everything else was a let down. The food came way to fast and I think I got food poisoning from this place. Canít recommend the burgers and the beers where bland and boring.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
yngwie  (371) Kristiansand, Norway | August 8, 2013
Donít think weíd stay here if it wasnít for the fact that we needed some food. Which at this place was far from impressive. The beers didnít impress either, but at least most of them were really cheap. Interiorís ok, but nothing more. To sum it up, unless for the ticks, go another place, itís not all bad but certainly not worth a detour.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy  (226) Santa Clara, California | June 22, 2013
Cool place with decent beers and food.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
fidel  (114) Livermore, California | November 26, 2012
Very nice spot downtown on the square. House beers were OK, but they had some nice guest taps.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs  (222) Livermore, California | December 11, 2011
Iíve been here a few times and recommend it if your in the Concord area. I got lunch here one time but I canít remember what I got. I donít recall hating it though. The beer list is always good. Iím not a big fan of the house beers, so its a good thing they only have 2 or 3 usually. The location is nice in downtown Concord with other restaurants nearby and a large parking garage very close by.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah  (508) Utah | August 4, 2010
A nice pub with a Irish pub feel. Nice big bar with 16 taps, plenty of seating inside and a patio outside. They are in the process of moving the brewery, so they only have 1 house beer on tap (Shortyís Revenge), the rest are guest taps from local brewerys. Food was good, service was good and friendly. They have a cooler full of local/international beer for orders to go.
Drakes is brewing the Shortyís Revenge during the transition.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jwbrewing  (15) Lincoln, California | October 12, 2009
Great place to visit if youíre in the area. I really like the English style IPA, which I believe is there classic IPA. The last time I stop by they had a great guest tap selection as well. Sweet place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | March 16, 2009
I was told they are in the process of moving (since I visited a month ago this may have already happened). Due to this the selection was reduced. They had three house brews on that I hadnít had before. Also they have a wonderful guest tap list including RR Elder, RR Younger and Drakeís Denogginizer. I finished up my Denogginizerr and was asked if I wanted anything else and I replied I was done. It took another 40 minutes before anyone returned to my table. So it really sucked sitting there with an empty beer glass and actually ready to go for that long

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