Surprising quality stop. Only went in cause it was next to hop grenade. Flight of tasters had to be 8 oz pours - not sure if it’s always that way, but holy crap! Quality was surprisingly good, especially the hoppy stuff.
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 wasn’t half bad.
Service was fine. Food looked like your fairly typical brewpub/American restaurant fare, so probably don’t really need to eat here either. In general, not a place I need to return to.
t0rin0 (1529) 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 I’d check out the brewpub in town. Despite what the other ratings show it’s 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 (didn’t 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 it’s just bitter and malty and not really hoppy. At least the color was right and didn’t 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, I’m bummed that I didn’t walk next door to Hop Grenade. Check them out. Check this place out too for the sake of brewing history but don’t 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.
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. Can’t recommend the burgers and the beers where bland and boring.
Don’t think we’d stay here if it wasn’t for the fact that we needed some food. Which at this place was far from impressive. The beers didn’t impress either, but at least most of them were really cheap. Interior’s ok, but nothing more. To sum it up, unless for the ticks, go another place, it’s not all bad but certainly not worth a detour.
I’ve been here a few times and recommend it if your in the Concord area. I got lunch here one time but I can’t remember what I got. I don’t recall hating it though. The beer list is always good. I’m 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.
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 (Shorty’s 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 Shorty’s Revenge during the transition.
Great place to visit if you’re 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.