E.J. Phair Alehouse
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.89/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A solid neighborhood bar...sitting here with my wife having a "Face Puncher" IPA. After having a "Double Cross" before that...feeling good. Watching the Giants game and listening to a live trio band sing "yellow submarine". About as good as it gets folks. Stop by and have a pint soon.
04-28-2013 03:08:24 | More by Ilovebeer1549
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went for my first time tonight and really was impressed with the draught beer selection. In addition to a couple of E.J. Phair beers, had beer from Russian River (Blind Pig) and Bear Republic on tap, as well as several other respected craft brews (e.g. Green Flash Hop Head Red).
Food was reasonable and fairly priced.
Barmaid was attentive and attractive; what else can you ask for?
Giants game on the TV.
Overall, I'll go back because I was impressed with the tap beer selection. I only tried a few, and will try several more next time around.
04-07-2011 03:44:47 | More by hiku7
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here for lunch yesterday with another BA. This place has a nice beer selection covering a lot of new releases (10.10.10, RR's Janet's Brown Ale) and old favorites (Pliny, Racer 5, Black Butte Porter) and has taps ranging across styles. They also have a short bottle list of Belgians available, with a fair amount of glassware to serve each genera.
The food wasn't bad, and was pretty standard for this type of place. Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and few fancier specials all looked appealing. The bathrooms were clean, food service was quick, and the bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, I would definitely go here again. Given the area this place is in, they are probably the best place for beer. But even if this place wasn't merely a default, I would seek it out.
11-28-2010 19:36:23 | More by scottfrie
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This place has been in Concord for a few years now and my family have had lunch a number of times here. Hard to say what the nighttime atmosphere is like, but definitely more of a restaurant vibe than a bar during lunch. The patio area overlooking Todos Santos Plaza is great when the weather is nice.
They are in the midst of relocating their brewery in Pittsburgh, so they only had one in-house beer (Shorty's Revenge) on tap the last time I was there. I believe they should be brewing again come fall of 2010. In event, they have a great selection of other beers to choose from in the mean time. A number of west coast brews on tap (Russian River, Bear Republic, Green Flash, Lagunitas, etc) - probably about 10-12 taps in total. They also had 10-15 Belgians available in bottles (rochefort, duvel, kwak, etc). Hands down one of the best line-ups in the Walnut Creek/Concord area.
The food is largely pub style food (burgers, salads, fish & chips), but is done well and most entrees are under $12. The service isn't the greatest, including their knowledge of the beers. I'm not usually looking for recommendations when I'm there though, so that doesn't really bother me.
I wouldn't make a road trip to eat here, but if you live or work in the area, it's definitely worth checking out.
09-08-2010 04:30:08 | More by belgianbeerlover
3.54/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great atmosphere, many beers to select from including the elusive Pliny the Elder (Drakes, Russian River, Lost Coast, etc), although they only had one of their own beers on tap. Great draft selection from other breweries, and an extensive list of Belgian bottled beers to choose from. Our server was attentive, but was not very familiar with the beers and had to come back to our table to tell us they were out of one of the beers we ordered. Lots of TV's around so we could watch college basketball. Just so happens this place is close to the office we held offsites at. The food being delivered to other tables looked good, will have to try it next time I am in town. Parking was a little bit of a challenge. If you are in the area, it's the only brewpub in the area.
01-28-2010 23:22:46 | More by schoolcb
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located at the corner of Salvio and Grant Streets, the double doorway was aligned to the corner. A fenced-in patio area ran along Salvio, but I opted for the bar. Entering, the m.d.s. was immediately right with the 5/8 of an octagon-shaped, polished light wood on a L-oblique. Standard restaurant tables and chairs ran along the windows overlooking Grant, plus another row of standard tables and chairs between the window and the bar. Along the windows overlooking the patio were a series of high tables and chairs with two picnic tables (!) between them and the bar. Booths ran along the far left wall, fronting exposed, undulating brickwork. The back bar separated the bar area from a semi-private meeting room with standard tables and chairs and a line of upholstered benches fronted by standard tables along the back wall. Lavs in back left corner, past kitchen right. Taps were a series of Belgian-style taps on the bar. Small, colored chalk on black placards hung above the back bar, advising what beers were available. On my visit, only six (6) with eight (8) guests. Hmm. 2 GABF gold medals flanked a hex sign.
Beers: American Wheat; Shorty's Revenge; Marzen; English IPA; Pilsner; Barrel-Aged Shorty's.
Others: Dave's Double Brown; Stouter; Pale Ale; Harvest Ale; Rye Beer; Phat Quail; Alehouse IPA; Blonde Lager; Schwartzbier.
Mom: Yep. Definitely a place to bring even the most casual of beer drinkers.
12-25-2009 11:40:41 | More by woodychandler
E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.