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E.J. Phair Alehouse

Not Rated.
E.J. Phair AlehouseE.J. Phair Alehouse
BA SCORE
88
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 6
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2151 Salvio St Ste L
Concord, California, 94520-2470
United States
phone: (925) 691-4253

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Notes:
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(Place added by: belgianbeerlover on 06-03-2005)
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Reviews by Troyone:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Located in what appeared to be like a town square this is a good place for a brew. The bar was close to being a complete square with a view of the grassy field in the middle of this shopping area. The beers are not brewed here, rather at the brewing facility on the other side of Concord.

Stainless Steel tap nozzles, wood bar and stools, nice picnic tables (inside) etc... Did not see the kitchen and the restroom was clean.

Service was great at the start but after a while declined.

Their beers are not too bad, no cask, and some good guest beers. Possible notables being their IPA, Wheat, and Marzen. Definite notables were some of the guest beers including Racer 5.

The food was alright.

reasonable

Troyone, Jul 28, 2005
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Ilovebeer1549, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Recommended.

hiku7, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

scottfrie, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

belgianbeerlover, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of schoolcb
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

schoolcb, Jan 28, 2010
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E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.