E.J. Phair Alehouse
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by bradford:
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
E.J.'s is a fun spot to hit for lunch, dinner, or just drinking. They have big plasma TVs playing local sports teams, have a 13 tower tap lineup I believe, and always offer some very good guest beers. They occasionaly carry Pliny The Elder and Moonlight, almost always have 2 or 3 Bear Republic offerings, and have about 8 taps for their own brews which are pretty good, especially their American IPA. They have a rye beer that is pretty damn tasty too. The food is excellent and the staff is usaully very friendly and attentive. Last time I was in the bartender overheard my conversation about good beer and called me over. He pulled a beer from a tap at the very end. What was it? Moonlight's Bombay by Boat. Awesome. Highly recommended
08-12-2007 03:38:03 | More by bradford
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went for my first time tonight and really was impressed with the draught beer selection. In addition to a couple of E.J. Phair beers, had beer from Russian River (Blind Pig) and Bear Republic on tap, as well as several other respected craft brews (e.g. Green Flash Hop Head Red).
Food was reasonable and fairly priced.
Barmaid was attentive and attractive; what else can you ask for?
Giants game on the TV.
Overall, I'll go back because I was impressed with the tap beer selection. I only tried a few, and will try several more next time around.
04-07-2011 03:44:47 | More by hiku7
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 -3.3%
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 -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great atmosphere, many beers to select from including the elusive Pliny the Elder (Drakes, Russian River, Lost Coast, etc), although they only had one of their own beers on tap. Great draft selection from other breweries, and an extensive list of Belgian bottled beers to choose from. Our server was attentive, but was not very familiar with the beers and had to come back to our table to tell us they were out of one of the beers we ordered. Lots of TV's around so we could watch college basketball. Just so happens this place is close to the office we held offsites at. The food being delivered to other tables looked good, will have to try it next time I am in town. Parking was a little bit of a challenge. If you are in the area, it's the only brewpub in the area.
01-28-2010 23:22:46 | More by schoolcb
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Atmosphere is relaxed, definitely family oriented, a 'bring the kids' type of beer bar. There seem to be a lot of regulars. Several big screen TV's make this a nice place to stop and watch a hockey game after work or for football on Sunday. By no means a beer geek atmosphere and not really a 'hang out' spot if you're single. I guess it all depends on what sort of night you're looking for.
Service is this places strong point. The staff is friendly, attentive, and quick to right any concern you might have. Don't expect high amounts of beer knowledge beyond hoppy or sweet, light or dark though. Selection leans heavily toward the hoppy ales with several local IPA's and DIPA's always on tap. Russian River, Drake's, Stone, and Bear Republic make up the usual lineup of guest beers. Their own house beers aren't bad either but there are rarely more than a few available, it's clear the guest beers are the big sellers. They also have a small selection of Belgian beers in bottles. Nothing you can't find at Bevmo but they serve in proper glasswear and it's a welcome change of pace from the hop bombs that make up the tap list.
The only real gripe against this place is the food. It's standard pub fair and I don't expect anything world class but it's well below other brew pubs in the area and fairly pricey for what you get. Something about the flavors and textures just doesn't work. I've had nearly everything on the menu by now and the only thing I've finished was breakfast. I keep ordering there because it's convenient but I'm always disappointed. It's unfortunate because I'd be there several times a week if I could get a decent meal. In any case, I still come here fairly often for a pint because of the convenient location and decent selection. At least the fries are good.
12-06-2009 16:47:29 | More by berkey
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
E.J. Phair is a brewpub in Concord California. This is the closest place for "good" beer I have found. So I do frequent it.
The atmosphere drives an American Brewpub theme, which it hits square in the heart. The the Alehouse is kept immaculate. The atmosphere is very open and compartmentalized however more like a restaurant, and not cozy and driven toward socializing with the other clientele. So bring a friend to talk to, they can be the DD after all.
Quality here has always been excellent. They I have not drank a poorly kept or poured beer here. Nor have I been challenged with dead taps.
Selection. Unlike many brewpubs. Phair not only features their own brews, they also feature a large number of other micro/craft brews. So many that the number of "Guest" taps outnumber house brews. One of my personal rarities "Pliny the Elder" has been featured for a while.
Food is generally typical Pub fair, but the quality is well above average, and a few top shelf selections bring the menu to the point that you may seek out the Alehouse for lunch even if you had no intention of drinking. They also offer breakfast menu's for Saturday and Sunday; and as a place to eat out for dinner, you will see quality that well exceeds chain family restaurants but not special night out quality. (Unless your SO is a beer fan)
Value overall prices are a tad high, but when you factor the clearly above average quality of all of the establishments offerings, the E.J. Phair remains a good value.
Overall impression. E.J. Phair remains one of my favorite places to drink beer.
10-07-2009 21:03:15 | More by mckeehn
3.83/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here last night for dinner and thought this place was due for a Beerfly Review.
EJ Phair is located right off the Todos Santos Square in downtown Concord. There is plenty of street parking nearby as well as a parking garage. It is a fairly decent sized place. When you walk in the bar is immediately to your left and there is plenty of seating at the bar. They have tons of large tables and booths as well as a room behind the bar and a nice outdoor patio. We sat in the room behind the bar and felt that it was way too hot. Outside or the main room is the way to go when you come here.
They list all of their beers on a beer menu. We went when there was a concert in the park and EJ Phair only had their English IPA listed as their only house beer. We were told that it was out due to the concert. Fortunately they have a very good lineup of guest beers. They offer Schhoners IPA (ran out) and Oatmeal Stout; RR PTE and Janet's Brown Ale; GF WC IPA, Hop Head Red, and Imperial IPA; BR Racer 5 and Hop Rod; Trumer; and a few others. Beers are served in 12 oz and 16 oz glasses. While I felt the selection was good on the menu, I was irked that they were out of so many beers. I ended up getting a PTE ($5 for a 12oz or $7 for a 16oz) and an Oatmeal stout. They also have a cooler with some varied Belgian beers and a glass case with some nice Belgian glasses.
The food is standard brewpub food. Lots of appetizers, burgers, sandos, and salads. I went with the buffalo chicken sandwich and salad and my wife had a burger with fries. Both were above average for pub food.
The service was quick and very good considering how slammed they were with little kids and folks attending the concert.
Overall I thought it was a good place to have some food and a pint. I was surprised that they had none of their beers available and it would have been nice if they had more of the guest beers available. I really can't complain too bad because I did drink Pliny and Schooner's excellent oatmeal stout.
09-13-2009 19:38:32 | More by mjl21
E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.