Concordia Ale House
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
3.36/5 rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | $
Staying at the Kennedy School, the Concordia Alehouse was a no-brainer. It's maybe a three minute walk from the school! Beer, then sleep. Sounds like a plan.
This place is in a sort of mini strip mall, next to a Subway sandwich shop and other establishments. Inside, it is warm and neighborhood-y, less beer-nerdy and more homey than your typical Portland beer bar. It was far from lively when I visited on a Saturday at around 10pm. Lots of empty tables, some folks playing pool, bored employees... a bit sad, almost.
As I entered, they played "Reptilia" by The Strokes, one of my favorite songs. They get major points for that!
Their tap list is alright: Old Chubb, Green Bucket Triple IPA, Weihen Hefe, StormBreaker Opacus Stout, Terminal Gravity, Laurelwood Red Elephant, Elysian Espresso Milk, Barnyard Femme Fatale, Mad River 24th Anniversary... a variety of styles and lots of locals, but with so much beer goodness in Portland, Concordia falls a bit flat. I ended up getting a Woodford bourbon (only seven bucks!).
Not a destination by any means, but OK if you're in the neighborhood.
02-18-2014 22:46:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.54/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
well, apparently little has changed in the 5 years since RedMedicine visited....
the outside patio looked promising, 4-5 tables, some people enjoying some IPAs in the sun... walked in to a huge L-shaped room, high ceilings.... dive-y, college bar atmosphere.... requisite Portland bar beer swag on the walls, etc.... pinball and I think a pool table in the one corner... bartop contoured the bend of the L, plenty of stools, quite a few tables spread out in the main front room... not much thought to style....
despite the curious atmosphere, they did have what I estimated to be 120-150 bottles in wall fridges - decent selection and mix - low prices in my book ($5 for Duchesse, hmm)... bunch of local stuff, bunch of hoppy beers, Belgians... actually more or less standard beer bar stock, they just have the space to store more.... tap list was a little boring/uninspiring, excluding 10 IPAs they were having a judging contest on.... it's easy to miss gems in a sea of hops, gave it a few once-overs - still not amazed
none of the bartenders (3-ish - 1 main, 2 floater/servers) seemed too (in a sense) professional - they were preoccupied with talking to friends and regulars only (and there was no more than 7 patrons in the whole place)... had 2 beers, 2nd of which, Anchor No. 2 Mild, was poured into a dirty glass, bubbles all over.... no one came back to ask if I liked either beer or the taco
the food menu seemed standard pub grub with a few standouts.... immediately went to the a la carte tacos, fish.... that fish taco - very dry, chili spice rub was alright, could've come w sauce.... the prices overall were just above reasonable, but not exorbitant
someone local who I mentioned this place to rolled his eyes and offered that they "don't know what they want to be". Understood. There's quite a few comparable spots here in South Jersey, and I'm sure more on the way all over - (former basic local) bars looking to cash in on this brand new "micro-beer" trend.... scary to think they opened with this concept and it hasn't evolved...
05-15-2013 03:26:12 | More by Bouleboubier
3.68/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was told that this place was one of the first bars in Portland to embrace the craft beer scene, but that they have in turn fallen a bit by the wayside as the scene has boomed around them. Nevertheless, I could tell this was a place with a lot of history, and I was definitely glad to visit. It was here that my wife and I decided to ring in the new year (2012), and while not the most glamorous of venues for such an event, we had to improvise, and kind of just picked it as one of the few places that was open until after midnight + that we had not gone to yet on our beercation. There was a band playing, so...blah. But otherwise, the place had a nice vibe: gritty and dark, but large enough to lose out on intimacy. The bar was fairly large, and there are plenty of tables and chairs, plus a pool room, and a shady video gaming lounge in the back. Service was spotty and the bartender was pretty aloof, but he was working on New Year's Eve, so what could I expect? A good selection of 20+ beers on tap, lots of local stuff, and plenty of crafts and micros in bottles. Food was decent, and prices were reasonable.
01-04-2012 05:43:54 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was lucky enough to stop in while I was in Portland last night. Concordia is a really cool spot for some great pool and games, and also not to mention that they have a pretty nice tap list to go along with the great atmosphere. While hanging out and having a couple beers I ordered the fish and chips which happened to be amazing. The food was hot, fresh, and tasty, and also reasonably priced. Overall, I am really impressed with the Concordia Ale House and their great food and tap list. If I was living in Portland I would be almost there every weekend because of the great environment they setup for their guests. This place was definitely a great find and a great place to stop in and enjoy a good beer.
07-20-2011 19:46:19 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
3.68/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Another of the legendary beer places in town, this one has less of a beer geek atmosphere than the others. Basically you get a carpeted large room at the front, and a dark, crowded, awkwardly situation bar in the back where people watch sports. The taplist is always pretty good, but I never like going to a place where I feel like I know more about beer than the people serving it to me. This was the case when they listed "Chimay Red" on the taplist and I asked how that was possible since Chimay Red has never been kegged. The server assured me that it was indeed the red and obviously came back with Chimay White. After I told her it was Chimay White she argued with me a bit and then realized it wasn't. The beer had been on tap for a few days already so that was kind of odd. Otherwise the experiences have generally been positive.
05-18-2010 15:46:12 | More by squaremile
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Awesome special events including the Beer Brawl give this place A+ marks for me, but during regular visits the service has often times suffered and brought down the experience dramatically, in addition to the on and off quality of the taps. That being said, I still frequent Concordia and I think they are a great ale house. I just think there are some areas where quality could be improved.
The food is decent pub food, and the atmosphere provides plenty of seating. I really like sitting out on the benches out front during the summer.
When the place has been incredibly busy, the service has suffered considerably. I don't want to bash this place on service overall but my experiences with the busy times have not been good. It has been hit and miss during other visits.
The bottle selection is a nice addition.
02-10-2010 01:00:41 | More by djbreezy
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of Portland's best places to grab a beer. Stopped by the other day with a few friends, one from Atlanta. The selection is nearly as good, if not better, than the famed Brickstore in Decatur, GA. The staff was attentive, but not too attentive. I had a variety of lighter beers as we were headed to a few more places that night, a Double Mountain Kolsch and a pilsner from Wild River. Food was excellent. We went to the Mash Tun amd Kennedy School Boiler Room and Detention Bar as part of our NE Portland pub crawl - a great little itinerary which I recommend!
06-19-2009 03:32:16 | More by LittleA
3.5/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Killing time on a Friday afternoon before a BB game at nearby University named after the bar:), I'd stopped in before but wanted to do a more thorough analysis this trip.
A bit miffed at the staff's lack of attention, the female barkeep seemed more interested at playing with her cellphone than taking care of the 4-5 customers. To give her some credit, the crew (with the exception of the gentlemen who was working on his day off) was a bunch of screw-offs until the owner showed up.
The help aside, the draft beer selection was quite a revelation. PtheE, St. Bernardus 12, and a pretty good selection of NW Micros, at pretty reasonable prices. Choice of size pours 12/16/20 along with liter and pitchers offered for most brews. Most pints were in the $4.50 to $6.00 range.
They also have a smaller cooler with about 120 brews, some hard to find, but no bargains except for some $1.25 Old German tall boys during happy hour. I inquired about a St. Feuillen Tripel and was quoted $15.00 for a bottle. Somebody came in and wanted the DFH WW Stout and paid $11. Talking with the guy working on his day off (very knowledgeable and helpful) he said they marked up 30% over retail with no discount for carryout.
I didn't try the food, but watching some compatriots chow down on pub-type offering, it didn't look that special. I'd just as soon order some 'cue from Cannon's Express across the street.
I echo the comments about the atmosphere-pool tables, a VLT room, pinball. what crowd are they trying to appeal to?
In the end, it's all about the beer, and from that perspective, this is one of the best places in town. Belly up to the bar, tune out the atmosphere (or lack thereof) and enjoy one of Beervana's best selection of tap offerings. If I was rating this place just on the quality of taps, it'd be a A-. Unfortunately, the lack of atmosphere hurts the overall experience.
02-10-2009 04:13:40 | More by jdense
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice little neighborhood bar/eatery, with a hell of a good beer lineup. Appears to be around 22 or so taps, a double fridge case packed with bottles, and resaonable prices.
If anything, I think the interior is a bit drab, just bland colors and basically no atmosphere. A huge wall mural or something might do them well. It's clean and smokefree though, with some pool tables and whatnot in the back corner.
The beer menu is very well done up in spreadsheet fashion, listing current beers, abv, kegs in queue, prices for 4 glass sizes, and short beer synopsis. Very nice!
Food is standard pub fare. Got a brie/shroom/onion and chicken sanwich, delious despite the epic oversized ciabatta roll that gave me like 10 bites of just bread and no meat/goo.
12-08-2008 21:26:51 | More by SurlyDuff
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon for a pint or two. The place feels like a pizza place, at least at that time of the day. Rather bright, with about ten tables in the front and a 15 stool bar behind.
The draft list was very good, concentrated on NW locals. I enjoyed the Black Homoerectus I had. Bottle list was extensive. This was the first time I have seen a beer bible that was all pictures. It was easier to look in the coolers behind the bar as it turned out. This was the only place we went to in Portland that still had Dissident in bottles. I was happy to be able to pick one up before we left town.
Service was just ok. The bartender was pleasant but not knowledgeable and weeded even though there were 5 bar patrons. Or maybe she was trying to avoid the obnoxious clown who chose to sit next to us despite the rest of the bar being almost empty, in which case I can't blame her. Ah, well, can't pick your customers.
We did not try any food but would definitely stop back our next time in.
10-29-2008 20:08:57 | More by sholland119
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