Concordia Ale House
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3.31/5 rDev -21.9%
My friends and I went to Concordia after our pilgrimage to Horse Brass, so perhaps there was a little bit of comparative disappointment that makes me less enthusiastic about this place than other reviewers.
The ambience at Concordia is very nice--there's a spacious bar area, and the back room has free pool and several TVs. It reminded me a lot of Beveridge Place in Seattle, which is a good thing, and has the overall vibe of a sports bar that was overtaken by hipsters and beer lovers. Again, that's a good thing.
The beer selection--all twenty taps or so--was good; I had a Double Mountain India Red Ale, my friends got Mudshark Porter and the HUB ESB. One of my friends did point out that their selection omitted dark beers (with the exception of the Mudshark). Maybe we were there on a strange day, but indeed, the selection was made up almost entirely of pales, IPAs, reds, goldens, and other lighter-colored brews. The service was surprisingly curt and a little slow--at times the bartender seemed really drained by a request for another beer (not a sampler, but an actual pint).
Were I to live in Portland, I'd stop by Concordia for a second visit, but it's not worth a trip in and of itself for out of towners. Spend an extra hour or two at Horse Brass or Bailey's.
04-11-2008 17:13:32 | More by benito
4.09/5 rDev -3.5%
I made my second trip to Concordia and it only reinforced my initial impression. I really like this place and it made me want to be a local. I could only imagine walking from the house over for beer and dinner (alone or with the family).
Concordia has a great selection of beer, both on tap and in the bottle. I had a Hopworks IPA this time around. The service wasn't great (I had to wait menu in hand for a while without much of a crowd) but I wouldn't let that hold you back.
The food looked great but I didn't have any. I hope to make up for that on a future visit.
You can't go wrong at Concordia.
02-21-2008 03:10:07 | More by GJ40
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
I always just missed going to this place on my other trips to Portland, so I was glad to make it their the last time I was there. This place is obviously a great beer bar and a wonderful resource for the city. Atmosphere was pretty nice up at the long bar, the rest of the place is a little empty and sterile feeling. They have a number of very nice things on tap, including some great taps of mostly local stuff which was what I was looking for. Also, like any great beer bar, they clearly knew and had some special relationships with many of the brewers in the area, which enables them to get the really rare and special stuff on draft. They also have a pretty decent glass fronted cooler behind the bar with a number of great bottles for consumption there or take out. Given that I was driving, this allowed me to have a couple at the bar and still take something great back to my hotel as well. Nice selection in here including lots of Belgians, locals, and things like Stone and Alesmith. Everything was top quality off the taps. Clean lines and fresh. The food was good, but not quite as good as a number of other reviewers have made it out to be imo. Basic pub food done well with some speecials that were maybe a little overambitious. Solid, though. So what's not to like. Well, I really like this place but not my absolute favorite pub. Besides the slight coldness of the room the only other slight kink was a definite local/insider vibe. If you weren't one or weren't wih one you felt a little less welcome, like you were slightly a chore to be waited upon. Also, there was a little weirdness wwhere the bartender dissuaded me from trying something that they had on tap because of philosophical disagreements with the brewery. Weird, and very Northwest. So I guess I'm saying that this place was great and a must try, and that I'll be back- but it just didn't feel like home.
11-30-2007 15:49:13 | More by Georgiabeer
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
In a nutshell, this place is frickin' awesome. Within walking distance of our great hosts, C.A.H. is very comfortable, not too crowded early on a Saturday evening, with an atmosphere that's neither upscale nor divey. A welcoming friendly neighborhood/smalltown vibe. Room is L-shaped with tables in the front of one entrance; bar and bottles/taps in the corner; and pool/pinball/big-screen TVs in the other section. (the pool table is free and the Pinball is Family Guy...very cool.)
Friendly service, maybe more friendly than if they were super-busy, but our server seemed as enthusiastic about their offerings as we were. And that selection, man, superb. Not the biggest in Portland, but with all 25 or so taps of high quality and variety, and same with the 100 or so bottles, there was no lack of choices. Well-known and obscure offerings spanning the globe, from US, Belgium, Germany, UK, France, Norway...choosing was tough, but enjoyability and quality was very high.
And the prices: $13 for a 750 ml bottle of Flemish Primitive Wild Ale. Not only did it make a great finish to the visit, but for a beer that costs $10-$11 in a store, paying just a couple bucks more at CAH says everything you need to know about their prices. Cannot wait to make another couple visits before leaving this insanely beergeek-friendly town.
09-30-2007 16:04:00 | More by Metalmonk
4.85/5 rDev +14.4%
I don't know why it took me so long to get to this place. I had already seen a while ago that people raved about it, but hadn't ever known anyone that actually visited CAH.
Now it's quickly becoming one of my favorite Portland haunts. The funny thing is, nothing about it screams to me its quality as a bar, but everything taken as a whole adds up to a lot. It's a little off the beaten path for some, but not really that far from downtown or I-84 if you have to drive there. It's just down the road from the ever-crowded McMenamins Kennedy School. Go to the Kennedy if you want to watch a movie or be entertained. Go to Concordia Ale House if you want great beer, food and a more laid back atmosphere.
Just about everything is well-done. Decor is fairly sparse, but attractive. It almost has a little bit of a beer hall/open restaurant feel on one side, and a pool lounge on the other side. Normally it works great, but it doesn't offer any closed off corners or booths, if that's what you're looking for.
I've been very impressed with the service. The bartenders know their stuff, are friendly, and deliver great pours.
CAH has about 20 taps, many Portland and Northwest micro/craft brews, with a few notable, interesting international offerings on draft. I really like that they don't stick with the most basic, common beer out there. It seems like they get their hands on limited release/lesser known beers that are great quality.
Their draft menu has the current beers and often lists the upcoming kegs. I'm looking forward to Old Rasputin sometime soon. Their bottle collection looks excellent, but I have yet to peruse it much. Oh, another nice touch is that you have the option to order 12/16/20/32/60oz sizes of most beers.
Food is great as well...I can't hardly say anything bad about this place. The bathroom is even clean. You're missing out if you don't try it. Just don't ruin it for the rest of us.
08-12-2007 04:12:48 | More by josiahschlender
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
Met up with BA MSUBulldog here for a few beers. Great Place.
Draft list of just over 20 beers. Most are local/regional: Rogue, Hood, Walking Man, Butte Creek, Laurelwood, Deschuttes, Lucky Lab, etc plus a few Belgians and one or two Germans.
Expansive bottle selection (over 100 solid bottles): I drank a Fantome Strange Ghost (They also had Chocolate), a Krystalweizen, and an Ale Smith IPA. At least 20 of the current Best of BA list were available. Almost all the bottles were outstanding brews and many of them were rather uncommon. They also featured several imports from breweries I was entirely unfamiliar with, namely a Brazilian brewer that makes German and Belgian styles and Scandinavian brewer that produces a lot of American style crafts. I wish I had had more time to try some of these.
The new owner showed us a list she was putting together of all their beers. It was well organized and included accurate descriptions of each beer. I was impressed. She was very friendly and offered a sample or two from the taps.
I had a burger that was just to die for. It had perfectly ripened avocado and outstanding, butcher shop quality smoked bacon on it. Im not a big burger person and usually stick to other options but this was really, really great.
The atmosphere was the only thing that wasnt special but in a way that was almost a good thing. It let me focus on the beer cooler, which I stared at drooling for most of our visit to CAH.
Side Note: If youre in Downtown Portland for just a few days dont neglect this area over downtown. CAH is just a 15 minute cab ride or so from downtown and doesnt really cost all that much. Its also two minute walk away form Kennedy School and just a 4 or 5 minute cab ride from the Horse Brass/Belmont Station. Those 4 places make for a great afternoon of beer drinking. Theres also public transportation between all these places if you have time to wait for the bus.
07-06-2007 15:27:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
Pretty easy to find place in north Portland up 33rd Street, can't miss it on the left hand side of the road. At first I wasn't sure if I was in the right spot or not because it didn't look like a typical beer bar. Kind of fancy I thought, wasn't quite dressed up enough, however there are 2 entrances and the front door was a little more of a fancy restaurant feel, the back door is more of a typical beer bar atmosphere. Nice selection of some excellent beers on tap and it looked like a pretty good bottle selection as well (they were in the process of making a new bottle menu while I was there so I didn't get to see that). I didn't have any but the food looked awesome, huge portions. Staff was extremely helpful, bartenders gave me recommendations on what other brewpubs to check out close by. Maybe a little out of the way from some places in Portland but take the time and go there you won't regret it.
05-23-2007 07:33:33 | More by loren01
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Excellent little beer bar with two-entrances to its L-shape. This is at the corner of 33rd and Killingsworth. Parking is difficult at best. We parked across 33rd in the Walgreens lot.
Open area, two pool tables in one L and sturdy hardwood tables, chairs, bar, benches, and barstools. No smoking while I was there. People stepped outside.
Friendly staff, very knowledgeable, and not just from talk but from actual tastings. Two glass front coolers hold the high quality, eclectic mix of bottled brews. The taps poured some high end imports, a few big time American craft beers (Ruination, anyone?) and a cool little mix of PNW beers from breweries I certainly didn't know.
Food was very good. Large filling sandwiches and fine flavors in what we sampled (the philly cheesesteak and the turkey melt.)
I went in there hoping for the best and came out very satisfied. If I lived in this neighborhood, I'd be a regular there.
01-29-2007 17:48:37 | More by pentathlete
4.8/5 rDev +13.2%
Loved this place, and it was a little too clean to be a dive bar (which I like), and it has a sort of "unconcerned" look to the decor. Tables, bar, all practical and meant to function, but they obviously work to keep it clean and neat. Counted 22 taps--I drank ST. Bernardus ABT 12, Ninkasi Fresh Hop, Walking Man Knuckle Dragger, and Bend Brewing Hop Head in my brief stop. Not a bad stop. I'm planning a trip to the Northwest with a friend, and this is at the top of my list to show him. Didn't get to the three coolers of bottles behind the bar.
Bartender was attentive and friendly, teaching dominoes to a waitress, but never missed seeing when my glass got to the bottom and he was there in an instant. The boss was at the other end of the bar, and was complaining about the sunny days and the lack of business there of. Evidently, rain means friends in the pub in Portland, which explains all the pubs and coffee shops.
I didn't eat, but the food looked very above average pub grub. One guy stopped in for a take out order and didn't have a beer--never a bad sign.
Take the time, make the stop.
11-11-2006 16:41:07 | More by FightingEntropy
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
It's a new day and brunch is upon us. We're going to do some adventuring (drink) today before we get all airport bound. Jon's been talking Concordia for days now, pointing it out at least twice over the last 3 days as we've driven past it. Don't know why we never stop there but I'm just a passenger, meant to be seen and not heard, unless I's got something that needs saying, of course. Now suddenly, he wants to go there so I just don't know what his deal is. No, I don't think he was a-scareded this whole time, he was just workin' his way around town; we eventually got to where we needed to be...
It's part of a big group of pastel lime, brick, orange & brick buildings that roll around the corner. What I would call the front entrance in the seating area before the bar is technically on the side street and the side entrance to the back room is, well, you get the idea. 3 tables outside along the brickwork entrance area. 9 tables in an open room, the walls sponge painted dark orange at the bottom and growing progressive lighter to peach as it runs up and into the ceiling. Etched glass windows to both sides of the door, dark wood tables with mismatched chairs and small tin tubs with condiments, napkins and draft & bottles lists. Guinness prints between the long narrow windows with partial curtains on the far wall. Drop cone lighting above the tables and a watching & waiting bench at the end of the seating pen. Beyond the seating area is a raised bar area that runs and disappears around the bend. The "L" shaped bar seats a dozen and a half with a reverse bar counter seating 9. High ceilings, dark orange walls, wood slat floors and a nearby piano. The bar back is a pillared unit, with narrow shelves of booze and hobo prints to both sides of central mirrors. The back wall has a display of 5 shelves of tap handles. A fridge full of cold bottles sits over in the corner near the entrance to a back room holding a handful of bar tables and a pair of pool tables.
So, brunch. I had the 3 egg & pepper bacon breakfast. Came with marbled rye toast, it was all most superb. The draft list is 23 beers, roughly 2/3 of them local and regional offerings (Ninkasi, Terminal Gravity, Lucky Lab, Mt Hood, Rogue, Laurelwood, Pikes, Hales Ales, Walking Man, Butte Creek, North Coast, Lagunitas), the other 1/3 are imports; Belgians (La Rulles Summer, Gouden Carolus Classic & Tripel, La Houbilon Chouffe, Lindemans Framboise), and Germans (EKU 28, Reissdorf Kolsch). Drafts are priced in 12 ounce glasses, 16 ounce pints, 20 ounce impy pints, 32 ounce litres, and 60 ounce pitchers. There are some things you can't get in an impy pint or litre but you can get a pitcher of anything.
The bottle collection is extensive, a 100+ bottles, the list carved out by style. They do beers to go; Phil scapped the last 2 Artic Devils. Both the draft & bottle list offer up the disclaimer "Relax. The list is never current. That's why you like us".
Solid place, good food, great selection. Don't know why Jon held out on us for these last 3 days.
10-22-2006 19:46:24 | More by slander
Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR
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