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Concordia Ale House

Not Rated.
Concordia Ale HouseConcordia Ale House
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.03%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3276 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon, 97211-6860
United States
phone: (503) 287-3929

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @concordiaale

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30am
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:30am
Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00am

Brunch Hours:
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

(Place added by: freed on 06-30-2005)
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Photo of RedMedicine
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

First stop in Portland after Belmont Station on a recent visit. Not nearly as impressed as all of these reviews would suggest.

Atmosphere: Pretty dead. A few scattered people at the bar, a couple of people playing pool, one table full in the dining room. Set up and decorated (aside from some local art for sale on the walls) like a college sports bar. A guy yelling our "quizzy" (we call it trivia on the East Coast). All of the lights were also out, so I couldn't see a damned thing. I didn't get the impression that this was a well-oiled operation. Scattered newspapers/flyers all over the bar area.

Quality: I should not have to ask for my pint glass to be un-frosted. The waitress was scratching out finished taps on the beer menus as I walked up.

Service: Attentive server, lackadaisical otherwise. Bartenders were more interested in talking to their buddies than serving the people at the bar.

Selection: 20 or so taps, I didn't check out the bottles. There were a number of Imperial IPAs on tap - I would have appreciated seeing the ABV% on the menu so I knew what a little better what I was ordering. Very overloaded on IPAs and Imperial IPAs, which I can't complain too much about and I gathered it had to do with an event they recently had.

Food: Had a salad w/ pork tenderloin. Decent, but nothing spectacular.

Value: Reasonable, compared to what I am used to on the East Coast. $4.75 pints, and cheap "specials" for food.

Quite unimpressive. I can't stress the college bar comparison enough.

RedMedicine, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of benito
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.

benito, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of GJ40
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.

GJ40, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of josiahschlender
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.

josiahschlender, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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. I’m not a big burger person and usually stick to other options but this was really, really great.

The atmosphere was the only thing that wasn’t 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 you’re in Downtown Portland for just a few days don’t neglect this area over downtown. CAH is just a 15 minute cab ride or so from downtown and doesn’t really cost all that much. It’s 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. There’s also public transportation between all these places if you have time to wait for the bus.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of loren01
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.

loren01, May 23, 2007
Photo of pentathlete
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.

pentathlete, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
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.

FightingEntropy, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of slander
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.

slander, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Jem
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%

I've been to Concordia at least 7 or 8 times over the past 8 months or so - and if I lived closer I'd be there every week like many of you who live in NE Portland.

The place is consistently FANTASTIC. Period. Great food - pub-ish but much more besides with great ingredients (I've tried everything from a turkey/avocado sandwich, to burgers & fries, to fish & chips, to pork loin, to sirloin steak and it's all been far beyond anyone's expectations of a normal 'beer bar' (Horse Brass, which is within 5 minutes' walk for me, pales in comparison in the food department.))

The service has always been extremely knowledgeable and pleasant, kind and helpful far beyond normal Portland-level service (ignore you or be irritated by your presence is the norm in lots of places around here.) The bar tenders pour samples, give recommendations, and generally are incredibly helpful. I've been there with everyone from BEER FANATICS who are in awe of the tap/bottle selection, to close friends in their 60s who love the food and rarely drink more than 1 beer in a sitting - and they're all as comfortable as if they were at home.

It's SMOKE FREE... I can't even begin to tell you what a godsend that is. There are tons of people out here who LOVE beer, but HATE smoke. Thank god someone finally noticed.

And, last but certainly not least, the beer is heavenly. Really. I've had La Chouffe on tap, more than 1 Walking Man offering, Terminal Gravity, Delirium Tremens, some fabulously smooth double IPAs, several different Belgians that I'd never heard of (I love beer, but I'm not yet an expert like the rest of you, unfortunately. Give me time....) I can't wait to get some more fantastic brew on my palette so I can come back to BA and try to start reviewing some beer!

In a town full of amazing beer options, my top choice is Concordia. Hands down.

Jem, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

I love the Concordia Ale House. Not only do they have an AMAZING selection of 20 (ish) beers on tap, they've got hundreds of bottles, AND they have killer food.

This is not a place you'll walk away hungry or thirsty from. I love to come on Saturday or Sunday morning for breakfast and brew. It's not crowded at that time, and the breakfast/lunch follows suit with the rest of the menu, top noch!

The owners are really great people to chat with. If they don't carry something you want. Bring Matt in a bottle of something you've found in another part of the country, and if he can, he'll have it brought in and put on the shelves in the nice big beer cooler.

And if you needed any more reason, they've got pool x2.

Dubbercody, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%

I just moved into the area and man it is dangerous for me that this is so close to me...The atmosphere inside is really pleasant, well kept and simple and tasteful. There are a few Chimay signs, a St. Bernardus light and other random beer decor but not overdone.
Huge selection of bottles to drink there or to buy to take home, something like 20 taps and there is something for everyone in their selection. The bartender was incredibley nice and very knowledgable and very friendly. The prices were very reasonable considering some of the availability of some of the beers they had available...This is by far one of my favorite places I have been to....Highly recommended.

Matthew, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

Another beer bar in Portland? Yup. Think this market is saturated? Maybe, but not if you open a place as cool as this place.

Stopped by on my last visit to Portland. Hasn't been open too long (a year maybe?), used to be a really ratty old "sports" bar, they really cleaned it up (but kept the pool tables, though they may not be the original ones). Looks a bit more like a cafe than a bar, still has a bit of a "new" look but I think it will age well. Food looks great, but will have to try it next time.

As for the beer - 154 bottles and 22 taps, and the list was growing. Big glass bottle fridge behind the L-shaped bar (actually, a lot about this place is L-shaped), lots of space to grow into. Had a Terminal Gravity served in a fantastic giant goblet. Other than a hefe, I'll take just about anything served in a goblet. Goblets just rock.

Service was awesome. The guy serving us (owner?) was all smiles and excitement, and looked kind of like a young Jerry Garcia. Everyone behind the bar wanted to help, everyone was chatty and happy, we got a water back without asking, and (as always with Portland) two beers were about $8.

Fantastic place - and within walking distance of my brother's house.

-Update- Had the food on a recent trip. The reuben as excellent...for breakfast...with a year-aged Laurelwood Imperial Red on tap...and one of us picked up two Arcitc Devils to go, with a 20% off-premise discount? Yeargh!! (that's the pirate voice talkin'...)

PopeJonPaul, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of bobbrew
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%

I was one of the first to write a review of this place on ratebeer.com. Actually got to go there a couple of times before the place opened.

Synopsis - You can't do any better in the USA! When I'm in the Toronado, Flying Saucer Ft. Worth, Gingerman Dallas or Lucky Balwins in Pasadena I frequently find myself wishing I was back home at the Concordia Ale House!

Recent reviews say the place is usually very busy which could be my only knock against it. I'm selfish and like having most of the taps and staff to myself!

Other reviews kinda diss the architecture but none mention the countertops! The countertops are the truly unique feature at Concordia. Matt read a book, started mixing concrete and inlaying brass and fiber optics in it. Yes, fiber optics. Where on this earth have you seen dancing martini glasses and beer bottles inbedded in concrete? The teradactyle skeletons are captivating. The smooth cool concrete just yearns to be rubbed. I don't think I'm a wierdo but I just can't keep my hands off them except when I'm reaching for one of Matt's exceptional beers. ( I told him he could make a fortune in the countertop business, but he's not into making money - just serving the best the beer world has to offer.)

So if you want the best, you'll find it at Concordia. If you find yourself there the next morning, Matt's wife has the coffee shop across 33rd. Some of the best coffee and the friendliest coffee shop atmosphere anywhere.

bobbrew, May 22, 2006
Photo of krberg
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Finally made it over the river to the Concordia Ale House. God, the Norteasterners are lucky.

Has a nice neighboorhood bar feel to it. Lots of crowded tables with people having a great time. Some beer related art on the walls and the obligatory "locals art work" hanging around. Pool tables are off in a side room. Best of all, no freakin' smoke! I also don't recall seeing a TV.

The beers I had were fresh and served in the appropriate glassware. Too cold but a little time will warm them up.

The service was amazing. My girlfriend and I went about 6 PM on a Friday and the bartenders were attentive, chatty and knowledgable. They made us feel very welcome. I couldn't ask for better service.

Fantastic selection. Around 20 taps and maybe 100 or so bottles. Micros and quality imports only. For once I didn't the encounter the usually ubiquitous PBR.

The food is mostly pub food. Tasty burgers (both beef and veggie versions) and fried stuff. The portions were gigantic.

Good value overall. Both the beers and the food were fairly priced.

I will go out on a limb and say that this is the best beer bar in Portland. Great beers and good food in a non-smoking atmosphere, served by friendly staff... What more do I have to say? Stop reading this and go there!

krberg, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of libertygrails
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%

Yet another welcome addition to the NE neighborhood my wife and i have called home for over 10 years now. This corner has gone thru quite a few permutations since we've lived here. Let's see...there was an old dusty bookstore, the etc. Tavern (now Concordia Ale House), a run-down video store...eh, why dwell in the past...THIS PLACE IS A GODSEND and makes me prouder still to be an "Eastsider" !!

Concordia Ale House succeeds in the three things that are most important:
1. Quality Lagers and Ales
2. Quality Food
3. Quality Staff

I've had Samichlaus on tap here.
I discovered the magical realm of Belgian Abbey Ales here.
I had my first Eisenbock on tap here.
And the food! Huge portions (too much really) and amazing quality across the board. This ain't "Pub Grub." Kind of ironic that my only disappointment here was the Fish & Chips so far.

I feel like i'm gushing a little bit here, so i'll cut this short.
The space does need a little more work to improve the comfort/cozy factor, but i'm sure that will evolve with time
as there's space here to grow into and develop. A blessing to our neighborhood and to us personally as we live a few blocks away.
Best of luck Matt & cheers. In fact, we're planning on going in tonight for glasses of Nostradamus and a bite.

libertygrails, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

CAH is just 5 blocks from our house and has so quickly become our favorite - it's kinda scary! We go a minimum of once a week because we love the food, the friendly service, the comfortable vibe, and the BEER of course.

As others have mentioned, they have a huge bottled beer selection - many obscure micros and exotic internationals. The draft menu changes weekly (with 20 or more available at any time). This week's menu (in mid-January 2006) stated that they had served 187 different beers on tap so far and they've only been open since spring 2005. Prices seem reasonable and servers are knowledgable and/or are willing to provide samples or go ask someone if you have any questions about what you're drinking.

CAH serves breakfast on weekends and lunch/dinner 7 days a week. The fare is typically burgers, sandwiches, pasta, etc. though there are always weekly specials, too (oysters, catfish, turkey, ham, ravioli, who knows what else?). Haven't yet eaten anything there we didn't enjoy. Serving portions are big, too.

Nearby Kennedy School used to be our main neighborhood hangout, but since we've found Concordia we have yet to go back to KS.

msubulldog25, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

11/08 update: Really time for an update of this NE Portland beer bar, as the quality and character of this place have changed considerably since my original review.

As I understand it, the original owners sold CAH in the spring/summer of 2007. The new owner continues to do a pretty good job IMO, but there are definitely some differences.

The quality of the draft and bottle selection remains as excellent as always, and it's not unusual to find some beers here that have long since "sold out" elsewhere in Portland. The other night CAH still had bottles of Black Butte XX and Dissident, as well as a stellar draft selection.

As for atmosphere, I can't quite put my finger on it, but the place seems to have gotten a bit seedier. I liked the new pool tables in the back, but otherwise the tables and chairs in this place are starting to have something of a rundown look. Not a big deal, but I just wasn't as happy hanging out here as I have been in the past.

The one area where it seems as if CAH has really dropped off is when it comes to service. On a Tuesday night there was a very young crowd vibe to this place (which is fine, no complaints there), which included the wait staff. Service was distracted to say the least, and I ended up waiting close to 10 minutes to get a beer at the bar. Initially I thought there was only one bartender, which was crazy given the crowd (place is still packing them in if a late Tuesday night was any indication). However, two more bartenders showed up from somewhere, but that didn't help a great deal, as they clearly were more interested in chatting up their friends as opposed to taking my order. When the very nice bartender did take my order, she shorted me on my change (not purposefully I don't think), and really didn't seem very focused on what she was doing this particular night.

I'll still go back for the great beer here, and maybe I just visited (most recently) at a bad time, but this is no longer on my list of "must visit" beer bars when I travel to Portland. End of update.

Located less then a mile from my home, I've found myself stopping in at this place more and more frequently of late. As other reviewers have noted, the food is surprisingly good here, the selection of bottled beers excellent (Rochefort 10; yummm), and the revolving tap handles diverse, well thought out, and generally excellent. The owners of this place are obviously very "in" to good beer, and are happy to discuss the selection. This relatively new place has obviously "caught on," and most nights when I visit the place is filled to near capacity.

One thing that the BA needs to update is the number of bottle beers available here. I knew it was considerably more then 30, but I just called the place (out of curiousity) to get an exact number. They're up to 152 at the present time.

What's not to like?

Update. I now go to this place on a regular basis, at least a couple times a week. The beer selection just gets better and better, and the service has improved. Some folks have noted the pool tables, but thought I should also point out that pool is free here. Sometimes I almost think this place is too good to be true... but of course it isn't. :-)

John_M, Jan 20, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

A new beer pub that will stand tall among the other Beer Bar Giants!

In my original review I kind of bashed the exterior and interior decor... After about 12 visits I've found comfort it's design and decor. The bar is a large “L” which is nicely done, the hand made bar tops with the raised "Bones" are pretty cool..

The space is kind of divided into three areas: A bar area, a gaming area and an eating area. All nicely separated, so you could bring your kids for lunch and still feel part of the action and groove.

The Beer selection and food are exceptional!

Concordia sports 20+ taps that are in constant rotation. All first rate Northwestern, Belgian and other obscure selections. Refreshing to see a pub that doesn’t stick to a set of standards on the taps. Take a look at the Beer Menu, you’ll find 130 different beers covering the entire range of beer styles:

Lagers: Pils- Dopplebocks
Ales: Belgians – tour the US

My only critique would be that beer menu includes all the vital beer info with the exception of some of the brewery names. Example: ‘Hop Wallop IPA’ is listed, but no brewery is named. It was Victory Brewing.

The beer selection is vast and unique, everything a beer sleuth could want!

The food and service exceptional on my visit. The waitress was helpful and attentive. The Firehouse Burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. They say it’s hot, but molten hot would be better. Nicely made with nice flavor layering of four pepper BBQ sauce, onion rings, juicy burger, a pile of fresh jalapenos covered with two slices of jalapeno jack! Huge and tasty!

As long as they maintain the current standard of food and beer, they’ll be a pub to be reckoned with!

mashmstr2, Nov 20, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%

There are two entrances to Concordia Ale House, and both have deceptively small facades. Whether you enter from the green side facing Killingsworth, or the yellow side facing 33rd, you quickly find yourself in a larger cavernous L shaped room. Cavernous makes it sound much more gloomy than it really is though, as the north side is a warm flame inspired red to yellow gradient. The Bar(s) and pool tables are in a darker area with deeper red walls. There were some brewerina related artifcats hung around the place including an old-style bowling-alley/amusement park like mural of pink elephants getting tossed under a tree. Nice.

The bar itself is rather large and has two pieces. One main bar facing the taps and tending area, and a satellite bar both made from poured concrete. Behind the bar is a column and mirror of quarter-sawn oak mixed in with a massive cooler was an impressive collection of bottled beers. I've never understood getting bottled beers at a bar, especially when the draft selection is this large and varied. There were roughly twenty taps ranging from pilsner to porter and Abbey to Zephyr (Kölsch). The one surprise was that the beer was served in a chilled pint glass! Not only that, the Lil' Devil I had came in a Duvel tulip that also seems to have been chilled! I'll have to ask next time to see if they have warm glasses.

The bartender (and owner) was excited to share his place and was quick to offer a pint. Business picked up quickly while we were there and until another person came onto shift, service was a little sparse. Still, not unexpected for a new place. The service was great otherwise.

We also had dinner and were pleased with the meal. The french fries rivaled Laurelwood's, and the prices were fairly standard for NW pub. The chips and salsa were a bargain and were freshly friend.

update:
I've been several more times and have developed a fondness for this place. Excellent beers that aren't available anywhere, no smoke, and a lively crowd.

freed, Jul 17, 2005
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Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.