Concordia Ale House

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

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
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 FightingEntropy
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jem
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Dubbercody
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Matthew
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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'...)

Photo of bobbrew
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of krberg
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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!

Photo of libertygrails
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. :-)

Photo of mashmstr2
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of freed
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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