Concordia Ale House

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

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
[ 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:
Place added by: freed on 06-30-2005

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
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 34
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +6.3%
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 +12.2%
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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