Concordia Ale House
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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.
09-22-2006 06:18:54 | More by Jem
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.
07-14-2006 16:54:18 | More by Dubbercody
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.
06-17-2006 22:43:26 | More by Matthew
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'...)
06-15-2006 17:35:55 | More by PopeJonPaul
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.
05-22-2006 20:48:31 | More by bobbrew
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!
04-17-2006 08:32:52 | More by krberg
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.
04-08-2006 01:53:29 | More by libertygrails
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.
01-20-2006 17:14:39 | More by msubulldog25
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. :-)
01-20-2006 00:22:34 | More by John_M
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 doesnt stick to a set of standards on the taps. Take a look at the Beer Menu, youll 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 Ive ever had. They say its 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, theyll be a pub to be reckoned with!
11-20-2005 22:39:02 | More by mashmstr2
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