Concordia Ale House
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4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
One of Portland's best places to grab a beer. Stopped by the other day with a few friends, one from Atlanta. The selection is nearly as good, if not better, than the famed Brickstore in Decatur, GA. The staff was attentive, but not too attentive. I had a variety of lighter beers as we were headed to a few more places that night, a Double Mountain Kolsch and a pilsner from Wild River. Food was excellent. We went to the Mash Tun amd Kennedy School Boiler Room and Detention Bar as part of our NE Portland pub crawl - a great little itinerary which I recommend!
06-19-2009 03:32:16 | More by LittleA
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
4.88/5 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
4.85/5 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
4.85/5 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
4.8/5 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
4.78/5 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.
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.
07-17-2005 16:44:23 | More by freed
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
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