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Monument Wines & Spirits

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Monument Wines & SpiritsMonument Wines & Spirits
BA SCORE
93
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48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
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2250 Monument Blvd
Concord, California, 94520-3879
United States
phone: (925) 682-1514

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(Place added by: stephendr on 07-30-2006)
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Photo of BRZvice
5/5  rDev +20.5%

This place is a mecca for craft beer fans. I loved the selection and will return every chance I get when I'm visiting family in CA. I was checking out with my awesome finds and just casually asked if they got in any sour in the rye (The Bruery) and the sales clerk said he thought there was one in the back and grabbed one for me to buy. Awesome place. Tons of CA beer and very impressive Mikkeler selection.

BRZvice, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of stephendr
5/5  rDev +20.5%

The best beer selection I have seen in a long time. It is surprising in Concord to see a store of this caliber- on a street lined with establishments that serve the MD 20/20 and St. Ides crowd. Good variety of micros, imports, Belgians and other rare finds. In the last month I have seen beers like Westvleteren Extra 8 (but not always), Fantôme, and a weird variety of specialty micros too numerous to mention. New beers every time I patronize, excellent assortment of high end cigars, with specialty spirits and a decent wine selection for the Mrs. (sells singles)

stephendr, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of bradford
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

I love this plece. My brother introduced me to Monument Wines and Spirits when I was in town with some friends for the holidays. We had all just started to get into craft beer, and were under 21 so we gave my brother some money and he came back with some greats. Since I became 21, this is my favorite liqour store. Everytime I am back home to Walnut Creek, I make at least 1 stop here. I have gotten such treasures here as Westvletern 8, RR Supplication, Temptation, Sanctification, lots of Hair of the Dog, tons of Drake's specialty brews, lots of Belgians and guezes, and a large selection of hard to find macros for the area. Hamms, Olympia, St. Ides, Naragansett, and a lot of very reasonably priced Scotch and Tequila. Most of the staff is very friendly and the owner(Ithink) is very knowledgable when it comes to beer.
Last time I stopped by with the intention of picking up a couple good bottles to bring to SLO, I ended up getting Drake's 15 anniversary lager, Port Wipeout, Old Viscosity, RR Temptation, and a can of Copenhagen... all for about $20. Great place, highly recommended, and I hear they have another store in the Lafayette/Moraga area. Don't let the surrounding area turn you off. Concord has some great beer!
Edit: Just stopped in on 11/30/07
Picked up 3 RR Sanctificatio, 2 RR Perdition, 2 Drakes Barrel Aged Barleywine, 2 Drakes Barrel Aged Old Ale, 1 Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, and 1 Le Coq Double Imperial Stout. Wish I could afford more. I can't tell you how awesome this place is. It blows Hi-Time out of the water in my opinion. Please visit this place. You will be back many times over. Oh, and the homebrew shop around the corner Beer, Ber and More Beer also sells bottle and kegs. I picked up a 5 gallon keg of Bear Republic Racer 5 and RR Pliny the Elder. They had singles of RR Supplication and Temptation as well as many Lost Abbey releases, to go along with being the #1 Homebrew shop in the world. Who would think that Concord may be one of the best places in CA for beer?

bradford, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of ThirdLap
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Monument is one of those places you would drive by a dozen times without realizing what's inside. The only reason I made the stop was a strange feeling that I'd seen the name of the shop on BA before, along with the subsequent glowing recommendation from Jesse at More Beer around the corner.

I'd place Monument in the top five bottle shops in Northern California, right up there with Ledger's, Bottle Barn, and City Beer. What sets Monument apart is the fact that they carry beers not seen anywhere else in this part of the state, and at excellent prices. Think rays of light and angels singing when you walk in.

Here's what to expect: Tons of Lost Abbey/Port, current and older Stone, lots of RR sours, a great selection of Belgians, along with many relatively obscure beers that I've yet to see at the previously mentioned shops. FW 11 and 12, Abyss, and other limited release beers (that always seems to disappear quickly everywhere else) are still available here. On that first trip I picked up a bottle of Older Viscosity at a lower price than what I paid in SD six months earlier.

About half of the beers are kept refrigerated, with cases of the other half arranged by brand on the floor. It's somewhat organized, somewhat not, but the slight disorganization just makes the hunt that much more fun. Stephen is their resident knowledgeable and helpful beer guy, and is always eager to BS about good beer.

Monument has become my go-to bottle shop. Nothing within a 30 mile radius even comes close.

ThirdLap, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Hophazzard
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Great selection. One of the few places to regularly find Pliny!

Hophazzard, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

This place is awesome - my new favorite store ever! Perry's Liquor in Livermore held the top spot for awhile, but the selection at Monument is every bit as good, if not better. Both are still highly recommended, but if you want more bang for your buck this is your place!

I stopped in here for the first (but hopefully not last) time on Friday around noon. The interior and exterior looked just like Jackson's Wines & Spirits in Lafayette and Moraga Wine & Spirits in Moraga. I asked the clerk about it and he told me that the three stores are all connected. The Moraga store specializes in hard liquor; the Lafayette store specializes in wine; the Concord store specializes in beer. Well, even though I was a huge fan of the Moraga and Lafayette stores, they couldn't touch this one!

The selection was absolutely phenomenal! I saw everything from Cuvee de Tomme to Speedway Stout to Beatification/Temptation/Consecration to J.W. Lees Harvest Ale ('00, '01, '06, '07, and a ton of the cask versions) to Older Viscosity to La Folie to etc. etc. etc. It was unbelievable! I even saw Hel & Verdoemenis and Hercule Stout, two of my big prizes from my first visit to Perry's Liquor in Livermore. Combined, they were about $10 cheaper than the ones I bought at Perry's. At that point, Monument Wines & Liquors became my favorite beer store.

The abundance of quality brews is mesmerizing, and could easily keep one busy for an hour or more. All of the beers are kept in great shape as well; they're stored away from the windows, and the hoppier ones are kept in coolers. Everything is also neatly organized, which is a plus in my book.

The staff was very friendly, though their beer knowledge didn't seem to keen. They were also unintrusive.

I can't wait to come back here! What an incredible store!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%

Monument is definitely one of the best beer stores in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. I found a larger beer selection here than any other store in the Bay Area, with the exception of Perry's Liquor in Livermore. I believe they carry more than Ledgers in Berkeley, and more than City Beer and Healthy Sprits in San Francisco. They also have some of the best prices I've seen at the "big" beer stores.

My main complaint is that I can't seem to find a website that lists their beer selection; this is something that most of the other major beer stores have. Also, though I drove here from a good distance and picked up a lot of beer, they didn't let me use their bathroom.

But again, this is an exceptional beer store with great prices and I highly recommend it.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ipa247
4.65/5  rDev +12%

Ok this is my local beer store where I get most of my stuff so I am a little biased. Nonetheless, bias aside, it really is an excellent beer store.

The location is a little odd being that it is located in a strip mall in one of the more questionable areas of Concord. It is very easy to drive by it if you didn't know it was there and from outside appearances it looks like your typical liquor store.

However, inside is another story. You walk in and immediately ahead of you are large coolers devoted entirely to beer and 80% of it to quality and hard to find craftbrews. Immediately in front of the coolers and also to the side are shelves also filled with craft brew. The selection is excellent and ranges from hard to find Russian River Sours like Beautification, Temptation and Supplication to an assortment of Lost Abbey products. All major west coast craft breweries are represented well including Stone, Deschutes, Port Brewing, Ballast Point, you name it. There is also a wide assortment of hard to find Belgian Beers, German Beers and other European products. You can almost always find a rare nugget if you check the shelves in front of the coolers closely. Last time I went I found a bottle of Older Viscocity. The store still has a stock of Abyss and Firestone 12 and as late as a couple weeks ago, Firestone 11.

Prices are a little high but definitely cheaper than Ledger's Liquors and the City Beer Store which I feel are their main competitors.

Service is also excellent depending on the day of your visit. If you happen to be there when the main beer buyer is working then he is more than willing to discuss and make recommendations on his current and rare selections as well as pull things out of the back for his loyal customers. He is gone so far as to tell me when rare, limited release beers are coming out and then holding back a bunch of bottles for me until I can get in there to pick them up. Great guy and very very knowledgeable. If you come in there when he is not working the guys are clearly not as knowledgeable and less inclined to engaged in beer talk or banter with customers.

I make a weekly visit now and no longer have any need to make the trip out to Ledgers and pay their inflated prices. Only problem here is no beer on tap like at City Beer Store. But still highly recommended if you are out in the Wcreek/Concord area and are looking for quality craft brews.

ipa247, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +12%

Stopped by this place during a recent trip to the Bay Area on ipa247's recommendation. This is a medium sized liquor store, not a huge massive warehouse type, with a very large selection of craft beers. They have about six or so coolers filled with a lot of west coast and especially CA goodies as well as a very large selection of beers available room temperature. They have about four or five aisles dedicated to an excellent selection of beer as well as a long row of cases of bombers and 750s. In addition they have even more beer at the counter including gift packs and limited rarities. They carry an array of west coast heavy hitters as well as a nice vintage collection, some east coast beers and a good selection of Belgian and other European imports. Higlights include 6L magnum of St Bernardus 12, 3 L magnum of Damnation, FW 12 and 13, Abyss, Cuvee de Tomme, Consecration several bat he's, Temptation batch 3 and 4, Gales Prize Old Ale 1996!, Hitachino Velebration 2004 and many others mixed in.

The service here was very good. They asked mr if I needed any help, answered all of my questions and even went into the back and busted out some rarities for me. I wish I had a bigger budget and an easier way to get the beers back to Philly. Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.65/5  rDev +12%

This is a nondescript looking liquor store in a strip-mall in Concord with an outstanding beer selection, probably top 5 in the Bay Area. Almost everything is in coolers and they also sell singles without jacking the price up. An excellent selection of Russian River brews, I counted 6 on my visit. The thing that sets this place apart from other Bay Area beer stores is their great selection of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey. When I stopped in they had around 5 offerings from Port and another 5 from Lost Abbey. This is the only place in the Bay Area that I know of that carries this much stuff from Port/Lost Abbey. They also have everything else you could possibly looking for, all the Stone's, Hair of the Dog, Avery, Trappists (minus Westy), lots of rare Belgian's, German's, and English. Highly recommended.

willjschmidt, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Amdy
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%

I love this place, I just recently was told about it though. I travel for a living and the bay area is a second home for me, for a while Jacksons(Sister store to Monument Wines & Spirits) was my to go to spot for rare beer, pliny, ect. Until one of the guys there told me to check out Monument. As soon as i walked through the beer selection I felt like i was in a dusty used book store. Beer cases piled up left and right set up as isles, I probably spent at least an hour looking at everything before i picked up a bottle and put it in my basket. You look at one case Ie: Stone IRS and its mixed with years 2007-2010, sweeet. Sometimes theres a label that has a cheaper price then the rest of em(Not sure if its a mislabel or if they just stop keeping track of everything) which is all the better if you find something cheaper, I have to admit though, a lot of the stuff here is a bit pricey, I tend to spend at least $100 per trip here. still a place worth checking out if you are in the area.

Amdy, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of mjl21
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Monument is a great spot for beer. I found out about this place from an employee at their sister store, Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette. The clerk mentioned that Monument's beer selection was the best of the 3 stores that they own (they also own Moraga Wine & Spirits in Moraga).

Monument is located in a strip mall that is anchored by a Safeway and an El Faro burrito shop. When you walk in the liquor and wine is up front. The back wall is lined with coolers. The first few coolers on the left have the crappy stuff. As you start going to the right is where the good stuff is located. They carry tons of NorCal stuff and a boatload of the Belgians, Trappists, and Euro offerings. By the coolers they have a shelf filled with random beers and an area stacked with various cases of beers. You can always get Lost Abbey, RR, Stone, Drake's, Moylan's, et. al here. Prices are usually very good. They also have a lot of stuff that is hard to find. I have recently seen Sanctification, Temptation, and Older Viscosity. They also stock older vintages of numerous beers. Single bottles are also available in the coolers.

The service can be spotty. I think the beer buyer is named John. He is a nice guy and is very helpful. They also have a younger kid who works there that is helpful. The lady at the register is good at taking your money.

Prices generally are very good. You do pay a little more for older vintages, but that is to be expected.

mjl21, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Made a special trip down to Concord to go here and to E.J. Phair today since this is one of my first "free" days in a year (my wife and 1 year old are out of town). Immediately recognized some awesome bottles I hadn't seen in CA before, so that was very exciting. I also noticed quickly that they had some big prices, but after a while I realized that this was more due to the selection of beers than any kind of gross markup. Still, $30 for that supposedly uncarbonated Angel's Share? Nah. Found some real gems though. Lots of Fantome, some Russian River beers I hadn't seen elsewhere (Beatification, Damnation 23 [they also still had Consecration]), lots of Lost Abbey, Port, Jolly Pumpkin (!). One tiny 6oz bottle of Drakes Bourbon barrel stout for $10 (nah.) Nogne Dark Horizon 2nd Edition...you get the idea. This was a much more impressive store than Ledgers and City Beer, imo...actually resembled some of the better places in the midwest and east coast for quality and range of selection. good stuff. Staff didn't interfere with me, but asked if i needed any help so thats nice. Yeah, ill go back next time i'm "free."

aforbes10, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of ASymon13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This store is easily has the best beer selection in the area. Almost all their beers are kept in coolers lined up on the wall. They have an excellent selection of russian river (they still even have the sours in! They are a little hard to see in the dark bottom corner of one of the coolers), Stone (though for some reason they don't carry the smoked porter... but they do carry multiple vintages of Old Guardian, and the IRS), Lost Abbey (all the year round stuff on a regular basis), and numerous offerings from many other west coast breweries. They also have a decent selection of imports, with special attention to lambics and geuzes.

One rather odd thing they do is put out quite a few beers lined up on the floor. Obviously not the ideal storing location, and most of the items on the floor are also in the coolers, but on rare occasions you can find some real rarities on the floor. Today I saw a small caged beer hiding behind a bunch of larger beers, with the label hiding. I picked it up and nearly let out a scream. Older Viscosity. I found a second one hidden in a similar fashion on the floor. Needless to say, that inspired this review.

In terms of service, the people I've talked to in the past seem to have a decent grasp of their selection and make some okay recommendations. The prices are pretty much standard for the area, with the occasional beer with an inexplicable mark-up.

Overall, chack it out if you can.

ASymon13, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Just visited this place over christmas vacation. It is my second time going to this store and it did not dissapoint. I personally love the "beer maze" layout, as it provides a sense of adventure. The selection is uparralelled in the city, if not the county. Plenty of jolly pumpkin, RR, and other sours. Good selection of Alesmith's lineup that are hard in NorCal. All your other craft standards are represented well.
I have had great experiences with the staff. There has always been someone organizing, stocking etc. when I have been there that always asks if they can help me find something, they know thier store well. I think with the re-surgence of craft beer in the past year or two, they may have re-focused on this portion of thier store.
Value was good from what I could tell. I am not much of a high end beer buyer, but $14 for a 750 of speedway stout is fine with me. I dont have much use for a 3L of RR or Lukcy Bastard so really didnt even look at the prices.
I will continue to visit these guys every time I am in town.

Bubbalito, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of urwatuh8
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

This place is a real diamond in the rough. A strip mail in Eastern CC is not where you expect to find a great beer store.

They have a great selection of generally hard to find stuff. Russian River, Hair of the Dog, Port, Drake's, etc. And good selections too: like Drake's BA series, and not just Damnation and Redemption from RR. In terms of quality of selection, I would rate them second in the bay area only to Ledger's.

They also usually have better prices than I find at Ledger's or any of the good stores in SF (City Beer, Plumpjack, Blackwell's, etc.).

The store is also well laid out, well lit, clean, just a nice place to shop in. Servicewise, people were friendly but let me do my thing. I imagine they must have someone who knows their shit picking out beers, but I haven't met them.

For me, the biggest downside is it's out there. By public transportation you have to take BART to some infrequent County Connection bus, that doesn't stop that close and doesn't run that frequently. It's hard for me to justify an hour trip each way when Ledger's is a five minute bus ride away. But I do occasionally, and always find something that makes the trip worthwhile.

urwatuh8, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

I stopped by Monument on the way to Sacramento to get my craft beer fix and was very surprised by the selection, if i lived closer i'd come here all the time. I got exactly the same vibe here as you do from ledgers (large, not too organized but has an absolutely massive selection and some definite gems you can find when rummaging through it). Their beer guy seemed friendly and although they were out of blind pig he pointed me in the direction of pliny! They had a lot of california beer, russian river, lost abbey, drakes special releases, and much more as well as a fairly large import selection (although they seemed to focus more on US craft brews which is fine by me). The only beef I had with this place (and i'm not sure I can blame them) is that it seemed like they jacked up the prices on a few russian river beers that hadnt been released for a while which in my mind is a little scummy. I can understand slight price increases but they were selling a couple of the sours for double or more than their original price. I can understand if they were aged but they were only about a year old (some less). Anyway, not big enough of a complaint to keep me away but i'd never buy that section of their stuff.

Lothore, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Zaphog, May 09, 2014
Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Visited 8.11.2010 ISO last product for that evening's Craft Beer Tasting.

While this place was a bit hard to find, located in a shopping center next to a Safeway, for those in search of quality craft beer this is the place to go in the East Bay Area. There selection dwarfs the other competitor City Beer in SFO (haven't been to Beer Revolution in OAK yet). Quite a few beers in the cold case, but make sure you allow yourself time to do the Easter Egg Hunt. Man oh Man did I find some treasures! Angel Share 375s (both Bourbon and Brandy), Old Rasputin 12, Port Anniversary, Cuvee de Tomme (!) Fred (Batch 63, are you kidding me?) and other special beers. Just when I thought it wouldn't get any better, the checkout counter had a boxed bottle of Parabola! Frickin' Score!!! All in all 900 bottles, though I had concerns about rotating/returning past-date products, and the 'beer' guy wasn't there when we visited, so we were on our own. The prices were reasonable, though with the Governator's excessive sales tax, there wasn't a lot of bargains to be had. Though it doesn't rise to the level of Belmont Station for care, customer service and knowledge (few places do), I would highly recommend any traveling beer geek venture out to Concord and pick up some goodies. My suitcase was fully packed for return flight to Beervana, and yours will be too. Highly Recommended.

jdense, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I visited this store while on vacation recently and immediately wished something similar existed in my hometown. Selection was great and prices very reasonable, compared to what I pay in Salem, Oregon. They had the very best selection of Russian River and Stone beers I have ever seen. I finally was able to purchase the elusive Pliny the Elder, and it was fresh.

Store was somewhat disorganized and even a little nostalgic, reminding me of the mom and pop dime stores of my youth, only this is a liquor store. Service seemed hit or miss, although the one who rang up my sale said I had made some excellent choices. I told him I had learned about the store from Beeradvocate.com and he seemed pleased.

velosuds, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

I can't imagine many stores with a greater selection. I frequent stores all over the U.S. and this one has one of the largest selections I've seen, outside of the original Sams in Chicago (now Binny's). While most places have bottles of very desireable and some rare things, this place has cases! Monument also has a nice selection of aged/older bottles (although can be pricey on these). This is a must stop if you're in the area. I drove about 10 miles to check it out and was very glad I did. Picked up several bottles, many of which I'd not seen elsewhere.

GRG1313, Oct 20, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

wethorseblanket, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev 0%

I decided to check this place out since I saw such good reviews and it's pretty close. I went there with my girlfriend this evening to check it out and immediately as I walked in straight ahead were all these racks of rare and hard to find beers. I bought a Damnation from Russian River Brewing, Red Chair IPA from Deschutes and a couple others. The thing was it took me forever to decide because of their wonderful selection. It was like a kid in a candy store. I thought I was in Heaven. I will be going back there regularly. That place is awesome.

jeffjeff1, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Mubbly
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Great place. Didn't smell as sour last time I visited. They've been very helpful and friendly the few times I've shopped.

Impressive selection with a good offering of cold beers. There are a lot of bottles sitting around in an almost easter egg fashion. I can spend a good hour looking around, but my wife is usually with me.

Prices are usually pretty good. No complaints here.

There are a lot of beers out and about.. looking a little dusty, but not a big deal to me.

Good service with a great variety. Glad to be near this place; my local Bevmo sucks for the most part.

Mubbly, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of 0110x011
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Swung by here while in the NorCal area. Smallish building, but a great selection for the size. Walked away with Stone '07 Russian Imperial Stout, 07.07.07 Vertical Epic, & a mountain of XI Anniversary. Also Rogue Old Crustacean, Avery Mephistopheles Stout, Lagunitas 13 Anniversary, & Drake's Barrel Aged Old Ale & Barleywine. They also had a solid selection of Belgians (St Bernardus 60th anniversary, Triple Karmeleit, etc.). Little to no glassware. A bit on the pricy side, but definitely worth going out of the way for.

0110x011, Mar 30, 2008
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Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA
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