Monument Wines & Spirits
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5/5 rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is a mecca for craft beer fans. I loved the selection and will return every chance I get when I'm visiting family in CA. I was checking out with my awesome finds and just casually asked if they got in any sour in the rye (The Bruery) and the sales clerk said he thought there was one in the back and grabbed one for me to buy. Awesome place. Tons of CA beer and very impressive Mikkeler selection.
04-24-2013 06:44:11 | More by BRZvice
5/5 rDev +20.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
The best beer selection I have seen in a long time. It is surprising in Concord to see a store of this caliber- on a street lined with establishments that serve the MD 20/20 and St. Ides crowd. Good variety of micros, imports, Belgians and other rare finds. In the last month I have seen beers like Westvleteren Extra 8 (but not always), Fantôme, and a weird variety of specialty micros too numerous to mention. New beers every time I patronize, excellent assortment of high end cigars, with specialty spirits and a decent wine selection for the Mrs. (sells singles)
07-31-2006 00:08:25 | More by stephendr
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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?
08-05-2007 02:24:31 | More by bradford
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
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.
01-11-2009 05:58:43 | More by ThirdLap
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is awesome - my new favorite store ever! Perry's Liquor in Livermore held the top spot for awhile, but the selection at Monument is every bit as good, if not better. Both are still highly recommended, but if you want more bang for your buck this is your place!
I stopped in here for the first (but hopefully not last) time on Friday around noon. The interior and exterior looked just like Jackson's Wines & Spirits in Lafayette and Moraga Wine & Spirits in Moraga. I asked the clerk about it and he told me that the three stores are all connected. The Moraga store specializes in hard liquor; the Lafayette store specializes in wine; the Concord store specializes in beer. Well, even though I was a huge fan of the Moraga and Lafayette stores, they couldn't touch this one!
The selection was absolutely phenomenal! I saw everything from Cuvee de Tomme to Speedway Stout to Beatification/Temptation/Consecration to J.W. Lees Harvest Ale ('00, '01, '06, '07, and a ton of the cask versions) to Older Viscosity to La Folie to etc. etc. etc. It was unbelievable! I even saw Hel & Verdoemenis and Hercule Stout, two of my big prizes from my first visit to Perry's Liquor in Livermore. Combined, they were about $10 cheaper than the ones I bought at Perry's. At that point, Monument Wines & Liquors became my favorite beer store.
The abundance of quality brews is mesmerizing, and could easily keep one busy for an hour or more. All of the beers are kept in great shape as well; they're stored away from the windows, and the hoppier ones are kept in coolers. Everything is also neatly organized, which is a plus in my book.
The staff was very friendly, though their beer knowledge didn't seem to keen. They were also unintrusive.
I can't wait to come back here! What an incredible store!
09-20-2009 05:22:40 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.66/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
11-14-2009 07:52:27 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.65/5 rDev +12%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
01-24-2009 19:59:37 | More by ipa247
4.65/5 rDev +12%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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!
01-17-2010 00:31:45 | More by corby112
4.65/5 rDev +12%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a nondescript looking liquor store in a strip-mall in Concord with an outstanding beer selection, probably top 5 in the Bay Area. Almost everything is in coolers and they also sell singles without jacking the price up. An excellent selection of Russian River brews, I counted 6 on my visit. The thing that sets this place apart from other Bay Area beer stores is their great selection of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey. When I stopped in they had around 5 offerings from Port and another 5 from Lost Abbey. This is the only place in the Bay Area that I know of that carries this much stuff from Port/Lost Abbey. They also have everything else you could possibly looking for, all the Stone's, Hair of the Dog, Avery, Trappists (minus Westy), lots of rare Belgian's, German's, and English. Highly recommended.
12-10-2007 03:49:21 | More by willjschmidt
4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
04-05-2011 04:27:44 | More by Amdy
Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.