Monument Wines & Spirits
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2.81/5 rDev -32.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This was my go to place for a while. Not any more unfortunately. The last three times I have been I have left empty handed. Yesterday I think was the last time I will visit.
There were cases of 2010 DFH Festina Peche still for full sale at price, pretty much every bottle I picked up had a coating of dust but the icing on the cake was one of the fridges. Every bottle label was covered in mold in this one fridge. It was enough for me to say enough is enough. There are too many other options these days to worry about this place anymore, sad, but true.
The pricing for some of the vintage stuff also seems way over the top.
05-21-2011 00:04:54 | More by rob133
3.2/5 rDev -22.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was my go-to shop for a long time. When my girlfriend lived in San Ramon, I would make the drive up to Concord before heading back to the Peninsula. It was, without fail, worth it. There were many consecutive weekends where I dropped over a hundred at a time.
But that was the past....
After Steve (the previous beer buyer) left, the selection of the store dropped off a bit. Turnover suffered. The "hidden gems" -- beers that they pulled from their cellar and placed on the floor in a hide and seek fashion -- diminished in quantity and increased in price.
My favorite was finding Temptation 375mLs (batch 3) for $22 next to a Temptation 750mL (batch 4) for $21. Firestone XII for $60 when the XIII came out. The vintage pricing got, in a word, aggressive. Bottle limits on nearly everything of note.
I still see the Port 3rd Anniversary (a DIPA from Spring 09) sitting out on the floor, unrefrigerated, at its retail price. Cases of unrefrigerated AleSmith IPA on the floor. The Midnight Sun beers they managed to get are several months old, and expensive, so it's not an attractive proposition.
They have a ton of Ola Dubh, for reasons I can't figure out. Their glassware selection is limited.
With each trip I find fewer and fewer things to buy; the selection is rapidly dwindling in variety. I almost get the feeling they're trying to sell out what they have and get out of beer entirely.
This store used to be awesome. Now it's merely good.
12-27-2010 23:35:14 | More by Arbitrator
3.36/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Best selection in town. However, they often have old or expired IPAs and Pale Ales...sometimes several years old. When they have the good stuff, it's usually about $1 more a bottle than anywhere else that might carry it. They currently have a 1 bottle RR limit in place, yet still charge well above suggested retail per bottle ($5.99 ea). Typically, places will do one of either tactic to keep the beer on the shelves. Whatever, until someone else in town steps up their game, this is my primary bottleshop.
07-23-2013 22:19:23 | More by MrDave
3.4/5 rDev -18.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
With all the reviews popping up lately, we had to swing by here to check it out on our last Bay Area extravaganza.
Quality is good. Lots of coolers, but there's a lot of room-temp shelving that shored a lot of the IPAs. I'd like to see all IPAs in that cooler and bring out some of the Belgians to the floor. Found some dusty and moldy bottles, so check dates; I guess you should do this everywhere.
Service: not impressed. Let me itemize this:
First, not allowed to use bathrooms, which sucks when you go so far out of the way (we live several hours away and were stuck in traffic to get here)
Asked about Sculpin availability: "We have one in the back." Oh, so it's only for certain customers? At least put it out on the floor and put a bottle limit on it. It was a warm bottle. But he brought me 2 when I told him we were from out of town.
Asked about Autumn Maple and Hottenroth: "Uh, I've heard of them." "Well, do you have any in the back in the secret stash?" "Duh, I don't know."
My point is, I blew over $200 at this place, and I was on a mission to find those 3 *not exceedingly rare* beers specifically, and got little to no help and respect. The secret stash in the back makes me feel like they don't want their precious special releases to be sold to me, whom they deemed not cool enough.
Selection was pretty good and big, but overall I didn't see anything super rare that's not at Ledgers' or City Beer or any other store I've been in. Prices seemed fair, considering I usually pay these prices at Ledger's after the discount at the cash register (I stock up when I go to the Bay).
Overrated and snobby. I don't recommend going out of your way. I'll stick to my usual stores. Props for trying to stock the store with good stuff though.
11-15-2009 17:17:41 | More by rayjay
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Was in town for business having traveled (with a padded cooler capable of holding 18 beers). Was told to focus on cooler number "8" which had a pretty good selection. Was asked if I needed help and was told by one of the workers "we have a big selection". A lot of their selection is not refrigerated so I passed right by it. I did find selections that I cannot buy in Texas. Not sure how this store compares to others in the area, so I can't really say if their selection is better or not, but they did have offerings from Russian River (which I was interested in), Hair of the Dog (but no Adam), Alaskan Brewing (I still can't believe we don't get this in Texas) Avery, and more. If you are in the area it's worth stopping in to see what is available.
01-28-2010 23:28:54 | More by schoolcb
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For the amount of people that drink good beer in the bay area, the amount of heady beer stores is lacking. Made the trip out here after a weekend in San Francisco before heading back to the South Bay. Well worth my stop, but I did drop $200 easily.
Russian River, Port, Lost Abbey, Drake, Stone, Rogue, Rodenbach, Flying Dog, Lost Coast, rare Belgiums and the list goes on.
Some of their bottles are a bit dusty, but none of the beers I've tasted thus far that I purchased there tasted like they had been skunked. They have many loose 12oz bottles if you want to try something new and not get locked into an entire six pack if it sucks. I also picked up a snifter and Chimay Goblet which were reasonably priced.
I heard rumor that they had carried Pizza Port, so after unsuccessfully searching, I asked the young gentleman behind the counter if they had any and he looked at me like I was cracking a joke on him. Later, a nicer man (probably about 33) said that they had discontinued that brewery. He rang me up quickly and helped me carry my 4 boxes of beer out to my car on a dolly.
07-29-2008 23:57:18 | More by ibbjamin
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Finally made it to Monument (what a special occasion!)
The beer selection here is certainly one of the better ones in the Bay Area. Lots of the local stuff (Russian River is especially plentiful), and quite a bit of Southern California stuff, which doesn't seem to always make it up to the Bay Area. Lots of Midnight Sun and Mikkeller (blech), too.
On the regular stuff, the prices are pretty decent, I must say. $11 for Consecration and Temptation is at or below the usual price, for instance. Other stuff is a bit on the pricey side ($20+ for Hanssens Oude Gueuze?!). But nothing tops their vintage pricing. One batch back of Consecration is $15 instead of the usual $11. Batch 3 Temptation: $40, 2008 Angel's Share: $40, 2007 Utopia's: $500. You get the point.
Very minimal service (one older lady at the counter). And what interaction took place was not exactly the most friendly.
Plenty of good beer, but some sort of questionable practices and service.
07-18-2011 17:59:50 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited here two days ago while on the way to see my sister in Brentwood.
The place does not stand out in the strip mall it is in, but looks nice enough with ivy growing on the store from the outside. I went in expecting to find Lost Abbey and Pizza Port stuff that I just can't get in the South Bay and they delivered.
They don't really have a good method of displaying all the rarer stuff they have, as it's basically lined up in rows on the floor in the middle of the store. There is also most of the same stuff in the coolers, and a few things in the coolers that are not on the floor. They also had 3 different Russian River brews, and some Stone stuff I can't normally get: 2007 RIS, 2008 RIS, and XI anniversary. Avery can also be found here, as well as a good selection of rarer belgians that seemed to be priced a bit high.
The clerks seemed to be used to people coming in and loading up boxes full of beer like I did, but despite this they didn't seem to engage me in a beer related conversation when I told them how happy I was with their selection. The clerks both seemed a bit clueless as to how good their beer selection is, but someone must know what they are doing behind the scenes.
I'd highly recommend this store based on the selection alone, and the other aspects of the store are not bad.
03-24-2008 11:10:05 | More by Bubba83
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Non descript liquor store in an older strip mall in beautiful Concord. Who'd have known.
Someone here is obviously a beer fan. Lots of the latest releases from Pizza Port, Lost Abbey, Russian River, Stone, Hair Of The Dog, etc. Lots of Belgians I haven't seen elsewhere as well. Barrel series from Drake's. 750 corked bottles of barrel aged Gonzo porter. Yep. Got all from this place.
The best thing about this place is the good stuff usually stays on the shelves awhile.
Hope I haven't given up my secret. I've been making trips here for awhile.
06-06-2008 01:26:33 | More by bbothen
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was lucky enough to make it to Monument twenty minutes before closing after driving about six hours north from Long Beach. I was quickly impressed. They have one wall of coolers stuffed full of beers, then a couple of low shelving units with two tiers. A lot of great beer was outside the cooler, but the store was also kept quite chilly.
First, let me talk about the selection. I walked out of here with my single greatest beer haul. They had Russian River Beatification, Damnation 23, Redemption, Salvation, plus the IPAs. I bought Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Nogne-O Dark Horizon 2nd Edition, Cantillon Fou Foune, Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek, Cantillon 100% Kriek, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, and a Red Chair IPA. They also had Older Viscosity, Papier, 3F Oude Kriek and more. This place has amazing beer. And prices were completely fair on everything.
My experience, however, has some mixed elements. Of the three employees on shift, one was kind enough to help us find the good beers here. Unfortunately, this was necessary because all of the really good beer is literally hidden. Get on your hands and knees and crawl around the low shelves looking toward the back on the bottom shelves. This is where all the good beer is. Not organized, but hidden. We were informed that the beer guy will put out one bottle of beer at a time, and keeps the real stash in the back (which nobody working was allowed to even look at). Somewhat ridiculous.
07-15-2009 19:16:54 | More by vacax
Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.