Congregation Ale House
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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 115
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this chapter of the Congregation Ale House yesterday after experiencing the one in Long Beach a while back. There is a definite old church feel to it with lots of wood, brick, stained glass, etc. The beer list is on the wall when you walk in and you order any beer plus food at the counter. If you want more stuff you can go back up to the counter or they have staff walking around who can put the order in for you. Service was pretty good in that regard. The beers were served in appropriate glassware and at a good temperature. Selection for draft beer was around 20 offerings with a bottle list as well. I got a pub pretzel with Chimay beer fondue and it was good. Overall, this is a pretty cool little spot and I think I prefer this location over the one in Long Beach. Check it out if you are in the area.
07-04-2012 03:39:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's a matter of timing. We got there when it wasn't crazy busy and the place was great. After a few minutes of fumbling around, we noticed a line at the cash register and figured that was how you ordered beer and went over. While we waited, we perused the beer selections board. You order from a cashier like it's Naja's and then kindof hang around waiting for the beer to be served (which is very quickly). If you have food, you get a number and some one will bring it to you. You find a an open space for yourself inside or at an outdoor patio which looks out on a pretty ample parking lot. Once you're seated, there are servers to get drinks and food for you, but it took awhile to figure that out. We went back in line to order more stuff because we hadn't figured that out right away. No harm done. I see the other reviewer had one ineffectual and one snippy bartender, but the people who served us were knowledgable and helpful. The servers were helpful even if they weren't serving you. I had a scrumptious Samiclaus and Geoff had Cuvee des Trolls. Both were quite nice. We split potato chips and a sausage that were good snack food and quite reasonable at Happy Hour prices. It had a genuine warmth of a classic European bar even with high ceilings which could potentially accentuate noise. They played no music which really kept the noise level down. It's relatively small which is why, because it is so pleasant, I can see it being a madhouse if there's any kind of crowd. Because a lot of people will want to be here and it just can't fit them all. Although we didn't park in the parking lot, my advice would be if you try to and you can't find a place, it's going to be too crowded and you might not be happy.
03-03-2012 16:55:31 | More by keaton
Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.