Monument Wines & Spirits

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Monument Wines & SpiritsMonument Wines & Spirits
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Monument Wines & SpiritsMonument Wines & Spirits

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2250 Monument Blvd
Concord, California, 94520-3879
United States

(925) 682-1514 | map

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Added by stephendr on 07-30-2006

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Photo of ipa247
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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Photo of urwatuh8
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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Photo of bradford
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

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?

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Photo of CraftBC
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

An unusual find in suburban Contra Costa County: a full-range liquor store with an excellent selection of craft beers. More impressively, almost all the beers kept cold except for a few cases on the floor. I counted about 274 craft beers in late January 2007 of which 80 were not carried by BevMo. (Monument also carries another 50 or so mass-market beers which are not included in my count.) The beer selection is well-balanced between Belgian beers (about 60) and West Coast micros available by the bottle or in six packs. Notable beers on my last visit included Drake’s Barleywine Ale Brandy Barrel, Tripel Karmeliet, Girardin Black Label, Achouffe N’ice Chouffe, Cantillon Gueuze, Rogue Old Crustacean, a large selection from Hair of the Dog and three from Russian River. On average, their prices are 5% lower than BevMo on the same beers (about 200 in common). In my book, this store has the best combination of selection and pricing in the East Bay. It may not be worth traveling inland for, but if you live in the area you’ll soon be a regular and may never have to visit BevMo again!

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Photo of stephendr
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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)

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Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA
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