Bar, Eatery

1022 11th St
Modesto, California, 95354-0808
United States

(209) 248-7451 | map

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Lard_City from California

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

About 20 beers on tap, primarily from San Diego or Marin County breweries (Laguanitas, Lost Abbey, Bear Republic, North Coast, Stone, Lost Coast). Beer selection is very nice, food is pretty basic. Seating is mostly at bar, on stools with high tables or at outside counter. Service is minimalist, order at the counter. I might stop by again if I'm in the area but wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

Jan 12, 2015
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Gurney_Halleck from California

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Jun 16, 2019
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jun 19, 2018
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MKrauss from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Aug 28, 2017
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Scriv from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Fantastic food, and a great beer selection! Best beer spot in Modesto.

Jul 02, 2015
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spidermite from California

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Modesto has been in need of an establishment with this amount of knowledge for a long time. Commonwealth is a Beer spot ran by beer enthusiasts. 25 taps of rotating beer of a great many styles. It is due to this constant rotation that some days a style may be missing from the board but its a small price to pay for the overall selection. Living in this town I generally have to travel rather far to find anything amazing on tap, and I have to say I love stepping in and seeing something that, at the very least, I have never had on tap sometimes they carry things Ive never even had. I recently had Goose Islands Bourbon Brand stout on tap which was delicious.

So finally the Modesto area has a place where craft beers are plentiful and the staff is actually knowledgeable and passionate about the products they sell. This lends to the vibe very nicely and reminds me at least that I am among like minded individuals and not in a typical pub. There is music, but its not too loud and there are T.V.s in the corners but they do not take away too much from the feeling of enjoying good beer with good people.

One thing that took me by surprise was the quality of food. I am not the type of person that generally spends 10 bucks on a craft sandwich, but I decided to give it a try with my wife and kids one weekend, and the food is absolutely astounding, even the garlic fries are some of the best in town, the garlic is never burnt (which for some reason is hard to accomplish in my area) and all the portions are rather large and worth the price. They even bring my daughter orange-juice in a "fancy" glass as she likes to call it.

Dec 24, 2014
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themathguy from California

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

**[Original Review: 10/2014]**

Commonwealth is a new bar in Modesto's downtown (as of 9/2014), calling itself a "craft pub." They specialize in craft beers and craft sandwiches.

The building is in a good downtown location with a parking garage across the street, not too far off the freeway, and not too far from St. Stan's brewing/Hero's Sports Bar. They have a few outdoor seats, an attractively lit interior, a three TVs showing sports, and a big chalkboard above the bar showing a mostly up-to-date beer list.

They have 24 taps, including 1 nitro tap. The list is constantly rotating, with solid choices across the board (though nothing that has been ultra-rare... yet.) They've typically had 3-5 stouts or porters (1-2 of which have been imperial), 2-4 from the lighter side (wheats, pils, pale), 2 ambers/browns/reds, 8-10 IPA/IPA Variants, and a couple oddballs (seasonals, the odd belgian beer, lately they've have a rotating sour). Beers are poured in mostly 20 or 13 oz pours, with the occasional 10 oz pour. Prices are $5-6 per pour.

A sample of beers I've had or seen there: Stone Quadro, Narwhal, Old Rasputin (Nitro), Highwater Campfire Stout, Dust Bowl Wheat Stout, Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour, Allagash White, Erdinger Wiess, Allagash Tripel, The Bruery Autumn Maple, Erdinger Dunkel-Weiss, Knee Deep Hop-D-Ranged, Racer 5, Uinta Hop Nosh, among others.

To soak up the beer, Commonwealth makes a variety of tasty sandwiches (including a messy but extremely tasty honey drizzled-fried chicken affair they call the Mack), housemade chips, some fancy dinner salads, and a few appetizers. Most food items are $10.

The service has been very good so far, and the staff seems to be reasonably knowledgeable about what styles they offer (and can help guide people's decisions toward a beer they may enjoy.) Despite the seating dispersed through the room, they have everyone come up to the bar to order, which has seemed to work fairly well so far.

If you're nearby the Modesto Downtown area, it's worth checking out. I hope to see you there! Cheers!

****[Update: 5/3/2016]****
So, Commonwealth has really started to settle in to its groove. They are getting some very good/rarer beers now (Founders KBS and Backwoods Bastard; Lost Abbey Angel's Share and Mayan Apocalypse; Almanac Barbary Coast, Paris of the West and Blueberry Sour; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout; Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper; Hangar 24 Pugachev's Cobra; Triporteur Full moon 12; NB La Folie; Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel; among others). The bad news is, they now basically have one rotating Belgian tap and one rotating Sour. The other 22 taps include usually 1-2 imperial stouts, 1-2 regular stouts/porters, 3-6 pilsners/wheats and a whole host of IPAs and IPA variants. Prices basically bumped $1 up from my initial review and are now $6-7 across the board, but the 10+% beers are now served in smaller 10 oz glasses and often at the 8-10 range. They are getting better stuff, so to me it's often worth the price difference.

The staff is still friendly, with a low turnover rate, excellent beer knowledge and regular hours, which makes it easy to come on back and visit on a regular basis.

The crowd during the week tends to skew toward the professional end (after work crowd) that tends to clear out about 7. It's been increasingly busy on the weekends, with a couple times where it's been standing room only. Also of note, the space is loud, so it's not a "enjoy a quiet conversation with your date" kind of a place.

Hope to see you there!

Oct 24, 2014
Commonwealth in Modesto, CA
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 7 ratings