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Beer Culture & Breweries

California is certainly famous for its craft beer, and if you’re hoping to check out the local brewing scene while you’re in Concord, then you’re in luck! Concord has its very own craft brew trail that takes you by some of the most revered beer makers in the area. There are also local favorites with a unique collection of taprooms and restaurants for you to check out, too.

This three-day Featured Trip soaks up the local culture and you’ll be able to dive into the burgeoning beer scene along the way. Whether you’re an amateur beer drinker or an aficionado of local brews, you will have your chance to learn about the best suds of Concord—all you need to do is follow the trail!

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS


Markham Nature Park

If you are in downtown Concord and looking to get back to nature, look no further than Markham Nature Park and Arboretum. This 17-acres island of natural beauty is a lovely surprise to find inside the city limits. If you want a peaceful park, Markham is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

In addition to the natural beauty, don’t miss the International Garden–a set of demonstration gardens surrounding the Bud Hansen Arbor. You can also find a nursery, a bee farm, a community garden, and more at Markham Nature Park. Run, don’t walk to this serene space.

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The Hop Grenade

The Hop Grenade is a premier craft beer taproom and bottle shop that brings the ancient and extraordinary beverage that is beer to you in a comfortable, family-friendly setting in Concord, California. The service at The Hop Grenade is of the highest standards and is always willing to help you find that perfect brew and grow your relationship with the wonder that is craft beer.

With more than 20 beers on tap, you can mix and match your drinks to some delightful soups, sandwiches, and appetizers. If you need a little sweetness with your beer, don’t miss the beer float – a North Coast Old Rasputin infused with locally made vanilla bean gelato. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, nothing will.

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Willows Shopping Center

Willows Shopping Center is an interesting sprawl of shops and restaurants in Concord, California. It offers everything from sports goods to home décor, beauty supplies to apparel. The center has undergone renovations and been revamped to offer more updated facilities for your shopping pleasure.

You can find tons of options at competitive prices at Willows Shopping Center. The shops range from big names such as Old Navy and DB Shoes to specialty stores. It is a nice place to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping and dining.

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Contra Costa Canal Trail

The Contra Costa Canal Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Park District system and offers a great getaway for everybody. You can hike, bike, walk your dog, or horseback ride on this trail that parallels the canal. The trail is wheelchair-accessible and paved, so everybody can enjoy the natural beauty of California.

If you are looking for an out-of-the-way trail where you won’t encounter a lot of people, the Contra Costa Canal Trail isn’t the one for you. This trail is used frequently for recreational and non-vehicular transportation alike as it intercepts a number of different parks, trails, and commercial areas.

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E. J. Phair Alehouse

From beers to burgers, the fine folks at E. J. Phair Alehouse have all of your nosh needs covered. Whether you’re looking for some tasty grub (with some equally tasty beer) or you’re just looking for a great spot to kick back with a cold one, the E. J. Phair Alehouse should be just what you’re looking for.

If you’re feeling up to it, start things off with an order of garlic fries, and see where things go from there. Just expect to be a bit spoioled for choice; their menu has everything from pizza to pasta and burgers, and you can bet that there’s a great beer to pair with whatever you order.

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