Concord is home to some of the best under-the-radar breweries, tap houses and beer bar restaurants in the East Bay. Hit these must-stops for a true brew Concord experience:
BEER BAR RESTAURANTS
BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Pair your meal with one of BJ’s own award-winning signature beers or choose from any of their extensive selection of local and imported beers on tap. Besides great beer, BJs is famous for their Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but you can’t go wrong with any of the offerings from their decadent pub-style menu.
Guests can learn how to pair food and beer by attending one of BJ’s Beer Dinners hosted throughout the year. Sign up and enjoy a multi-course meal paired with selected beers to compliment the flavors in each course. And serious beer lovers should be sure to check out the new BJs Brewhouse Beer Club.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Sunvalley Shopping Center 385 Sun Valley Mall, Concord 925-849-1090
Eureka! is the place where craft burgers and craft beer come together in perfect harmony. They use local flavors to inspire their gourmet burgers and partner them any of their 40 American craft beers on tap for an experience you won’t forget. The modern yet rustic decor offers a trendy, casual vibe for dining, drinking and hanging out with friends.
Go on Wednesdays for “Steal the Glass” night. Enjoy a beer and keep the branded beer glass from the night’s featured brewery to add to your collection! You might even get to meet the beer reps.
Eureka! Willows Shopping Center 1975 Diamond Boulevard, Suite C, Concord 925-265-2120
Lazy Dog offers a variety of hand-selected craft beers and dining options that include their tasty “TV Dinner” menu – and, yes, your pooch is welcome on the patio (there’s even a special menu for four-legged guests). Hang out with friends or enjoy sports on their big screen TVs in a fun and casual setting. Fans will want to sign up for their popular beer club and come back again and again.
Lazy Dog Willows Shopping Center 1961 Diamond Boulevard, Concord 925-849-1221
Yard House is the place to go for great food and stay for the 130 different craft beers on tap. The menu features more than 100 homemade favorites from salads and street tacos to grilled burgers, seafood, steak and ribs. Each Yard House has a distinct vibe with custom artwork, rock music and viewable keg room that houses up to 3,000 gallons of beer.
Yard House 2005 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA 94520 (925) 602-0523
Epidemic Ales was founded by three couples with a shared love of beer. They opened Epidemic Ales in 2016 with a focus on creating quality brews with bold and unique flavors, and equally memorable artwork on their cans. Their Zombrew IPA is a favorite among many, and they frequently release new brews throughout the year. Hang out and enjoy food from local food trucks like Canasta Kitchen on the weekends.
Hang out in their fun, industrial-vibe bar or challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga or billiards while sipping on your favorite cold brew.
Epidemic Ales 150 Mason Circle, Suite J, Concord 925-566-8850
SIDE GATE BREWERY & BEER GARDEN
The name and slogan is an ode to impromptu backyard hangouts. Don’t bother with the front door - just let yourself in through the Side Gate!
Side Gate was founded by two Bay Area natives, Kevin Wilson and Paul Culbertson, who met as coworkers and bonded over their love of craft beer and homebrewing. A mutual dream to open up a brewery was cemented through a business plan and the decision to leave their office jobs to follow their true passion.
All of their beers are brewed on-site and served to you as fresh as possible in the taproom and spacious outdoor beer garden.
Side Gate Brewery and Beer Garden 1822 Grant Street, Concord, CA 94520
CONCORD TAP HOUSE
Known as a true community gathering place, the Concord Tap House in midtown serves up beer, wine, and tasty pub food in a laid-back atmosphere. The 24 rotating taps feature unique, quality craft beers and ciders, with a focus on local and Pacific coast breweries (they also offer flights so you don't have to choose just one!)
Management continually scouts the region for the latest creations and under-the-radar breweries with a promise to have something fun and new to try, along with their popular local favorites.
Concord Tap House 3513 Clayton Road, Concord 925-685-8585
THE HOP GRENADE
Located in downtown Concord's historic Todos Santos Plaza, The Hop Grenade boasts 21 taps and a great outdoor patio, which is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. The premier craft beer taproom and bottle shop doubles as the headquarters of The Brewing Network, a world-renowned live-stream radio, podcast and video of all things craft beer. These people know their brews, to say the very least.
The taproom has an excellent selection of rotating draft beers, tasty pub food and good company. Beer enthusiasts, add this to your bucket list.
The Hop Grenade 2151 Salvio Street, Suite J, Concord 925-808-7056
Looking for more Regional Fun?
Check out the Contra Costa County Beer Map - your guide to breweries and tap houses around the region.