The craft beer industry is booming in Concord! For the best brews around and tips how to maximize your experience, keep reading!
1. BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse
BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse offers a little something for everyone from the Chicago-style pizza with a Southern California twist, or the crowd favorite Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Pair your meal with an original BJ’s craft beer which includes a tasty pale ale to a hearty dark stout, every meal has a perfect match!
Added Fun: 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.
2. EJ Phair Brewing Company & Alehouse
EJ Phair Brewing Company & Alehouse is always cooking up something new – literally. The chef features new specials each week, and you can never go wrong with one of the favorites like the Spicy Steak Wrap. EJ Phair (as the locals call it) has a beer for every palate from the award winning Shorty’s Revenge to their flagship Plankwalker Pale Ale.
Added Fun: Grab your friends on Tuesday nights for Pub Trivia Night starting at 6:30 p.m., see which person in your group knows the most!
3. Epidemic Ales
Epidemic Ales was founded by three couples who had one hobby in common – beer. They opened Epidemic Ales in 2016 and focused on creating quality brews with bold and unique flavors. Their Zombrew IPA is a favorite among many, and they frequently release new brews throughout the year. Enjoy food from local food trucks like Canasta Kitchen on the weekends!
Added Fun: Challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga or billiards while sipping on your favorite cold brew or cheer on one of the Bay Area’s sports teams!
The restaurant where craft burgers and craft beer collide. Eureka! uses local flavors to inspire their gourmet burgers and then partners them with craft breweries – both local and out of state – to create an experience you won’t forget. Staff mentions “eatertainment” to let customers know what they can expect when they walk through the door.
Added Fun: Order a beer on Wednesdays for “Steal the Glass” night from the featured brewery and keep the branded beer glass to add to your collection! You might even get to meet the beer reps!
5. The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop
Discover beers from breweries near and far, light and dark, at The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop. With 21 rotating taps, it is a must for craft beer enthusiasts. Enjoy your beverage on the patio with views of the fountain in Todos Santos Square and Downtown Concord!
Added Fun: The Hop Grenade is home to The Brewing Network, an original live beer radio broadcast. Listen in the taproom on Mondays as they discuss craft brew related topics, and interview beer industry professionals and homebrewers!
6. More Beer More Wine
Customize your own beer and brew in the comfort of your own home! More Beer, More Wine is a one stop shop for not only brewers to purchase supplies, but also for those who desire to create their own beer.
Added Fun: New to brewing? Pick up one of the recipe kits with all the ingredients required to get started. This could inspire you to open the next brewery in Concord!