Alehouses & Craft Beer

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!

CC Beer Trail

Concord has its very own craft beer makers in the area. There are also local favorites with a unique collection of alehouses and restaurants for you to check out, too.

In between the big city and wine country, there’s a burgeoning craft beer community growing in Contra Costa County, California. The right blend of down-to-earth authenticity and artisanal uniqueness, it’s the perfect place for the truly dedicated brewers to showcase their craft—and for enthusiasts to enjoy the results of their hard work and passion.

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Find out for yourself by exploring the unique beer locations on the Visit Concord Contra Costa Beer Trail. Pick up a beer trail map, reusable cup, shirts, or a sticker—at the Concord Visitor Center.

Concord Tap House

This mid-Concord taproom serves as a funky gathering place for sipping from 24 rotating taps focused on local and West Coast breweries—with beer flights for the indecisive—and sampling from a menu of bar-food favorites with a global twist. 3513 Clayton Road, 925-685-8585,

Bonus: Keep an eye out for events that range from tap takeovers to the opportunity to sip beer with Concord’s mayor.

Epidemic Ales Taproom and Brewery

Since opening in 2015, this apocalyptic-themed brewery (Concord’s only) has expanded its tap system of made-in-house beers, so request a yardstick-length flight to sample the full range of styles before ordering from the local food trucks parked outside the kid- and dog-friendly space. 150 Mason Circle, Ste. J, 925-566-8850,

Bonus: Combine your passion for pints and paint with monthly paint nights, which include all supplies, instruction and a glass of beer.

Side Gate Brewery & Beer Garden

Side Gate Brewery & Beer Garden offers craft beer & seltzer brewed on-site to be enjoyed in our family-friendly taproom and expansive beer garden. We are located in downtown Concord, CA — just a quick walk from BART and right around the corner from Todos Santos Plaza.

Bonus: We've got food trucks most days but outside food is always welcome, so pack a meal or pick-up something to-go from one of our neighbors in the plaza.

1822 Grant St. Concord, CA 94520

The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop

This Todos Santos Plaza taproom also serves as the headquarters of The Brewing Network, a live radio show dedicated to zymology, making it an undisputed haven for hop heads. You’ll often find rare kegs on the 21-tap system—hooked up to taproom TVs to let you know what’s available—to pair with beer-injected bites. 2151 Salvio St., Ste. J, 925-808-7056,

Bonus: Join the “Hop Grenade Army,” a loyalty program that rewards frequent drinkers with discounts on beer and ticketed events, plus early notice on rare kegs and bottles.

Book a Trip to Concord, California

Concord is the perfect place to pull a pint, with events returning again - such as the Spring Brews Festival and Concord Oktoberfest in Todos Santos Plaza—plus a new Contra Costa Beer Trail and mobile passport—cementing the city as a certified hops mecca.

Book a trip and get your complimentary beer cup and passport to get your free sampler flight of beer along the Visit Concord Contra Costa Beer Trail.

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Looking for more Regional Fun? 

Check out the Contra Costa County Beer Map - your guide to breweries and tap houses around the region.  

For the printable PDF click here

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