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Monument Wines & Spirits
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
2250 Monument Blvd
phone: (925) 682-1514
(Place added by: stephendr on 07-30-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 41
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is awesome - my new favorite store ever! Perry's Liquor in Livermore held the top spot for awhile, but the selection at Monument is every bit as good, if not better. Both are still highly recommended, but if you want more bang for your buck this is your place!
I stopped in here for the first (but hopefully not last) time on Friday around noon. The interior and exterior looked just like Jackson's Wines & Spirits in Lafayette and Moraga Wine & Spirits in Moraga. I asked the clerk about it and he told me that the three stores are all connected. The Moraga store specializes in hard liquor; the Lafayette store specializes in wine; the Concord store specializes in beer. Well, even though I was a huge fan of the Moraga and Lafayette stores, they couldn't touch this one!
The selection was absolutely phenomenal! I saw everything from Cuvee de Tomme to Speedway Stout to Beatification/Temptation/Consecration to J.W. Lees Harvest Ale ('00, '01, '06, '07, and a ton of the cask versions) to Older Viscosity to La Folie to etc. etc. etc. It was unbelievable! I even saw Hel & Verdoemenis and Hercule Stout, two of my big prizes from my first visit to Perry's Liquor in Livermore. Combined, they were about $10 cheaper than the ones I bought at Perry's. At that point, Monument Wines & Liquors became my favorite beer store.
The abundance of quality brews is mesmerizing, and could easily keep one busy for an hour or more. All of the beers are kept in great shape as well; they're stored away from the windows, and the hoppier ones are kept in coolers. Everything is also neatly organized, which is a plus in my book.
The staff was very friendly, though their beer knowledge didn't seem to keen. They were also unintrusive.
I can't wait to come back here! What an incredible store!
09-20-2009 05:22:40 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited this store while on vacation recently and immediately wished something similar existed in my hometown. Selection was great and prices very reasonable, compared to what I pay in Salem, Oregon. They had the very best selection of Russian River and Stone beers I have ever seen. I finally was able to purchase the elusive Pliny the Elder, and it was fresh.
Store was somewhat disorganized and even a little nostalgic, reminding me of the mom and pop dime stores of my youth, only this is a liquor store. Service seemed hit or miss, although the one who rang up my sale said I had made some excellent choices. I told him I had learned about the store from Beeradvocate.com and he seemed pleased.
07-31-2009 19:27:29 |
More by velosuds
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is probably the best bottle shop in the East Bay but I also happen to live about two miles away, so it may as well be the only bottle shop in the East Bay. They have a great selection and they get some fairly rare beers. The only complaints I have are that the service seldom knows what they're talking about and they talk down to my wife (she knows her beer) and the price is sometimes high... and sometimes they keep rare beers in the back, but don't tell you about them, even if you ask. I have, several times, asked about a beer that I knew arrived that week and been told that they were out... and then I see it on the floor a few days later. I think it's just poor organization. I also often see several different price tags on the same beers. weird.
So, all that complaining, and I still really like the place. It's the only shop that you can find a good selection of world class beers. You just gotta show up at the right time to get the really rare finds.
07-29-2009 02:45:51 |
More by TheEremite
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was lucky enough to make it to Monument twenty minutes before closing after driving about six hours north from Long Beach. I was quickly impressed. They have one wall of coolers stuffed full of beers, then a couple of low shelving units with two tiers. A lot of great beer was outside the cooler, but the store was also kept quite chilly.
First, let me talk about the selection. I walked out of here with my single greatest beer haul. They had Russian River Beatification, Damnation 23, Redemption, Salvation, plus the IPAs. I bought Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Nogne-O Dark Horizon 2nd Edition, Cantillon Fou Foune, Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek, Cantillon 100% Kriek, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, and a Red Chair IPA. They also had Older Viscosity, Papier, 3F Oude Kriek and more. This place has amazing beer. And prices were completely fair on everything.
My experience, however, has some mixed elements. Of the three employees on shift, one was kind enough to help us find the good beers here. Unfortunately, this was necessary because all of the really good beer is literally hidden. Get on your hands and knees and crawl around the low shelves looking toward the back on the bottom shelves. This is where all the good beer is. Not organized, but hidden. We were informed that the beer guy will put out one bottle of beer at a time, and keeps the real stash in the back (which nobody working was allowed to even look at). Somewhat ridiculous.
07-15-2009 19:16:54 |
More by vacax
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I decided to check this place out since I saw such good reviews and it's pretty close. I went there with my girlfriend this evening to check it out and immediately as I walked in straight ahead were all these racks of rare and hard to find beers. I bought a Damnation from Russian River Brewing, Red Chair IPA from Deschutes and a couple others. The thing was it took me forever to decide because of their wonderful selection. It was like a kid in a candy store. I thought I was in Heaven. I will be going back there regularly. That place is awesome.
07-10-2009 03:19:09 |
More by jeffjeff1
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Was in the concord area in April to take an entry level sommelier exam,(who says wine and beer geeks can't be one in the same). During some down time went to check out Monument and was happy with the selection. A great variety of belgians. Nice selection from Allagash, Ommegang, Stone, and plenty of RRBC. Picked up a batch 23 Damnation and some cold, fresh Pliny's. Was somewhat discouraged by the stack of Pliny and Blind Pig on the floor, but other than that, a great store to visit if ever in the area again.
06-07-2009 17:47:14 |
More by BevMoPatrick1
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Made a special trip down to Concord to go here and to E.J. Phair today since this is one of my first "free" days in a year (my wife and 1 year old are out of town). Immediately recognized some awesome bottles I hadn't seen in CA before, so that was very exciting. I also noticed quickly that they had some big prices, but after a while I realized that this was more due to the selection of beers than any kind of gross markup. Still, $30 for that supposedly uncarbonated Angel's Share? Nah. Found some real gems though. Lots of Fantome, some Russian River beers I hadn't seen elsewhere (Beatification, Damnation 23 [they also still had Consecration]), lots of Lost Abbey, Port, Jolly Pumpkin (!). One tiny 6oz bottle of Drakes Bourbon barrel stout for $10 (nah.) Nogne Dark Horizon 2nd Edition...you get the idea. This was a much more impressive store than Ledgers and City Beer, imo...actually resembled some of the better places in the midwest and east coast for quality and range of selection. good stuff. Staff didn't interfere with me, but asked if i needed any help so thats nice. Yeah, ill go back next time i'm "free."
04-26-2009 01:00:09 |
More by aforbes10
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Monument is a great spot for beer. I found out about this place from an employee at their sister store, Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette. The clerk mentioned that Monument's beer selection was the best of the 3 stores that they own (they also own Moraga Wine & Spirits in Moraga).
Monument is located in a strip mall that is anchored by a Safeway and an El Faro burrito shop. When you walk in the liquor and wine is up front. The back wall is lined with coolers. The first few coolers on the left have the crappy stuff. As you start going to the right is where the good stuff is located. They carry tons of NorCal stuff and a boatload of the Belgians, Trappists, and Euro offerings. By the coolers they have a shelf filled with random beers and an area stacked with various cases of beers. You can always get Lost Abbey, RR, Stone, Drake's, Moylan's, et. al here. Prices are usually very good. They also have a lot of stuff that is hard to find. I have recently seen Sanctification, Temptation, and Older Viscosity. They also stock older vintages of numerous beers. Single bottles are also available in the coolers.
The service can be spotty. I think the beer buyer is named John. He is a nice guy and is very helpful. They also have a younger kid who works there that is helpful. The lady at the register is good at taking your money.
Prices generally are very good. You do pay a little more for older vintages, but that is to be expected.
03-09-2009 19:24:57 |
More by mjl21
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped by Monument on the way to Sacramento to get my craft beer fix and was very surprised by the selection, if i lived closer i'd come here all the time. I got exactly the same vibe here as you do from ledgers (large, not too organized but has an absolutely massive selection and some definite gems you can find when rummaging through it). Their beer guy seemed friendly and although they were out of blind pig he pointed me in the direction of pliny! They had a lot of california beer, russian river, lost abbey, drakes special releases, and much more as well as a fairly large import selection (although they seemed to focus more on US craft brews which is fine by me). The only beef I had with this place (and i'm not sure I can blame them) is that it seemed like they jacked up the prices on a few russian river beers that hadnt been released for a while which in my mind is a little scummy. I can understand slight price increases but they were selling a couple of the sours for double or more than their original price. I can understand if they were aged but they were only about a year old (some less). Anyway, not big enough of a complaint to keep me away but i'd never buy that section of their stuff.
02-22-2009 01:08:54 |
More by Lothore
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Ok this is my local beer store where I get most of my stuff so I am a little biased. Nonetheless, bias aside, it really is an excellent beer store.
The location is a little odd being that it is located in a strip mall in one of the more questionable areas of Concord. It is very easy to drive by it if you didn't know it was there and from outside appearances it looks like your typical liquor store.
However, inside is another story. You walk in and immediately ahead of you are large coolers devoted entirely to beer and 80% of it to quality and hard to find craftbrews. Immediately in front of the coolers and also to the side are shelves also filled with craft brew. The selection is excellent and ranges from hard to find Russian River Sours like Beautification, Temptation and Supplication to an assortment of Lost Abbey products. All major west coast craft breweries are represented well including Stone, Deschutes, Port Brewing, Ballast Point, you name it. There is also a wide assortment of hard to find Belgian Beers, German Beers and other European products. You can almost always find a rare nugget if you check the shelves in front of the coolers closely. Last time I went I found a bottle of Older Viscocity. The store still has a stock of Abyss and Firestone 12 and as late as a couple weeks ago, Firestone 11.
Prices are a little high but definitely cheaper than Ledger's Liquors and the City Beer Store which I feel are their main competitors.
Service is also excellent depending on the day of your visit. If you happen to be there when the main beer buyer is working then he is more than willing to discuss and make recommendations on his current and rare selections as well as pull things out of the back for his loyal customers. He is gone so far as to tell me when rare, limited release beers are coming out and then holding back a bunch of bottles for me until I can get in there to pick them up. Great guy and very very knowledgeable. If you come in there when he is not working the guys are clearly not as knowledgeable and less inclined to engaged in beer talk or banter with customers.
I make a weekly visit now and no longer have any need to make the trip out to Ledgers and pay their inflated prices. Only problem here is no beer on tap like at City Beer Store. But still highly recommended if you are out in the Wcreek/Concord area and are looking for quality craft brews.
01-24-2009 19:59:37 |
More by ipa247
Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA
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