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Congregation Ale House
Congregation Ale House

Congregation Ale House

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300 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 403-2337
http://congregationalehouse.com/
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Hands down this place is a beer drinkers delight. 20+ beers on tap with all the big names representing. These get rotated pretty often so dont get used to a particular brew here, ... Read more
but if your looking for something similar just ask the knowledgeable staff and they'll be happy to make a recommendation. And as recommendations go..you have to have the Rib Burger. This soft and juicy chunk of meat is delicious. Slap a couple of beers on top of that and you're set for the evening! Parking: They have a private lot but it gets full pretty quickly. If you're coming here on the weekend it might be easier to find parking further south on Raymond

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This bar has a huge selection of good beer. They even offer $1 for a sample glass. There is an outdoor patio, but it can get crowded. I recommend street parking as their lot fills up.

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Came on game night and ordered the chicken bruschetta sausage. It was so freakin good.

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Local from Rosemead

This is a good place to come to hangout with friends for drinks. They have a wide selection of craft beer to choose from that rotates often. There is outdoor seating that's perfect for the summer. There is a jukebox inside to play songs to relive untouchable memories. The parking here is very limited.

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I went originally for Trivia Night and returned for the food. Burgers, chips, giant pretzel, sausage platter, tater tots, chicken Caesar salad ... More but I forgot. Gratuities are shared. Insert tips (cash or check) inside congregation boxes at the registers. I don't drink beer but my friends do and they're impressed by the variety. Parking at peak meal times can be a challenge. You get free parking for 90 minutes at the nearby metro stop.

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Irvine, California, USA

Hands down this place is a beer drinkers delight. 20+ beers on tap with all the big names representing. These get rotated pretty often so dont get used to a particular brew here, but if your looking for something similar just ask the knowledgeable staff and they'll be happy to make a recommendation.

And as recommendations go..you have to have the Rib Burger. This soft and juicy chunk of meat is delicious. Slap a couple of beers on top of that and you're set for the evening!

Parking: They have a private lot but it gets full pretty quickly. If you're coming here on the weekend it might be easier to find parking further south on Raymond

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This is located in my hometown. This place sports a very european old style atmosphere with a rotating assortment of unique brews. Great european grub. Loud and energetic in the heart of Downtown Long Beach

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San Diego, California, USA

Good rotating selection of beer! The food is vegetarian friendly, with delicious veggie sausage, portabello burger, and appetizers like amazing soft pretzels and artichokes. I like to sit out on the patio.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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All day happy hour Monday! That's something I can sign up for! They have their own parking lot, great beers on tap. Fun decor!

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Local from Azusa, California, USA

Happy hour all day Mondays!

Thanks to Tara C for recommending this place! I had an awesome Happy Hour on Monday with good food, drinks, and great company!

After hanging around Pasadena during the day, my friends and I dropped by Congregation Ale House for their all day happy hour. I was surprised to find out that they had a nice big lot for us to park in, which is quite rare for most restaurants in the area. The best part was that we had a friend coming from the West side and it was a breeze for her to take the metro since there was a metro station walking distance in front of the restaurant!

Upon entering Congregation Ale House I immediately felt like I was in a cozy little cabin! There's stained glass windows behind the bar and cute beer handles decorated around the room. The menu itself lists all of the food items and a number of their beer, but for the full listing there's a board with each of the beers clearly listed.

For happy hour they have food items from $2-$6 and selected beer at $3. We went with three giant pretzels ($2/each) and sweet potato fries ($2) to share. I also ordered an IPA bratwurst ($6) served with peppers and onions. The food itself was probably the BEST happy hour food I've ever had. The giant pretzel was baked fresh from the oven and tasted great with the dijon mustard dipping sauce that it came with. The sweet potato fries were crispy and not overly fried, and the sriracha ketchup dipping sauce was absolutely addicting! The IPA bratwurst was tasty and I really could have ate another one of these before I left! As for drinks, we ordered about 5 different types of beers throughout the night and I was able to sample all of them, including tastings of the pear cider and a pumpkin flavored beer.

By the end of our night we couldn't stop raving about this place! There's really not many restaurants that serves such good affordable happy hour food and drinks, with excellent service! Our servers were quick with bringing our food and they consistently checked up on us throughout the night. I also found out that there's a Congregation Ale House about 15 minutes from my house, so it looks like I know where I'll be spending most of my happy hours at now!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

My new happy hour spot!

Yum, Yum, and Yum!

Overall prices aren't that expensive and when you add on happy hour it's cheap, cheap, and cheap!

$2 fries/pretzels are a great value. Fries/sweet potato are delicious and portions are big! Pretzels are made fresh and are yum!

Burger was tasty too but kind of small. For $6 it's not bad, but for regular $8 might be a bit much.

Duck and bacon sausage wasn't bad, but wasn't as great as people make it out to be.

$6 for a pizza is pretty good too! Fresh and yum!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Get the dijon and prosciutto pizza! It has thin slices of potato, a creamy sauce and arugula.. it's sooooo good.

They have a good selection of beer, but I opted for a hazelnut rumslide which is good if you like bailey's and creamy chocolatey drinks.

It's pretty spacious and there's also outdoor seating. There is plenty of parking. I would recommend this place if you wanna hang out and have a beer with a group of friends.

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Local from Los Angeles, California
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I just love this place. I have been here many times now, and I never get the same thing twice. The beer selection is amazing, the food is quite good, and the happy hour deals are great. The employees are all knowledgeable and friendly, so feel free to ask questions.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I wanted to congregate over ale with a friend for a long azzed time. Hence when a buddy of mine said lets grab a bite to eat, I suggested that we go here so I could finally check this well known place out.

Overall it was a pretty fun little trek. This is one of those places that you order grub and beer/booze at a counter and then find a seat (semi cafeteria style) and then they bring the grub to you. However, at times during the day/night they have waitresses to help the process along.

Pro Tip: Have one person order grub and the other find a seat at the bar or a table.

I got a german lager I hadn’t had before while here, a Schoenhammer Kolsch style lager. It was tasty but not as good as a Spaten, Radiburger, or Bitburger. Definitely cheap for their menu at $5.50 for a pint! Not a bad deal I think at all. My buddy was drinking some brown ale that he seemed to enjoy.

We both ended up getting the prime rib cheeseburger. It was definitely tasty. However I asked to skip the aoli and they still put it on. It wasn’t that bad so I didn’t send it back. The burger itself was quite tasty but a bit on the small size. When I looked at it, I was like look they brought me out a mcdonalds sized burger patty that is twice as thick… granted it was 1 billion times better than I remembered ever getting at mcdonalds (I haven’t eaten their grub in several years).

We also ordered a pub pretzel and basket of fries. The pretzel was super tasty and had a great chimay and cheese blended dipping sauce that I totally enjoyed. I also liked that the salt on the pretzel was crushed and not giant rock salt like on some pretzels. The fries were outstanding as well. They had a seasoning salt and perhaps regular salt combo on them that was very tasty. The fries come with your choice of two dipping sauces (several mustards and katsups). I didn’t end up using the dipping sauce as I liked the taste how it was seasoned.

I just wish that they had had pickles to go on the burgers. Otherwise it was very enjoyable to grub here. The bad part though was the price of the grub. The itty bitty burger was well over $8 and the fries and pretzel were $4 ea! So not for the frugally minded constituent wanting to congregate. None the less overall it was a great time and good food and the TVs had some basketball games on. Also be aware it is kinda loud here too!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Let us pray

Beer at a congregation. If this is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Haha.... They have a solid selection of beers and if you have a hard time agreeing upon their suggestions, they come with samples and smiles.

$7 lunch specials - your pick of a burger+fries combo or a sausage (in between flatbread)+fries. Add a beer and you have a very filling combo for a little over $10.
And the food is juicy and flavorful.

I ordered the duck + bacon sausage. The sausage was juicy and hefty, folded in between flatbread and topped with caramelized onions. They have a couple sauces you can chose from, where I chose curry ketchup (standard-good).

I also tried the rib-eye burger with white cheddar - again, hefty and juicy, almost untamable.

If you like grilled artichoke, Congregation makes an amazing version. It's seasoned well, so sauce-dousing isn't completely necessary. Although, the chipotle mayo is delish.

Beers I had:
Alesmith Old Numbskull (amber dark ales, I like!)
Koko Brown Coconut ale - bartender dude suggested this because it had hints of coconut, yum

For those who reside in the LA area. They now have a location in Pasadena!

Amen?

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

==-Happy Hour! Runs till 7pm T-F. Mondays all day. I will have to crash a Monday lunch someday. There's a random beer that will be 3 bucks. Luck be with you that it's a good one.

There is another Congregation Ale House in Long Beach. This one in Pasadena is not exactly in the Old Town strip, but it's nearby enough to be walkable. The biggest problem here is that during the beginning of happy hours, it's usually so crowded that there's no place to sit - inside or outside. Also, the parking lot keeps shrinking in favor of the other businesses here. Luckily there's time limited free parking in the adjacent metro lot.

-=-Grilled rib eye white cheddar burger-=- During happy hour, all burgers are just 6 bucks. For a rib eye patty, it wasn't the tastiest, but it certainly hit the burger spot. It's decent especially with all that white cheddar that they put on it.

-=-Sweet potato fries-=- It really seems that french fries is not enough just golden fried. The other iterations that restaurants usually have are parmesaned, truffled, or sweet potato. These are served with your choice of dips which are always welcomed from the usual ketchup. I chose garlic mayo and chipotle mayo. Free free to explore the others. Seems hard to get it wrong anyway.

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Riverside, California, USA

An awesome ale house, with a wide variety for beers, some interesting cocktails, and a little bit of vino to help satisfy any indulgence of the inebriated variety.

Some pretty interesting sausages a well, including a duck bacon one that was spicy and quite delicious. For your rabbit food eating friends, there's even a vege option. No first hand knowledge on how that tastes.

Be warned, this place gets lively on trivia night. Especially before major travel holidays. You may have to track and trap your server.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

I don't know what it is about this place, but I always feel like at home when I am at Congregation Ale House. I like to sit at the bar, drink beer, have some garlic aioli fries and just chat and chill with my friend. They have this cool drink chill-er thing at each seat so your beer never gets warm!

I never really had a meal here before but their garlic fries are pretty bomb!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

WOW! This is definitely an awesome hangout spot if you and your friends like sweet potato fries, beer, and bratwurst! I had a great time hanging out with my friends.

Congregation is a pay-at-the-counter-and-find-your-own-seat type of place. You get a number when you pay and the waiters come out with the food really quickly. Last night, I ordered the beer steamed bratwurst and an order of sweet potato fries with sweet mustard and curry ketchup dipping sauces (2 sauces are included). I really enjoyed everything. The beer steamed brat definitely tasted like beer so it was a little bitter at some points, but hey, I could hang!

We loved how the place was decorated and really liked that it didn't have crazy loud music so we were actually able to have a conversation without shouting. What is also great about CAH is their private parking lot! I was worried about finding a spot, but my worries melted away when I arrived. There are at least 30 spots in this lot and they aren't small, cramped spots either. No worries about your car getting scratched. :) If there really isn't parking, you can try your luck with street parking, but it's a little tricky since CAH is right by the Metro Rail tracks.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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I've been hearing about Congregation Ale House in Long Beach and never got to check it out, but I got to check out the newly open one in Pasadena!

I went there on a Monday where they have happy hour all night. Here's the breakdown of their happy hours:

All day Monday / Tuesday - Friday 3-7pm and midnight till closing

$1 off draft beer
$1 off wine
$2 pub pretzel
$2 fries, Sweet potatoes, Belgium fries
$1 off sandwiches and burgers
$3 well drinks
$3 pint of the day (today's was Young Chocolate stout)

I can't comment much on the food for now since I only stop by for one drink. The place is small, but parking is convenient since they have their own corner lot. When you order, start at the bar and then find a seat unless you have some friends nice enough to save a table for you! Also, if you keep your tab open, you can order more with the waiters...I can't wait to come back and actually get some grub here!

P.S. Their waiters and waitress are dressed in Catholic School Boys and Girl Theme.

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Local from Los Angeles

Great beers!

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