Belmont Station

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Belmont StationBelmont Station
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world-class

115 Reviews
Reviews: 115
Visits: 199
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 1,310
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

4500 SE Stark St
Portland, Oregon, 97215-1649
United States
phone: (503) 232-8538

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @belmontstation

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Store:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Biercafé:
Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Reviews: 115 | Visits: 199
Photo of devilmakesthree
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Stellar place to drink. Reasonable price, great selection, pleasant atmosphere, and an incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Portland has many fine drinking establishments, but few are as comprehensive and comfortable as Belmont Station. My personal favorite place to drink in Portland, and highly reccomended to any beer fanatic passing through town. (352 characters)

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

There are a lot of places to get bottle beer or draft in Portland. Though none have a selection of bottles like Belmont Station. They claim to have more than 1200 beers in stock and usually it's much more than that. On the current bottle list they have it above 1300!

Inside the building you have a bottle shop and then attached to that you have bar that serves rotating taps. They have a patio in the back and when the weather is nice or at least not down-pouring there are tables out front. The two sides are attached so all you have to do is walk to and fro between the bottle shop and bar. You can even pick up a bottle in the shop and drink it in the bar.

Service is pretty good. Most of the people that work there are really nice and helpful. My wife has had to go in there on occasion to pick stuff up when I was at work and they were super helpful. Then again most of them know us too. Usually they put new stuff up front however there isn't a 100 percent guarantee of that. I don't believe they have a "new" location set up which I wish they would. However their website has a complete list of bottles they have and it's pretty accurate though it's not real time. They also update their main page with what beers they got in both new and restocked and it is listed with the date and day. They get shipments in Tuesdays and Fridays.

You can also put in special orders on most beers though some things we can't get which is really sad. I've ordered something on Monday and it was there by Friday. If you want to check to see if they can order a beer and don't want to go into the store I suggest you call in. They seem to not respond to emails, at least I've never got one back.

Overall this place is the best place to get bottles in Portland. They have a huge selection and usually get a lot of hard to find beers and limited editions. Usually there isn't a limit though if there is they post it ... usually. (1,922 characters)

Photo of SportsProphet
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I went here with my cousin from Ca. He is a beer judge and a friend of his recommended this place. I have never seen a selection like this in my life. He said he's only been to 1 or 2 places that was better...that's how this experience was. If you've never been here before, I highly suggest it. The service was amazing based on what my cousin knows about beer. They even opened the beers in the pub area adjacent to the bottle shop. It was Outstanding! (453 characters)

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yeah....awesome place but kind of Twp sides of the coin here. The growler fill side was off the charts awesome. They gave us tastes and talked to us about the GREAT selection. The bottle shop side whole it had an awesome selection, the guy working that side was kind of rude and seemed to be preoccupied. (304 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Belmont Station has a crazy selection of bottles. There are nice people behind the bar. I honestly expected them to be a little more surly - as usually happens with institutions. They had some fun things on draft and many local things. Their selection of bottles is outstanding, and they will walk around the store with you and point out special/local/new things. (363 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Belmont Station today while visiting Portland for Oregon Brewers Fest. I'm sure this will be a must-visit for me on future trips to Portland.

I really like the place. It's relatively small in area, but it's stuffed to the gills with great beer. Being from Washington, I liked the great selection of Oregon beers unavailable in my home state; plenty of saisons, wild ales and local IPAs, the trifecta of great bottle shops. There's also a fairly good selection of imports.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, as you might expect from a high-quality bottle shop. Prices are good, especially if you bring cash: there's a two-tier pricing system where each bottle has a cash price and a credit/debit price. So bring cash and all will be well! (757 characters)

Photo of elrogish
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Yeah, man, this place is great. Went to PDX yesterday to watch the USA destroy Belize in the Gold Cup, and made two trips to Belmont Station in less than 24 hours (and dropped about a hundred bucks). I live 2 hours away, so I always try to swing by there when I go to Portland.

Great selection, cool staff, chill atmosphere. You can get a beer from the bar and drink it while you shop. that's rad. I had my first sculpin on tap yesterday, while deciding over Fresh Squeezed or Ace of Spades. I went with Fresh squeezed for my homeboy koufax21.

Always a good visit when I get to go to Belmont.

Oh yeah, Bereandraiderfan, I got ya a Logsdon's Bretta! (651 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had about 8 hours in Portland the other day. I was without a vehicle. I said "drop me off at Belmont Station". They open at 10am. I had it all worked out, I was gonna walk down Belmont Street, hit up Horse Brass, then Cascade Barrel House.

They were getting a huge shipment of beer when I went in soon after the place opened. Cases everywhere. Employees were cool and helpful. They even held my beer while I walked all over town.

Large selection of stuff. I'll probably kick myself for not getting any Logsdon Saizon Bretta or Oak Aged Saizon Bretta, but whatever, I just can't spend that kind of money on a style I'm marginally into. Cans are all in one cooler. Most ipas are in the fridge, there's a few bombers that aren't. Tons of Abacus. Some local barrel aged stuff. The bar next door don't open until noon, which was kind of a bummer to sit and wait around for.

I have no idea how they decided to organize the place, I walked around many times, still seeing things I didn't in the first few circles around the store and aisles.

They charge you like the 2% amount they have to pay a card company, so bring cash if you wanna save a little bit of money.

Overall, I found the place to have a very good selection of beers, high quality, great service. I'm pretty much stopping in every time I'm on this side of Portland. Solid stuff without any attitude. (1,365 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

First place we stopped in town on our way to The Horse Brass. Friendly service from the bar side as we sampled a small glass of beer before shopping around. Nice tap list with a variety of Washington brews as part of Portland Craft Beer Week. Reasonable prices.

The store side was cram packed with beers. The selection here is seriously ridiculous. I could have spent hours in here searching all of the breweries/beers. Prices seemed fair. I would say about half of the beer here was in a cooler and the overall organization of the store was great. They even had some vintage bottles of things for sale.

My only complaint was on the store side service. The guy stood behind the counter the whole time and never asked us once if there was anything we needed help with. While it's nice to not be bothered, I believe an employee should ask everyone looking if they need help at least once. We were the only ones in the entire store.

Great place overall, just beware of the service on the store side. (999 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

aside from State Line in MD, this has to have the best bottle selection of any shop I've been in - they could easily go toe-to-toe....

bottle shop on the right/front, taproom in the back/left... kinda has an unfinished workshop feel, but it's very clean and comfortable

no kitchen but you can order food from a cart next door - Philly people - how ideal! sandwiches named after streets in South Philly, had the Passyunk (Baked Eggplant with Roasted Peppers & Fennel, Homemade Mozzarella & Pesto)... pretty dang good

enjoyed myself.... bartenders weren't busy but weren't necessarily chatty, paced around a lot, looking into the bottle shop portion (there was a tasting going on at the time...)... could be a different vibe each day....

too much sunlight was coming through the main front windows of the bottle shop - close to making contact with the first couple rows/shelves of bottles (I think the fridges were safe), the guy working the register let me keep some of the bottles I was buying on the counter while I shopped some more - problem was, he placed the bottles right in the path of a fat, warm sunbeam - what's up with that dude?! (I was later relieved to find out the windows are covered with a UV-blocking film) - to his credit, he did do his best walking me around the shop pointing out bottles I'd potentially dig as I was looking for non-hopped, herbed/alternatively-spiced beers, and they did have quite a few interesting selections...

if this joint and BeerMongers could have a lovechild, I'd marry the bastard (1,534 characters)

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bring Cash! They charge more for using your credit card.

This is a great bottle shop, even though it may seem small they have quite a lot of beer packed in the space. I think it's the quality of the beers that they carry that really elevates them though in my book. I often walk out of there with a considerable amount of beer, whereas some of the larger shops seem to have more junk filling their spaces. Sometimes they bring out cellared beers which is cool, although they seem to charge quite a bit more than other shops I've picked up cellared beer from. They have a nice glass assortment (for purchase), which for some reason isn't very common for bottle shops around here. Staff is pretty friendly.

The taproom is pretty small but usually has some great beers on the list. I've gone to a few events there when they break out some extra special beers (cellared and/or verticals).

A must for anyone looking for some great bottles. (937 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One note: bring cash. Prices are cheaper if you pay cash, probably about 40 cents per bottle. If you're buying an ass load of beer, keep this in mind

Jumper Jebus, this place is deceiving. A small corner store--with horrible parking--connected to a small cafe type area. It's a beer store. Beer. And lots of it.

Coolers on either side, maybe 6 or 7 doors per side. Aisles in between, maybe 4 of those. So, not all that big, but beer sits everywhere. Stacks, coolers, shelves, floor. Many small time Oregon brewery brews around here, which is nice, but thought there'd be more. Seems out of state brands have the best spots.

Dudes working there like beer and are helpful. Next door is the cafe, with beer...to drink. That's enough for me, but it goes a step further and offers some rarities and goodies.

Compared to the big stores in the Denver area, it doesn't really compare. Lots of warm beer laying around, and the place is fairly small. (948 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This review is for the bottle-shop, not the bar.

I just got back from an Oregon brewery road trip where I drove up from San Francisco and spent a couple days in Portland checking out the sights again and going to breweries I didn't go to last time I was there 3 years ago.

I decided to go to Belmont Station since I was driving so I didn't have to worry about shipping back home. I was not disappointed. It's a little place in a suburban neighborhood in Portland and I managed to get a spot on the street right in front considering I went on a friday afternoon about 2:30/3. You walk in and the coolers are lining the walls and the stuff not in coolers is in the middle. There is also a huge selection of glassware to the left when you walk in.

I cruised around a little bit spotting a good variety. I found some Southern Tier which I was really surprised by since I thought it didn't make its way this far west. I found some Great Divide and ended up buying some Oak and Chocolate Yeti's. Also to my delight I found the last 2 Dogfish Head WWS and snatched those up. They had a couple cases of Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary so I got one for my dad for fathers day. They had PtE and it was a 1 bottle limit per customer and according to the clerk they only get one shipment of it every six weeks. It didn't matter to me though since I live so close to the brewery in California.

All in all, it's a nice place that I would go back to next time I'm in Portland. The prices were reasonable and the help was efficient so I was pleased. Next time I'll check out the bar.

I forgot to mention about the payment options. They charge more per bottle if you pay with credit card versus if you pay with cash. I thought it's weird but I guess they are trying to get people to pay with cash since it's easier then doing the credit thing. I payed with cash so I wasn't affected by the higher prices. (1,894 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

rolled in here on a Sunday afternoon on a recent trip to PDX - Belmont station is split into 2 rooms - a killer bottleshop and a small taproom with 16 taps

My review will focus on the bottleshop as I wasnt in much shape for drinking during my visit.

Coolers line the exterior walls with lots of dry storage in between.

The selection of imports, primarily Belgians, seemed to be a bit more diverse than in Seattle. Other highlights of the selection that are not available in Seattle included Alesmith, Anchorage, Jolly Pumpkin and some of the smaller Oregon micros.

Prices were all fair and sometimes $1-$2 cheaper than I see locally in Seattle. A marginal discount is available if you pay cash.

Sweet place - will try to swing through at the conclusion of future portland weekends to ensure my beer stash remains at an excessive level (840 characters)

Photo of RMDuff
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Compact place with alot of quality! Much better selection than Beermongers, this weekend anyway. I'm from Kansas, was visiting a daughter, yet found cases of Boulevard Chocolate Ale here whereas in KS/MO it sells out in 1 week or less.

The help was friendly and knowledgable, he took the time to show me around and quickly found the North Coast Grand Cru I was looking for.Had some good Russian River finds like the sour, my one disappointment was they only had Stoic out of all the Deschutes Reserve stuff I had on my list. Maybe because I'm old, but I had no trouble getting a box from them to carry out my treasures.

It is in a suburban neighborhood, but I found on street parking easily within 2 blocks.Definitely a place to check out if you're visiting from out of town like I was. (788 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

My favorite place to buy single beers in bulk. Place is low key, looks small from outside but inside its beervana...place is crowded when theres 8+ peeps looking for beer. Cafe section is tiny, but big enough. Heard they bought more land so hopefully expansion compliments more seating room & spread the beer search.

Excellent beer selection. Staff is fairly friendly, but theres acouple douches. Always go in there & buy in bulk & go to the same guy for a faster search. Good prices.

Recently went to johns marketplace for comparison. Johns is spread out like Belmont Station should be. Johns way overstocked with skunky beer. Belmonts quality seperates everyone. Belmont Station is the best beer shop in Portland hands down.

A- (734 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Yeah this place is a real gem. If you're not from the area, I'd imagine a GPS is needed to find it, as it's right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, with no other shops really within a block or two. The shop isn't that huge, but somehow they manage to Tetris in an amazing selection of beers; many rarities abound. The biercafe next door keep a good selection on tap...obviously the owners know a lot about the beer scene, and make their choices appropriately. I interacted with much of the staff, and they ranged from surly/snobby to friendly/accommodating, so I suppose I'd say service is hit or miss. Can't really complain. Of course a lot of the beer is pricey, but the prices are reasonable if you look at them in a relative sense. Definitely a must-hit venue if you're in the area. (794 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in a suburban area of Portland it can be hard to spot as the outer look blends into the surrounding homes and buildings. With outdoor seating in the warmer months you can usually see people enjoying a beer out front.

Parking is a bit limited as they don't have dedicated parking but I never seem to have an issue parking around the corner. As you walking into the store you notice that it is very neat, well organized and great beer paraphanalia all around.

I noticed an adjacent room which is where the biercafe is located and you can get "jar" fills no growlers here of most of the beers on tap.

There is two sections the first is all the room temp beer with a great mix of local OR beers and of course Californian beers plus the usual suspects from Europe. In the fridge, you'll notice they have organized it by Local offerings then moves to offerings outside of Oregon.

The beers are nicely picked, if your from outside of OR this is a place to pick up a great mix of OR beers and if your from OR the offerings from out of state gives you a great variety to enjoy something new everytime you come in. I highly recommend!

Cheers,
Frank (1,151 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was told this was the place to go by others and they were right... a rather impressive selection. I started pulling bombers from shelves and coolers, leaving them in group so I could take up somehow together. Evidently this is a bad thing, as I seemed to get a surly remark when asking for a box to put them in... or it they have a maximum bottle policy for selling beers. Was happy to find bottles of beers of some of the smaller breweries I would not make it to, and stayed away from the imports. Spent between $100 to $200. I might go back again, but not if I learn of another couple places with complimentary selection with better service. (645 characters)

Photo of sqquuee
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was in portland on vacation this week and had been told by serverale websites that i should check it out. This was my first stop in portland.

The amount of beers was fairly overwhelming for such a small shop. They had beer to the ceiling. All styles and in many diffrent sizes. Many bottles in cold cases as well.

The service seemed to be a mixed bag. I asked if i could grab a box to start filling up and the guys sort of laugh at me and said we have baskets. The 400-500 dollers i was planning on spending on beer would not have fit in 1 hand basket.

But to save time i figured i would just not spend the money, as it seemed he was too busy stocking beer to be helpful.

The second guy working took the time out to offer sugestions and his favorites.

I ended up flling my basket full with my 1 case of beer and spent about a 100 bucks.

It is worth noting they had a cash discount.

We later sat at the cafe and the service seemed to be much better.

All in all a great little place minus the one service snafu. (1,020 characters)

Photo of matylight
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It seems that one of the commandments for the Portland beer lover is to stop into this place. While I can certainly recommend it and it's definitely worth seeking out, it doesn't quite live up to the hype for me.

I didn't have time to sit down at the bar for a beer from one of their several taps but the store is impressive indeed. The place is nothing fancy, several coolers and shelves housing the claimed 1000+ bottles. Certainly the selection is impressive and the prices are relatively fair for the Portland area. The only knock I can issue to the place is that the service was a bit lacking. We walked in without so much as a nod from the lady behind the counter and not once did she stop to ask us if we needed any help. Oh well. Still walked away with some cool stuff.

As my wife and I live in Corvallis (about 90 minutes away) it makes more sense for us to go to John's Market which holds nearly as many bottles and slightly better service. Once again, though, Belmont Station is certainly worth a stop and maybe one day I'll get a chance to sit down at the bar. (1,075 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

One of my favorite spots I visited in Portland this weekend. The outdoor area has a handful of wrought iron tables and chairs along the front side of the building.

The bar itself is way cozy and was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Chill music (jazz, folk, jamband tunes, classic rock) playing on the radio, great beer paraphernalia on the walls including a nicely racked tap handle collection, 16 tap beers flowing all with several pour size options (tasters, 25cl, pint, 1 liter), some food options although they felt limited, and a decent staff. You can drink bottles purchased from the bottle shop in the bar which is nice but they ask for a $1.50 corkage fee which isn't so nice.

Inside the bottle shop had a very nice selection of local and import bottles. Kind of lame that they charge about 10% more for each bottle purchased on a credit card vs. cash, especially considering the cash price wasn't even the best to begin with. It was cool that they had several racks of assorted brewery pint glasses for sale. (1,024 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Probably the third best bottle shop in PDX, but an impressive selection of a wide range of beer. They also have 16 or 17 rotating taps (I think 16 taps and one cask actually) which offer some pretty amazing beer. I once had RR Temptation, Supplication, and Consecration side by side by side =)

The glassware selection is the best in town by far. If you are looking for proper stemware then this is where you go. (Props for the massive Karmeleit man-chalice!)

The selection pales compared to John's Market, but the fact that they have the taps definitely puts them on a different level. (587 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been coming to Belmont Station for years, both visiting when I came back to Portland when I was living in San Diego, and still do now that I live here. It's not the closest beer shop to where I live, but it is one that combines great selection, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and reasonable prices.

As many other reviews have stated, the cafe is adjacent, and you can drink a beer while browsing for your beers. Have to love that. The taps at the biefcafe are usually somewhere between solid and stellar, often blending many styles and various pour sizes.

About half of the beers are in cool cases, and are grouped both regionally (for the international beers) and by style (in the domestics). Belmont Station also almost always gets the rarest of the rare beers being distributed to Portland, and will gladly check their distribution network for you, should you request a specific beer.

The staff will take requests, and look in the back for you should you ask if they were to have another case of a beer in the back. They also do cheaper pricing for paying by cash, which is both awesome (when you have cash) and occasionally frustrating (when you don't), but accept both cards and cash.

Overall, any trip to Portland would be incomplete without a stop at Belmont Station. Considering its proximity to the Horse Brass, there really is no excuse for not swinging by for a few pints if you're in Portland, regardless of whether you live 10 blocks, 10 miles, or 1000. (1,480 characters)

Photo of ROBPIII
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was the place I went when I was bored during my stay in Portland. ALWAYS killer beers on tap here, without a doubt a beer lover will find something they can enjoy. You can also buy a beer and have a barkeep crack it open for you to enjoy there. It can get pretty busy during events, I stopped by to pick up some Firestone Walker brews and it was a madhouse, also was during OBF so that made it that much more insane I'm sure. The selection is the best I've seen in my few years beer appreciation. (501 characters)

Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.