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4.44/5 rDev -1.6%
We were only here to shop -- one of our stops while we were touring Portland beer places.
The selection is very good (not unbeatable, but very hard to beat), the prices are reasonable. I can't really tell you anything about their service, since all I needed was for them to ring me up, but they did fine at that. Store was in good order, it was easy to find things. Nice bright location. Good place -- will go back if/when I'm in town with the time to stop. Next time I'll bring a shopping list, though.
02-02-2010 15:20:11 | More by snaotheus
4.16/5 rDev -7.8%
need to go back another time. they had the cascadian dark ale festival going on their taps. we arrived towards the end of the week of cdas, the potential new style for the black ipa. dear god, i hope it works, its so logical. 15 or so "black ipas" from all over the pac-nw, breweries big and small. and who could not love walking man's big black homo? what a tasty beer. the bartender was really nice except she told us to go to upright which was worth going if only for the disappointment since the guys there had all worked at belmont station. oh yeah, it's also a bottle shop. i was hoping for a little more selection in the bottle shop but it was still very nice. i don't know how it compares to other bottle shops in portland but, i don't know, i guess i was just expecting bigger. very cool people, got some cool beers i can't get up in wash. walked back to our friend's spot in the rain with a collapsing 24 pack box after getting thai food right a couple blocks west (awesome place). just before the box broke, we found a stray qfc shopping cart, 10 blocks from any qfc. good god what luck! everyone was safe and happy.
01-30-2010 01:36:37 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Every BA visiting Portland definitely needs to put this place on their agenda. The selection in the store is incredible, and the staff is exceedingly knowledgeable and always in the mood to talk about beer- recommendations, comparing notes, upcoming releases, you name it.
You can enjoy a bottle on premises (the store and bar are under one roof, and you can walk back and forth), but don't forget to check out what's on tap, as they usually have a great draft selection. Lots of souvenirs and regular 'meet the brewer' events are the icing on the cake. Food is nothing to get excited about, but is hardly the draw here.
11-19-2009 20:49:50 | More by PDXHops
4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
I paid my second visit to Belmont Station yesterday and remain completely impressed with this location. A small corner grocery type store just filled to the brim with awesome craft beer. The help was fantastic and basically acted as my personal shopper. In fact, I really had two of the employee's attention the entire time I was in the store.
Among the most impressive local bomber selection I've ever seen. Limiting myself to 12 bottles was a chore and I wish I could ship multiple boxes home.
Prices are somewhat reasonable and they offer a discount for cash. This is a mandatory stop for any craft beer geek going to Portland. Just plan on shipping a box home and embrace it.
One of my favorite stores ever.
11-11-2009 15:44:24 | More by Reagan1984
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
Belmont Station - one of many "can't miss" sites in Portland. Good vibe...comfortable and laid back. I don't know of many places where you can order something on draft and then peruse a bottleshop...very unique.
No service complaints here. Drinker friendly place...I like how you can order different sizes of draft.
Quality and selection is outstanding, especially considering the fact that you have the huge number of bottles to choose from. There's not a ton of taps, but quality over quantity easily prevails. Enjoyed Cascade Gose and Oakshire Glen's Hop Vice this time around.
Beer geeks rejoice...this is your place.
11-01-2009 21:26:00 | More by wolffman17
4.64/5 rDev +2.9%
Another stop on my just completed PDX beer tour. This is a must stop for anyone coming to Portland. This place is like City Beer Store in SF if it were greatly expanded. The building is divided into the cafe area and the store. We we pressed on time and didn't have a chance to try anything on tap or the food.
The retail side is like a candy store for BAs. They have multiple coolers loaded with every imaginable beer. There are shelves in the middle portion of the store are lined with beers and beer boxes are scattered throughout the store. They sell lots of individual beers along with 22's and sixers.
They do a good job of updating what bottles are available on their website and I found it best to do a little planning. I focused on local PacNW beers and I was able to get beers from Midnight Sun; HUB; Hales; Alameda Brewhouse; Lompoc; Oakshire; Heater Allen and Silver Moon. I am sure I passed over a ton of good stuff. I also saw plenty of RR (PTE is tough to get), Deschutes, Southern Tier, and a lot of Euros.
The service was really good. I had one of the guys behind the counter help me find the 5 MS beers and also took his advice on a few different bottles.
The prices were reasonable. Most bombers were around $5, although a lot of the MS beers were closer to $10.
This is the best craft beer store that I have visited. Truly a must stop for any BA. Next time I return I plan on spending some time at the Cafe.
10-20-2009 23:50:45 | More by mjl21
4.88/5 rDev +8.2%
I drive an hour to get to Belmont Station because there is no reason to buy beer anywhere else. They've got the spread, from rare Belgians, the latest from Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, a selection of Russian River, and stuff from all over Oregon, including rarities and seasonals. Top that off with folks who use UV-inhibiting glass on their coolers to keep the beer fresh and you've got a winner.
The only thing I don't buy there is Deschutes because i just drive an hour or two the other way to visit them in Bend :)
09-27-2009 21:24:08 | More by chwilliams
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
Stopped in here to grab lunch, some pints, and bottles while in Portland. Perused the beer store first, great selection, good prices, tons of stuff I picked up I wasn't even looking for. Whole store is pretty small, bar area is nice, long bar against the wall, about 15-10 taps, all quality. Friendly service, and great prices. Had some rare Firestone Walkers, and a great deli sandwich all for pretty cheap in my books. Wasn't very busy while we were there, only a few patrons at the bar. All in all a great little place, a must for anyone living in Portland or visiting. Definitely need to stop in again.
08-27-2009 18:04:39 | More by Viggo
4.31/5 rDev -4.4%
Well I'm really surprised that this isn't listed as a beer store, but I guess I get it. You can get a pint and a bite too, so OK. Let's start with that. Decent tap selection to say the least. On the other hand, Portland is not short on bars that have a killer line-up. And with the Horse Brass so close, I doubt I'd stop here for a pint unless I was buying beer. It's kind of basic deli-looking, and it doesn't really have a bar atmosphere - it's a tasting room (although I should note that I've only been in during the day).
Onward to the other side of the place, the one with the many coolers and shelves full beer!!! They've got a very decent selection of local brews, and general area brews, but so does everyone else (Whole Foods, Fred Meyer's, etc.) in the area. Where they excel are the imports. Unless you're heading to John's, you probably won't find this kind of stuff anywhere else.
That leaves us with service and value. The service is extremely knowledgeable, and right-out-there helpful. I personally don't need to be sold on anything, or need any help with selections, but I was given plenty of unsolicited suggestions that might have been helpful if I wasn't so "in the know". And that service was based on simply eyeballing what I'd looked at and picked-up, which is, in my opinion, about the best you can do as far as service goes - so kudos for that!
As to price, I thought the beers at the Cafe were totally in-line, and even less than I'd paid elsewhere; but the bottled beers were a touch higher than the chains - keep in mind, that only applies to the local beers, because the chains don't have a lot of specialty imports.
So, overall, I'd recommend a trip to check it out, either before or after you've stopped in at the Horse Brass.
07-30-2009 01:59:33 | More by NeroFiddled
4.78/5 rDev +6%
On our recent vacation to Portland we were able to stop here twice. The first was after a few rounds and dinner from the nearby Horse Brass Pub, and the second time was to pick up a few bombers before the trip ended. On our first trip there we walked in right at a tasting, which was very convenient to say the least; but aside from that Pliny the Elder and Grandsun of Spot were on tap, so I was more than happy to have a pint of both. The beer selection on tap is very good, to say the least; but the bottle selection was my highlight for this location. Honestly there were too many to choose from, and too many to take time and look at. Being in the shop and watching the employees work, you could just see it on their faces that they loved their jobs, which I feel helps describe the overall atmosphere of this place. The service from all the employees really went along way in my book. If you're in Portland make sure you stop here.
Side note: The cashier working at the time could see that I was having a tough time making my decision, so she took the time to ask me some questions about what I was looking for, and made some great suggestions as to which bottles to get.
07-26-2009 02:59:13 | More by kt620498
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.