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Belmont Station

Not Rated.
Belmont StationBelmont Station
BA SCORE
100
world-class

172 Ratings
Ratings: 172
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.51%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 1,310
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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:
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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Photo of cbros
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%

Taken from notes, visited on 11/26. I was lucky enough to have madhombrewer be my guide this last Portland visit and this was the first place he took me. All I can say is WOW, I am totally and completely jealous at every Portland beer geek because they have this place to visit and buy beer. There is nothing that I can add that hasn't already been said but I can continue to talk about how amazing this place was. Everything from the selection of great beers to the nice and knowledgable people who were working that night. Ben took me into the bootle shop first to peruse the vast selection of great beers. I was very impressed with not only the Oregon selection but the stuff that was available both domestically and internationally. It was so vast that I had to walk through three times before I felt comfortable that I saw everything. Then we headed through the door to the bar room. The tap selection was broard (both with breweries and beer styles). We made our beer selection and took a seat; the place was quite and understated. I was able to have a normal speaking level conversation with my friends. We didn't stay too long because there were other places to visit but I am definately making this place a must go everytime I go back to Portland.

cbros, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of MagyarPuska
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%

I went here to get my fix of Russian River, Cascade sours, and a few other beers. Pliny the Elder was the big fish that I wanted to reel in, but it seemed that I was late by about a week and a half. The lady behind the counter explained to me where a little place off the beaten track was that didn't always sell out of it quickly. She informed us to keep the place hush-hush because she only likes to recommend it to people for Pliny when they are out and they are from out of town. The other place was of no competition to them, she was just keeping them quiet for people like me who come in from out of town looking for it. They did, however, have an incredible selection of beers I couldn't find anywhere else. I ended up walking out with a ton of beer and a hole in my pocket though, since this place isn't on the cheap side of things. Nothing too over the top, but a tad pricey. Most of what I saw in the center of the store were craft brews, then imports were either in the cooler or towards the back. Not being from the West Coast I hadn't heard of many of the breweries they had to offer, leaving me humbled. This will be my go-to place every time I go to Portland for sure.

MagyarPuska, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of CaptainTripps
4.53/5  rDev 0%

Just visited this place not to long ago for my first time. As I walked into the place it was all I that I had thought it would be; Heaven. Shelves upon shelves of beer. As a fairly new newcomer to the beer world, this place had more beer then I could handle. I spent hours just looking before I even picked up a basket to start selecting some brews to buy. Wasn't able to enjoy a pint in the Biercafe but I'm sure i would have enjoyed it as well. My only complaint was the the staff that current day. While they were busy with a shipment of beer being delivered at the time I was there, the staff seemed to be a little short with me, even after they were done with the delivery. But it I'm not to worried about it. Great bottle shop to check out if you haven't. I'm sure I will be in their several times a month.

CaptainTripps, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%

Although the bar is a bit small and often overcrowded, I like the all wood construction, the decor consisting of beer memorabilia, and the dark, but not too dark atmosphere. It's a very comfortable place to have a beer when it's not too crowded. The selection is as good as everybody says-not the best in town, but darn close. Bonus points for usually having something on cask. The only blemish to this otherwise great place is the service. Even once I had been coming around enough for the servers to recognize me, they were still quite rude and unfriendly. Expect long waits to get a beer or to cash out, even when there are no crowds. The taplist and proximity always draw me back here eventually, but I have tried to stop going here on more than one occasion due to the service.

eatabagofbooger, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.8/5  rDev +6%

This was my third visit to Belmont. I always make a pilgrimage when I come up to Portland.

When you walk in the door the amount of beer on display is simply staggering. Coming from San Francisco to here, it quickly becomes apparent which city has the superior access to craft beer. Portland gets stuff we would kill for in SF, and it's on the shelves at Belmont next to regular everyday stuff, like it's no big deal!

I saw:

-Pannepot 2006
-Struise Earthmonk
-Saison-Brett
-Raison D'Extra
-vintage bottles of Samichlaus/DFH/Hair of the Dog stuff going back a couple years in some cases

I could go on. The point is, this place is epic. They also have a bar where you can enjoy draught beer and bottles, but I was buying stuff to go, so I didn't try it.

They charge less if you pay with cash, so make sure you bring some!

DaveHS, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.44/5  rDev -2%

This is my go-to bottle shop as it has one of the best selections in Portland, as well as a friendly staff that is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions.

I really like the idea of the cafe-bar/bottle shop combo, though I have yet to truly enjoy the bar half, or the food options. Though the food that is offered seems to primarily be light lunch fare good for enjoying as a side to a beer.

It has a very easy going and laid back atmosphere. It definitely gives of the vibe of being a place to get a pint and just kick back and relax.

vkv822, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.44/5  rDev -2%

Love the combination of bar and bottle shop. Only real negative was the restricted hours for the cafe/bar side only, which was a real pain. Yes the place is open earlier in the day, but only for bottles to go. Given the location near Horsebrass this is an easy and requisite stop when making one's way out here on that damn bus.

The staff was very polite and helpful with my selections. I appreciated the suggested glassware options for sale as well, and it's not often that I find a bottle shop that has a decent selection of glassware.

Prices weren't too bad, especially for Portland area, but seemed a wee bit high for what I pay in PHoenix. I did not eat anything on my visit, so I can't comment or provide a score for that.

yemenmocha, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Visited Belmont a few times during our four day visit to Portland last week. Feels a bit more like a cafe than a bar, which makes sense, I guess, given its name. Six-to-eight seat bar and several tables inside and outside. You're free to roam the connected bottle shop while drinking your beer. Very high quality and selection. Our visit coincided with Puckerfest, so plenty of sour beers on tap, including New Belgium Tart Lychee, Double Mountain Kriek, 2 vintages of RR Consecration, 2008 Dissident, etc. During the Cascade event we attended, they had three of the rarer Cascade sours, including the Manhattan Transfer, a blended sour made just for the event (delicious, btw). As a bonus, you can crack a bottle from the bottle shop for a minimal corkage fee. Service was ok, neither great nor bad. I appreciate the self-service water canister opposite the bar. Didn't try any of the food on our visits. Prices were pretty good, especially when coming from the Bay Area. Small and large pours available for most beers, which is also really nice to try more things. Overall, a great place and the beer highlight of our trip to Portland.

WeisGuy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of 100floods
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

This place is rad. The place is split into a liquor store and a brewpub on the other side. Amazing selection of beers that I have only read about. I was suprised to see how much California beer was there, not much, but there was it's share. There's definitely a sense of local pride throughout the state, lots of local beers, even some stuff from Rogue I would never get back home in SF. HUGE probs for their mead selections. They got it all. Next door was the bar. A lot of northwestern slecections. I got the Truffle Shuffle Stout. Huge points for have beers be offered in pints or half pints (they even advertised it and asked what side you'd like). The atmosphere of the bar reminded me more of a cafe. It's a good place, in a quiet neighborhood, to sit down and enjoy a beer or two and not have to compete with a roudy crowd.

100floods, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of PurpleCloud
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%

Stopped by the Belmont Station on 4/13/2010 on a work trip to Portland. It was recommended to me by wisrarebeer; a wise sage in all things beer!

Belmont Station was a cozy bar and beer shop in the middle of a really great neighborhood. The staff was very friendly but not pushy. They were happy to help those customers who needed a hand (in fact, I heard a guy ask which bottled water to buy! The clerk politely gave his opinion!).

Small bar with a couple of small tables. A few tables out in front on the busy Stark St. The selection of beer was great, especially of the local Oregonian beers.

All in all, if you're ever in Portland, this is a great side trip! Take a walk around the neighborhood and admire the unique cottage houses and excellent gardens. When you get thirsty, make a stop at Belmont Station for some exceptional brews!

PurpleCloud, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%

I visited Belmont Station beer store and Biercafe while in Portland on 3/24/2010.

As a biercafe this place is certainly improved by the fact that it is attached to the Bellmont Station bottle shop and they will allow you to buy anything in the store and drink it in the biercafe for a modest fee of $1.50!

The neighborhood is cool and cozy. It actually feels like a neighborhood where people might stroll down the block to enjoy a great beer at Bellmont Station.

The cafe itself is a pretty tiny place, with a small bar and about a dozen 2-4 person tables. There were also 3-4 tables on the sidewalk out front but they were already taken when we got there. The crowd was a mix of ages from 20s to 50s during my visit (early evening on a Wednesday). Lots of craft tap handles and cool tin signs adorned the walls. Service in the cafe was friendly and I got the impression the servers wanted us to have a good time there. Service in the beer store was incredible, with one of the workers helping us find everything and even making some really quality suggestions.

The tap beer list was not huge, but it had some real gems from the Northwest and also from across the country. Lots of one-off beers and a rare cask ale or two. I'd say about 15 taps all together. But of course 1,000 bottles next door ready to be cracked open helps if you can't find anything you like.

Prices were very reasonable, and they even offered different sized glasses at different prices.

The bottle shop side of this operation was small but well organized and had a ton of great beer at very fair prices.

All in all this is an outstanding little place and one I would kill to have down the street from my house. Pretty much the definition of a beer destination in my opinion.

spointon, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Besides being the best bottle shop in town, the beircafe is one of my regular spots. First, they are probably the best in town at keeping their taplist updated online. For someone who seeks out special beers, this is essential.

The services can be hit or miss depending on who you get, but if Wade or Paul are working you are getting world class knowledge and service.

MY only real complaint is some of the restrictions on beer to go. I would love to be able to walk in here with any size bottle and have them fill it. Why they don't do this is a bit of a mystery to me.

Great place, a Portland staple.

squaremile, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of portlandjeff
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

I go to Belmont Station more than any other place in town, and with good reason. The selection of bottles is fantastic, the cafe has a great selection of harder to find and sought after beers on tap, and the staff is always really friendly and knowledgeable.

Add to that the frequent events like the "meet the brewer"s, and themed weeks like the puckerfest sour beer festival, and you've got a world class beer destination.

Lucky for me, but not my wallet (although their prices are really good - I just have poor self control!), it's also on my way home from work each day. It's a pretty solid commute!

portlandjeff, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%

Belmont Station is my kind of beer destination. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Portland on Stark Street. There is street parking and a small lot but a walk may be in order given how busy this place seems to be even on weekday evenings.

Upon entering the store after passing the "1000 beers" sign it is almost sensory overload. The bottle shop is lined with coolers and has shelves in the middle. In addition there is a small section devoted to glassware and accessories. In an adjacent room there is a small bar/tap room with seating.

The beer selection in the store is outstanding. The shelves/coolers are somewhat divided by region/country, with the Oregon stuff being in the first cooler. Pretty much any crafy brewery you can think of is represented, but just a few are Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel, Deschutes, Rogue, Roots, and Hair of the Dog from Oregon. Other US microbrews like Stone, Alesmith, Lost Coast, and on and on are available. In addition, imports from Belgium, Germany, Russia etc are represented. Another bonus on our visit was a tasting table set up by Old Lompoc with samples.

In the tap room is a great array of beer from the likes of Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel and others. The atmosphere in the tap room is darker and more conducive to relaxing with a pint. Also an incredible array of tap handles second only to Falling Rock in Denver.

Service on both sides of the store is excellent.

We did not try any food on our visit.

Overall I really cannot find much I would change about this place. It is an absolute must-visit on a Portland visit.

Dogbrick, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%

I'll be honest. I didn't like this place when I first start going there, but it began to grow on me over time.

It was the atmosphere that bothered me the most. Now, that has been remedied with a sweet wall of tap handles and some other decorative additions. I only wish it was a bit bigger inside.

The beer selections are always top notch and the special event selections are amazing.

Being able to have such a huge selection of bottles next door to try is an exceptional addition if the tap list isn't calling your name.

djbreezy, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
4.44/5  rDev -2%

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.

snaotheus, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
4.8/5  rDev +6%

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.

PDXHops, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

Reagan1984, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of wolffman17
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

wolffman17, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

mjl21, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of chwilliams
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

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 :)

chwilliams, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of kt620498
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

kt620498, Jul 26, 2009
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.