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Belmont Station

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Belmont StationBelmont Station

116 Reviews
Reviews: 116
Visits: 205
Avg: 4.49
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

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

Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Reviews: 116 | Visits: 205
Photo of isaac
4.85/5  rDev +8%

I love Belmont Station and, though I can get several of my favorite beers at the local specialty food store, I can't help myself from coming back to this small shop, time and time again. Whether it is their pretty extensive collection of American Micros and Belgians, the friendly and helpful staff, or just the pleasing, slightly air-conditioned place itself, Belmont Station is a must for people in Southeast Portland. As much as I've learned on this website, if not for this store, I would not have the practice to talk about beer and really feel like I'm learning.
Really, the ideal beer shop for me.

edit: the new store is amazing! i don't know if they've added to their selection, but with all the new, glass-door fridges it sure seems like it.
now, if only we could get some russian river up in portland...

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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

If you didn't know its neighbor next door had been there for some 30 years, you'd think this was one of those "chicken or the egg" kind of things. Did the kind beer store set up shop next to the killer pub or vice versa? Yes, the Horse Brass Pub located all the way through that door over there was here first, and they really compliment each other wonderfully. Had a great beer at the pub, I wonder if I can get that in a store, there you go...

It's really a great little beer store stocking a few hundred bottles. It's strangely deceptive in that the floor stock spread out across the floor units and wall mounted slelves is only one of each bottle, and then the staff grabs you what you need from coolers beyond your view. They hold a similar Belgian collection to that of that other beer store we visited in town just a few hours earlier, but less in American micros and world imports. Still, a very good selection of the regional goods from the Pacific states, and extending the long arm of far reaching micros. A small sign indicated that they were out Hoegaarden. "Oh no, whatever will I do?" remarked Phil mockingly alarmed. Ofttimes, he's a little smartass.

The rest of the store holds English goods and provisions. Biscuits & shortbread, dry food mixes, puddings, jams, preserves, teas, toffees, mustards, marmalades, sweets & confections; all the cool cadbury candies we can't get here. Jon was all silly over some version of the Kit Kat bar you can't get here in the states. They also sell hats, shirts, glasses and most important just now, mugs & tokens for the Oregon Beer Festival. Service is up to snuff and really has to be so, because they do all the running to get you your beer. Good store, nicely marked by the London Underground style sign out front.

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Photo of Skidz
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Well holy crap. I call up the Rogue public house to check their hours and as for a good beer store in town. I'm directed here, assured that I will find just about anything I want. Damn right.

This place reminds me of a small gift shop, which isn't too far off I suppose. Probably about 7-10 rows of local micros and import singles line the back wall as you walk in. Two Jeroboams sit on the end of the counter, St. Feuillian Triple and something else...high double digits. Keep walking. Ciders to your left on the center island and meads across on the other side.

Now on to business. You've got all your local CA breweries (well not all, but a lot of them) on the left along with a good variety of other micros. Down to the right there is an amazing selection of imported beers, lots of Belgians.

Pick out which ones you want and try and remember all of them as you list them off the the guy at the counter who then travels into the back and snags them out of the cooler. Quick and efficient? Not so much, but cheers to almost guaranteed quality.

I'd most definatley stop by again if I ever (hopefully I do) make it back to Portland again. Did overhear that this place will be picking up and moving to a different location with some on-premise features. That could not hut.

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Photo of Toddv29424
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Visiting my cousin in Portland and he knew I was a fan of beer, so I was directed here. At first glance it looks small, with a strange assortment of international foods on the wall and bottles in the corner, but upon closer inspection I found one of the best selections I've found in the US. There is a big concentration of West Coast breweries, but also an amazing selection of hard-to-find (Des Rocs Imperial Tripel) and discontinued (St Feuillien Tripel) Belgian beers. The service is terrific as well. The owner takes you around and tells you how its organized, but this is easy to do on your own as its only single bottles on the floor (the rest is kept in the back) with prices clearly marked. He is great at giving suggestions too. What a great place!

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Photo of Iguana
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Decided to make a trek to this place the other day, its about an hour and a half drive from where I am. After getting lost twice and calling them and asking for directions, I finally arrived. They have a nice list going on their website for what all they have although I do wish it was kept a little more up to date, a couple of the ones that had caught my eye were out of stock. I really liked their system of write down what you want on a pad of paper and when your ready they fetch it all for ya. They had a really nice selection of imported beers, and micro's that arent available closer to home. The guy working there was quite helpful with some suggestions on what to try. Overall I found them to be a great store, not necessarily worth making a long trip for, but if your in the area, it really is worth the stop for the selection.

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Photo of Crotor
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Belmont Station presented a damned fine if somewhat West-Coast-centric selection. The set-up was rather intelligent for a small space - one beer of each type in stock out on the shelf with a price tag, with the bulk in the back (in refridgeration) where the helpful and knowledgable clerk would fetch what you wanted. Decent prices too. My only complaint would be that it's a bit weak on the Belgian side of things, but the bottles of 2001 Rogue RIS will silence me pretty quickly...

Note: ultra-convenient location for beer tourism - right next to the Horse Brass...

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Photo of NVbeer
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Stopped by this bottle shop after attending the Holiday Ale Festival this past weekend. It has one of the best selections of regional, national and import beers that I have ever seen. Picked up way to much for the trip home, including a number of Barleywines and other winter warmers.The staff was extremely helpful and quickly put our selection together. I was very pleased to see all the beers are kept refridgerated and protected from light. If anyone is ever in Portland, they must add this to their list of places to go.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Ahhh, I got to pick up all the fun stuff I can't get on the East Coast. Moose Drool, Terminal Gravity IPA (yes, now by the sixpack,) Black Butte Porter, even a Governator, just for fun (I'll only drink it if he becomes President.) Impressive selection of other stuff too, lots of Belgians, British, domestics. Pricing was fair, a bit on the high side I thought for Portland but then again I guess I'm spoiled with distributor prices back home. Service was great, the setup (you pick off the shelf, they make a list and then bring it out) definitely works to their advantage, as you can rack up a trunkfull without realizing it. Lots of gifts, glassware, bar towels and snacks as well, overall a really cool place. Plus it doesn't hurt to be next to my favorite pub in Portland.

Note: Too bad I didn't have room in my suitcase for that 1.5 of Leviathan. Damn.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

A beautiful bottle shop attached to the Horse Brass pub.

Most everything is offered by the single, so expect to pay more if you're looking to pick up by the six or 12. But why would you: oodles of PacNW and left-coast brews, most notably Bear Republic, Moylan's, Bridgeport, Full Sail, Rogue, Lagunitas, and tons o' English brew. It makes sense; the decor is decidedly anglo.

There are plenty of gems to be found as well, it was the first time i'd ever seen any Victory beers, and there was a good selection of DFH as well. The prices are relatively decent, but there are always alot of good specials to be had.

The guy working the counter was from my homestate and had a great demeanor and knowledge of his products. A winner.

Oh yeah, and the English swag was great too - tons of foodstuffs i've never seen this side of London.

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Photo of damjadi
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I always make a stop at Belmont Station and Horse Brass when I am in Portland, and never have been disappointed. Yes, John's Market has more beers, but the storage of beers in the back cooler insures freshness. Also the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
I recently noticed that some of the beer is of the collectable/archiveable variety. Fish brewing Leviathan and Poseidan (in 1.5L) were from 2002 (not made in 2003). Some of the belgians are also older (read better and more balanced).
To quote the Beastie Boys, this is one place you need to "Ch-check it out."

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

A cool hole in the wall kind of place on Belmont, next to a good pub. Nice selection of beer! Not nearly good as John's Marketplace in Multnomah Village, but still pretty good. They focus on the more popular beers (popular with domestic/imported beer lovers- not swill drinkers) instead of having everything. Fun selection of British candy. Certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of freed
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Really a nice place in an excellent location. Plus, my wife didn't get bored while I was looking because there was plenty of other things to look at, including candy.

The beer lined wall was quite impressive. Many I hadn't seen anywhere else. Also, a nice collection of glassware and other paraphernalia. The atmosphere is quite pleasant, and somewhat authentic. Some generic brit-pop was on the system to top it off. Only bought 1 bottle, but also some caramel, short bread, and postcards.

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Photo of weefisheads
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

What a brilliant idea - put a beer store right next door to a fantastic bar! Do these guys know what they're doing or what!!

I love going to this store because there's nothing in here to offend a beer drinker with refined tastes - ie., no Bud, Coors, or any Macro for that matter. The store is not terribly large, but it's entirely dedicated to mirco beers, an outstanding selection of English and other imported beers, and all sorts of beer paraphernalia.

I didn't rate the selection a five because first, it's Oregon, and nowhere in this state can you find a good selection of anything from the East, and second, there are a few other stores with a few more choices. However, the strength of this store are the folks who work there and know loads about the stuff they sell. The small and somewhat cozy size means that you always get very personal service, and it's always a treat to talk with folks who want to chat about beer.

Overall, a great store.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
5/5  rDev +11.4%

A beer lover's dream - wonderful selection of beer, one of the best. After moving from Portland, OR to Portland, ME, I was in need of a NW beer infusion. The people at Belmont Station worked with me and I recieved four cases of NW Christmas beer in early December - I'm still holding some for next (this) year.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Not a bad place to get some great beer on the East side of town here in Portland. Although, I do wish they had a way of having the customers write down their request. Perhaps a simple note pad could to the trick, especially if you're planning on purchasing several different styles of beer.

Update 10-05-2002: Well, I still wished they had a piece of paper lying around so they don't forget what you requested. They missed my Bigfoot Barleywine today. They also double dinged me for the beer deposite.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev -2%

I have mail ordered beer from here once. The beer did not get delivered to my door. Rather, I had to drive to a shipping company and pick it up. I ordered 3 Alaskan brands and 1 Rogue. The beer was fresh and very good. The delivery was fast. Shipping was costly. One thing I don't like about this delivery store is that you can't buy singles. You have to buy cases.

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Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.