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Belmont Station

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183 Ratings
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Photo of cbarrett4
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ROBPIII
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been to Portland only once, but from what I have heard this is THE place to buy beer in Portland. It sure seems that way - I went completely bugflip and spent more than $140 stocking up on brewskis to bring back to Atlanta, including extras to trade or share. Their beer selection is first-rate, and their service is outstanding. The fellows there were very happy to point me towards the best beers from Oregon, and help me load up my little ol' Ford Focus with enough beer to get Godzilla making Virginia fence. This is a must whether you live in Portland, or pay a visit there!

Photo of Clembo1957
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I visited Belmont Station & The Bier Cafe during the Puckerfest in July 2011 when the Biercafe was apparently extremely busy, however to avoid the crowds we paid a visit during lunchtime when only a few customers were in the bar. Looking around the adjoining Belmont Station store we were overwhelmed by the selection and variety of beers on offer, if i lived in the Portland area Belmont station would be my number one stop off for Bottled beers. The girlfriend was so impressed by the selection she took a photo with her phone.

After a brose around the store we moved into the Biercafe which as mentioned was fairly quiet before the Puckerfest was due to begin. An interesting selection of beers on tap including many sourbeers for the Puckerfest. Staff were welcoming and knew what they were doing.

Belmont Station is certainly worth a visit for the bottled selection and while there it's definitely worth a drink in the Biercafe as well.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Picture a small coffee shop loaded with wall hangings of different worldwide breweries, half a wall filled with old tap handle trophies of very notable beers, and tons of different bottles and cans of beer.

Quality: Beer quality here was top notch.

Service: Good, but the format is more of a serve yourself cafe.

Selection: Unbelievable. One can ask for one of more than 1000 beers on the store side, and have it opened up to drink on the cafe side.

Food: Didn't try the food

Value: Inexpensive considering the selection and quality of beers in the store and on tap at the establishment.

Photo of hoserking
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Belmont is great. I ended up here twice while in Portland.
The selection of bottled beers is fantastic, leaving you wanting nothing and with too many options... (in a good way).

The second go around I came simply for a pint. The selection was decent, two HUB beers and a few other locals, along with two Stone beers. I ended up having Great Divide's Rumble which was fantastic. I am not sure what i was expecting in terms of selection, but it felt a little sparse. I think that had a lot to do with them not really having all that many taps. 15 for a place like this, isn't really worth complaining about; i think my issue was, having just been at HUB for dinner, I didn't really want more hub beers, and having two or three take up taps felt a little disappointing, but nothing really to complain about.

Definitely recommended.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On a recent trip up to Oregon in which my Wife, brother and I traveled to few different Breweries and beer stores this place was a must stop. There slogan is 1201 different beers and I must say they did not disappoint. The store was clean and the beers were set according to style which made shopping really easy. The gentle man that worked there was very helpful and knowledgeable as my brother and I talked to him for a good 30 minutes before even going on our shopping spree. As for value I dont remember now how many beers I purchased but it was around 24 to 28 and I walked out only spending $100. As for the biercafe it was a darkly lit atmosphere and at the time they had ten beers on tap all pretty hard to come by and even one from a brewery that had just closed down. Overall if I lived in Portland I would probably be at this place every single night with a different beer in hand. This place is a must if you are in Portland or just love beer. A++

Photo of bentreen
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I didn't get a chance to visit Belmont station, but thanks to the BA directory, I was able to tell my parents where to find good beer in Portland to bring home to Vancouver, BC. (such a good kid, huh?). They have about 1200 beers at any given time and, according to my Dad, they have everything grouped by region with a big Oregon section (understandably). My Dad picked up Supplication, Sanctification, and Damnation from Russian River, as well as Sublimely Self-Righteous from Stone Brewing for me. I'm not sure how big of a deal this is to folks in the U.S. but it's a big deal to me as I can't get any of these beers in BC. Pretty stoked to try these....

Photo of timtim
4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

what a gem of a beer store!!! stopped by on the way from hood river to newport, and wow, i am glad i did. the best of the best are on the shelves here, with very little i wasn't interested in. stellar selection. very good local presence. picked up a ton of Upright and Russian River as well as some Fantome and Boon products. a beer geek's dream store. staff was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful and truthful. a little bar with about ten taps featuring mostly local beer attached to the store that you can order from while shopping and talking to the staff. didn't try the food, but it looked like the cheese and cured meats were proper (and i'm sure they were considering the quality of everything else there). kind of a local corner store/deli vibe. very unassuming/humble for what it was and everything was priced fairly. my required stop from now on in Portland!!!

Photo of Dunkelhund
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

What I love about Belmont Station is the convenience of selection and the sortable updated listings on their website. I love being able to quickly pull up a list of their inventory to know if a beer I'm looking for may be there. I just recently purchased some great beers from Flying Dog (Gonzo Imp. Porter, Raging Bitch Belgian IPA), Southern Tier (Creme Brulee Stout), and Heather Ale (Kelpie Seaweed Ale).

I have found something new and delicious on tap each time I've visited the biercafe and having so many options to choose from right in the next room is wonderful. I anticipate each visit with swelling eagerness not unlike, well, the eagerness with which I anticipate other highly enjoyable activities.

I've eaten each time I've been in the biercafe and I wouldn't say my selections matched the quality of what can be obtained elsewhere, but the tasties are good with what goes in the glass. I don't go out of my way for snacks, though, unless it's to Voodoo Doughnut... I go out of my way for an awesome beer selection. Belmont has got it. I like the people there and the feeling of being in a place that speaks to one of my favorite interests.

I've got great places near me to go for good beer drinking and/or grabbing something to go... but this place gives me 1000+ reasons to keep coming back. And while the pricing is slightly higher than some (bring cash or don't fret it, just buy it anyway) You won't get this kind of availability anywhere else I can think of.

Absolutely recommended, but I'm only stating the obvious here.

Photo of cbros
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of DaveHS
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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
-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!

Photo of vkv822
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of 100floods
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of PurpleCloud
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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!

Photo of spointon
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of squaremile
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of portlandjeff
4.7/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Belmont Station in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.