Taps: 24 / Bottles: 1,310
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 110 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had heard many things about this place so my first oppurtunity to head to the Portland area I had to get there. It is located in a fairly easy place not far off I-84. The place had a good street look. Walking was a pleasure. Everything was well kept and organized. The selection was the best I have seen to date. It was all about beer. I enjoyed overhearing many conversations people that knew a lot about beer and those trying to figure it out. The staff was very information and enjoyable to talk to. Although I did not have the time, I was informed that you could get a single walk next door try it and buy more if you were so inclined. They also had a good selection of glassware and clothing. I recommend stopping by this place.
12-08-2008 01:23:16 | More by tbeck
4.33/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Definitely my favorite place to shop for beer in Portland. If it's your first time visiting, ask for some help in finding beer or getting suggestions. The staff doesn't go out of their way to approach you, but if you ask, they will do their jobs.
Otherwise, I don't find the prices to be unreasonable. Not as inexpensive as a place like New Seasons or Whole Foods, but considering the difference in selection, it's a trade I can willingly make.
The smartest thing to do here is to go to their website, and the beer blog in particular, if you're looking for any new releases. Or, if you're in the area and want to visit regularly, absolutely sign up for their newsletter. You'll get all the heads up on special releases like the Deschutes Reserve Series.
12-05-2008 16:17:55 | More by writerLJBerg
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
A grocery store feel and somewhat small and congested at times. Not a real concern considering the selection is more than ample and quality is rather good. I have no complaints about the service either. A wonderful lady recommended a few top-notch stouts and we exchanged conversation for sometime.
I had a beer on the bar side and it felt a bit like a soda shop or candy store atmosphere. It was alright, they have a bunch of taps (10 plus, if I remember right) and decent selection, not sure how often they alternate
Good place to buy brews and a well rounded number of imports, micros, wines etc...
Belmont is the premier store for Portland
11-30-2008 23:27:31 | More by Magpie14
4.21/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by here the first night I was in Portland. It is connected to a beer store with TONS of good beers from around the world. You can buy bottles in the store then walk through a doorway and sit in the "Biercafe" and drink em', this was the first place I have been into like this I had a Victory Prima Pilz and a Green Flash IPA. They also have beers on tap, 10 or 15 can't really remember, but I had a Sierra Nevada of some sorts, I have it wrote down some place but don't have my notes on me. The barstaff was really knowledgeable, they knew there shit.
11-26-2008 20:51:40 | More by mugglesandhops
4.28/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had plenty of time to digest my samples from my visit to Hair of the Dog while my girlfriend was having an absolute blast sampling the wines at the chick-oriented winery right next door. It's a strange coincidence that both our favorite booze-related moments happened literally a few moments and a few yards apart! So we were both in a chipper mood - she even more so, the chicks at the winery were pretty generous on those pours - and since we crossed Stark Street we decided to take the detour and check out the selection at Belmont station. We got a spot right in front of the door. It's split in two, a bar/tasting room section to the left, the store to the right. Too bad I had to drive, the ambiance looked inviting. The store is quite well organized, locals, American micros, Belgians, others, all were sectioned off. Prices were well identified on the shelves. A helpful and savvy employee asked if I needed help. He noticed my Alchemist t-shirt and we talked about the brewing scene in Vermont. Some other customer recognized it too and joined in. I guess it's at that moment that I realized how much of a Beer town PDX is. Prices were relatively fair. Sure, some of the imports and east coast stuff were pricy, but for the extra transport, and the already hefty price these Beers command even straight from their source, it seemed reasonable enough. Highly recommended.
11-10-2008 17:36:21 | More by Goldorak
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
A great beer store in Portland, OR. As residents of Pa, a case only state, it is always exciting to travel to a place where we can get a wide selection of singles. This place is awesome!
While small, the beer store side of the place is jam packed with a great selection of beers. About 10 coolers with domestics, Belgians and other Europeans and a bunch of unrefrigerated shelves filled with more goodies.
We were looking to get a variety of local brews but most of the labels were unfamiliar to us. Fortunately the beer guy was eager and willing to suggest some good locals. Selections from Ninkasi, Lazy Boy and Alameda filled the cart, along with fresh hop ales from familiar names Bridgeport and Deschutes. In all, we grabbed enough beer to fill 3-12x12x16 boxes. And the tab for all of it came to just $130, crazy cheap in my mind. When we stopped back a couple days later to get some RR Salvation at the Biercafe, we discovered the Earthmonk that we had missed the first time through. This drove up the per bottle average a bit but if there is ever a beer that is a bargain at $19 for 12oz, this is it.
The biercafe was not open on our first visit (midweek, early afternoon) so we stopped back on Saturday to visit that side. The quesadilla we had was tasty enough but the Salvation we washed it down with was the real highlight.
A great place not to be missed.
10-27-2008 14:19:43 | More by sholland119
4.55/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Oh how I love to just press my nose against the glass cases and ponder the beers to choose. At Belmont, i'm the ultimate kid-in-a-candystore.
First, let me say that this place has move from Belmont St (next to Horse Brass) to a corner location on Stark St. ((I still see old BA reviews stating that it's nextdoor to horsebrass, fyi.))
A killer selection of NW brews, but definitly lacking in the Belgian department. How i'd love to see some more flanders or saisons. Still...a HUGE selection.
The staff is knowledgable. I did ask the clerk a question about a flanders red and she seemed a bit unsure, but then a stockboy-type came in from the back and she asked him. He was a guru, for sure, and had lots of recommendations and information on what might be coming in, or what was sold out. Great help.
An attached beer bar offers a bunch exotic brews on tap (atleast a dozen). I poked my head in, but didn't try anything. It was like 10am on a monday afterall...don't blame me!
09-25-2008 01:02:51 | More by SurlyDuff
4.8/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Dulcie and Aylwin's big beer adventure day 6 finds us in Portland and its environs. The chance sighting of a Belmont Station tee-shirt worn by our server at The Cup and Saucer on Hawthorne took us to this shop-cum-bar.
It's not much of an exaggeration to claim this as the best beer shop ever. Maybe it's because we are out of state that the selection seemed to amazing - stuff we never see in Illinois. It's all quality and all interesting.
The Bier Cafe is a massive bonus: you can drink any bottle there that you buy for a modest mark-up; or there is a small but very select range on tap (Oak-Aged Bastard and Hop Stoopid for example).
Some reviews (not on BA) had suggested the staff were arrogant (bastards); we did not find this to be the case, in fact they were friendly and helpful, though I can imagine they would not suffer fools gladly.
Further bonus: they carry a wide range of glassware and I was able to snag some of those Belgian glasses that I was almost dumb enough to pay huge sums on the internet for.
It's a must visit. Unless you are looking for a case of Old Milwaukee.
08-10-2008 15:36:25 | More by AylwinForbes
4.5/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I stopped here on a short visit to Portland, hoping to find some California beers. I didn't really, but I did end up w/ a couple of Rogue bombers (where better to buy them than close to the source). This store has an interesting 'bar' where you can drink the beer you have just bought (for slightly more in the price). The selection is quite good. Half chilled and half open shelves, there are lots of beers from around the US (DFH, Allagash, Ommegang) as well as some Belgian and British offerings. Employees are intelligent and well versed in their beer knowledge.
06-02-2008 17:15:02 | More by zdk9
4.8/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is the best beer store I have ever seen. Not only do they carry over 1000 beers by the bottle, but they have a few taps next door in their Biercafe. They get amazing stuff on draught. While I was there they had: Cantillon Lou Pepe, Avery Maharaja, Main St. IPA, and a strong ale from the new Hopworks Urban Brewery all on tap, nice. Staff is friendly and for the most part knowledgeable. The only negative thing I could say is they were a bit pricey- not that it matters, since you can't get a selection like this at the places with cheaper prices- and when I say cheaper I'm only talking like $1 on a 6-pack or a few cents a bomber.
03-23-2008 01:32:44 | More by BeerZack
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.