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Belmont Station

Not Rated.
Belmont StationBelmont Station
BA SCORE
99
world-class

161 Ratings
Ratings: 161
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
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 chwilliams
4.88/5  rDev +8%

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 -1.5%

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 -4.6%

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 +5.8%

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
Photo of bcm119
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

My first time here since they moved and opened the cafe section.

The store is excellent. Outstanding selection with a large portion in the cooler. Prices are par for a specialty bottle shop. A bomber of Pelican IPA came to over $7, which seems high, but it was worth it for this out-of-towner.

The cafe has a simple, laid back feel. The atmosphere is well-lit, clean and neighborly. Selection is smallish but eclectic and apparently changes often. They had some real locals-only stuff which was nice (Upright and Walking Man) along with some classic craft superstars (Prima Pils and Racer 5 on cask). A very well-chosen selection. Come here for the bottles, and to try some stuff on tap that you might not find anywhere else. A top 5 Portland beer destination, and as a bonus it is 4 blocks from the Horse Brass.

bcm119, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

My last day in Oregon, but first day in Portland. Having heard so much this was my first stop with my wife after we drove into town. Lunch time on a Saturday. A couple of people in the bar/restaurant side. Pretty decent crowd perusing the bottle shop. Ordered lunch and finally my first pint of PtE on tap. Excellent selection of 15 or so taps. Off the top of my head I remember PtE, Upright 4, La Folie, a Bear Republic offering, and a fair number of other regionals. My Pliny was served in a proper pint at a good temp. Lunch was quickly served. I had a decent club sandwich and my wife had a hummus plate. Food was decent, but nothing great. Finished up lunch with a 10oz serving of Upright 4. Very enjoyable bar experience. Then went to peruse the bottle shop...damn, good stuff. Tons of NW regionals including Pelican, HUB, Cascade, Midnight Sun, Laughing Buddha, Deschutes and many more. Also remember Cantillon, Russian River, New Belgium, Dupont and many others US micros and Euro imports. They also had the best glassware selection I have ever seen. Service was friendly but they were busy so I did not have a chance to chat with any of them. Overall a great place in a cool neighborhood. Good stuff.

ckeegan04, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

This was sadly the last stop of my recent Oregon trip, it was a nice way to go out though, we got here around 7 pm and stayed for an hour or so, we walked through the bottle shop and ordered a beer first, Drake and I both ordered a Hopworks Noggin Floggin Bourbon Barrel Barleywine and it was fantastic, less than five dollars too, wish I could get a beer of this caliber for that price back home, sat at the bar for a while and looked over their fifteen or so taps, some other selections at the time were Pliny the Elder, Bear Republic the Grizz, New Belgium La Folie, and some other nice locals, cool little bar area and the best part is you can walk around the store with beer in hand, so we took advantage of that and did some browsing in the store, they had a great selection of bottles and tons of Oregon beers I had never even heard of, I wish I could have bought some stuff, especially some Hopworks, Heater Allen, Cascade, Lompoc, Pike, and Rogue, just hard when traveling and have no idea where to buy shippers or where a FedEx is, they do not sell styro boxes beware, nice selection of glassware, some Belgian ones that I have never seen before, really wanted to leave with a lot of beer but could not, this place was a serious tease in that respect, they had the best selection I saw while in Portland and yes some of their prices were high in the store, but the draft beers were inexpensive and that cancels things out in my book, I will certainly go back here next time I am up here, recommended

Floydster, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%

Great joint to get a butt-load of bottled beer... although the prices are a little high compared to a close QFC, Whole Foods... etc... but a great selection... and they are always getting new stuff in on-tap and in the bottle. They update via twitter and their forum often as well which is nice... cleanliness can be an issue as i have heard from many at the bar... but other than that... can't say i have had any food there... it's about the beer! Nice place... just wish I had a place like it closer to home here in Gresham!

* Must say though the service side of things lacked for me a bit though, as a cashier felt it was more important to stand their chatting with a friend for nearly a minute and a half while I stood there with beers in hand to checkout. Also it's one thing to be a beer geek... but I found myself running into beer snobs working there. Kind of the attitude that it doesn't matter, people are going to go there anyway and buy their stuff.

Docer, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%

Holy F'ing Sh*t!!! This place is awesome!

Never have I ever been to beer store that is also a beer bar. I grabbed a glass of Alaskan Smoked Porter in the one room and walked into the beer store part with it. I spent 40 minutes perusing the pretty impressive beer selection while sipping my bevvie.

I loved this place. You can mix six packs, buy warm and cold six packs, bombers and singles. They also had tons of great glassware and a bunch of Oregon related beer shirts.

It doesn't get much better than Belmont Station if you're a beer lover.

indiapaleale, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of jdense
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

Along with the Bier Stein and John's Marketplace, an integral part of the Beer Store troika in Oregon and a must stop for anyone intent on filling their home cooler with divine beer offerings from around the world. Attached is a biercafe with 15+ often esoteric and hard to find offerings, such as Russian River Damnation. Holiday and seasonal offerings are predominant. The in-store staff is very helpful, but willing to stand aside as you peruse in amazement at the 1000 different beers. The cases are easy to navigate, divided by region, country of origin, etc. The prices are a bit higher than some other places. The food in the cafe is average at best, some sandwiches, soups, etc. The beauty of their new location is go straight south on 45th and voila 45 seconds later you're at the Horse Brass. A surefire daily double for any BA in PDX. Absolutely essential.

jdense, Jan 18, 2009
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.