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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 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
Photo of bcm119
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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 -1.8%

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 -7.3%

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 -20.5%

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 -2%

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 -1.3%

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
Photo of seanthornton152
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

Great place for beer. They have pretty much every beer that is available through distribution in Portland OR. Updated website and email's that keep you up to date with all the new releases from bottles of beers and what's on tap.

The beer on draught is what I really love about Belmont Station. Walk in get a beer on draught (usually about 10-12 draught to choose from), then browse the beer selection while you make your decisions.

The employees are willing to help and give suggestions and all of them make you feel more than welcome.

I have tried other beer stores in Portland none of which offer the same amazing experience that Belmont Station offers. Best beer store in Portland by far.

EDIT: SERVICE! You get two experiences at Belmont Station, the store which is very friendly and are willing to offer help. The Bier cafe is the complete opposite, here you get the inattentive, unwelcoming, just tell me what you want, i don't care, i hate being here i'd rather be staring at a white wall service. It always the same guy working he has been an employee for many years, i think he's tired of the job.

seanthornton152, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of tbeck
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

tbeck, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Sarlacc83, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Magpie14, Nov 30, 2008
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.