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Belmont Station

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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 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
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

mugglesandhops, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Goldorak, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

HV

sholland119, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

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!

SurlyDuff, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.8/5  rDev +6%

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.

AylwinForbes, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of zdk9
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

zdk9, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +6%

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.

BeerZack, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

Having moved back to the east side of Portland, I've been visiting the Belmont Station more often recently. It's good to be back.

The new location on Stark Street is much cleaner and neatly laid out than the cramped previous location. They advertise that all their lighting is UV-filtered, a nice touch. It's obvious that a lot of pride and care is taken with this business!

That's the same for the service. The employees have a lot of knowledge and passion for beer. Every suggestion I've gotten has been great. It always feels like I've learned something by the time I leave.

Four taps at the bar are almost always interesting and hard to find. You can enjoy any of the bottles at the bar, (for a premium over take-out price) as well. The store signs advertise "1000 beers," which I wouldn't doubt. The beers are well laid-out and easy to browse, despite the massive selection.

This place only increases my respect for beer. Keep up the good work and bringing great beers to Portland!

josiahschlender, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev -2%

Belmont Station has a great selection of beer including quite a few from Belgium, Germany and the West Coast. Most of them are even refrigerated. I spent several minutes exploring and then I was helped by Mitzi who really knew her stuff. Being from the east coast, I was looking for west coast beers that I could take back to the hotel. I picked up Green Flash West Coast IPA, Green Flash Imperial IPA and Rouge St. Rogue Red Ale.

They also have an area where you can drink your purchases on the premises. It had a nice vibe that really made me wish I lived in the area.

This place is well worth a visit.

GJ40, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

I have only given the service here a score of 5 because that's as high a score as allowed.

I've visited Belmont Station on many occasions, both at the "new" currrent location and its old home next to the Horsebrass. I sort of miss the funky atmosphere of the old store, but have to concede that the layout at the new store (where you can actually now help yourself to beer out of the cold box) is vastly superior.

The selection here is just outstanding, with the store carrying just about everything imaginable and/or available from the NW. They also have a decent selection of Alaskan beers, including a good selection of products from Midnight Sun. OK, Belmont Station does not have as good a supply of Belgians as some stores I've seen here in Maryland, but I'm sure that has more to do with availability in the NW market then anything else. In any event, suffice it to say that they still have what anyone would call a very good selection of beers from Germany, Belgium and England.

One of the things I really like about the new store is the addition of the cafe next door. As I understand it, you can pay to have anything in the store opened up in the cafe (there is an in store price and a take out price), and the cafe also has 3 or 4 beers on tap as well.

The service here is just exceptional and really can't be beat. I've always found the folks here quite friendly, and the level of beer geekdom knowledge unparalleled. On one occasion Chris (the manager here) let on that he had inadvertently received some Fantome beers that for whatever reason he wasn't allowed to sell in the store, so he notified local BA's that he had the beer availabe if they wanted to buy it. Picked up two bottles of fantome Circus that I never would have been able to try otherwise.

As others have noted, there are now roughly 16 beer on tap here. Other than Bailey's on the West Side, I'd be hard put to think of a beer bar with a more diverse, or electic beer selection. This place is excellent... what else can I say?
What else can I say. This place is just fabulous.

John_M, Jan 08, 2008
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.