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4.28/5 rDev -5.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +0.9%
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 +6.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.4%
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
4.65/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
02-28-2008 21:39:27 | More by josiahschlender
4.44/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
02-21-2008 03:02:44 | More by GJ40
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-08-2008 16:58:13 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev -11.3%
The Belmont Station is a nice store/drinkery but it sure seemed cramped on the beer store selection side. I would like to have stayed and enjoyed some beer there which you had to pay more to drink there which makes sense from an overhead perspective. I did eat or get served a drink there but there isn't folks there to help you out if you have any questions. You should know your stuff going in there.
Overall a nice local stop for some hard to get microbrews but I will buy local on the west side of town. If I lived nearby I would frequent but being 20 miles away I will hit JM's. Prices were reasonable, it is worth a visit.
01-03-2008 01:36:09 | More by cswhitehorse
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.