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Belmont Station

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

163 Ratings
Ratings: 163
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 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
Photo of seanthornton152
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%

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 +1.3%

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 -4.2%

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 +2.9%

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 -6.9%

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 -5.3%

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 +2.9%

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 +0.7%

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 +6.2%

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 -0.4%

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 +6.2%

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 +2.9%

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 -1.8%

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 +1.3%

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
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

cswhitehorse, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Attended the Michael Jackson toast on Sunday night, and the overall experience was great. Didn't expect the split: half of the place is a beer store crammed into what feels like a corner convenience store, the other half is a pub with mostly local taps and food. You can buy bottles (warm or cold) from the store and drink them in the pub. Taking them home is the cheaper option, but either way the prices are fair, and the selection is insane. I can't even begin to list the brews I saw there, but expect to see plenty of things you've never had before, even if you're the biggest beer insaniac out there. Found a few things there that I wasn't even able to get at the ridiculous John's Marketplace: Hitachino's Nest Celebration, and Grozette Gooseberry ale (which, appropriately, I'd read about in a Michael Jackson book earlier that day). Also got turned onto local brew Hub, which was a raw, hoppy delight.

Service was okay, even a little indifferent at the bar. Good enough though, and the casual, intimate atmosphere was just right. In the insanely big pool of choices in Portland, a lover of great beer has got to stop in.

Metalmonk, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

I like Belmont Station. Whenever I'm in Portland (4-5 times a year) I stop in to stock up on beers not available in the outback of eastern Washington. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeably (they like beer and it show), and patient with shoppers like me that enjoy savoring our beer buying experience. Prices are competitive with other beer specialty shops in the region and they run regular specials on a variety of beers. The recent additional of a deli (with a liquor license) attached to the store allows one to linger for a while and enjoy a cold beer from the coolers and a decent sandwich. I keep coming back to Belmont Station...as much for the people as for the beer.

dnichols, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Really nice store. Walked up here after a recent visit to Horse Brass, and was very pleasantly surprised - they had nearly everything I wanted. They were out of Caldera Pale Ale, but I had little trouble finding it elsewhere.

The service however was the highlight. Several (or maybe it was just a few efficient people - I HAD been drinking) people attempted to help me, and while their names and faces are blurred by now, I DO remember the woman who was most helpful, listening to my semi-drunken tales of my road trip, asking what I liked, and recommending brews that have thus far turned out to be fantastic. (If you're reading this, I'm the guy that gave you the Damnation Batch 23). Thanks for the help.

Wish more stores had friendly knowledgeable service like this. This store will be near the top of my places to go on my next visit.

udubdawg, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Flyer
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

A new location for this place, with a beer and beer shtick store on one side and a bar on the other. The atmosphere almost feels more like a souvenir shop, but the staff is knowledgable and friendly and that goes a long way toward making it a good experience. They had three quality taps, plus you could buy anything from the cooler and drink it at the bar (for a reasonable extra charge). It's very bright and open inside, and the walls are decorated with mirrors and stained glass hangings -- nothing wrong with it per se, but it could be a little beerier.

Flyer, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

* UPDATE * As of June 2008, The Biercafe now has 16 rotating taps!

We've now visited Belmont Station/The Bier Cafe at least a half dozen times at their new location on SE Stark, so I feel comfortable giving an accurate review.

Relocated from their old outpost on SE Belmont (hence the name) adjacent to the famous Horse Brass, the new place has a much different feel than the old one. First and foremost, its much more spacious and full of natural light. Reach-in coolers line the walls and several aisles worth of singles, 4 & 6-packs, snacks, specials and closeouts, etc. fill one half of the building. A corner of the store adjacent to the check-out counter is dedicated to a large selection of glassware, as well as T-shirts and other paraphernalia.

Beer displays are well-marked and coolers are organized based on style and country of origin. Two different prices are clearly marked, one for on-premise consumption and a cheaper one (generally 15-25% less) for "Beer to Go". Bottle count is now over 800 [UPDATE: well over 1000 bottles, as of early 2008], with plenty of kegs available, too. They also have occasionally held free tastings by beer distributors (Shelton Bros., Merchant du Vin, etc) and they've been packed.

A welcome addition is the Bier Cafe, run by the affable Wade (now aka "Some Dude", based on his description in the recent Willamette Week review...). 4 tap handles pour some generally outstanding specialized beers, ones that are typically rare and/or unavailable in bottles. recent offerings varied from aged Stone RIS, Houblon Chouffe, Fantome Saison, Deschutes The Abyss & Mirror Mirror, several from local small brewers like Double Mountain. Most kegs don't last more than a week, so it seems one always finds something new. There was a limited opening of the cafe half of the building occurred not long after the Jan 2007 relocation, but the cafe has blossomed since it's 7-day-a-week lunch & dinner expansion in April. The menu is limited, typically soups, salads and sandwiches but ingredients are fresh, everything is made to order and prices are reasonable. Items range generally from $5-8. If scoring for food were a category (and it should be now) I'd give a strong '4'.

The store and Bier Cafe walls are festooned with colorful artwork and a growing collection of mostly European beer signage. Seating in the cafe is about 10 sturdy barstools, a few tables and some outdoor seating beneath umbrellas. A small library of beer books, periodicals (including BA Magazine) and board games makes it easy to pass the time here, as does the laid-back vibe of classic rock and banter with employees and other patrons alike.

Speaking of employees, these guys and gals know their beer and are quite helpful/friendly (several active BA's in the group, too). On more than one occasion I've witnessed an overwhelmed-looking out-of-towner, spouse, etc. being patiently waited on by one or more of the BS staff.

The place still has a sorta 'clean' new-ness, but with each visit, I notice it feels a little more comfortable and lived in... Generally, an excellent place to shop and now a friendly, relaxing place to hang out for beers and some food.

Highly recommended when in Portland!

msubulldog25, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

A wonderful store – one of the best beer stores I’ve been to in America.

I cabbed it from downtown to meet and trade with the very generous Portland BA, maltmaster420 who does the beer ordering for Belmont Station. He wasn’t in at the time I showed up but he left me 2 bottles of Abyss so I couldn’t complain. I handed off a couple New Glarus fruit beers to BA Yoko, another employee (gotta love stores with multiple BA workers), and the next thing I knew I was drinking aged Fantome Saison from the tap. Racer X was also on tap as was some very local, but unexciting brew. Had I been there a few days earlier I could have enjoyed the Abyss on tap as well. The staff was really laid back and chill. We chatted as they prepared sandwiches for some folks and I learned quite a bit about the local beer scene from them. This all took place in a small café that makes up one half of the establishment.

The other half of my trip to Belmont took place in the adjoining room, which was about the size of your average small liquor store. Unlike your average small liquor store, however, this place was entirely devoted to beer. The center isles are stacked with six packs. Three of the four walls are coolers containing singles, bombers, and 750s. I probably found more then 50 beers I wanted to try. Everything local you could imagine was found in these coolers at good prices. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California were totally covered. There were dozens upon dozens of great Belgians for sale and lots of interesting stuff from Scandinavia, Brazil, Germany, and other countries as well. The staff was with me the whole time pointing out rarities and unknown local delights. I could have maxed out my credit card for sure.

Luckily for my pocket book, I was planning on walking all over the NE side of Portland for the rest of the day and I didn’t feel like carrying dozens of bottles of beer with me. I settled on a bottle of Golden Valley VS Brut, the Champagne de Bier from the BA Mag cover and some Obsidian Stout. After that I hopped down the block to the uncanny Horse Brass Pub.

Note: All bottles are priced for in house and take out consumption, another nice touch.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +4%

The place has a nice selection of high quality brews, maybe not the most for a specialty beer store, but impressive nevertheless, as some are rather uncommon. Also lots of glassware and other swag. The cafe has 4 taps that rotate frequently with some real gems. They recently had Abyss, and now they have Fantome, hot damn! The atmosphere is not much to write home about in the cafe though, kind of diner style or something, if your not a beer geek you probably wouldn't care for this place. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and was playing pretty good music, phish last time I was there.

ccrida, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of loren01
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Nice little bar/beer store in the middle of Portland. Excellent selection of both local beers and beers from around the country and world. Selection is not as good as John's Marketplace but John's selection is flat out rediculous. They also sell some pretty sweet glassware as well. The little bar connected to the place only has 4 beers on tap, but they are 4 very well chosen beers. I was lucky enough to get an Abyss while I was there, I think it was like 4.50 a glass, you really can't beat that at all. Its a good thing I don't live near this place or I would be there way too much I think. Check this place out for sure if you are ever in Portland.

loren01, May 23, 2007
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.