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Belmont Station

Not Rated.
Belmont StationBelmont Station

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 1,310
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
99
world-class

150 Ratings
Ratings: 150
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.33%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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John_M

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

10-03-2007 01:36:58 | More by Metalmonk
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dnichols

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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.

08-22-2007 20:43:31 | More by dnichols
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

07-30-2007 22:36:20 | More by udubdawg
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Flyer

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

07-02-2007 16:29:21 | More by Flyer
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

* 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!

06-23-2007 21:34:16 | More by msubulldog25
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

06-21-2007 20:37:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
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