Belmont Station

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Belmont StationBelmont Station
BA SCORE
100
world-class

197 Ratings
Ratings: 197
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 1,310
Cask: Y
[ 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:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 118
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had about 8 hours in Portland the other day. I was without a vehicle. I said "drop me off at Belmont Station". They open at 10am. I had it all worked out, I was gonna walk down Belmont Street, hit up Horse Brass, then Cascade Barrel House.

They were getting a huge shipment of beer when I went in soon after the place opened. Cases everywhere. Employees were cool and helpful. They even held my beer while I walked all over town.

Large selection of stuff. I'll probably kick myself for not getting any Logsdon Saizon Bretta or Oak Aged Saizon Bretta, but whatever, I just can't spend that kind of money on a style I'm marginally into. Cans are all in one cooler. Most ipas are in the fridge, there's a few bombers that aren't. Tons of Abacus. Some local barrel aged stuff. The bar next door don't open until noon, which was kind of a bummer to sit and wait around for.

I have no idea how they decided to organize the place, I walked around many times, still seeing things I didn't in the first few circles around the store and aisles.

They charge you like the 2% amount they have to pay a card company, so bring cash if you wanna save a little bit of money.

Overall, I found the place to have a very good selection of beers, high quality, great service. I'm pretty much stopping in every time I'm on this side of Portland. Solid stuff without any attitude.

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

First place we stopped in town on our way to The Horse Brass. Friendly service from the bar side as we sampled a small glass of beer before shopping around. Nice tap list with a variety of Washington brews as part of Portland Craft Beer Week. Reasonable prices.

The store side was cram packed with beers. The selection here is seriously ridiculous. I could have spent hours in here searching all of the breweries/beers. Prices seemed fair. I would say about half of the beer here was in a cooler and the overall organization of the store was great. They even had some vintage bottles of things for sale.

My only complaint was on the store side service. The guy stood behind the counter the whole time and never asked us once if there was anything we needed help with. While it's nice to not be bothered, I believe an employee should ask everyone looking if they need help at least once. We were the only ones in the entire store.

Great place overall, just beware of the service on the store side.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

aside from State Line in MD, this has to have the best bottle selection of any shop I've been in - they could easily go toe-to-toe....

bottle shop on the right/front, taproom in the back/left... kinda has an unfinished workshop feel, but it's very clean and comfortable

no kitchen but you can order food from a cart next door - Philly people - how ideal! sandwiches named after streets in South Philly, had the Passyunk (Baked Eggplant with Roasted Peppers & Fennel, Homemade Mozzarella & Pesto)... pretty dang good

enjoyed myself.... bartenders weren't busy but weren't necessarily chatty, paced around a lot, looking into the bottle shop portion (there was a tasting going on at the time...)... could be a different vibe each day....

too much sunlight was coming through the main front windows of the bottle shop - close to making contact with the first couple rows/shelves of bottles (I think the fridges were safe), the guy working the register let me keep some of the bottles I was buying on the counter while I shopped some more - problem was, he placed the bottles right in the path of a fat, warm sunbeam - what's up with that dude?! (I was later relieved to find out the windows are covered with a UV-blocking film) - to his credit, he did do his best walking me around the shop pointing out bottles I'd potentially dig as I was looking for non-hopped, herbed/alternatively-spiced beers, and they did have quite a few interesting selections...

if this joint and BeerMongers could have a lovechild, I'd marry the bastard

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bring Cash! They charge more for using your credit card.

This is a great bottle shop, even though it may seem small they have quite a lot of beer packed in the space. I think it's the quality of the beers that they carry that really elevates them though in my book. I often walk out of there with a considerable amount of beer, whereas some of the larger shops seem to have more junk filling their spaces. Sometimes they bring out cellared beers which is cool, although they seem to charge quite a bit more than other shops I've picked up cellared beer from. They have a nice glass assortment (for purchase), which for some reason isn't very common for bottle shops around here. Staff is pretty friendly.

The taproom is pretty small but usually has some great beers on the list. I've gone to a few events there when they break out some extra special beers (cellared and/or verticals).

A must for anyone looking for some great bottles.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One note: bring cash. Prices are cheaper if you pay cash, probably about 40 cents per bottle. If you're buying an ass load of beer, keep this in mind

Jumper Jebus, this place is deceiving. A small corner store--with horrible parking--connected to a small cafe type area. It's a beer store. Beer. And lots of it.

Coolers on either side, maybe 6 or 7 doors per side. Aisles in between, maybe 4 of those. So, not all that big, but beer sits everywhere. Stacks, coolers, shelves, floor. Many small time Oregon brewery brews around here, which is nice, but thought there'd be more. Seems out of state brands have the best spots.

Dudes working there like beer and are helpful. Next door is the cafe, with beer...to drink. That's enough for me, but it goes a step further and offers some rarities and goodies.

Compared to the big stores in the Denver area, it doesn't really compare. Lots of warm beer laying around, and the place is fairly small.

Photo of BigB415
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This review is for the bottle-shop, not the bar.

I just got back from an Oregon brewery road trip where I drove up from San Francisco and spent a couple days in Portland checking out the sights again and going to breweries I didn't go to last time I was there 3 years ago.

I decided to go to Belmont Station since I was driving so I didn't have to worry about shipping back home. I was not disappointed. It's a little place in a suburban neighborhood in Portland and I managed to get a spot on the street right in front considering I went on a friday afternoon about 2:30/3. You walk in and the coolers are lining the walls and the stuff not in coolers is in the middle. There is also a huge selection of glassware to the left when you walk in.

I cruised around a little bit spotting a good variety. I found some Southern Tier which I was really surprised by since I thought it didn't make its way this far west. I found some Great Divide and ended up buying some Oak and Chocolate Yeti's. Also to my delight I found the last 2 Dogfish Head WWS and snatched those up. They had a couple cases of Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary so I got one for my dad for fathers day. They had PtE and it was a 1 bottle limit per customer and according to the clerk they only get one shipment of it every six weeks. It didn't matter to me though since I live so close to the brewery in California.

All in all, it's a nice place that I would go back to next time I'm in Portland. The prices were reasonable and the help was efficient so I was pleased. Next time I'll check out the bar.

I forgot to mention about the payment options. They charge more per bottle if you pay with credit card versus if you pay with cash. I thought it's weird but I guess they are trying to get people to pay with cash since it's easier then doing the credit thing. I payed with cash so I wasn't affected by the higher prices.

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

rolled in here on a Sunday afternoon on a recent trip to PDX - Belmont station is split into 2 rooms - a killer bottleshop and a small taproom with 16 taps

My review will focus on the bottleshop as I wasnt in much shape for drinking during my visit.

Coolers line the exterior walls with lots of dry storage in between.

The selection of imports, primarily Belgians, seemed to be a bit more diverse than in Seattle. Other highlights of the selection that are not available in Seattle included Alesmith, Anchorage, Jolly Pumpkin and some of the smaller Oregon micros.

Prices were all fair and sometimes $1-$2 cheaper than I see locally in Seattle. A marginal discount is available if you pay cash.

Sweet place - will try to swing through at the conclusion of future portland weekends to ensure my beer stash remains at an excessive level

Photo of RMDuff
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Compact place with alot of quality! Much better selection than Beermongers, this weekend anyway. I'm from Kansas, was visiting a daughter, yet found cases of Boulevard Chocolate Ale here whereas in KS/MO it sells out in 1 week or less.

The help was friendly and knowledgable, he took the time to show me around and quickly found the North Coast Grand Cru I was looking for.Had some good Russian River finds like the sour, my one disappointment was they only had Stoic out of all the Deschutes Reserve stuff I had on my list. Maybe because I'm old, but I had no trouble getting a box from them to carry out my treasures.

It is in a suburban neighborhood, but I found on street parking easily within 2 blocks.Definitely a place to check out if you're visiting from out of town like I was.

Photo of ajramirez1
4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

My favorite place to buy single beers in bulk. Place is low key, looks small from outside but inside its beervana...place is crowded when theres 8+ peeps looking for beer. Cafe section is tiny, but big enough. Heard they bought more land so hopefully expansion compliments more seating room & spread the beer search.

Excellent beer selection. Staff is fairly friendly, but theres acouple douches. Always go in there & buy in bulk & go to the same guy for a faster search. Good prices.

Recently went to johns marketplace for comparison. Johns is spread out like Belmont Station should be. Johns way overstocked with skunky beer. Belmonts quality seperates everyone. Belmont Station is the best beer shop in Portland hands down.

A-

Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Yeah this place is a real gem. If you're not from the area, I'd imagine a GPS is needed to find it, as it's right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, with no other shops really within a block or two. The shop isn't that huge, but somehow they manage to Tetris in an amazing selection of beers; many rarities abound. The biercafe next door keep a good selection on tap...obviously the owners know a lot about the beer scene, and make their choices appropriately. I interacted with much of the staff, and they ranged from surly/snobby to friendly/accommodating, so I suppose I'd say service is hit or miss. Can't really complain. Of course a lot of the beer is pricey, but the prices are reasonable if you look at them in a relative sense. Definitely a must-hit venue if you're in the area.

Photo of Franchise
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in a suburban area of Portland it can be hard to spot as the outer look blends into the surrounding homes and buildings. With outdoor seating in the warmer months you can usually see people enjoying a beer out front.

Parking is a bit limited as they don't have dedicated parking but I never seem to have an issue parking around the corner. As you walking into the store you notice that it is very neat, well organized and great beer paraphanalia all around.

I noticed an adjacent room which is where the biercafe is located and you can get "jar" fills no growlers here of most of the beers on tap.

There is two sections the first is all the room temp beer with a great mix of local OR beers and of course Californian beers plus the usual suspects from Europe. In the fridge, you'll notice they have organized it by Local offerings then moves to offerings outside of Oregon.

The beers are nicely picked, if your from outside of OR this is a place to pick up a great mix of OR beers and if your from OR the offerings from out of state gives you a great variety to enjoy something new everytime you come in. I highly recommend!

Cheers,
Frank

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was told this was the place to go by others and they were right... a rather impressive selection. I started pulling bombers from shelves and coolers, leaving them in group so I could take up somehow together. Evidently this is a bad thing, as I seemed to get a surly remark when asking for a box to put them in... or it they have a maximum bottle policy for selling beers. Was happy to find bottles of beers of some of the smaller breweries I would not make it to, and stayed away from the imports. Spent between $100 to $200. I might go back again, but not if I learn of another couple places with complimentary selection with better service.

Photo of sqquuee
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was in portland on vacation this week and had been told by serverale websites that i should check it out. This was my first stop in portland.

The amount of beers was fairly overwhelming for such a small shop. They had beer to the ceiling. All styles and in many diffrent sizes. Many bottles in cold cases as well.

The service seemed to be a mixed bag. I asked if i could grab a box to start filling up and the guys sort of laugh at me and said we have baskets. The 400-500 dollers i was planning on spending on beer would not have fit in 1 hand basket.

But to save time i figured i would just not spend the money, as it seemed he was too busy stocking beer to be helpful.

The second guy working took the time out to offer sugestions and his favorites.

I ended up flling my basket full with my 1 case of beer and spent about a 100 bucks.

It is worth noting they had a cash discount.

We later sat at the cafe and the service seemed to be much better.

All in all a great little place minus the one service snafu.

Photo of matylight
3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It seems that one of the commandments for the Portland beer lover is to stop into this place. While I can certainly recommend it and it's definitely worth seeking out, it doesn't quite live up to the hype for me.

I didn't have time to sit down at the bar for a beer from one of their several taps but the store is impressive indeed. The place is nothing fancy, several coolers and shelves housing the claimed 1000+ bottles. Certainly the selection is impressive and the prices are relatively fair for the Portland area. The only knock I can issue to the place is that the service was a bit lacking. We walked in without so much as a nod from the lady behind the counter and not once did she stop to ask us if we needed any help. Oh well. Still walked away with some cool stuff.

As my wife and I live in Corvallis (about 90 minutes away) it makes more sense for us to go to John's Market which holds nearly as many bottles and slightly better service. Once again, though, Belmont Station is certainly worth a stop and maybe one day I'll get a chance to sit down at the bar.

Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

One of my favorite spots I visited in Portland this weekend. The outdoor area has a handful of wrought iron tables and chairs along the front side of the building.

The bar itself is way cozy and was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Chill music (jazz, folk, jamband tunes, classic rock) playing on the radio, great beer paraphernalia on the walls including a nicely racked tap handle collection, 16 tap beers flowing all with several pour size options (tasters, 25cl, pint, 1 liter), some food options although they felt limited, and a decent staff. You can drink bottles purchased from the bottle shop in the bar which is nice but they ask for a $1.50 corkage fee which isn't so nice.

Inside the bottle shop had a very nice selection of local and import bottles. Kind of lame that they charge about 10% more for each bottle purchased on a credit card vs. cash, especially considering the cash price wasn't even the best to begin with. It was cool that they had several racks of assorted brewery pint glasses for sale.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Probably the third best bottle shop in PDX, but an impressive selection of a wide range of beer. They also have 16 or 17 rotating taps (I think 16 taps and one cask actually) which offer some pretty amazing beer. I once had RR Temptation, Supplication, and Consecration side by side by side =)

The glassware selection is the best in town by far. If you are looking for proper stemware then this is where you go. (Props for the massive Karmeleit man-chalice!)

The selection pales compared to John's Market, but the fact that they have the taps definitely puts them on a different level.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been coming to Belmont Station for years, both visiting when I came back to Portland when I was living in San Diego, and still do now that I live here. It's not the closest beer shop to where I live, but it is one that combines great selection, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and reasonable prices.

As many other reviews have stated, the cafe is adjacent, and you can drink a beer while browsing for your beers. Have to love that. The taps at the biefcafe are usually somewhere between solid and stellar, often blending many styles and various pour sizes.

About half of the beers are in cool cases, and are grouped both regionally (for the international beers) and by style (in the domestics). Belmont Station also almost always gets the rarest of the rare beers being distributed to Portland, and will gladly check their distribution network for you, should you request a specific beer.

The staff will take requests, and look in the back for you should you ask if they were to have another case of a beer in the back. They also do cheaper pricing for paying by cash, which is both awesome (when you have cash) and occasionally frustrating (when you don't), but accept both cards and cash.

Overall, any trip to Portland would be incomplete without a stop at Belmont Station. Considering its proximity to the Horse Brass, there really is no excuse for not swinging by for a few pints if you're in Portland, regardless of whether you live 10 blocks, 10 miles, or 1000.

Photo of ROBPIII
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was the place I went when I was bored during my stay in Portland. ALWAYS killer beers on tap here, without a doubt a beer lover will find something they can enjoy. You can also buy a beer and have a barkeep crack it open for you to enjoy there. It can get pretty busy during events, I stopped by to pick up some Firestone Walker brews and it was a madhouse, also was during OBF so that made it that much more insane I'm sure. The selection is the best I've seen in my few years beer appreciation.

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been to Portland only once, but from what I have heard this is THE place to buy beer in Portland. It sure seems that way - I went completely bugflip and spent more than $140 stocking up on brewskis to bring back to Atlanta, including extras to trade or share. Their beer selection is first-rate, and their service is outstanding. The fellows there were very happy to point me towards the best beers from Oregon, and help me load up my little ol' Ford Focus with enough beer to get Godzilla making Virginia fence. This is a must whether you live in Portland, or pay a visit there!

Photo of Clembo1957
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I visited Belmont Station & The Bier Cafe during the Puckerfest in July 2011 when the Biercafe was apparently extremely busy, however to avoid the crowds we paid a visit during lunchtime when only a few customers were in the bar. Looking around the adjoining Belmont Station store we were overwhelmed by the selection and variety of beers on offer, if i lived in the Portland area Belmont station would be my number one stop off for Bottled beers. The girlfriend was so impressed by the selection she took a photo with her phone.

After a brose around the store we moved into the Biercafe which as mentioned was fairly quiet before the Puckerfest was due to begin. An interesting selection of beers on tap including many sourbeers for the Puckerfest. Staff were welcoming and knew what they were doing.

Belmont Station is certainly worth a visit for the bottled selection and while there it's definitely worth a drink in the Biercafe as well.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Picture a small coffee shop loaded with wall hangings of different worldwide breweries, half a wall filled with old tap handle trophies of very notable beers, and tons of different bottles and cans of beer.

Quality: Beer quality here was top notch.

Service: Good, but the format is more of a serve yourself cafe.

Selection: Unbelievable. One can ask for one of more than 1000 beers on the store side, and have it opened up to drink on the cafe side.

Food: Didn't try the food

Value: Inexpensive considering the selection and quality of beers in the store and on tap at the establishment.

Photo of hoserking
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Belmont is great. I ended up here twice while in Portland.
The selection of bottled beers is fantastic, leaving you wanting nothing and with too many options... (in a good way).

The second go around I came simply for a pint. The selection was decent, two HUB beers and a few other locals, along with two Stone beers. I ended up having Great Divide's Rumble which was fantastic. I am not sure what i was expecting in terms of selection, but it felt a little sparse. I think that had a lot to do with them not really having all that many taps. 15 for a place like this, isn't really worth complaining about; i think my issue was, having just been at HUB for dinner, I didn't really want more hub beers, and having two or three take up taps felt a little disappointing, but nothing really to complain about.

Definitely recommended.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On a recent trip up to Oregon in which my Wife, brother and I traveled to few different Breweries and beer stores this place was a must stop. There slogan is 1201 different beers and I must say they did not disappoint. The store was clean and the beers were set according to style which made shopping really easy. The gentle man that worked there was very helpful and knowledgeable as my brother and I talked to him for a good 30 minutes before even going on our shopping spree. As for value I dont remember now how many beers I purchased but it was around 24 to 28 and I walked out only spending $100. As for the biercafe it was a darkly lit atmosphere and at the time they had ten beers on tap all pretty hard to come by and even one from a brewery that had just closed down. Overall if I lived in Portland I would probably be at this place every single night with a different beer in hand. This place is a must if you are in Portland or just love beer. A++

Photo of bentreen
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I didn't get a chance to visit Belmont station, but thanks to the BA directory, I was able to tell my parents where to find good beer in Portland to bring home to Vancouver, BC. (such a good kid, huh?). They have about 1200 beers at any given time and, according to my Dad, they have everything grouped by region with a big Oregon section (understandably). My Dad picked up Supplication, Sanctification, and Damnation from Russian River, as well as Sublimely Self-Righteous from Stone Brewing for me. I'm not sure how big of a deal this is to folks in the U.S. but it's a big deal to me as I can't get any of these beers in BC. Pretty stoked to try these....

Photo of timtim
4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

what a gem of a beer store!!! stopped by on the way from hood river to newport, and wow, i am glad i did. the best of the best are on the shelves here, with very little i wasn't interested in. stellar selection. very good local presence. picked up a ton of Upright and Russian River as well as some Fantome and Boon products. a beer geek's dream store. staff was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful and truthful. a little bar with about ten taps featuring mostly local beer attached to the store that you can order from while shopping and talking to the staff. didn't try the food, but it looked like the cheese and cured meats were proper (and i'm sure they were considering the quality of everything else there). kind of a local corner store/deli vibe. very unassuming/humble for what it was and everything was priced fairly. my required stop from now on in Portland!!!

Belmont Station in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.