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Belmont Station

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Belmont StationBelmont Station
BA SCORE
99
world-class

115 Reviews
Reviews: 115
Visits: 202
rAvg: 4.48
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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Reviews: 115 | Visits: 202
Photo of DCgolfpro
5/5  rDev +11.6%

If I leaved nearby I couldn't pay my rent. Thank god I only get to visit this gem once a year when I visit my brother in Portland. Fantastic service. Fantastic selection. Fantastic prices. Even bottle shop should visit this place and take note. (245 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Visiting my cousin in Portland and he knew I was a fan of beer, so I was directed here. At first glance it looks small, with a strange assortment of international foods on the wall and bottles in the corner, but upon closer inspection I found one of the best selections I've found in the US. There is a big concentration of West Coast breweries, but also an amazing selection of hard-to-find (Des Rocs Imperial Tripel) and discontinued (St Feuillien Tripel) Belgian beers. The service is terrific as well. The owner takes you around and tells you how its organized, but this is easy to do on your own as its only single bottles on the floor (the rest is kept in the back) with prices clearly marked. He is great at giving suggestions too. What a great place! (758 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (586 characters)

Photo of gwfrankpsu
5/5  rDev +11.6%

A beer lover's dream - wonderful selection of beer, one of the best. After moving from Portland, OR to Portland, ME, I was in need of a NW beer infusion. The people at Belmont Station worked with me and I recieved four cases of NW Christmas beer in early December - I'm still holding some for next (this) year. (312 characters)

Photo of damjadi
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I always make a stop at Belmont Station and Horse Brass when I am in Portland, and never have been disappointed. Yes, John's Market has more beers, but the storage of beers in the back cooler insures freshness. Also the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
I recently noticed that some of the beer is of the collectable/archiveable variety. Fish brewing Leviathan and Poseidan (in 1.5L) were from 2002 (not made in 2003). Some of the belgians are also older (read better and more balanced).
To quote the Beastie Boys, this is one place you need to "Ch-check it out." (578 characters)

Photo of blastoderm55
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding bottle shop with top notch tap selection. Had two PtE and an Italian sandwich for under $20. Bottle selection second to none and priced. Dry well. A must stop in Portland. (186 characters)

Photo of bentreen
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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.... (658 characters)

Photo of Brackh
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Not real sure how you could say something negative about this place. Visited here from Georgia over the summer. Absolutely ridiculous selection. The best part was grabbing a pint from the bar and then just wandering around in the tiny store looking at all the beer. Staff was friendly and super knowledgeable. Went here five times in seven days while in Portland. Great spot to grab a pint or to pick up some of the best beers from the northwest. (446 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I paid my second visit to Belmont Station yesterday and remain completely impressed with this location. A small corner grocery type store just filled to the brim with awesome craft beer. The help was fantastic and basically acted as my personal shopper. In fact, I really had two of the employee's attention the entire time I was in the store.
Among the most impressive local bomber selection I've ever seen. Limiting myself to 12 bottles was a chore and I wish I could ship multiple boxes home.

Prices are somewhat reasonable and they offer a discount for cash. This is a mandatory stop for any craft beer geek going to Portland. Just plan on shipping a box home and embrace it.

One of my favorite stores ever. (713 characters)

Photo of terence
4.93/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Belmont Station is great place to get your bearings on the Portland and other Pacific Northwest offerings. The place is divided up into two sections, a bottle shop and a Biercafé.

The bottle shop has a outstanding selection. The coolers are divided by regions. Singles may be purchased from their six packs. Free cardboard sixpack holders are near the front cooler. There is also a small discount on most beers if you use cash.

The Biercafé offers 20+ beers on tap. The bartenders were pretty friendly and knowledgeable. The vibe of the crowd was pretty chill. The beer menu offers a flight of day, consisting of 4 small pours for $8. Most beers on tap are available in smaller pours, allowing an opportunity to try a few new beers.

There is also a back patio where the Italian Market food truck resides. The bartenders can take your food orders.

Great place to get a lot of good stuff in one location. (908 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

There is a reason why this is considered one of the best bars on the West Coast - because it is!

Love the vibe, love the staff, love the owners, and love the regular patrons. The biergarten in the back can't be missed during the summer months. And that Philly food cart is the perfect addition for food!

legendary... (322 characters)

Photo of chwilliams
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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 :) (522 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
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!!! (876 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

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. (654 characters)

Photo of isaac
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

I love Belmont Station and, though I can get several of my favorite beers at the local specialty food store, I can't help myself from coming back to this small shop, time and time again. Whether it is their pretty extensive collection of American Micros and Belgians, the friendly and helpful staff, or just the pleasing, slightly air-conditioned place itself, Belmont Station is a must for people in Southeast Portland. As much as I've learned on this website, if not for this store, I would not have the practice to talk about beer and really feel like I'm learning.
Really, the ideal beer shop for me.

edit: the new store is amazing! i don't know if they've added to their selection, but with all the new, glass-door fridges it sure seems like it.
now, if only we could get some russian river up in portland... (819 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Every BA visiting Portland definitely needs to put this place on their agenda. The selection in the store is incredible, and the staff is exceedingly knowledgeable and always in the mood to talk about beer- recommendations, comparing notes, upcoming releases, you name it.

You can enjoy a bottle on premises (the store and bar are under one roof, and you can walk back and forth), but don't forget to check out what's on tap, as they usually have a great draft selection. Lots of souvenirs and regular 'meet the brewer' events are the icing on the cake. Food is nothing to get excited about, but is hardly the draw here. (622 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

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. (638 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was my third visit to Belmont. I always make a pilgrimage when I come up to Portland.

When you walk in the door the amount of beer on display is simply staggering. Coming from San Francisco to here, it quickly becomes apparent which city has the superior access to craft beer. Portland gets stuff we would kill for in SF, and it's on the shelves at Belmont next to regular everyday stuff, like it's no big deal!

I saw:

-Pannepot 2006
-Struise Earthmonk
-Saison-Brett
-Raison D'Extra
-vintage bottles of Samichlaus/DFH/Hair of the Dog stuff going back a couple years in some cases

I could go on. The point is, this place is epic. They also have a bar where you can enjoy draught beer and bottles, but I was buying stuff to go, so I didn't try it.

They charge less if you pay with cash, so make sure you bring some! (824 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of NVbeer
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

Stopped by this bottle shop after attending the Holiday Ale Festival this past weekend. It has one of the best selections of regional, national and import beers that I have ever seen. Picked up way to much for the trip home, including a number of Barleywines and other winter warmers.The staff was extremely helpful and quickly put our selection together. I was very pleased to see all the beers are kept refridgerated and protected from light. If anyone is ever in Portland, they must add this to their list of places to go.
Jason
NVBeer (541 characters)

Photo of kt620498
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'll be honest. I didn't like this place when I first start going there, but it began to grow on me over time.

It was the atmosphere that bothered me the most. Now, that has been remedied with a sweet wall of tap handles and some other decorative additions. I only wish it was a bit bigger inside.

The beer selections are always top notch and the special event selections are amazing.

Being able to have such a huge selection of bottles next door to try is an exceptional addition if the tap list isn't calling your name. (524 characters)

Photo of ROBPIII
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of portlandjeff
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I go to Belmont Station more than any other place in town, and with good reason. The selection of bottles is fantastic, the cafe has a great selection of harder to find and sought after beers on tap, and the staff is always really friendly and knowledgeable.

Add to that the frequent events like the "meet the brewer"s, and themed weeks like the puckerfest sour beer festival, and you've got a world class beer destination.

Lucky for me, but not my wallet (although their prices are really good - I just have poor self control!), it's also on my way home from work each day. It's a pretty solid commute! (607 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Well holy crap. I call up the Rogue public house to check their hours and as for a good beer store in town. I'm directed here, assured that I will find just about anything I want. Damn right.

This place reminds me of a small gift shop, which isn't too far off I suppose. Probably about 7-10 rows of local micros and import singles line the back wall as you walk in. Two Jeroboams sit on the end of the counter, St. Feuillian Triple and something else...high double digits. Keep walking. Ciders to your left on the center island and meads across on the other side.

Now on to business. You've got all your local CA breweries (well not all, but a lot of them) on the left along with a good variety of other micros. Down to the right there is an amazing selection of imported beers, lots of Belgians.

Pick out which ones you want and try and remember all of them as you list them off the the guy at the counter who then travels into the back and snags them out of the cooler. Quick and efficient? Not so much, but cheers to almost guaranteed quality.

I'd most definatley stop by again if I ever (hopefully I do) make it back to Portland again. Did overhear that this place will be picking up and moving to a different location with some on-premise features. That could not hut. (1,286 characters)

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