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4.5/5 rDev -0.2%
If you didn't know its neighbor next door had been there for some 30 years, you'd think this was one of those "chicken or the egg" kind of things. Did the kind beer store set up shop next to the killer pub or vice versa? Yes, the Horse Brass Pub located all the way through that door over there was here first, and they really compliment each other wonderfully. Had a great beer at the pub, I wonder if I can get that in a store, there you go...
It's really a great little beer store stocking a few hundred bottles. It's strangely deceptive in that the floor stock spread out across the floor units and wall mounted slelves is only one of each bottle, and then the staff grabs you what you need from coolers beyond your view. They hold a similar Belgian collection to that of that other beer store we visited in town just a few hours earlier, but less in American micros and world imports. Still, a very good selection of the regional goods from the Pacific states, and extending the long arm of far reaching micros. A small sign indicated that they were out Hoegaarden. "Oh no, whatever will I do?" remarked Phil mockingly alarmed. Ofttimes, he's a little smartass.
The rest of the store holds English goods and provisions. Biscuits & shortbread, dry food mixes, puddings, jams, preserves, teas, toffees, mustards, marmalades, sweets & confections; all the cool cadbury candies we can't get here. Jon was all silly over some version of the Kit Kat bar you can't get here in the states. They also sell hats, shirts, glasses and most important just now, mugs & tokens for the Oregon Beer Festival. Service is up to snuff and really has to be so, because they do all the running to get you your beer. Good store, nicely marked by the London Underground style sign out front.
09-10-2006 17:11:22 | More by slander
4.22/5 rDev -6.4%
Belmont Station was the first stop on our intense beer tour of Portland. And what a stop!
I entered through the "Bier Cafe", where the tap list is quite outrageous: HUB Kentucky Xmas, Struise Black Damnation, Blackberry Albert, Deschutes Black XXIII, Ninkasi Pravda, Goose Island Class of 88, Full Sail Imperial Porter '12... good shit! Bartenders are not the friendliest folks, but they are efficient enough. The bar section of the station is small and a bit cramped, but I still found room at the bar. The best is to go next door and browse for brews while drinking beer.
The retail area is also small but so chock-full of goodies, you won't believe it. There is a barrel-aged section, including Eclipse, Big Bad Baptist, Double DBA and Rye on Rye. Also a variety of Alesmith barrel-aged stuff and even a vintage shelf with a 2007 Abyss for 40 dollars.
Service here is much friendlier and helpful than at the bar. Prices are high, no doubt. Quality is obscene. This place is wow!
02-19-2014 00:28:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5 rDev -4.4%
Well I'm really surprised that this isn't listed as a beer store, but I guess I get it. You can get a pint and a bite too, so OK. Let's start with that. Decent tap selection to say the least. On the other hand, Portland is not short on bars that have a killer line-up. And with the Horse Brass so close, I doubt I'd stop here for a pint unless I was buying beer. It's kind of basic deli-looking, and it doesn't really have a bar atmosphere - it's a tasting room (although I should note that I've only been in during the day).
Onward to the other side of the place, the one with the many coolers and shelves full beer!!! They've got a very decent selection of local brews, and general area brews, but so does everyone else (Whole Foods, Fred Meyer's, etc.) in the area. Where they excel are the imports. Unless you're heading to John's, you probably won't find this kind of stuff anywhere else.
That leaves us with service and value. The service is extremely knowledgeable, and right-out-there helpful. I personally don't need to be sold on anything, or need any help with selections, but I was given plenty of unsolicited suggestions that might have been helpful if I wasn't so "in the know". And that service was based on simply eyeballing what I'd looked at and picked-up, which is, in my opinion, about the best you can do as far as service goes - so kudos for that!
As to price, I thought the beers at the Cafe were totally in-line, and even less than I'd paid elsewhere; but the bottled beers were a touch higher than the chains - keep in mind, that only applies to the local beers, because the chains don't have a lot of specialty imports.
So, overall, I'd recommend a trip to check it out, either before or after you've stopped in at the Horse Brass.
07-30-2009 01:59:33 | More by NeroFiddled
4.64/5 rDev +2.9%
Belmont Station is my kind of beer destination. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Portland on Stark Street. There is street parking and a small lot but a walk may be in order given how busy this place seems to be even on weekday evenings.
Upon entering the store after passing the "1000 beers" sign it is almost sensory overload. The bottle shop is lined with coolers and has shelves in the middle. In addition there is a small section devoted to glassware and accessories. In an adjacent room there is a small bar/tap room with seating.
The beer selection in the store is outstanding. The shelves/coolers are somewhat divided by region/country, with the Oregon stuff being in the first cooler. Pretty much any crafy brewery you can think of is represented, but just a few are Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel, Deschutes, Rogue, Roots, and Hair of the Dog from Oregon. Other US microbrews like Stone, Alesmith, Lost Coast, and on and on are available. In addition, imports from Belgium, Germany, Russia etc are represented. Another bonus on our visit was a tasting table set up by Old Lompoc with samples.
In the tap room is a great array of beer from the likes of Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel and others. The atmosphere in the tap room is darker and more conducive to relaxing with a pint. Also an incredible array of tap handles second only to Falling Rock in Denver.
Service on both sides of the store is excellent.
We did not try any food on our visit.
Overall I really cannot find much I would change about this place. It is an absolute must-visit on a Portland visit.
02-26-2010 16:42:11 | More by Dogbrick
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
4.65/5 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
4.44/5 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
4.36/5 rDev -3.3%
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
03-26-2012 22:17:38 | More by dirtylou
4.36/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-30-2011 16:52:47 | More by Rifugium
3.8/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
11-13-2011 08:43:26 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
Belmont Station in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.