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The BeerMongers

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The BeerMongersThe BeerMongers
BA SCORE
96
world-class

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1125 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-2566
United States
phone: (503) 234-6012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebeermongers

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Place added by: msubulldog25 on 09-06-2009

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Dropped in during the tail end of CBC2015, was poured a beer from Logsdon and grabbed a bottle from Gigantic.

While we love Logsdon they beer that was served looked like a milkshake at best and should not have been served.

The place was a bit of a mess, I get it ... it was busy but not the time we go there, dirty glassware everywhere. Little things someone should stay on top of for a place the know their beer.

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Super impressed with both the selection and the staff!

Photo of G_Z_a
4.71/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Maybe my favorite place in town to grab a beer. Awesome selection of bottles at affordable prices either to go or to drink in shop. Tap selection is also very good, with usually some unique and diverse options. Service is usually pretty good, but there are some bartenders who are more friendly than others. Overall, a pretty laid back place to get a beer with friends.

Photo of Harvest06
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Good beer geek vibe, good but not large selection of bottles (stored in cool fridges) and craft drinks on tap with friendly service. The thing that makes this place stand out is it has lower prices on bottles to go than any other bottles shop in town.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Overrated. Worthless, customer service. Disappointing selection. Reasonable prices but on beer that I find undesirable.

Photo of PotlandOR
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

fun spot. smaller than some other bottle shops but the cases are "Stacked" with nice stuff. The few taps are always pumping rare shit.

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Another stop while in Portland. This place appeared to be more of a local joint. Bottle selection was great. They had several beers that Belmont Station did not have. Slightly higher prices though. Staff was friendly once you got them talking.

Photo of AnIslandOfGeese
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Good bottle selection. Good prices. Staff member was helpful. Good location. Brought home a few bottles that I can't get in Chicago.

Did not have exactly what I was looking for but got me some awesome local stuff.
Lots of floor to ceiling coolers. Easy to browse with a lot of cold, ready to drink brews.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place is across the street from Apex bar so we couldn't let it go. I think this was the fourth or fifth bar/beer store we visited in one day. Fun!

BeerMongers is kind of like Belmont, without the attitude. "No-nonsense", they say. Indeed. Friendlier folks, lower prices, a more convivial atmosphere. Eight taps at the bar, including Unibroue, Espresso Yeti, Carlton Bourbon Cider, Pelican Sea Hops, Laurelwood IPA. They are served in a variety of glasses, from 4 ounces to a 64-oz growler, and from two dollars to thirteen.

Chill on a Saturday night, the bar was full so we sat at the tables between the bar and the beer coolers. These are divided by styles and had some real goodies, including Eclipse Fifty Fifty, Brewdog Tokio, Boulevard barrel-aged RIS and Alesmith barrel-aged bottles. At $34, the Alesmith was six dollars cheaper than at Belmont, and those Eclipses were $25 a piece.

Super friendly service, all smiles. Great low prices. If they had a bit of a broader selection, BeerMongers would achieve beery nirvana.

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Portland, Oregon is blessed with three of the finest bottleshop/tap rooms I've ever had the pleasure of visiting, and The Beer Mongers stands among them. Though not as comprehensive as, say, Belmont Station, it's still a fine place to have a beer you've never tried before. The staff is very friendly, and they obviously take beer very seriously. Great place to watch the game, too. Highly recommended.

Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

These guys cram a ton of beers into a very cozy space. Not as many as Belmont Station but seriously a lot of beers. They have a nice well selected draft list, not very many like under 10 drafts I'd say but all very good quality beers. There is no food at beermongers but thats ok you can brink food in if you like. The reason I like it here so much are the people working there all very knowlegeable and extremely friendly. The other would be that their prices seem lower than others in town. One of my favorite bottle shops in town. Another cool thing, like many other bottle shops and breweries in PDX they are crazy about the Portland Timbers MLS so they will have the place decorated in Timbers colors and memorabilia. They have been showing soccer here I think every time I've stopped in which is cool.

Photo of Kyroqz
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Best place in PDX - all bartenders are extremely knowledgeable - there usually always IPA, Saison/Cider and Stout/Lagers on tap. They do not serve food but allow you to bring food in from neighboring food joints and occasionally the tamales-guy stops by. They show all Timbers game and always have sports on. You are allowed to drink the bottles/cans you purchase at the bar. All taps can be had in tasters, 4oz, 12oz, 16oz (+32oz and 64oz and growlers to go)

Photo of Fluffheady
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Wonderful bottle shop. They have a little taproom as well. It’s seriously cool and is unpretentious. They like to trade. We brought a really rare Chicago beer and literally got a tin sign off the wall. I liked it a bit more than belmont station. Not because belmont station isn’t wonderful. But because they aren’t quite as big and you can chat a bit better with the guys. Beermongers is right across the street from APEX, so you can make a night out of it. (Also not too far from Cascade and Green Dragon).

Photo of jera1350
3.18/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

Saw some recommendations for this place and seeing how we were across the street earlier at APEX, decided to swing in to browse the to go beer selection. A couple of people were at the bar enjoying there brews, but I didn't take a glance at the list as that was not our intention. Upon searching the coolers of brew available to take home, it became evident that these guys only sell bombers of beer. Okay, fine, but I like the sixer/four pack option a bit more as I intended to bring some home to share with others and price wise it's a better option. Honestly, I don't think I saw anything but bombers here and the selection was fine, but nothing compared to Belmont Stations which isn't too far away. Of the four of us, not one person asked if we needed help finding anything. Maybe it was just the one person working the bar, but a quick holler to see if we needed anything would have sufficed. Took our business elsewhere.

Photo of rikatine
3.05/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Our first stop on our walking tour of beer venues in the SE. Arrived around 11:30 am on a Tuesday, not surprisingly we were the only ones there. We had the Breakside IPA, the only IPA on. It was good so we each decided to have one. We sat and ate our breakfast burrito from across the street.

We checked out the bottle selection, but were not in the market to buy with a long day ahead. The Beermonger was extremely busy stocking the beer the whole time we were there, so aside from "do you want another beer" there was zero interaction. Thankfully not the norm for our experience in Portland as a whole. Moving on.

Photo of DavidB123
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was my first time on the west coast and was recommended by locals here, the 1st place I stocked up on at beers. The prices were reasonable for the beers I purchased. Good west coast and local selection. A place to drink at and bring out and its right across the street from another great bar.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Solid store - despite it's convenient (to the City) location, I had never actually been in here, but rather utilized Belmont Station for most of my purchasing needs.

its proximity to Apex (beerbar) is well documented - parking can be tricky but theres plenty of street parking within a few blocks.

A modest # of taps (8, I believe) and a small sitting area. There seemed to be a bit less beer than over at Belmont but there were some definite random treasures to be found - block 15, an ale apothecary release, etc accompanied the usual suspects in the area (deschutes, hotd, russian river, alesmith) and loads of random oregon stuff. I appreciated scoring a barrel aged stout from Ægir Bryggeri as well - had never seen that stuff in the States.

Solid store - have added to the rotation

Photo of LittleDon
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Summary: Small taproom feel, great bottle selection, great taps.

You Portlandians are so spoiled. Not only are there outstanding bottle shops strategically located around the city, but they serve beer, too! I don't go to Portland as often as I'd like, but when I do, I try to bring home a bomber or two (or 20, as it were, on this trip). BeerMongers is the second such establishment I've been able to visit this year (I was at Belmont Station in February or March). BeerMongers was a nice contrast. The small West Coast taproom vibe of BeerMongers distinguishes it from Belmont Station's East Coast neighborhood bar/liquor store feel. If I wasn't meeting a colleague for lunch, I would have stuck around long and sampled what they had on tap. I had superb service from both places. The the lone salesperson at BM was able to help me pick out a good representation of exactly what I was looking for. And, as selection goes, there was more than enough to keep me happy. I was focused on the local and small distribution breweries, but there were many others US and non-US beers that would have made it to my checked baggage, if I had infinite room, beer fridge space, and money (like Russian River, Uinta, and Southern Tier, none of which I can get back home).

Maybe it's a good thing I don't get here too often. I'd be fatter (and poorer) than I am now. Definitely a place worth returning to.

Photo of BentLegBrewer
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

From texas and the sale staff there is amazing they have a wonderful selection and try to be as accomodating as possible. They helped me score many great beers over the last 2 yrs including the latest 09 bourbonic. They currently have about 525 bottles tucked away for sale and more cellered for future release. If your hunting the hard to fine look no further, put in a call or drop by. The place gave me the feeling you get going in to a nice vinyl record shop, you could browse and admire for a while. It is hard to go and only get one bottle you will come across others that you wanted, didnt know you wanted or through their great advice we be talked into getting. you wont be disappointed. thanks alot

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A: Walked in as they opened on a Friday at lunch. We were pretty much the only ones here. Rather quiet. Spacious, high ceilings with coolers lining the walls packed full of goodness. About 8 seats at the bar against the wall with a big screen to keep you occupied. Laid back feel was nice.

Q: My 2010 Old yeller was primetime!

S: Very nice talkative and extremely helpful. Not always very attentive on the serving of beer and seemed to be distracted a lot but thats no biggie.I was preeping to drink one more and the keg went kablewy, so the server gave me the remnants.

S: Left with a few bottles of stuff I have been unable to try. I wanted to drop about hundred bones in here on some Speedway Stout, Logsden's Seizon and others. Very good selection but I did not see much on the vintages.

Photo of Rifugium
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Easily one of the highlights of my visit to Portland. Great atmosphere here in this bottle shop / pub. Small and intimate, with lots of good stuff crammed in the fridges. A small bar seats maybe 10 people or so, and there are a few tables around to accommodate a decent-sized crowd, as well as plenty of standing room if necessary. Eight taps with some good local selections, and plenty of bottles to choose from, to either consume on the premises or take out. I got a lot of good help from the bartenders / staff both times I visited, and obviously they are very in tune to the beer scene. No food, but there are several nearby food joints, and they let you bring whatever you want in. Of course, high end beer is going to be more on the pricey side, but relatively, the prices are about on par.

Photo of ChrisPr
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

BeerMongers does not serve food, however, you can bring it or order it from a few local establishments. I give their service a moderate number because you must order from the bar.

Now that we've got that out of the way... this is an exceptional beer establishment.

BeerMongers is partially a bottle shop, partially a pub. They have a limited tap list of (I believe) eight beers. They tend to be a bit obscure, but high-quality Pacific Northwest beers, with a unexpected appearance by North American standouts or International classics. It seems like once a month or more they have something special on their taps.

I can't say enough positive about this place. It is exactly what makes Portland a great beer destination. Great staff, great selection. You might not find the 'normal' beers here, but you can be assured that everything amongst their great hand-selected inventory is selected to please your palate.

If you're visiting Portland on a 'beery' itinerary, this must be one of your stops.

Photo of boMD
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

To start off, I'm quite the regular here and I've developed a nice relationship with the staff and owners of The BeerMongers. So this is going to be a strongly positive review, but that's why I'm writing this review. I frequent so many beer establishments in Portland and BM stands out because even if it's your first visit, they take the effort to learn your name and make you feel welcomed.

Second of all, the selection is top notch with most of the newest releases and rarer imports. Their buyer has been in the beer geek scene for a long time so he knows a thing or too about getting a top quality, diverse selection of bottles. Also, the prices of bottles are cheaper than any other bottleshop in town. I don't know how they do it. The savings can add up if you're buying a large amount of bottles to bring home. PLUS, if you want to drink a bottle there there is no corkage fee.

Eight taps of unique handles that you won't often see around time. And it's the regular haunt for a lot of Portland BeerAdvocates. There's often tastings and other beer events at the BM.

No food, but across the street is a solid Mexican food joint that you can grab food and bring over. BeerMongers has a great selection of locally made hot sauces to pair too. Be sure to ask for those.

Overall, if you consider yourself a beer geek and you live in the Portland area, shame on you for not visiting this bottleshop/pub yet! If your visiting Portland and want a nice inviting beer place, and maybe grab a few bottles to bring back home, this is the perfect spot for you.

Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The BeerMongers was a fond highlight of my recent trip to Portland. Really great people congregate at this location for both great tap list choices and the extensive bottle selection. Furthermore, the staff encourages on site retail purchase bottle consumption which is incredibly conducive to BA Gatherings / Bottle Sharings. If you want to see what the social aspect of craft beer is all about, BeerMongers does it right!

Josh is super friendly and looks out for both locals and tourists alike. He was nice enough to beermail me after seeing the itinerary I had posted and recommend a better time for me to visit (when a BA meetup was happening) and also took the time to make some great food recommendations in the area when I asked.

Prices were very reasonable and no corkage fee was just plain awesome! Bottle selection was large and fairly local in scope. I enjoyed my time at BeerMongers so much that I didn't even bother going to APEX across the street. The BeerMongers is a must visit in Portland and I can't wait to go back!

Photo of cbarrett4
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One of the top bottle shops in Portland, and one that is rare because they will open ANY bottle of beer for in house enjoyment at the retail price. They also have a limited tap selection. On weekends the place gets pretty crowded. Of note: APEX is across the street and a fantastic vegan restaurant, Portobello, is next door and actually connects through the back. So this makes a great place to hang and have a beer while waiting for a table to open up next door.

For retail browsing I recommend coming earlier so you don't have to push your way through people to get a cooler door open. Which reminds me, all the beer is kept in coolers.

Selection is pretty nice, they don't tend to stock up on usual suspects, but instead focus on local brews and things that aren't in grocery. Worth checking out if you are ever in the area.

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