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4.66/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-14-2011 16:02:09 | More by boMD
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
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!
09-11-2011 02:07:54 | More by koopa
4.66/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-28-2011 22:12:22 | More by cbarrett4
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
Beermongers has proven awesome for two reasons:
1. Service is always friendly, polite, and honest. Not always a given, unfortunately.
2. The prices will not be beaten in Portland. Period.
I don't think I've ever seen cheaper prices in the Portland area consistently, and across the board. Southern Tier Choklat was $10-11 at John's, Zupans, and Whole Foods, and $8.10 here. Awesome deals can be found, but the depth of the selection always leaves me wanting a bit more.
Also, I have to say, in the half-dozen times I've been there, I've never seen a beer on tap I've thought "well, I need to have that." Which is not a huge bummer, considering the fact that there are tons of bottles to pick out of a cooler and drink at no extra cost. Still, wish if they were tapping it'd be something more exciting.
Apex is an awesome place on a summer evening, and Beermongers makes a great companion to grab a beer or two to take home after you wrap up across the street. With great prices and friendly service, I'd recommend it to anyone in the area seeking a good deal.
08-24-2011 05:11:30 | More by nomomentwasted
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
Beermongers is a place that i just recently discovered. I have been there a number of times but just to browse their bottle selection. Most of the time this was mid-day when the place was pretty empty.
Got a chance to attend one of their barrel beer events that proved to be awesome. The place was packed but there was still plenty of space to hang out and meet other BA's. Similarly, you can grab a beer from one of their 5 taps (constantly changing) at very reasonable prices and browse their bottle selection, then just add it to your tab at the end of the night. This can be dangerous to your bank account! Nevertheless their bottle prices are very reasonable and often are lower than some of the other local bottle shops.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a solid craft beer selection at a good price. And if you want to drink your bottle there, feel free to do so. The employees are friendly and have a variety of glasses to accompany most beer styles!
05-16-2011 23:17:07 | More by Brewbro000
4.64/5 rDev +5.7%
The BeerMongers is a great addition to Portland's burgeoning bottleshop/taproom scene. The bottle selection isn't huge like a Belmont Station or John's Marketplace, but it is well-curated and very reasonably priced. The tap selection, while also small, features quality local brews.
The service is friendly and very helpful. The staff is very knowledgeable. The patrons are equally friendly. It's a nice place to stop for a pint or two and some good conversation.
Probably the only thing I dislike about these combo bar/bottle shops is that after a pint or two, it's much easier to drop too much dough on some (or many) bottles. But I can live with that.
02-26-2011 22:57:48 | More by guajolote
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
BeerMongers is great! I like the new trend in Portland, and perhaps other places?, of the combo beer bar and bottle shop. This one happens to be at the same intersection as Apex, a new beer bar with solid selection and fair prices. But a strange vibe, at the Apex (to me) has sent me across the street to BeerMongers when I'm in the area.
I think there are just 4 taps, maybe 6? Unique, quality, local stuff. Staff are awesome and knowledgeable. Selection is something like 500 bottles, sold at retail prices but can be consumed on site. Staff open for you but no corking fee. Pretty sweet scenario, if you ask me. And prices? The 2006 Pannepot that was $9 at Belmont Station (love the place) was $6.20 at The BeerMongers. So my advice is see if BeerMongers has it first, then go on over to Belmont.
I just like to visit Portland, don't live there. But I'm saying this is a "don't miss" for the beer geek in PDX.
12-30-2010 06:19:09 | More by sprucetip
4.14/5 rDev -5.7%
Been going here dumping large amounts of dough each time I go. Got to chatting with Sean a good many times, and must say they are all very knowledgeable there and extremely friendly. Lots of great rotating bottles always in stock and a super good small tap selection. Great place to hang out that isn't overly large and slammed busy. I usually go earlier than most there though. Attended a nice bottle meet there too which was cool of them hosting that. This is one of those bottle shops I frequent much more than the others because the prices are usually better, and the service is always much more friendly. Cheers!
12-29-2010 01:22:45 | More by Docer
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Just started a little beer cellar recently and decided to drop by this place on the way home from work. The place itself while quaint and small definitely packs in a great selection of beer bottles. On a Thursday night BeerMongers was pretty busy and a number of people were engrossed in conversations over pints of deliciousness.
I asked what looked like a store clerk for help with my beer selection and got more than I bargained for. Josh, the clerk, was very helpful and had many thoughtful insights on which beers would age well. He was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions I could muster up.
While BeerMongers doesn't stack up with Belmont Station selection wise it is a place worth checking out for sure. I didn't try any of the beers they had on tap but their selections were pretty noteworthy. Another thing I noticed is that their markup on the bottles didn't run as high as some of the other bottle shops in town.
11-19-2010 04:49:17 | More by greygooose
3.56/5 rDev -18.9%
After drinking at Apex I hit BeerMongers for something to take back to the room. It wasn't very busy and yet for some reason I couldn't get the attention of any of the employees. I browsed for a bit and hoped they might wrap up their conversations, but then my curiosity got the best of me and I eavesdropped. Yep, personal chats with other people, not really at all beer employee/customer related.
The selection looked fairly impressive and it is an interesting location as far as architecture. I liked the convenience of the bus stop outside for a quick path to Victory down the street.
08-09-2010 02:30:25 | More by yemenmocha
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