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The BeerMongers

Not Rated.
The BeerMongersThe BeerMongers
BA SCORE
97
world-class

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 09-06-2009)
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Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -31.5%

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

Photo of rikatine
3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
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 jera1350
3.18/5  rDev -27.4%
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 yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by here after my visit to Apex (they're pretty much kitty corner to Apex, so this is a convenient place to stop off and grab some beer to take home after one's visit there).

BeerMongers is a small, comfy looking place, with a small bar area, a couch and several tables and chairs. The day I was there they had 4 beers on tap, including C-note from Lompoc. If it weren't for the Apex nearby with their stellar selection, I can see where this might be a cool place to hang out and have a beer or two while you ponder the bottle selection in the two large cooler areas. As near as I can tell, everything they sell here is refrigerated, which is a nice option if you need to take something home for immediate consumption. Selection here was pretty solid, and I like how they have the coolers organized by style rather than by brewery. It's a nice change of pace. Quality of the selections was pretty high, with a nice selection of both imports and domestic craft. BM's doesn't have the biggest selection on the planet, but what they have is of very good quality, and I doubt they have much of a problem with inventory turnover. Prices seemed pretty reaasonable (supplication for $11, among other things).

Service was hard to gauge based on the one time I was there. There was only one employee, and he appeared to be working on some project on his laptop. He looked up to see if I needed any assistance (I didn't), but never got up to come speak with me or provide any advice/assistance. Hence the average rating for service.

As noted above, this is certainly a solid place, though given the other options in Portland, I'm not sure I'd call it a beer destination. I'd rather shop at Belmont or John's marketplace if I was planning on making beer haul, but this would be a great place to stop for a couple of bottles to bring home if you happened to be in the area.

Edit from 3/11. Had meant to update this previously, based on a BA gathering I attended here in 9/10. During that particular event, the bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable, and was quick to refill my glass with Maiden the Shade whenever necessary (despite the large crowd). I have updated the service score for this place accordingly.

Photo of DavidB123
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 nomomentwasted
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Docer
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of squaremile
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The most notable thing about this place is how cheap the beers are. I have no idea how they are able to price the bottles so low, and I mean crazy low. By far the cheapest in town. They carry all the major west coast and NW stuff, as well as a growing selection of international beers (again at ridiculous prices).

My best experience here was during a recent beer advocate tasting, where we got to hang out and mingle with the owner. Super nice guy. Having the taps in house now and a TV for sports is a nice touch and I definitely will be there to watch a game some afternoon.

Cool bottle shop, needs a bigger selection, but very promising.

Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Surprised nobody has reviewed this place yet.
Stopped by during holidays for a Christmas Beer tasting and did a perusal of coolers. A pretty funky eclectic mix of brews, several hard to find Belgians, but missing some of the local staples (HUB). The prices are the best in Portland, the owners have thoughtfully kept their inventory a bit lower in order to gain a clear price point advantage over local competitors. There is a comfy area for enjoying your bottle, and the hosts do their best to serve in the appropriate glassware. While this may be one of the most competitive cities on earth for quality bottle shops, The BeerMongers is certainly filling a need for value conscious shoppers looking for off-street parking and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy their purchase. Worth a visit.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 koopa
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Brewbro000
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of ChrisPr
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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