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The BeerMongers

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

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
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 rikatine
3.05/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

rikatine, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.18/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

jera1350, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

yemenmocha, Aug 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

claspada, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Gobzilla, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

John_M, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of DavidB123
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

DavidB123, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

nomomentwasted, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%

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!

Docer, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

squaremile, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

jdense, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -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

dirtylou, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

koopa, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Brewbro000
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

Brewbro000, May 17, 2011
Photo of ChrisPr
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

ChrisPr, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

fitius5150, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Mebuzzard, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

BarrytheBear, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

slavall, May 15, 2014
Photo of djbreezy
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

The BeerMongers is such a welcome addition to Portland. I cannot express it enough. The individual that is consistently in there...possibly the owner...is the nicest, most knowledgeable and modest, super laid back dude. I've observed him listen to people talk about complete BS or be annoying and he's totally chill the whole time. Just loving life.

The beer selection isn't huge but it is of utmost quality. The prices are among the best in town. I really hope it stays this way. Time will tell.

There is a nice bar inside now and a TV. Caught a Blazers game there. It was laid back and there were some top notch beers on tap. A great place to relax and enjoy beer.

djbreezy, May 06, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of greygooose
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

greygooose, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of CapitalGains
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

I've been to The BeerMongers a couple of times now and anticipate myself returning in the future. Relatively small bar area with four to five taps at any given time, which rotate frequently. A couple of comfortable chairs and some reading material, in addition to a big screen TV which is usually streaming a sports event.

There's a usually a tasting event every weekend which is pretty cool. A couple of times it was promoting smaller brewers from the Portland area and one time it was a mixed of international and domestic beers. It can get pretty busy when these events reach their apex but it's never been uncomfortably crowded.

As others have commented, the individual who runs the place (or at least is always there when I go) is stellar. I believe his name is Sean/Shawn but I'm not 100% sure on that. He's always been down-to-earth and willing to strike up a conversation, no matter the topic.

The beer selection is pretty good and the prices are tough to beat anywhere else. Usually one cooler for each primary classification of beer (IPA, stout, porter, etc.). There are about nine or ten coolers in total; four or five of those primarily stock the international variety. I usually go to only buy bottles but I end up hanging out for a few beers and striking up conversation with the others present at the time.

CapitalGains, Jul 04, 2010
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