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The BeerMongers

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The BeerMongersThe BeerMongers

36 Reviews
Reviews: 36
Visits: 81
Avg: 4.19
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

Place added by: msubulldog25 on 09-06-2009

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Reviews: 36 | Visits: 81
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of JamLand
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I visited Beermongers recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: Pretty standard bottle shop with a bar vibe.

Ser: I was not acknowledged during my visit until I was at the register.

Sel: Small shop, however, they did have a few unique offerings I did not find anywhere else.

Overall, not really a must stop in Portland, but since you have to go to Apex during your visit to Portland, you might as well stop in here too.

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Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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).

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Photo of djbreezy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of squaremile
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.44/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of rikatine
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of guajolote
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Docer
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I liked it. Caddy-cornered from Apex, you'd be extremely remiss to NOT stop in here (like watching a twenty dollar bill blow past you without even an effort spent to bend and snatch it). On my visit, there was a badass young trio of musicians bashing out some funky jazzy instrumentals, so the vibe was rocking. That said, not a place I'd wanna spend the entire night at. Service seemed nondescript, though the bottle selection was very satisfactory. What you do: spend your time at Apex, then drop by here to find a couple of nice bottles to take home.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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