Belmont Station

BA SCORE
99
world-class

228 Ratings
Belmont StationBelmont Station
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4500 SE Stark St
Portland, Oregon, 97215-1649
United States

(503) 232-8538 | map
belmont-station.com

Notes:
Store:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Biercafé:
Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
5.12%
 
 
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2.02/5  rDev -55%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Docer
3.6/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great joint to get a butt-load of bottled beer... although the prices are a little high compared to a close QFC, Whole Foods... etc... but a great selection... and they are always getting new stuff in on-tap and in the bottle. They update via twitter and their forum often as well which is nice... cleanliness can be an issue as i have heard from many at the bar... but other than that... can't say i have had any food there... it's about the beer! Nice place... just wish I had a place like it closer to home here in Gresham!

* Must say though the service side of things lacked for me a bit though, as a cashier felt it was more important to stand their chatting with a friend for nearly a minute and a half while I stood there with beers in hand to checkout. Also it's one thing to be a beer geek... but I found myself running into beer snobs working there. Kind of the attitude that it doesn't matter, people are going to go there anyway and buy their stuff.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Although the bar is a bit small and often overcrowded, I like the all wood construction, the decor consisting of beer memorabilia, and the dark, but not too dark atmosphere. It's a very comfortable place to have a beer when it's not too crowded. The selection is as good as everybody says-not the best in town, but darn close. Bonus points for usually having something on cask. The only blemish to this otherwise great place is the service. Even once I had been coming around enough for the servers to recognize me, they were still quite rude and unfriendly. Expect long waits to get a beer or to cash out, even when there are no crowds. The taplist and proximity always draw me back here eventually, but I have tried to stop going here on more than one occasion due to the service.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was told this was the place to go by others and they were right... a rather impressive selection. I started pulling bombers from shelves and coolers, leaving them in group so I could take up somehow together. Evidently this is a bad thing, as I seemed to get a surly remark when asking for a box to put them in... or it they have a maximum bottle policy for selling beers. Was happy to find bottles of beers of some of the smaller breweries I would not make it to, and stayed away from the imports. Spent between $100 to $200. I might go back again, but not if I learn of another couple places with complimentary selection with better service.

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Photo of matylight
3.86/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It seems that one of the commandments for the Portland beer lover is to stop into this place. While I can certainly recommend it and it's definitely worth seeking out, it doesn't quite live up to the hype for me.

I didn't have time to sit down at the bar for a beer from one of their several taps but the store is impressive indeed. The place is nothing fancy, several coolers and shelves housing the claimed 1000+ bottles. Certainly the selection is impressive and the prices are relatively fair for the Portland area. The only knock I can issue to the place is that the service was a bit lacking. We walked in without so much as a nod from the lady behind the counter and not once did she stop to ask us if we needed any help. Oh well. Still walked away with some cool stuff.

As my wife and I live in Corvallis (about 90 minutes away) it makes more sense for us to go to John's Market which holds nearly as many bottles and slightly better service. Once again, though, Belmont Station is certainly worth a stop and maybe one day I'll get a chance to sit down at the bar.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

A cool hole in the wall kind of place on Belmont, next to a good pub. Nice selection of beer! Not nearly good as John's Marketplace in Multnomah Village, but still pretty good. They focus on the more popular beers (popular with domestic/imported beer lovers- not swill drinkers) instead of having everything. Fun selection of British candy. Certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One note: bring cash. Prices are cheaper if you pay cash, probably about 40 cents per bottle. If you're buying an ass load of beer, keep this in mind

Jumper Jebus, this place is deceiving. A small corner store--with horrible parking--connected to a small cafe type area. It's a beer store. Beer. And lots of it.

Coolers on either side, maybe 6 or 7 doors per side. Aisles in between, maybe 4 of those. So, not all that big, but beer sits everywhere. Stacks, coolers, shelves, floor. Many small time Oregon brewery brews around here, which is nice, but thought there'd be more. Seems out of state brands have the best spots.

Dudes working there like beer and are helpful. Next door is the cafe, with beer...to drink. That's enough for me, but it goes a step further and offers some rarities and goodies.

Compared to the big stores in the Denver area, it doesn't really compare. Lots of warm beer laying around, and the place is fairly small.

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Photo of rarigney
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in to the bottle shop during a recent visit to Portland. Found several beers on my list, in addition to several more I wanted to try. I don't know if their selection is better than most, but they certainly have a lot of different beers. It's on my list next trip to Portland.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Not a bad place to get some great beer on the East side of town here in Portland. Although, I do wish they had a way of having the customers write down their request. Perhaps a simple note pad could to the trick, especially if you're planning on purchasing several different styles of beer.

Update 10-05-2002: Well, I still wished they had a piece of paper lying around so they don't forget what you requested. They missed my Bigfoot Barleywine today. They also double dinged me for the beer deposite.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -10.9%

The Belmont Station is a nice store/drinkery but it sure seemed cramped on the beer store selection side. I would like to have stayed and enjoyed some beer there which you had to pay more to drink there which makes sense from an overhead perspective. I did eat or get served a drink there but there isn't folks there to help you out if you have any questions. You should know your stuff going in there.

Overall a nice local stop for some hard to get microbrews but I will buy local on the west side of town. If I lived nearby I would frequent but being 20 miles away I will hit JM's. Prices were reasonable, it is worth a visit.

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Photo of judkinst
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Crotor
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Belmont Station presented a damned fine if somewhat West-Coast-centric selection. The set-up was rather intelligent for a small space - one beer of each type in stock out on the shelf with a price tag, with the bulk in the back (in refridgeration) where the helpful and knowledgable clerk would fetch what you wanted. Decent prices too. My only complaint would be that it's a bit weak on the Belgian side of things, but the bottles of 2001 Rogue RIS will silence me pretty quickly...

Note: ultra-convenient location for beer tourism - right next to the Horse Brass...

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

First place we stopped in town on our way to The Horse Brass. Friendly service from the bar side as we sampled a small glass of beer before shopping around. Nice tap list with a variety of Washington brews as part of Portland Craft Beer Week. Reasonable prices.

The store side was cram packed with beers. The selection here is seriously ridiculous. I could have spent hours in here searching all of the breweries/beers. Prices seemed fair. I would say about half of the beer here was in a cooler and the overall organization of the store was great. They even had some vintage bottles of things for sale.

My only complaint was on the store side service. The guy stood behind the counter the whole time and never asked us once if there was anything we needed help with. While it's nice to not be bothered, I believe an employee should ask everyone looking if they need help at least once. We were the only ones in the entire store.

Great place overall, just beware of the service on the store side.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.04/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Probably the third best bottle shop in PDX, but an impressive selection of a wide range of beer. They also have 16 or 17 rotating taps (I think 16 taps and one cask actually) which offer some pretty amazing beer. I once had RR Temptation, Supplication, and Consecration side by side by side =)

The glassware selection is the best in town by far. If you are looking for proper stemware then this is where you go. (Props for the massive Karmeleit man-chalice!)

The selection pales compared to John's Market, but the fact that they have the taps definitely puts them on a different level.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place for beer. They have pretty much every beer that is available through distribution in Portland OR. Updated website and email's that keep you up to date with all the new releases from bottles of beers and what's on tap.

The beer on draught is what I really love about Belmont Station. Walk in get a beer on draught (usually about 10-12 draught to choose from), then browse the beer selection while you make your decisions.

The employees are willing to help and give suggestions and all of them make you feel more than welcome.

I have tried other beer stores in Portland none of which offer the same amazing experience that Belmont Station offers. Best beer store in Portland by far.

EDIT: SERVICE! You get two experiences at Belmont Station, the store which is very friendly and are willing to offer help. The Bier cafe is the complete opposite, here you get the inattentive, unwelcoming, just tell me what you want, i don't care, i hate being here i'd rather be staring at a white wall service. It always the same guy working he has been an employee for many years, i think he's tired of the job.

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Photo of sqquuee
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

I was in portland on vacation this week and had been told by serverale websites that i should check it out. This was my first stop in portland.

The amount of beers was fairly overwhelming for such a small shop. They had beer to the ceiling. All styles and in many diffrent sizes. Many bottles in cold cases as well.

The service seemed to be a mixed bag. I asked if i could grab a box to start filling up and the guys sort of laugh at me and said we have baskets. The 400-500 dollers i was planning on spending on beer would not have fit in 1 hand basket.

But to save time i figured i would just not spend the money, as it seemed he was too busy stocking beer to be helpful.

The second guy working took the time out to offer sugestions and his favorites.

I ended up flling my basket full with my 1 case of beer and spent about a 100 bucks.

It is worth noting they had a cash discount.

We later sat at the cafe and the service seemed to be much better.

All in all a great little place minus the one service snafu.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Was very excited to visit this shop on a recent trip to Portland. Had heard many good things. Definitely a decent selection, but I wasn't blow away. Prices were a bit high for sure. I would go back, but not spectacular.

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

One of my favorite spots I visited in Portland this weekend. The outdoor area has a handful of wrought iron tables and chairs along the front side of the building.

The bar itself is way cozy and was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Chill music (jazz, folk, jamband tunes, classic rock) playing on the radio, great beer paraphernalia on the walls including a nicely racked tap handle collection, 16 tap beers flowing all with several pour size options (tasters, 25cl, pint, 1 liter), some food options although they felt limited, and a decent staff. You can drink bottles purchased from the bottle shop in the bar which is nice but they ask for a $1.50 corkage fee which isn't so nice.

Inside the bottle shop had a very nice selection of local and import bottles. Kind of lame that they charge about 10% more for each bottle purchased on a credit card vs. cash, especially considering the cash price wasn't even the best to begin with. It was cool that they had several racks of assorted brewery pint glasses for sale.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by the Belmont Station on 4/13/2010 on a work trip to Portland. It was recommended to me by wisrarebeer; a wise sage in all things beer!

Belmont Station was a cozy bar and beer shop in the middle of a really great neighborhood. The staff was very friendly but not pushy. They were happy to help those customers who needed a hand (in fact, I heard a guy ask which bottled water to buy! The clerk politely gave his opinion!).

Small bar with a couple of small tables. A few tables out in front on the busy Stark St. The selection of beer was great, especially of the local Oregonian beers.

All in all, if you're ever in Portland, this is a great side trip! Take a walk around the neighborhood and admire the unique cottage houses and excellent gardens. When you get thirsty, make a stop at Belmont Station for some exceptional brews!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Attended the Michael Jackson toast on Sunday night, and the overall experience was great. Didn't expect the split: half of the place is a beer store crammed into what feels like a corner convenience store, the other half is a pub with mostly local taps and food. You can buy bottles (warm or cold) from the store and drink them in the pub. Taking them home is the cheaper option, but either way the prices are fair, and the selection is insane. I can't even begin to list the brews I saw there, but expect to see plenty of things you've never had before, even if you're the biggest beer insaniac out there. Found a few things there that I wasn't even able to get at the ridiculous John's Marketplace: Hitachino's Nest Celebration, and Grozette Gooseberry ale (which, appropriately, I'd read about in a Michael Jackson book earlier that day). Also got turned onto local brew Hub, which was a raw, hoppy delight.

Service was okay, even a little indifferent at the bar. Good enough though, and the casual, intimate atmosphere was just right. In the insanely big pool of choices in Portland, a lover of great beer has got to stop in.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yeah....awesome place but kind of Twp sides of the coin here. The growler fill side was off the charts awesome. They gave us tastes and talked to us about the GREAT selection. The bottle shop side whole it had an awesome selection, the guy working that side was kind of rude and seemed to be preoccupied.

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Belmont Station in Portland, OR
4.49 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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