Belmont Station

BA SCORE
99
world-class

228 Ratings
Belmont StationBelmont Station
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

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%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
1,310
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

If you didn't know its neighbor next door had been there for some 30 years, you'd think this was one of those "chicken or the egg" kind of things. Did the kind beer store set up shop next to the killer pub or vice versa? Yes, the Horse Brass Pub located all the way through that door over there was here first, and they really compliment each other wonderfully. Had a great beer at the pub, I wonder if I can get that in a store, there you go...

It's really a great little beer store stocking a few hundred bottles. It's strangely deceptive in that the floor stock spread out across the floor units and wall mounted slelves is only one of each bottle, and then the staff grabs you what you need from coolers beyond your view. They hold a similar Belgian collection to that of that other beer store we visited in town just a few hours earlier, but less in American micros and world imports. Still, a very good selection of the regional goods from the Pacific states, and extending the long arm of far reaching micros. A small sign indicated that they were out Hoegaarden. "Oh no, whatever will I do?" remarked Phil mockingly alarmed. Ofttimes, he's a little smartass.

The rest of the store holds English goods and provisions. Biscuits & shortbread, dry food mixes, puddings, jams, preserves, teas, toffees, mustards, marmalades, sweets & confections; all the cool cadbury candies we can't get here. Jon was all silly over some version of the Kit Kat bar you can't get here in the states. They also sell hats, shirts, glasses and most important just now, mugs & tokens for the Oregon Beer Festival. Service is up to snuff and really has to be so, because they do all the running to get you your beer. Good store, nicely marked by the London Underground style sign out front.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Belmont Station was the first stop on our intense beer tour of Portland. And what a stop!

I entered through the "Bier Cafe", where the tap list is quite outrageous: HUB Kentucky Xmas, Struise Black Damnation, Blackberry Albert, Deschutes Black XXIII, Ninkasi Pravda, Goose Island Class of 88, Full Sail Imperial Porter '12... good shit! Bartenders are not the friendliest folks, but they are efficient enough. The bar section of the station is small and a bit cramped, but I still found room at the bar. The best is to go next door and browse for brews while drinking beer.

The retail area is also small but so chock-full of goodies, you won't believe it. There is a barrel-aged section, including Eclipse, Big Bad Baptist, Double DBA and Rye on Rye. Also a variety of Alesmith barrel-aged stuff and even a vintage shelf with a 2007 Abyss for 40 dollars.

Service here is much friendlier and helpful than at the bar. Prices are high, no doubt. Quality is obscene. This place is wow!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Well I'm really surprised that this isn't listed as a beer store, but I guess I get it. You can get a pint and a bite too, so OK. Let's start with that. Decent tap selection to say the least. On the other hand, Portland is not short on bars that have a killer line-up. And with the Horse Brass so close, I doubt I'd stop here for a pint unless I was buying beer. It's kind of basic deli-looking, and it doesn't really have a bar atmosphere - it's a tasting room (although I should note that I've only been in during the day).

Onward to the other side of the place, the one with the many coolers and shelves full beer!!! They've got a very decent selection of local brews, and general area brews, but so does everyone else (Whole Foods, Fred Meyer's, etc.) in the area. Where they excel are the imports. Unless you're heading to John's, you probably won't find this kind of stuff anywhere else.

That leaves us with service and value. The service is extremely knowledgeable, and right-out-there helpful. I personally don't need to be sold on anything, or need any help with selections, but I was given plenty of unsolicited suggestions that might have been helpful if I wasn't so "in the know". And that service was based on simply eyeballing what I'd looked at and picked-up, which is, in my opinion, about the best you can do as far as service goes - so kudos for that!

As to price, I thought the beers at the Cafe were totally in-line, and even less than I'd paid elsewhere; but the bottled beers were a touch higher than the chains - keep in mind, that only applies to the local beers, because the chains don't have a lot of specialty imports.

So, overall, I'd recommend a trip to check it out, either before or after you've stopped in at the Horse Brass.

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Photo of John_M
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I have only given the service here a score of 5 because that's as high a score as allowed.

I've visited Belmont Station on many occasions, both at the "new" currrent location and its old home next to the Horsebrass. I sort of miss the funky atmosphere of the old store, but have to concede that the layout at the new store (where you can actually now help yourself to beer out of the cold box) is vastly superior.

The selection here is just outstanding, with the store carrying just about everything imaginable and/or available from the NW. They also have a decent selection of Alaskan beers, including a good selection of products from Midnight Sun. OK, Belmont Station does not have as good a supply of Belgians as some stores I've seen here in Maryland, but I'm sure that has more to do with availability in the NW market then anything else. In any event, suffice it to say that they still have what anyone would call a very good selection of beers from Germany, Belgium and England.

One of the things I really like about the new store is the addition of the cafe next door. As I understand it, you can pay to have anything in the store opened up in the cafe (there is an in store price and a take out price), and the cafe also has 3 or 4 beers on tap as well (OK. It's more like 18 or 20 now).

The service here is just exceptional and really can't be beat. I've always found the folks here quite friendly, and the level of beer geekdom knowledge unparalleled. On one occasion Chris (the manager here) let on that he had inadvertently received some Fantome beers that for whatever reason he wasn't allowed to sell in the store, so he notified local BA's that he had the beer availabe if they wanted to buy it. Picked up two bottles of fantome Circus that I never would have been able to try otherwise.

As others have noted, there are now roughly 16 beer on tap here. Other than Bailey's on the West Side, I'd be hard put to think of a beer bar with a more diverse, or electic beer selection. This place is excellent... what else can I say?

This place is just fabulous.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Belmont Station is my kind of beer destination. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Portland on Stark Street. There is street parking and a small lot but a walk may be in order given how busy this place seems to be even on weekday evenings.

Upon entering the store after passing the "1000 beers" sign it is almost sensory overload. The bottle shop is lined with coolers and has shelves in the middle. In addition there is a small section devoted to glassware and accessories. In an adjacent room there is a small bar/tap room with seating.

The beer selection in the store is outstanding. The shelves/coolers are somewhat divided by region/country, with the Oregon stuff being in the first cooler. Pretty much any crafy brewery you can think of is represented, but just a few are Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel, Deschutes, Rogue, Roots, and Hair of the Dog from Oregon. Other US microbrews like Stone, Alesmith, Lost Coast, and on and on are available. In addition, imports from Belgium, Germany, Russia etc are represented. Another bonus on our visit was a tasting table set up by Old Lompoc with samples.

In the tap room is a great array of beer from the likes of Old Lompoc, 10 Barrel and others. The atmosphere in the tap room is darker and more conducive to relaxing with a pint. Also an incredible array of tap handles second only to Falling Rock in Denver.

Service on both sides of the store is excellent.

We did not try any food on our visit.

Overall I really cannot find much I would change about this place. It is an absolute must-visit on a Portland visit.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Yeah this place is a real gem. If you're not from the area, I'd imagine a GPS is needed to find it, as it's right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, with no other shops really within a block or two. The shop isn't that huge, but somehow they manage to Tetris in an amazing selection of beers; many rarities abound. The biercafe next door keep a good selection on tap...obviously the owners know a lot about the beer scene, and make their choices appropriately. I interacted with much of the staff, and they ranged from surly/snobby to friendly/accommodating, so I suppose I'd say service is hit or miss. Can't really complain. Of course a lot of the beer is pricey, but the prices are reasonable if you look at them in a relative sense. Definitely a must-hit venue if you're in the area.

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Photo of sholland119
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A great beer store in Portland, OR. As residents of Pa, a case only state, it is always exciting to travel to a place where we can get a wide selection of singles. This place is awesome!

While small, the beer store side of the place is jam packed with a great selection of beers. About 10 coolers with domestics, Belgians and other Europeans and a bunch of unrefrigerated shelves filled with more goodies.

We were looking to get a variety of local brews but most of the labels were unfamiliar to us. Fortunately the beer guy was eager and willing to suggest some good locals. Selections from Ninkasi, Lazy Boy and Alameda filled the cart, along with fresh hop ales from familiar names Bridgeport and Deschutes. In all, we grabbed enough beer to fill 3-12x12x16 boxes. And the tab for all of it came to just $130, crazy cheap in my mind. When we stopped back a couple days later to get some RR Salvation at the Biercafe, we discovered the Earthmonk that we had missed the first time through. This drove up the per bottle average a bit but if there is ever a beer that is a bargain at $19 for 12oz, this is it.

The biercafe was not open on our first visit (midweek, early afternoon) so we stopped back on Saturday to visit that side. The quesadilla we had was tasty enough but the Salvation we washed it down with was the real highlight.

A great place not to be missed.

HV

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Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Belmont Station has a great selection of beer including quite a few from Belgium, Germany and the West Coast. Most of them are even refrigerated. I spent several minutes exploring and then I was helped by Mitzi who really knew her stuff. Being from the east coast, I was looking for west coast beers that I could take back to the hotel. I picked up Green Flash West Coast IPA, Green Flash Imperial IPA and Rouge St. Rogue Red Ale.

They also have an area where you can drink your purchases on the premises. It had a nice vibe that really made me wish I lived in the area.

This place is well worth a visit.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

There is a reason why this is considered one of the best bars on the West Coast - because it is!

Love the vibe, love the staff, love the owners, and love the regular patrons. The biergarten in the back can't be missed during the summer months. And that Philly food cart is the perfect addition for food!

legendary...

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Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

rolled in here on a Sunday afternoon on a recent trip to PDX - Belmont station is split into 2 rooms - a killer bottleshop and a small taproom with 16 taps

My review will focus on the bottleshop as I wasnt in much shape for drinking during my visit.

Coolers line the exterior walls with lots of dry storage in between.

The selection of imports, primarily Belgians, seemed to be a bit more diverse than in Seattle. Other highlights of the selection that are not available in Seattle included Alesmith, Anchorage, Jolly Pumpkin and some of the smaller Oregon micros.

Prices were all fair and sometimes $1-$2 cheaper than I see locally in Seattle. A marginal discount is available if you pay cash.

Sweet place - will try to swing through at the conclusion of future portland weekends to ensure my beer stash remains at an excessive level

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Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Belmont Station today while visiting Portland for Oregon Brewers Fest. I'm sure this will be a must-visit for me on future trips to Portland.

I really like the place. It's relatively small in area, but it's stuffed to the gills with great beer. Being from Washington, I liked the great selection of Oregon beers unavailable in my home state; plenty of saisons, wild ales and local IPAs, the trifecta of great bottle shops. There's also a fairly good selection of imports.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, as you might expect from a high-quality bottle shop. Prices are good, especially if you bring cash: there's a two-tier pricing system where each bottle has a cash price and a credit/debit price. So bring cash and all will be well!

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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 GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of yemenmocha
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Love the combination of bar and bottle shop. Only real negative was the restricted hours for the cafe/bar side only, which was a real pain. Yes the place is open earlier in the day, but only for bottles to go. Given the location near Horsebrass this is an easy and requisite stop when making one's way out here on that damn bus.

The staff was very polite and helpful with my selections. I appreciated the suggested glassware options for sale as well, and it's not often that I find a bottle shop that has a decent selection of glassware.

Prices weren't too bad, especially for Portland area, but seemed a wee bit high for what I pay in PHoenix. I did not eat anything on my visit, so I can't comment or provide a score for that.

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Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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 BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of halo3one
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of spointon
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited Belmont Station beer store and Biercafe while in Portland on 3/24/2010.

As a biercafe this place is certainly improved by the fact that it is attached to the Bellmont Station bottle shop and they will allow you to buy anything in the store and drink it in the biercafe for a modest fee of $1.50!

The neighborhood is cool and cozy. It actually feels like a neighborhood where people might stroll down the block to enjoy a great beer at Bellmont Station.

The cafe itself is a pretty tiny place, with a small bar and about a dozen 2-4 person tables. There were also 3-4 tables on the sidewalk out front but they were already taken when we got there. The crowd was a mix of ages from 20s to 50s during my visit (early evening on a Wednesday). Lots of craft tap handles and cool tin signs adorned the walls. Service in the cafe was friendly and I got the impression the servers wanted us to have a good time there. Service in the beer store was incredible, with one of the workers helping us find everything and even making some really quality suggestions.

The tap beer list was not huge, but it had some real gems from the Northwest and also from across the country. Lots of one-off beers and a rare cask ale or two. I'd say about 15 taps all together. But of course 1,000 bottles next door ready to be cracked open helps if you can't find anything you like.

Prices were very reasonable, and they even offered different sized glasses at different prices.

The bottle shop side of this operation was small but well organized and had a ton of great beer at very fair prices.

All in all this is an outstanding little place and one I would kill to have down the street from my house. Pretty much the definition of a beer destination in my opinion.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

A wonderful store – one of the best beer stores I’ve been to in America.

I cabbed it from downtown to meet and trade with the very generous Portland BA, maltmaster420 who does the beer ordering for Belmont Station. He wasn’t in at the time I showed up but he left me 2 bottles of Abyss so I couldn’t complain. I handed off a couple New Glarus fruit beers to BA Yoko, another employee (gotta love stores with multiple BA workers), and the next thing I knew I was drinking aged Fantome Saison from the tap. Racer X was also on tap as was some very local, but unexciting brew. Had I been there a few days earlier I could have enjoyed the Abyss on tap as well. The staff was really laid back and chill. We chatted as they prepared sandwiches for some folks and I learned quite a bit about the local beer scene from them. This all took place in a small café that makes up one half of the establishment.

The other half of my trip to Belmont took place in the adjoining room, which was about the size of your average small liquor store. Unlike your average small liquor store, however, this place was entirely devoted to beer. The center isles are stacked with six packs. Three of the four walls are coolers containing singles, bombers, and 750s. I probably found more then 50 beers I wanted to try. Everything local you could imagine was found in these coolers at good prices. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California were totally covered. There were dozens upon dozens of great Belgians for sale and lots of interesting stuff from Scandinavia, Brazil, Germany, and other countries as well. The staff was with me the whole time pointing out rarities and unknown local delights. I could have maxed out my credit card for sure.

Luckily for my pocket book, I was planning on walking all over the NE side of Portland for the rest of the day and I didn’t feel like carrying dozens of bottles of beer with me. I settled on a bottle of Golden Valley VS Brut, the Champagne de Bier from the BA Mag cover and some Obsidian Stout. After that I hopped down the block to the uncanny Horse Brass Pub.

Note: All bottles are priced for in house and take out consumption, another nice touch.

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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 mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of markgugs
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was sadly the last stop of my recent Oregon trip, it was a nice way to go out though, we got here around 7 pm and stayed for an hour or so, we walked through the bottle shop and ordered a beer first, Drake and I both ordered a Hopworks Noggin Floggin Bourbon Barrel Barleywine and it was fantastic, less than five dollars too, wish I could get a beer of this caliber for that price back home, sat at the bar for a while and looked over their fifteen or so taps, some other selections at the time were Pliny the Elder, Bear Republic the Grizz, New Belgium La Folie, and some other nice locals, cool little bar area and the best part is you can walk around the store with beer in hand, so we took advantage of that and did some browsing in the store, they had a great selection of bottles and tons of Oregon beers I had never even heard of, I wish I could have bought some stuff, especially some Hopworks, Heater Allen, Cascade, Lompoc, Pike, and Rogue, just hard when traveling and have no idea where to buy shippers or where a FedEx is, they do not sell styro boxes beware, nice selection of glassware, some Belgian ones that I have never seen before, really wanted to leave with a lot of beer but could not, this place was a serious tease in that respect, they had the best selection I saw while in Portland and yes some of their prices were high in the store, but the draft beers were inexpensive and that cancels things out in my book, I will certainly go back here next time I am up here, recommended

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