The BeerMongers

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

89 Ratings
The BeerMongersThe BeerMongers
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

1125 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-2566
United States

(503) 234-6012 | map
thebeermongers.com

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-06-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of botanu
5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BentLegBrewer
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

From texas and the sale staff there is amazing they have a wonderful selection and try to be as accomodating as possible. They helped me score many great beers over the last 2 yrs including the latest 09 bourbonic. They currently have about 525 bottles tucked away for sale and more cellered for future release. If your hunting the hard to fine look no further, put in a call or drop by. The place gave me the feeling you get going in to a nice vinyl record shop, you could browse and admire for a while. It is hard to go and only get one bottle you will come across others that you wanted, didnt know you wanted or through their great advice we be talked into getting. you wont be disappointed. thanks alot

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Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Portland, Oregon is blessed with three of the finest bottleshop/tap rooms I've ever had the pleasure of visiting, and The Beer Mongers stands among them. Though not as comprehensive as, say, Belmont Station, it's still my favorite place to have a beer, be it an old standard or one you've never tried before. The staff is very friendly, and they obviously take beer very seriously. Great place to watch the game, too. Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Brittian
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Kyroqz
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Best place in PDX - all bartenders are extremely knowledgeable - there usually always IPA, Saison/Cider and Stout/Lagers on tap. They do not serve food but allow you to bring food in from neighboring food joints and occasionally the tamales-guy stops by. They show all Timbers game and always have sports on. You are allowed to drink the bottles/cans you purchase at the bar. All taps can be had in tasters, 4oz, 12oz, 16oz (+32oz and 64oz and growlers to go)

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Btip1969
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Borrythebear
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of PotlandOR
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

fun spot. smaller than some other bottle shops but the cases are "Stacked" with nice stuff. The few taps are always pumping rare shit.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
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 G_Z_a
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Maybe my favorite place in town to grab a beer. Awesome selection of bottles at affordable prices either to go or to drink in shop. Tap selection is also very good, with usually some unique and diverse options. Service is usually pretty good, but there are some bartenders who are more friendly than others. Overall, a pretty laid back place to get a beer with friends.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Super impressed with both the selection and the staff!

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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 boMD
4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

To start off, I'm quite the regular here and I've developed a nice relationship with the staff and owners of The BeerMongers. So this is going to be a strongly positive review, but that's why I'm writing this review. I frequent so many beer establishments in Portland and BM stands out because even if it's your first visit, they take the effort to learn your name and make you feel welcomed.

Second of all, the selection is top notch with most of the newest releases and rarer imports. Their buyer has been in the beer geek scene for a long time so he knows a thing or too about getting a top quality, diverse selection of bottles. Also, the prices of bottles are cheaper than any other bottleshop in town. I don't know how they do it. The savings can add up if you're buying a large amount of bottles to bring home. PLUS, if you want to drink a bottle there there is no corkage fee.

Eight taps of unique handles that you won't often see around time. And it's the regular haunt for a lot of Portland BeerAdvocates. There's often tastings and other beer events at the BM.

No food, but across the street is a solid Mexican food joint that you can grab food and bring over. BeerMongers has a great selection of locally made hot sauces to pair too. Be sure to ask for those.

Overall, if you consider yourself a beer geek and you live in the Portland area, shame on you for not visiting this bottleshop/pub yet! If your visiting Portland and want a nice inviting beer place, and maybe grab a few bottles to bring back home, this is the perfect spot for you.

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Photo of guajolote
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Jbagel1
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I can't write a full review on The BeerMongers because we didn't have a chance to have a beer on tap while there but its a great place to stop after Apex or maybe just skipping Apex all together if you don't have cash... Its up to you!!!
I liked the bottle selection, I found a bottle of the Tahoe brewing Party boy brett ipa. Ive been looking for this beer for awhile now but have only found it at crazy prices. BeerMongers had it a great price, so i had to have it. Oh yeah I got a really cool Lagunitas waldo special poster for free while i was there, that was pretty nice of them to give to me! Thanks, guys over at Beer Mongers

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite beer destinations in Portland. The bottle selection is outstanding and the 8 drafts are always strong.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Fluffheady
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Texasfan549
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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