Portland is a beer town. Some would argue the beer town. Despite having the most breweries within it’s city limits of any city in the world (and always adding more), a bunch of thirsty beer geeks demand great beer from all over the world. And they get it. There’s a number of top notch bottleshops in town that have a great selection. The one I’m going to recommend to you right now is Belmont Station. It’s now on Stark Street, but it used to be on Belmont Street right next to Don Younger’s Horse Brass Pub, which is another local institution with a story for another time.
If you haven’t been to Belmont Station I highly recommend it. They have an extremely well curated selection and friendly staff that can help you find what you’re looking for. The bar side has 8-10 rotating taps of draft beer, but you can also grab a bottle from the bottleshop side, take it to the bar and have them open it for you to drink on site.
A couple nights ago a group of friends and I had a party there, essentially a bottle share. We all grabbed a couple bottles to share and pass around the table. With 10 people picking things you can imagine the variety of things that people brought to the table. In fact, it impressed me so much that’s why I wanted to share it. I didn’t take any tasting notes so I just wanted to list some of the different breweries that were represented, from all over the U.S. and a couple from overseas. All of these beers were available for sale at Belmont Station, no one brought any outside stuff.
There were plenty of local favorites represented, lest we lose our Beervana cred. Deschutes, Full Sail, Heathen (Vancouver), Ale Apocathary and Upright were represented from Oregon (and close-in Washington).
From further out in Washington, we had Sound Brewers from Poulsbo (across the Puget Sound from Seattle) and Wingman Brewery from Tacoma.
California, not surprisingly, had a good showing with Heretic from Fairfield (North of San Francisco), Lagunitas from Petaluma, Smog City Brewing from Torrance (Los Angeles area), Three Weavers from Inglewood, North Coast Brewing from Fort Bragg, Stone Brewing from Escondido, and El Segundo Brewing from El Segundo.
Now things start getting a little further afield. From Colorado we have Avery Brewing from Boulder and Trinity Brewing from Colorado Springs. From the Midwest we have Off Color Brewing from Chicago and from Alaska we have Anchorage Brewing.
For my East coast friends, we managed to get two breweries from Brooklyn, Other Half and Evil Twin (which almost sound like they could be two breweries separated at birth?) and from Delaware, we have Dogfish Head.
Last but not least, a couple of beers that came to us from across the pond! We have To Øl Brewing from Denmark and Brouwerij Van Steenberge from Belgium.
So there you have it. A rather impressive list, and thankfully everyone had arranged for a safe ride home after swapping all those bottles. If you want to take a trip around the world of beer, it doesn’t hurt to start at your local bottle shop. Once again, if you haven’t checked out Belmont Station, you should.