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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Changes at Belmont Station

A Portland treasure, Belmont Station, is about to move. The temporal distance is not great--just a wee bit north to 4500 SE Stark--but in terms of beery opportunities, call it a vast surge forward. New improvements planned:
  • On-site cafe to seat 45, so you can sample in the store. Food, too!
  • Four or five taps with custom-made beer or beer unavailable in the bottle.
  • 36 cooler doors so customers don't have to wait for a staff member to retrieve the beer. (The store is ensuring, via various filters, sleeves, tinted glass, and so on, that beer will remain free from harmful light exposure.)
  • A new cross-indexing system so that the 1,000+ beers are referenced by brewery, style, and region.
Most of the stuff we've come to love will be staying, including the name. For newbies, this will be confusing and abstract, but then, so is much in the arcane world of beer. True geeks will persevere. Scheduled open date: September/October.

I can't wait...


  1. I've been looking forward to this for a while! Was hoping they'd be finished this summer...

    I really hope they're nonsmoking and can't imagine that they will be.

  2. We will be 100% non-smoking, except the outdoor tables which we can't really control. We are shooting for a family-friendly "neighborhood cafe" feel, and as far as I know minors should be allowed during most hours.

    I was hoping we'd finish this summer too...

  3. i love those guys. if i could marry a beer store, it'd be Belmont Station.