As part of my ongoing appreciation of all things ingestible, I'd like to think I keep up on most of the pleasure points in our fair city of Portland. That's why I am almost ashamed to find I hadn't been to the Belmont Station Biercafé that opened the first week of April to serve all who love great brew, a mere eight blocks from our house! I'd seen it being readied for opening, seemingly forever. Then w mentioned she thought it was open for lunch. Immediately my radar started pinging, and not being one to shy away from a refreshing malted beverage, I stopped in at BSB on my way to Powell's last night for the Langewiesch reading.
I walked through the door, and it was like being a pilgrim visiting Beer Mecca. I took in the wonders of hundreds of bottled beers from all corners of this malty globe. I asked what they had on draft, and on one of their four rotating taps was my beloved Bear Republic "Racer X" IPA, which for all hopheads out there is like the Barry Bonds of beer, an IPA on steroids. I ordered this particular cup of salvation, and I sat at the bar, enjoying my pint, marveling that such goodness could be so close to home. Big bottles of beer, small bottles of beer, six packs, kegs, pints, along with all the beer accessories the besotted ale lover could want...towels, tees, openers, glasses. Instead of toys, this is a Beers"R"Us for adults! Partly owned by Don Younger of Horse Brass Pub fame, this is yet another touchstone in the legend that is Portland Beervana!