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Bottle shop in SE Portland introduces its first beer Advent calendar

Belmont Station is releasing its first ever beer Advent calendar. $125 will get you 24 staff-selected brews to enjoy.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Beer lovers! Belmont Station, taproom and bottle shop, in Southeast Portland is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

“We have roughly over 1,500 different bottles and cans…ciders, meads, wines, beers, anything. If it comes to Oregon, we can get it,” said General Manager Ryan Fosbinder.

If Santa Claus was a brewmaster, his workshop might look like this oasis of beer from Oregon and beyond.

“The best thing about being in the beer industry is just being humbled and like listening to people around you. Because everybody's knows something different, and it's awesome,” Fosbinder said.

Fosbinder loves talking about beer. The staff at Belmont Station is putting their knowledge to good use this holiday season and has a fun way to share it the community.

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“I'm currently putting them all together, putting the final touches on putting the final bows on them if you will,” Fosbinder said. “Hopefully it's some new beers that you've never heard of before.”

Fosbinder and Purchasing Manager Sean Lewallen have made a list and are checking it twice. They’re packaging 24 specific cans selected by staff to create Belmont Station’s first ever beer Advent calendar.

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“Something that I've always enjoyed drinking is in this box, something that everybody here has always enjoyed drinking is in this box, and hopefully others can enjoy too,” Fosbinder said.

Belgian styles, winter beers, stouts, pilsners, ciders. A total of 24 beers in a case, 24 days of Advent? How convenient! The assorted brews are mostly from Oregon and all available individually at the bottle shop.

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“You can drink him in any order you want,” Fosbinder said. “Every box does come with a really nice printout of everybody's picks on there and kind of gives a little thank you to everybody who purchased one and we throw in a little extra gift in there.”

Each box costs $125, with a limited amount on sale Nov.30 and Dec. 1.

“It's not a standard price across the board for any beer,” said Fosbinder. “So you kind of get some deals in there that maybe are a little spendier…it's a great box.”

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