United States > Washington > Tacoma
beerbrat99 (21) Shanghai, China | September 1, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great store with a hearty selection. Very knowledgeable staff providing excellent service.
Arthurian (1) , | March 19, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Triple IPA fest was awesome. They do have a pretzel from a local bakery for 3 dollars. Pints from a rotating selection and prices are reasonable. Average $ 4.50 to $5.50 a pint. 4 to 12.5 percent Abv.
mackRIS (1) Tacoma, Washington | October 4, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Caytinator (113) Tucson, Arizona | September 13, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went here on a weeknight to find some bottles & have a brew on tap, got both. The ambiance is OK, the only thing is that is has kind of a new, strip-mall feel (I guess they opened just last year) but it still doesnít feel like an inviting place to have a beer (even though they have board games). The service is very good and seemed very knowledgeable both about the beer on tap and that from the bottle. The selection was good overall, they have some interesting local-ish beers on tap and select beers from the state, region, country, and worldwide! The value was very good, with a $1 corking fee for any beer purchased from the coolers and decent prices on pints. It was a little cheaper than Total Wine on most bottles when I compared online. Very good place, Iíd go back when the taps rotate, I expect it to improve.
after4ever (232) Brier, Washington | January 17, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Tacoma now seems to have every kind of bottle shop. They have the little places that kept expanding their selection until they offered hundreds of labels, and now they have the place that set out from the beginning to be a beer nerdís one-stop shop. Pint Defiance is that purpose-built bottle shop, from the ground up.
Itís right next to a good Thai place in a strip mall in the north end. Thereís decent parking, and the place is clean and bright inside. Thereís nice new flooring, and big lines of perfectly matched brand-new coolers packed to the gills with all different beers. Thereís a glassware shelf, and in back there are tables and stools so you can hang out. Itís brightly lit and not uncomfortably chilly.
The selections donít seem to be organized by style or by geography, at least not to an OCD level. Thereís a loose Belgian section, and then there seems to be a bit of a tendency to bundle domestics together by state. But there didnít seem to be an obvious pattern. There are about 600 bottles in, probably, and prices are reasonably solid by bottle shop standards (e.g., a supermarket can probably beat their prices on the things they get, but this place has much more selection and better service).
In back there are about 18 taps. Like most places these days, the selections will be familiar to most people who visit good beer spots regularly, but they do have the occasional rare treat on. You can get growlers to go in two-pint and four-pint configurations.
Bottom line, this place does a really good job across the board, and they have the crowds to show for it. Iíll definitely be back anytime I am in T-Town and beer shopping.
TheRealMGD (58) Lakewood, Washington | December 19, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Barry has set a new high mark for PNW bottle shops. PD have exacting control over cooler temps and have gone through great lengths to ensure that their beers arenít lightstruck: LED lighting and tinted front windows. Selection and knowledge are top drawer, as is the service. WiFi and 10 handles make leisurely shopping even more attractive. Selection is definitely PNW-biased, but with so many excellent local beers available, thereís no need to look to far afield.
BrewDad (443) Olympia, Washington | October 9, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great place awesome ambiance. 8 taps with super fresh stuff on tap. Over 750 bottles with more coming. Great staff and they are very knowledgeable with the brews. I was impressed and will be back.
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