The Beer Authority | Seattle, Washington
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The Beer Authority
Good based on 17 ratings
Type: Beer Store

12716 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, Washington United States 98125 [ print map ]
206 417 9629

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Hours: Sun- Thur Noon - 10 PM Fri & Sat Noon - 11 PM


Mayor: OldMrCrow (9) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 300-500


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Beer Available At The Beer Authority (arranged by most recent)
Snowdrift Cidermakerís Reserve , J.K.ís Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold Hard Cider 82, Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale 99, Alpenfire Spark! Semi-Sweet Cider 91, Bull Run Cider Gravenstein Single Varietal , Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop IPA - Northern Hemisphere 99, Sonoma Cider The Anvil 17, Finnriver Habanero Cider 77, Sea Cider Rumrunner (2009+ Newfoundland Screech Rum) 96, Black Raven / Stone Unabridged , Finnriver Elijah K. Swanís Lavender Black Currant , Finnriver Elijah K. Swanís Forest Ginger , Boneyard Bone Lite Session Ale 88, Hop Valley Citrus Mistress 99, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner 35, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Strawberry Blonde 98, Almanac Farmers Reserve Citrus 98, Breakside Passionfruit Sour Ale 96, Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA 98, Paradise Creek Huckleberry Pucker
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17 reviews for The Beer Authority
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  88%
 Selection  77%
 Food N/A 
 Value  77%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  82%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
hahobbs  (1) Seattle, Washington | May 9, 2010
It might help that the BA is right downstairs from my apartment, but I stop in all the time. The owner and most-time beertender, Barry, is a true expert and knows his product well enough to give a useful opinion on just about everything he carries. The bottle selection is small compared to some of the other places in Seattle, but he brings in a lot of great beers. The rotating draft selection is usually quite excellent, and the recently upgraded bar is a great place to sit and have a few pints. The charity events and brewery-hosted tastings draw a crowd and are always enjoyable. Stop by and support Barry so he can expand his beer empire!
94
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
mages64  (10) Seattle, Washington | May 8, 2010
The reason to come here is Barry. Heís the owner and an awesome guy. He raises money for charity, his tastings are in 10z glasses not just little sips, a great bartender, dead on recommendations, and if you live/work in the neighborhood you get a discount. Beer Authority has all your usual NW beers and normal Belgians but because of lesser known distributors, The Beer Authority carries 750ml versions of Belgians that you canít find at other bottle shops in the area. Their growlers to go are cheaper than every bottleshop iíve been to. Kegs are cheap and Barry will help you figure it all out if you are n00b. Sounders are on the plasma as well as other sports events.
94
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
awolcfh5150  (3) Washington | November 9, 2009
This place is awesome! Tons of local and international brews. Tastings every Tuesday & Saturday. Local brewers as well as several from Colorado stop by for special events. Barry (the owner) is knowledgeable, friendly, and always helpful. If he doesnít have something you want, heíll do everything in his power to get you what youíre looking for. Large selection of German Hefeweizens, English Ales, and some of the Pacific Northwestís finest beers. You CANNOT go wrong with The Beer Authority!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
RyanAwesome  (1) , | March 27, 2012
definitely the best bottle shop and beer bar in the area. Burc, the regular barkeep, is easily one of the most friendly and knowledgeable beer geeks in town. with an awesome selection of rotating drafts and one of the best bottle selections around, this is my default option for craft beer.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
dorath  (1) Washington | September 24, 2009
Very knowledgeable, very friendly staff. They offer tastings several evenings of the week. Each tasting showcases a different style, and there are usually three samples. Very wide selection, organized by region.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow  (71) Seattle, Washington | June 8, 2010| Updated September 25, 2014
6/8/10: My fault for missing this place for so long. Really nice local bottle shop, strong on PacNW locals, weak on Belgians. Most of the beers tend to be on the less expensive end of the spectrum, which is quite nice, because it serves as a reminder than one can still pick up some very solid bombers for $4-$6, and one can leave with a mixed case for under $50. That never happens to me at Bottleworks! In addition to the 500 or 600 bottles, theyíve got a nice little bar with a bunch of good taps and inexpensive growler fills. The owner Barry is super-friendly and helpful; stop in and say hi if you havenít already.

Revisit 9/25/14

Itís been too long since Iíve been in here, and my how it has taken off. The place was packed tonight, a friendly locals scene. Really nice taps, some fun bottles, certainly worth adding to the rotation.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055  (53) Seattle, Washington | February 9, 2012| Updated June 11, 2012
Great place. Good selection on tap, pretty good selection of bottles, really friendly staff. Seems like a place I could really get in to. If you are local, itís a nice place to grab a beer and watch the game. I will be stopping in again from time to time.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
flyer50  (48) Seattle, Washington | January 3, 2011| Updated January 26, 2011
Just down the street from our gym, so after we workout, we stop by for a pint! Excellent, knowledgable service from Barry, nice selection. He has Boundry Bay in bottles where Whole Foods doesnít. Always some new and interesting on tap. Surprisingly nice ambiance for a beer store. Makes you want to have a seat and enjoy a pint, or sip while you browse the coolers. A more welcoming and sincere place than Bottleworks. He need better signage to pull in the heavy after work crowd on Lake City Way. Itís an easy place to miss that shouldnít be missed!
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino  (71) Seattle, Washington | April 14, 2012
Lots of quality local, out-of-state and Foreign brews to choose from as well as a nice tap list. Makes for a good stop after hitting up the Elliot Bay brewpub.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
luttonm  (151) Seattle, Washington | December 2, 2014
Glad to have this shop on the North end. Solid bottle selection, especially after the expansion. Nice, busy bar with a small but well curated selection of taps. Always something I want to try when I pass through. Staff is great and there is a loyal local crew who hangs out here. Not sure it is worth a trip up here just for this joint if youíre just visiting town, but if youíre in the North end this is a wonderful spot.

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