The Beer Authority | Seattle, Washington
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The Beer Authority
Excellent based on 20 ratings
Type: Beer Store

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

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

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

The Beer Authority

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Beer Available At The Beer Authority (arranged by most recent)
Prairie Christmas Bomb! 98, Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness 100, Old Schoolhouse Fresh Hop IPA 93, Barley Browns WFO IPA 97, Midnight Sun Modern Romance 97, ACDC Beer Rock or Bust 6, Haleís Fresh Hop India Session Ale 73, Destihl Amra Mango IPA 93, Anchorage Love Buzz Saison 100, Bale Breaker Bottomcutter IIPA 95, Paradise Creek Huckleberry Pucker 85, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse 97, Reverend Natís The Passion , Anchorage Mosaic Saison 99, Evil Twin Mission Gose 97, Black Market Hop Magic , Selkirk Abbey Guilt 86, Deschutes Jubel 2015 97, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Poire 98, Black Raven Raven De Garde 94
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20 reviews for The Beer Authority
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  93%
 Selection  82%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Craftbrewhaha  (1) , | October 1, 2015| Updated November 12, 2015
Great place, one of my favorites. Super knowledgeable staff, constantly rotating taps. Lots of gems on the shelves, you just have to look.
  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!
  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.
  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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
CrookedStaver  (1) , | June 3, 2015
This is my favorite spot to hang out and have a beer. Not overly crowded and a well thought out tap selection Bottles of things that sell out elsewhere hang around just a bit longer here (fine by me :) ) Burc is always friendly and always tells it like it is.A few TVs and lots of board games for entertainment. Donít have food but they allow you to bring or order your own. All the other customers tend to be super friendly. Check the place out. Cheers
  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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow  (81) Seattle, Washington | June 8, 2010| Updated March 8, 2015
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. Nikki is great behind the bar and super-knowledgeable about cider as well as beer. A must-hit spot in North Seattle.
  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.
  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!

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