The Beer Authority | Seattle, Washington
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The Beer Authority
Excellent 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 (16) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 300-500


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Beer Available At The Beer Authority (arranged by most recent)
Selkirk Abbey Guilt 85, Deschutes Jubel 2015 98, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Poire 96, Black Raven Raven De Garde 88, Trinity Oh Face Saison Provisional 97, Trinity / Black Bottle Blow Up Your TV 85, Walking Man Homo Erectus Imperial IPA 97, Avery Lilikoi Kepolo (Mahu) 98, Lagunitas ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Stout 99, Mikkeller Spontansourcherry 93, Black Raven Coco Jones Coconut Porter 92, Breakside Pilsner 58, Reverend Natís Sacrilege Sour Cherry , Almanac Valencia Gold 86, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 100, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 97, Bear Republic Tartare Rouge 95, Hop Valley Sir Orange a Lot Pale Ale , The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale 89, Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin 97
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17 reviews for The Beer Authority
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  92%
 Selection  81%
 Food N/A 
 Value  78%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  88%
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88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow  (80) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (609) Leawood, Kansas | May 19, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited on a Tuesday evening, had a pint and did some bottle shopping. Low frills bottle coolers a couple of bar stools and 2 or 3 tables in the place. Compared to other shops in town, the selection is pretty limite - however there is plenty of good stuff to be found here. Barry was a really nice guy to talk to, and the other folks hanging around the shop really gave it a nice local feel. If you live in the neighborhood, its probably already a regular stop, if you live further away, certainly worth checking out.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
94
  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.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever  (240) Brier, Washington | March 7, 2010
Plenty of coolers, plenty of stuff in stock. Given all the bottle shops in Seattle, this place is really just another dot on the map. They take care of the product, they offer draught beer, prices are fair, but thereís nothing about the selection that would really make a hardcore geek jump up and down. A great supermarket like Central Market or Whole Foods will take care of you almost as well most of the time, and special releases probably wonít stray in here without stopping elsewhere first and in greater quantity. In short, itís fine if youíre in the neighborhood but not really worth the trouble of driving out here unless youíre fiendish about connecting all the dots. Which probably says more about me than it does about this place. Heh.
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!
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.

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