The Beer Authority | Seattle, Washington
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The Beer Authority
Exceptional based on 16 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 (5) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 300-500

The Beer Authority

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Beer Available At The Beer Authority (arranged by most recent)
Sonoma Cider The Anvil 22, Finnriver Habanero Cider 77, Sea Cider Rumrunner (2009+ Newfoundland Screech Rum) 95, Black Raven / Stone Unabridged , Finnriver Elijah K. Swan’s Lavender Black Currant , Finnriver Elijah K. Swan’s Forest Ginger , Boneyard Bone Lite Session Ale 86, Hop Valley Citrus Mistress 98, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner 35, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Strawberry Blonde 98, Almanac Farmers Reserve Citrus 99, Breakside Passionfruit Sour Ale 96, Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA 98, Paradise Creek Huckleberry Pucker , Lost Abbey The Angels Share Grand Cru 100, Port Brewing Old Viscosity 100, Almanac Dogpatch Sour 99, Ballast Point Sextant Oatmeal Stout - Coffee 6.8% (2003-2013) 92, The Bruery Sour in the Rye 99, Lazy Boy Russian Imperial Stout
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16 reviews for The Beer Authority
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  89%
 Selection  77%
 Food N/A 
 Value  78%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

theisti  (525) 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.
  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. He’s 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 can’t find at other bottle shops in the area. Their growlers to go are cheaper than every bottleshop i’ve 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever  (230) 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 there’s 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 won’t stray in here without stopping elsewhere first and in greater quantity. In short, it’s fine if you’re in the neighborhood but not really worth the trouble of driving out here unless you’re fiendish about connecting all the dots. Which probably says more about me than it does about this place. Heh.
  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 doesn’t have something you want, he’ll do everything in his power to get you what you’re looking for. Large selection of German Hefeweizens, English Ales, and some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest beers. You CANNOT go wrong with The Beer Authority!
  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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