Nice selection. Staff doesn’t seem too concerned when you’ve venture down there to only get shut out on all the beers you were looking for. College kids who seemed to care less. I was not impressed with the staff. The place is small, dark, overly crowded, can be difficult to park, selection is real nice though. Worth a look.
Unassuming looking shop from the outside, but holy cow once you enter. Very dark atmosphere interiorly, which is good. Lots of singles and they are in coolers with no lights in them. Great selection of both west and east coast beers (allagash interlude-which I haven’t even seen in New England!) Great selection of German and Belgian beers along with vintages of Doggie Claws as well as Bigfoot from 4-5 years back. Was greeted immediately and asked if I needed anything. Great place!
Holy smoke. I walk in on a Monday and they have a St. Bernardus tasting going in full swing. Area brewer’s actually brew beers just for this store. Amazing selection, loads of tasty PNW beers, a great section of Belgians, and good representation from other parts of the beer world as well. As an example of just how far these guys go, they had 6 years of Bigfoot available. A bottle shop that is well worth the trip when in Seattle.
Time to update the rating. Not a big place but just about every square inch is given over to fermented goods in the bottle. Hundreds of different labels with good emphasis on the American West and then the big European brewing countries: Belgium, UK nations, Germany, and then a smattering of other countries, mostly eastern european. Low light and low temps--the beer’s well cared for. The staff will either leave you alone, talk your ear off about beer, or practically guide you bottle by bottle through the store, depending on your preference. They hold regular tastings and they’re definitely in it for the long haul, they want you to come back again and again. Can’t say enough good about it. And JFTR, 1 out of 5 is all I can really imagine giving for ambience in a store, it’s not a knock on them.
Amazing bottle shop. Dusky twilight light levels. Flourescent lights inside the coolers masked, where the majority of the beers resided. Definitely a focus on proper storage conditions rather than selection advertisement. Amazing selection including rare and vintage beers. Excellent organization by style and country of origin. Everything was focused on pleasing the beer enthusiast, and this one was very pleased. The guy behind the counter was very helpful, but stayed out of the way until approached, which I appreciated. He even asked if it was alright if he signed my bottle of a bottleworks exclusive Imperial Stout, since he was the artist responsible for the label art. My heart aches that I cannot visit this paragon of bottle shops more often.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | February 13, 2006| Updated May 17, 2009
5-16-09 Need to update that they are are also now a Taphouse with 5 taps. Some of the best taps around will be here.
A great beer store. In the old part of the university area this is a store with it all. The lights are down low for the beers health. Be sure to know what you want they have so much it can take time. The wife might have to wait so be careful she might not be very patient for your beer buying trip. Be sure to take her shopping first. The beers are cold and conditioned very well and the staff was very helpful. I will make this a Seattle stop every time.
Probably one of the best beer stores I’ve ever been to. Unassuming outside, relatively small inside. Nearly all of their stuff is in coolers. Selection is not huge, but pretty big, and nearly everything is interesting. Tons of PNW micros, belgains, and many "bottleworks" beers. Service was not running to help me, but were useful and knowledgeable when I asked questions. A must visit place if you are even remotely near by.
This place is the best...and 4 blocks from where I live:-)
Ordered a case of the LaConner dry hopped IPA from them my first week in town, and haven’t bought beer anywhere else since(from a store). The staff is very knowledgable, and you can look online to see what they have recently gotten in.
Yeah...the place is small and cramped, but they pack a lot of goodness in there.
OldMrCrow (87) Seattle, Washington | January 24, 2006| Updated December 28, 2013
Seattle’s central location for beer hookup. Serious about beer through and through, down to the darkened and cooled environment. Wonderful selection, lots of older barleywines and lambics, occasional rarities appearing from out of the cellar, the whole nine yards. And the guys who work here? They rock. Beer knowledge is amazing, they’re on top of all of the new additions, and they’ve tried large fractions of the inventory. Every time I stop in and blow another hundred bucks, I feel lucky to live nearby such a superb resource.
frink (5) coquitlam, British Columbia | August 21, 2005
Awesome store. The selection is outstandingly diverse. The staff was knowlegeable and helpful. It’s exactly what the rating guide says it is. Essential if your in the area.