Fantastic bottle shop that’s set up to serve on tap as well. The people are what makes this shop what it is, Doug, Lizzie, and Clint make this the most knowledgable and friendly shop around. Malt and Vine has an extensive bottle selection that is well organized and well stocked. There’s a completely separate section for Belgians that features an impressive array. I truly enjoy the dozen or so taps that they’re constantly rotating. There’s always something new and interestingly different being poured every day although they do tend to lean toward the BIG side. Also offered is a respectable selection of wines featuring several boutiquey, non-supermarket labels. Overall the shop is cozy, friendly, and even though they don’t serve food they encourage you to bring your own, sharing the same parking lot are a McDonald’s, Teriyaki, Gyros, and Chinese restaurants. Also a plus are Friday tastings where you can get a full set of a featured guest brewery’s tastings for a mere buck.
I have been visiting Malt and Vine since just after they opened and they keep changing a little bit at a time for the better. Located on the Eastside of Seattle in a stipmall type area in Redmond. Busy parking lot, but never an issue to find a place to park. Inside you are greeted by around 6 tables, coolers lining the left and right wall with one on the back wall, and 10-12 taps behind the register area. Bottle selection is solid and laid out mostly in a regional order with canned beer and ciders being grouped together. I think they break any multi-pack beers up for single purchase (which I love) and if you don’t see something just ask as they may have some more that just hasn’t been restocked yet. Draft selection is very solid and prices are fairly reasonable. They also fill growlers which is great. Toward the back they have a good selection of wine and some mead as well. Keep going out the back door and you will find plenty of patio seating when the weather is good. Super friendly and helpful staff.
theisti (885) Kansas | September 21, 2009| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited on Thursday Sept 10, 2009. Shopped for a bit, then met up with DalzAle, bvc and kp in the rear beer garden. The store itself has one wall of coolers for beer and wine, and then a few displayers about for more beer and wine. The selection is really good, right up there with anywhere else in Seattle. The real highlight of this place though, is the beer they have on tap. You can fill growlers to go, or you can enjoy a glass while shipping, or hanging out the tables in the store or the large beer garden out back. to be fair, "beer garden" is a stretch, its really just a portion of the back parking lot reclaimed. Regardless, it was a great place to have a couple of pints on a great evening. If you don’t find anything on tap, they have a very minimal corking fee if you want to open any of their bottles. This concept is seriously great, and really well executed by the employees. Brandon, you were right, this place rocks.
94 = ★★★★½ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
What will blow you away is how friendly everyone is. Not snobby. Not pretentious. Not esoteric. Just great beer in one place. LOTS of fun beers on tap that you can sip while you shop. Lots of rare 750ml Belgians and some 2L-3L ones too. Price is a few dollars more than a supermarket but most of their inventory is impossible to find anywhere except for a few select beer shops. Even some of the best Japanese beers!!! Tastings everyone Friday at 5:30. Love this place!
Nena (20) Seattle, Washington | August 13, 2009| Updated March 2, 2010
This is a bottle shop with a fairly large selection, with particularly large selections of Belgian and Washington beers. I liked that while the selection of Northwest beers isn’t comprehensive, lots of things are stocked there that are hard to find. The really neat thing about this place is their taps, they have about ten of them with a rotating selection. They’ll also fill growlers for you, which is very helpful. There’s a patio and a few tables in the place where you can enjoy the beer on site, either from the taps or from the bottles (for an additional fee). I’ve started coming in here every now and then before or after work, and have always find the staff helpful. I’ve been pretty impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff, and also love how interesting the beer selection is. There’s always something on tap that intrigues me. Prices on bottles aren’t great, but are reasonable. Since a lot of things I buy here I can’t get elsewhere, I’ve never found the prices to be an issue, and often the taps are good values for trying unusual things. Overall, this is one of my favorite places, and I wish it was closer to my home instead of my work so I could take people here.
Malt and Vine is a fantastic bottle shop in its own right, but it has a very unique twist. They have about 5 or 6 tables, but they serve no food. Why, you ask? Because they have about 10 tap handles to serve a rotating list of jaw dropping good beers that you will likely not find anywhere else. Even better, they can serve all the bottled beer (and wine) they sell. Just buy the bottle at normal retail price and pay a reasonable "cap fee" based on the price of the bottle, and they’ll pour it for you. If you want to eat with your glass of beer, they gladly welcome outside food for consumption on premise. There’s a stellar gyro deli a couple doors down where you can grab a tasty lamb and beef gyro, walk into Malt and Vine and enjoy a fantastic meal with fantastic beer. Malt and Vine has created a unique experience that everyone should take advantage of.
This is a great place to go to find those hard to get beers or something new and different. I have had several conversations with the owners, who seem like always willing to share their opinions. Prices are a little high I think, but that wont ever stop me from going there.
Great selection of beers arranged along the walls. Didn’t spend much time at all perusing the wines, although based upon the quality and selection of brews I would imagine the vino would be ok. The prices are about what one could expect and they have a few taps pouring out pretty solid offerings, and a few hard to find brews as well. Couldn’t spend much time here although one could creack a brew and peruse the many tasty brewskis along the walls for a while. Very friendly staff and this place does a nice tasting of fridays too.
Expansive array of chilled offerings. Plenty of Belgians, European and domestic craft brews. They certainly have an adequate supply of NW and local offerings. Next time I’m in town I’ll be back for more local brews. There didn’t seem to be too much overlap with the selection at bottleworks that I noticed during my visit to the area. I found several local brews here not found there. Two things: 1. I wish I had more time the day I visited to talk beer with the proprietor and sample some draft offerings, 2. Where was this place when I used to live near here? This is the kind of place I needed.
Crit (150) Surrey, British Columbia | September 9, 2008| Updated March 27, 2009
Great selection, very friendly and helpful people. Decent selection of taps.
Will definitely be back