The Beer Authority

12716 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, Washington United States 98125
bottle shop  4.4/5.0 21 reviews
Sun- Thur Noon - 10 PM Fri & Sat Noon - 11 PM

Mayor: OldMrCrow (6) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 300-500
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  • 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.
86
  • 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, it’s a nice place to grab a beer and watch the game. I will be stopping in again from time to time.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
HughConway  (22) Washington | March 22, 2011
Rating from just after they opened (no taps). Nice selection of bottles, local discount, knowledgeable friendly staff. Solid beer shop, solid people.
84
  • 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 doesn’t. 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. It’s an easy place to miss that shouldn’t be missed!
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate  (188) Portland (Sellhood), Oregon | October 10, 2010| Updated February 20, 2011
Not a big establishment. I believe there were 8 taps. Great service. I believe I met the owner, and he was extremely nice. The prices are all fucked up, meaning, price tags don’t match the merchandise, so it’s a bit onerous when trying to figure out how much something costs. The selection doesn’t seem to be ordered in any type of way. Take your time while browsing the shelves, because you may miss something awesome. The selection was decent; I didn’t find anything here that I can’t get somewhere else. This is a great place to chill and take your time while beer shopping. They sell glasses, shirts, and other stuff, too. Overall, it was an interesting place, and I’ll go back.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow  (86) Seattle, Washington | June 8, 2010| Updated January 23, 2016
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, they’ve 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 haven’t already.

Revisit 9/25/14

It’s been too long since I’ve 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. These days I don’t see as many low-cost beers, or at least they’re not catching my attention as often. But hey, new Holy Mountain 750s or Finnriver ciders are worth the $15 or so they cost. 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  (884) 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. 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
after4ever  (322) Mukilteo, 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.
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  • 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!

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