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Bottleworks

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
98
world-class

138 Ratings
Ratings: 138
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 12.42%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 950
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1710 N 45th St
Ste 3
Seattle, Washington, 98103-6855
United States
phone: (206) 633-2437

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bottleworks

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Reviews by black13:
Photo of black13
2.33/5  rDev -47.4%

While on Seattle for the weekend I was looking forward to browsing the selection in this place. My first stop was Brouwers, but I had to pass as I had my family with me and they had no desire to wait while I had a beer.

Walling into this dungeon, you have to give your eyes some time to adjust to the minimal lighting. I realize protecting beer from light is important, but without a flashlight, I truly couldn't see what bottle I was looking at without taking it out of the cooler.

It was great to see (or not see) moat of the beers in coolers. But selection and lighting need to improve.

Maybe the clerk was having a bad day or didn't like that I was from Portland, but he was honestly no more help than a clerk selling chips and sigs at your corner market. I told Jim o was from Portland and I was interested in offerings that I couldn't get there. His first response is "I don't know what you get". I'm just a beer geek that doesn't work at a beer store and I can name several things that are not offered in Portland. If you work at a beer store, at least you should know something about distro, especially when you're close to Portland.

Selection was minimal at best. Their website says something like 950 beers. I didn't count them, but this seems to be a stretch. There are Fred Meyer stores in Portland with a better selection. There were several bottles of Epic 03 for $75, but I could find everything else at local grocery stores. I didn't look at the tap list as I wasn't able to stay and enjoy a beer so I cannot comment on this aspect.

Overall, the hype of this place probably contributed to it's letdown. Aside from the Epic 03, I could find anything in this store around town, and there were very few things I couldn't get in Portland aside for some Lost Abbey and a couple local breweries. Makes me happy to live in Portland.

black13, Jun 25, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

rab53, Sep 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

BDeibs, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Amazing selection. Always have something they pull up from the cellar that completely blows your mind.

crowellbw, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

sharpski, Jun 26, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottleworks is a Seattle beer institution, but they have some stiff competition these days. Where they shine is the depth of their cellar and their special relationships with breweries up and down the West Coast (and probably beyond). Their anniversary events and beers are legendary. I'm not crazy about the dark, cave-like atmosphere (or the choice of music most days) and their 21+ policy is a bit inconvenient if I want to just run in and grab a few bottles but have the kid in tow. But if a certain beer comes out you can almost be assured that BW will have it -- and also that they'll likely sell out before any other store in town. Staff is helpful if you need help. Prices are on par with other places.

draheim, Jun 21, 2014
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dipso123, May 23, 2014
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offby1, Apr 12, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

Was my first bottle shop I ever went to going on 5 years or so now. Nearly cried when I walked in, seeing all the fancy beers that had been so hard for me to get up until that point. Haven't been in some time now (have a great shop 5mins away from home now) but still has a place at the top in the Seattle area. It has undoubtly changed and gotten a little bigger but they have a wide array, nice people to help you and a few times (I believe there are around doublt digits now) to try some selections as well.

Coming to Seattle? Give Bottleworks a visit (and the surrounding Wallingford/Fremont/Ballard) if you like beer and helpful people to point you in the right direction.

Sound_Explorer, Mar 06, 2014
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Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.