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4.35/5 rDev -1.6%
I can live with beers that are slightly pricier than elsewhere if I get a selection and quality like this...
An enormous selection (more than you would ever think could fit in here really) of good beer is here, and it is even treated well, with low lights and seems to be at cellar temperature. Picked up DFH, Pikes, Deschutes, Full Sail, and a few others. More than decent glassware. Service wasn't the most helpful but was very efficient, knew beer, knew the store well and quickly pointed to whatever I inquired about.
Not a place I get many chances to visit, which is a shame.
07-30-2007 23:50:04 | More by udubdawg
4.8/5 rDev +8.6%
This is hands down my favorite store to shop for overall experience. It's about a twenty minute drive for me into the U district and worth every painful minute. They carry a very wide selection of beers from all over the world. First thing you'll notice is, its cave like, very dark. Followed by a case of proper drinking glasses, this is when you know you're in the right place. Then you come across cooler after cooler of properly stored beer. The beer in the coolers is organized and well stocked. Best all of the beer is properly chilled for storage. They do have some beer that's not in a cooler but, the overall store temperature is cool so not to worry. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Everyone I've talked to has always lead me in the right direction for my needs. The only down fall I can come close to mentioning would be price. I have found it to be a little high. But, if you do the math, I can get everything from one store or drive around all day pick up one here and one there. I'll make mine a one stop shop. Keep up the good work!
03-21-2007 18:37:42 | More by travisd13
4.2/5 rDev -5%
Made the trek up from my downtown hotel on a weekend trip. Upon walking in, the first thing you notice is how dark it is. My trip up to the store was a little quick and flustered, and I got there about 15 minutes before closing, so I was initially annoyed at the lack of light. However, it only took me about 30 seconds to realize why it was so dark and then I knew I was in a serious beer haven here.
The store was packed for a tasting when I got there, so my experience with the service equates to being checked out. I didn't really have a chance to talk to anyone there. He checked me out quick though, and from the snippets of conversation I picked up with other customers, I could gather that they knew what they were talking about. They seemed to be making some good reccomendations too.
As I said, I only had 15 minutes to make my picks and check out before closing, so I could only really make one pass of the store to see what they had. The selection seemed decent, a little smallish as others have mentioned, but carefully chosen. I did notice a few vintage dated brews, lots of Belgians and Germans, plenty of local stuff and I managed to grab their last bottle of Hop Rod Rye.
I think I did alright for only having 15 minutes. I'd love to come back someday and take a good hour browsing if I could. Definitely somewhere that the touring beer geek has to take the time to visit when in the area.
02-23-2007 05:53:08 | More by skillerified
4.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Quality: This has to be its strongest point in my opinion. The lights were down low and the almost all of the brews were in coolers. Amazingly they were at cellar temperature as well. They care about their beer and it shows.
Service: He asked me if I needed help. I asked him if they shipped beer so I wouldn't have to lug it in my luggage. He said they didn't for legal reasons. And so the shopping began. The checkout can be a bit slow as I'll explain later. Damn good overall.
Selection: They do select some fine offerings and overall I would say the selection is very good. The only problem is the size of the place. There really isn't much room to add more beer and that is a problem for selection. "Great Selections" just not enough of them to be considered world class. Prices were on par with what I would expect although some were mysteriously high. In all fairness I'm not entirely familiar with the Seattle beer scene or the states particular laws so please take that into consideration.
Notes: I will definitely make this a regular stop when I'm in town. The line of JW Leese brews w/ yearly vintages was nice. They don't use a SKU system during checkout. The checkout is strictly manual compute based where the clerk would have to type in keywords for each beer. Old school at its finest.
01-13-2007 03:20:04 | More by DogFood11
4.2/5 rDev -5%
What a place. For it's size, bottleworks has a wide selection with a beautiful focus on Belgian imports. Granted, it could be bigger, but for the shelf space they have, they have done well. Sections also exist for regional offerings, special occsions (extra-large gift sizes), and such. Staff is flexible and happy to let you take a single from a six-pack. Staff, however, is not always willing to make a recommendation, though the ones they make are often sound. Possibly the best selection of beer-specific glassware that I've ever seen in one place. The only drawbacks are the highly-fluctuating availabilities (if you liked it this week, don't get your hopes up that it will be there next week!) and the relatively high prices. More common offerings can generally be had for 20-30% less just down the street. Still, half of what the carry can't be had elsewhere for two states around.
01-07-2007 07:19:48 | More by ojiikun
British Indian Ocean Territory
4.85/5 rDev +9.7%
Being my first truly dedicated beer store I have visited in the States I'm blown away by the lack of selection we actually have here in Alberta (one of the most beer friendly provinces). This is a store where one can wander aimlessly for hours. The help I received from the staff was forthcoming and knowledgable. I was only in Seattle for the night, and I visited the store three times. The layout was easy to navigate, the lighting kept to a minimum, and practically everything is cooled. The selection of NW craft beer was outstanding and the numerous verticals they carried of many barleywines/old ales was stunning. They had every version of the JW Lees barrel aged 2005 (Port, Sherry etc.) You could easily spend a small Arabian fortune in this place. I will be back.
Full Sail Wassail
Full Sail Old Boardhead 2005
Thomas Hardys 2005
Stone Old Guardian
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Deschutes Obsidan, Black Butte & Jubeale
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Victory Hop Devil & Prima Pils
A'Chouffe N'Ice Chouffe
Abbaye des Rocs Brune
St Bernardus 60th
Bear Republic Black Bear Stout
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Weihestephaner Hefe & Doppel
DFH 90 minute
Pikes XXXX Stout
11-08-2006 15:49:29 | More by CBA
5/5 rDev +13.1%
Visited this store on a short business trip to Seattle. For being just a beer specialty store, the footprint is substantial, which equals a great selection. I would say it's a beer "Disneyworld!"
I wanted to bring back some beer with me on my flight so I was limited to the space in my suitcase.
I decided to pickup some belgians and some glassware for the trip back to SLC.
You can find just about anything here, from NW Micros to internation, the list goes on!
About the only drawback is that it's on 45th in Wallingford, and parking can be a pain in the a$$. But it's Seattle so what do you expect!
If you live in or are planning to visit and enjoy beer, this is a must stop! End of story!
11-04-2006 17:10:17 | More by calinative68
5/5 rDev +13.1%
Pretty much as good as it gets as far as a beer store goes. Selection is amazing, all organized by style. Everything is stored at the proper temperatures and the lights are even a bit dim as to not taint any of the precious liquids. Staff is always willing to point you in the right direction if you're looking for a particular style. The only problem with Bottleworks is you can't leave without at least few selections. I've often gone there with the intent to buy just one bottle of something, but there's always something else that catches the eye.
If you're in the Wallingford area it is a must see. And if you're not, it's worth the drive.
09-11-2006 22:43:47 | More by sockeye101
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
A fantastic selection of beers, all properly stored and tons of aged beers seperated by year and style. THe belgian selection of beers in my opinion was one of the best I've seen. There was a great selection of American micros as well. There is a nice selection of glass wear and some other random beer decor. Decently priced, nothing unreasonable, definatley in the ball park of where the prices of most beers would be at most specialty stores. The service was so-so imo a bit unfriendly but not unknowledgable. This is a must stop if you are in the Seattle area.
09-03-2006 21:21:21 | More by Matthew
5/5 rDev +13.1%
Best beer store around. Bar none. I have found others that are good... but this is the best.
Selection is incredible, especially for such a small place. All the beer is refridgerated, and the selection is well sorted so it's easier to find the region or style you are looking for.
The owner is great, was always a good guy to talk to about beer, music, whatever. The other employees I have ran into there were always helpful too.
This is a place I make sure to visit everytime I make it back to Seattle.
07-29-2006 19:26:35 | More by flexabull
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
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