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Bottleworks

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Taps: 9 / Bottles: 950
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 12.67%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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ojiikun

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

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
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CBA

British Indian Ocean Territory

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

Beer Haul:
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
SkullSplitter
Pikes XXXX Stout

11-08-2006 15:49:29 | More by CBA
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calinative68

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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sockeye101

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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flexabull

California

5/5  rDev +13.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

One of the best places to buy beer in the country bar none. A deep, deep Northwest selection, with many rarities, and a Belgisn selection to match. The beers are extremely well kept, the staff very knowledgeable and passionate about beer, and GREAT special events, tastings, meet the brewers events. I used to live in Seattle and went all the time and miss it. I travel out there once ain a while and was there recently. My one caveat is that ocassionally they close for inexplicable reasons. One of my trips to Seattle was marred by the fact that I drove all the way out there (Its in Wallingford/U district area), and they had a sign on the door that thety were closed for some random reason. Call ahead! You will love this place!

07-23-2006 10:00:17 | More by Georgiabeer
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benito

Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Here is beer's Mecca, or at least Northwestern beer's Mecca. Bottleworks is, uniquely, devoted entirely to beer. They've got a vast selection of microbrews from the Pacific Northwest, Belgians, and other top tier selections from craft brewers around the country.

Their fridges are well organized, often times by style and then, within each style, by vintage as well. Service is friendly, informative, and prompt.

Their prices are a bit high (Allagash at $20+) though not unreasonable...and given the quality of offerings around the store, I'm willing to grant them this indiscretion.

Bottleworks sets the standard for craft brew vendors; I wish I lived in Seattle just to be close by.

06-13-2006 07:56:24 | More by benito
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Wow! Similar situation to the last review. We were in Seattle for a concert, and the only reason we stayed for 3 days was to bring back beer. Between my wife and I we spent nearly 200USD. There was too much to choose from! The only thing I was looking for that they didn't have was Stone's Imperial Sout. They did have Rogue's RIS and Barleywine, as well as some mead and other oddities I'd never find in Vancouver.

The store was dark and tight, but well laid out. If I'm ever in Seattle again, I will definitley return, and with more money. One of the best beer stores I've ever seen.

06-10-2006 01:09:13 | More by BDTyre
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colebenoit

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This is my second visit to this wonderful store, and it was even better than the last. I live in Vancouver, BC and due to the fact that the liquor in the province is government controlled the selection can be a little, well lacking. So thus we set out on mission to Seattle to procure a large stock of beer to bring back home and did just that.

The store is exceedingly well laid out with everything easy to find and organized by style and/or origin. Had no problems locating what I was looking for and thus found a few I wasn't looking for. The pile in the center often mentioned on BA was rather small and neatly organized as well.

The selection was for the size, extremely excellent. These guys definitely know what they are doing and the choice of products and styles is the best I've ever had the pleasure of looking through. I'm not going to go into detail about what we purchased because it was over 30 bottles, but vintages of Alaskan Smoked Porter, Aecht's Rauchweizen and some aged Old Crustacean were greatly appreciated. The only thing I didn't find that I was looking for was Westvleteran, but thats understandable given its rarity. Other than that selection was top notch.

The fellow that was working that day was quite friendly and had a few suggestions for us. He also was kind enough to give us the couple of glasses we we're going to purchase due to the fact that we were spending a fair chunk of change($150 or so to be exact). In the end all of these things add up to one of the best stores I've been into, beer or not and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone in the area.

05-08-2006 23:57:44 | More by colebenoit
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.