Bottleworks

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of zdk9
4.65/5  rDev +5%

A small shop with a big selection. I stopped in here while on an extended trip to Seattle, hoping to find some of the west coast top 100 offerings, and in that endevour I was somewhat disspapointed. But bottleworks does do beer justice. The place is arranged by style, rather than brewery which is a little wierd, but probably suits some people's purchese style (if you're trying to find a beer that fits your mood). Most of the beer is refridgerated and the place is barely lit to prevent skunks. My favorite part of all is that everything is available by single bottle! I ended up w/ a Rasputin RIS, HOTD Fred, Ten FIDY, and a couple Deschutes bottles.

Photo of walshclimb
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottleworks is a great store. They have a relatively small space in Wallingford that is packed with beers, both chilled and warm. Local (Seattle and Pacific NW) and Belgian beers seems to dominate, but they definitely have some excellent options from other regions as well. Their staff is very helpful, friendly, and knowledgable with chosing beers based on whatever criteria you can think of. I got the feeling that they have tried them all and can somehow keep it straight. I would highly recommend paying them a visit and stocking up.

Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

The best beer stores I have come across in The PNW are the ones that look a little odd and dont' have all the fancy trappings. ( eg John's in Portland and Brewery Creek in Vancouver). This is a smallish store in a neighbourhood between Freemont and the U district. The lighting is very low especially in the coolers but you realize this is to protect the beers from UV damage. The selection is well considered and there are some real gems. This is actually an easier store to shop than the huge John's in Portland. The staff are up on their beer and great to talk to. Good selection of free beer papers and coasters. Great store and most definately worth the visit.

Photo of younger35
5/5  rDev +12.9%

On a recent trip to Seattle to help a friend move I HAD to visit this place. It's a 5 minute drive from my buddy's apartment (lucky bastard). The first thing I noticed about the place is that it's not very big at all. It's kind of a hole in the wall little place but they make great use of every square inch. It's loaded with brews of all types. Good ol' American brews, loads of Belgiums and other European imports. No macro crap either which is worth a couple points.
They also had a cooler of only Barley Wines along with a couple different vintages. They had '04, '05 and '06 Full Sail Old Boardhead and the prices were pretty reasonable (around like $8-9 for the '04). They had a couple other different vintages of other brews but I can't remember what. You could easily spend $300 bucks in this place and have no idea. I say that meaning there's just so much good shit, not that they're abnormally expensive.
There were a couple guys wandering around the store and definitely would have helped had you had any questions. Once my buddy and I checked out, the dudes at the counter were extremely friendly and conversational. All in all one of the best brew stores I've ever set foot in. Well worth seeking out if your in the area.

Photo of CU570M
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

When i walked into this place i was in aw. I was like wow, a whole bunch of beer i have never had before. I was really impressed by their selection. I picked a bunch of stone and dogfish head beer that i have been wanting to try. They even had a whole section dedicated just to lambics. I usually only see a bottle or 2. The people there seemed to not care that i was in the store, i am not sure if it was because i was in there with my wife and son, or what. I think the person in there passed me like 2 or 3 times and didn't even ask me if i needed any help. Maybe it was because they were busy. I just hope next time the service is a little better.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Considering how highly this place is rated, and considering the rave reviews for this place, I guess I was expecting something a bit more impressive.

Bottleworks is literally a hole in the wall beer store, located in the GreenLake area of town. I used to stay at a now defunct hotel right off of I-5 on N. 45th street years ago and never knew the place existed. That's how small this place is; it's the kind of place you really have to be looking for or you likely won't notice it.

As for the selection here, it's undeniably decent, but I'd hardly describe it as huge. There are roughly 6 or 7 wall racks of beer, all of which are (thankfully) refrigerated. There are also a few unrefrigerated beer displays sitting out. The store is housed in a long, dark, narrow room, and it can start to feel a bit crowded if there are more then 3 or 4 customer around. On the positive side, there is no "crap" sold in this store, with the selection devoted to local West Coast craft beer and a few Belgiums, German and English beers. Prices seemed reasonable to me and the staff working here really know their stuff.

This is a pretty good place, but IMO it really doesn't compare selection-wise to the better places I'm accustomed to in Portland (John's Market and Belmont Station). It's the sort of place I might go to find some small distribution Seattle brewery beers, and I'd go here for that, but otherwise this place is hardly anything special. Maybe I was expecting too much...

Edit: Have been back several times since, and really feel as if the addition of several tap lines has improved this place signficantly. It's now often possible to peruse the aisles while enjoying a glass of Elder or some other excellent NW IPA, and certainly that ain't no bad thing. Still wish they had a better bottle selection than what's available though...

Photo of woemad
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

Finally was able to make a visit to Seattle's Mecca of beer. I can report it's every bit as good as everyone says. Found all sorts of goodies, mostly in 22oz bombers. When first entering, the extent of the low lighting can come as a shock, and I had to give my eyes a moment to adjust - but once they adjusted, they were very happy eyes, I can tell you!

Prices were steeper than my local beerstores, but not to a ridiculous extent. In fact, 12oz bottle prices were about the same as what I was used to. Lots of glassware and t-shirts available, but I was there strictly for beer.

Service was unobtrusive. I don't need someone to hold my hand, and when I asked questions they were thoughtfully answered.

Outstanding store that is run with quality in mind. I'd come back in a heartbeat next time I'm in town.

Photo of Damian
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

Located in a funky neighborhood near the University of Seattle, Bottleworks is regarded by many to be Seattle's "beer mecca." When I visited, I was amazed by the "beer only" selection. Yes, that is correct. There was no liquor of any type except for beer. (I must admit this was my first visit to such a store.) Amazingly, just about all the beer was stored in coolers for freshness. Better yet, the lighting was dim in order to further prevent any possibility of beer spoilage. The overall ambiance of the store was exceptional. I am disappointed that there is no way to rate the atmosphere of liquor stores on Beer Advocate because if there was, this place would definitely get a "5." When I entered, I was immediately transfixed by the low lighting and the trance-like electronic music playing in the background. Soon I was greeted by an extremely friendly and helpful employee. At the front of the store, there was an amazing offering of glassware, as well as beer t-shirts and bottle openers. The beer selection was comprised of a thorough, high-quality array of European and American craft brews. To my surprise, I had never before seen many of the Euro selections (nor the Northwest beers for that matter) on the East Coast. There were also a few "rare" and "vintage" offerings, including Rogue "small" beers from 1998-2003. The beers I looked at all seemed to be moderately priced. I eventually left the store with an Alaskan Smoked Porter, a pint glass and a Bottleworks signature bottle opener and still had enough money left over to buy the Pad Thai lunch special (which paired perfectly with the Fish Tale Organic IPA, but I will save that for another review) at the terrific Thai vegetarian restaurant next door. Overall, this place was amazing. I only wish there was a liquor store on the East Coast that cared about its beer as much as Bottleworks does.

Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev -12%

I have visited the store twice after learning about it via the website. The web site does not adequately inform regarding current availability and price of products, however, it does provide a decent understanding of the breath of options you are likely to encounter. The store was easy to find and when I was there parking was adequate. The limited hours is a bit of a hassle (noon to 8 or 9 pm) but once I knew the limitation I was able to plan my schedule around the business hours. The staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I bought a decent quantity of beer and that may have increased the attentiveness of the staff but I did feel welcomed from the moment I entered the store.

Photo of livingregret
3.5/5  rDev -21%

--Having just heard about this store yesterday, I decided to embark on a epic 1 hour drive to check the place out.I am quite pleased I made this journey. Upon arriving I noticed the place was indeed dark and kept at a nice cool temperature for all of the drinks. When you enter you also can't help but notice the large amount of different beers they had available. Unfortunately for me, many of the drinks I came in to find were sold out. Staff was quick to make recommendations for other drinks I might enjoy. Staff could also easily point where any drink you named was at, which made it a nice smooth experience.
In terms of pricing it was fairly reasonable for what I could normally expect to pay online. The plus side was is that it is cheaper than paying S&H. I will be making another trek a bit later to explore all of the drinks I have yet to try

Edit: I'm actually editing my review after making another stop to the store. Once again a good amount of the drinks that I was looking for was sold out, which is not there fault. But they also weren't aware of when new stock(or what I was looking for) would be coming back although they were pretty common international drinks and they even carried posters for them. So w/ that in mind I decided to change up my review some

Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of travisd13
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

Photo of skillerified
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Photo of CBA
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Photo of calinative68
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

Photo of sockeye101
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

Photo of Matthew
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of flexabull
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

Photo of benito
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

Photo of BDTyre
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Photo of colebenoit
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of Hobbz
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

One amazing beerstore for sure. Not the largest of shops and therefore it won't knock you out if you're looking for a gazillion assortments. But the inventory they do carry is sublime and any number of bottles in stock will be hard to find elsewhere.

Here, they take care of what's presented on the shelf (as others have said, a worker will stroll by every so often to re-align beers on the shelves), they set each refrigerator’s temperature per style, retain low lighting and do not overcrowd space too too much. I particularly like to see that they long ago implemented the notion of stocking a dedicated subset of beers generationally (thinking of Alaskan Smoked Porter '05/'04/'03...and other verticals).

Then contrast the selection with impeccable service. Each time I have visited has been similar. Not bothered with until I bother. Then any bit of information seems to be open. One time shopping with a buddy and just about to head out I popped a few questions to the cashier (and only floorperson). After fifteen or more minutes of rambling I was impressed as we left, my friend chuckling, shaking his head and letting out: “Amazing.” Only for him, wasn’t referring to the place itself, but rather a quip of wonderment at how such a kid that looked to be all of 20 years young could gather that much experience and go on about things that he even couldn’t follow.

Oh, and gotta love the Bottleworks’ own über-worldly bottle cap opener. From another planet, really. Don’t think I could wear this baby out in a lifetime! Check them out if in stock.

Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.