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Bottleworks

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BottleworksBottleworks
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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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

livingregret, Aug 20, 2007
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.

udubdawg, Jul 31, 2007
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!

travisd13, Mar 21, 2007
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.

skillerified, Feb 23, 2007
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.

DogFood11, Jan 13, 2007
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.

ojiikun, Jan 07, 2007
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

CBA, Nov 08, 2006
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!

calinative68, Nov 04, 2006
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.

sockeye101, Sep 11, 2006
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.

Matthew, Sep 03, 2006
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.