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 bram325
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of weefisheads
5/5  rDev +12.9%

After almost giving up hope that Washington had a truly exceptional place to find beers, I went to Bottleworks and my faith in humanity was immediately restored.

From the get go you know this is a place of quality by simply looking at the empty bottles that adorn the entrance - a few vintage Anchor OSA, a Bells 5000th batch, and a few other desirable collectables. However, my expectations were somewhat low as a quick peek at the website lead me to believe that the selection would be similar to what one can find most anywhere, but no no no! Trust their website not - the lineup here was most impressive

I was especially delighted to see all the "regional/local" beers that they had, as none of these - though but 50 miles or less away - are available anywhere else I checked. In addition, there are a few unique "Bottleworks" brews as well, available only at this store, of which one is brewed in Belgium and one heck of a beer! Together with the other standards of a first rate beer store - Stone, Dog Fish Head, etc, this is a very spectacular lineup.

Although I received a less then warm reception the very first time I visited this store, visiting a second time proved that the less than stellar serivce was an abberation. The store is run by folks very serious about their beer and who love what they do, and this is not only evident in the 5's in service given by others who've rated this store, but clear as day when I chatted with Craig who spent a few minutes with me to find one absolutely amazing beer.

After leaving Bottleworks the second time, I realize that the only downside is that there aren't more of them. Whether you're intrested in finding Washington beers that you just can't find anywhere else, or just looking for a store that knows a great deal about great beer, then Bottleworks is the place to go. I can't recommend this place enough.

dB

Addendum - visited again - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Picked up a JW Lees 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Need I say any more?

Photo of zacharius
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Quality of beers in this place is great, they have microbrews from all over the northwest as well as imports such as belgian and german beers. The selection is incredible, never seen so many different beers in one small place like this. The service is great, the help there can offer, if you like this beer, than try that one, type of stuff. Best beer store in the area. They keep their beers refridgerated and the store is dark to protect the beers. Great glassware selection as well. For some beers that have several vintages of each.

Photo of RedDiamond
5/5  rDev +12.9%

The rumors are true. This is a world-class place to buy beer. My first impression of Bottleworks was kind of funny. I walked in and started browsing, but had to promptly step out and trade in my sunglasses for my regular specs. The place is a bit dark inside. No doubt the subdued lighting is for the benefit of the beer. Now that’s a great idea.

The selection was fabulous. I’m accustomed to shopping in the better beer stores in Portland, but was quite impressed with the selection of Washington state beers that don’t make it south of the Columbia River. There was also a decent selection of meads, ciders, barleywines, and pretty much anything you might care to drink from around the world. They also sell chocolate and a wide array of glassware. Most of their beer is refrigerated.

This is a fairly small store in terms of square footage. But the floor space is optimized and the smallness of the place assures attentive service. I found the staff to be knowledgeable and helpful. They pay attention to details such as stocking beers from the back of the shelf outwards to assure good turnover and fresh product. Prices were fair market value. Really couldn’t ask for more.

Photo of Hanserelli
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of RoyalT
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Quality – This place has the good stuff. The store is kind of cramped, but mainly that’s because of all the beers. They have some of the best ales on the planet.

Service – The staff is very helpful. I asked for certain ales and they knew right away if they had it and exactly where it was in the store. They’ve also been sampling the merchandise, because they know how just about every beer in the store tastes. I've often walked in to, "Here, you'll love this," and, "If you like that, try this."

These guys know their beers, and that’s saying a lot because they stock a whole mess of them. They have consistently pulled out aged beers from the back, given excellent cellaring suggestions, and even special ordered things on request. I don’t see how the service could be any better unless they started driving beers over to my house.

Selection – This is top notch. Almost everything is in coolers. The beer selection spans the globe, and they have a lot of local stuff as well. They advertise over 700 beers available and cold. This is hands down the best beer store on the West Coast.

Photo of Knuckles
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I fear that my rather strong opinions about Brouwer's have, for some reason, led people to believe I may possess similar opinions about Bottleworks. Quite the opposite, actually. Part of what I love about Bottleworks is what I dislike about Brouwer's. Bottleworks is a like a great used bookshop, in that you can go in there and get lost for hours just browsing. It's comfortable, and I always love going in there (I just don't like driving there very often, as 45th isn't terribly convenient to this BA. However, it is always worth the visit). Maybe it's this contrast between the two spaces that led me to being disappointed in Brouwer's. But that's neither here nor there, as this review is about the best beer store in the Seattle area.

Quality: Bottleworks is a bottle shop that is beyond compare in terms of its dedication to quality beers. They have, by FAR, the largest selection of craft brews that you are going to find in the the Northwest, and one of the greatest import selections as well. The care they take in terms of storage, etc. is also fantastic. Further, they cellar and stock vertical selections of various holiday beers such as Old Crustacean, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Old Guardian, etc. It's great to see a retailer take the time to take product off the shelf in order to age it properly and offer this to the consumer. Not all customers have the space to properly age a beer, and I think it's fantastic that Matt and crew do this.

Service: Always great. I rarely ask any questions when I'm in, simply because my head is always buried in some cooler, but there always seems to be someone coming in asking for advice on what to buy their wife/husband/yardman/chiropractor, etc. and whomever is behind the counter is always quick with something of quality to recommend (it also warms my heart to hear them frequently recommend the big beers from Silver City. Mad love to Don Spencer from the east sound, yo.).

Selection: Phenomenal. There's no other way to describe it. Sure, you can get Bear Republic at Central Market in Poulsbo, but you can't get Allagash and pick up a bottle of 2003 Poseidon.

About my only complaint with this store (other than it's way too goddam far from my home), is the pile of beer boxes in the middle. Not that that's a bad thing in and of itself, but frequently I'll see something I want that isn't in the cooler, and it will be on the bottom of the pile (and it's a bigass pile). Not a big issue, really, I'd just like to see better distribution of the product throughout the pile.

I love this store. It is a thing of beauty, and all other bottleshops should take lessons from them. They've got the windows covered to keep the light out, and the interior light is nicely muted in order to give it a nice, homey feeling. It's also very carefully airconditioned at (I'd guess) between 65 and 70 degrees. These kids care a lot about the product that they put on the floor, and it shows in everything they do. Pay them a visit when in Seattle, as they deserve your money.

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 OldFrothingSlosh
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Hole.

Lee.

Shit.

I was VERY excited to stop by this place during my recent foray into the upper Northwest under the thin guise of a business trip (if you ever get a chance, the Fairmont Olympic in downtown Seattle is one serious kick-ass hotel). RoyalT was kind enough to haul my sorry ass 'round town for a few choice visits (you will be rewarded for your kindness) and I told him Bottleworks was way up on the list.

End store in a small row of store. Ample parking.

When you head inside, make sure you hold on to something welded/nailed/cemented to the floor. Your head will spin like a top when you begin to comprehend just exactly what is available to you in this beer heaven. One thing that struck me was that it was really dark. But this is a great thing. All the beer is protected from light.

Lots (that really doesn't begin to describe it) of beer on the floor and even more in the multiple coolers they had. Singles (HUGE selection) and 6-packs available. I nearly wet myself on several occasions when I saw just what I could cram in my carryon. Multiple vintages of many, many beers. First time I've ever seen this, not to mention side-by-side for easy picking.

Can't find anything in the front (like that'd ever happen)? Just check the chalkboard over the entrance to the back for a partial listing of goodies in the back. How many years of JW Lee's Harvest Ale do you want today? Some Rogue Old Crusty from the last 10 years? Sure.

All the workers were very friendly, and, more importantly, damn knowledgable about what they were selling. Offering suggestions on what to try. Kick ass.

Although I am very lucky to have Once Upon A Vine in Richmond (my previous measuring stick for beer store quality), I would jump/leap/vault at the chance to hit this place again.

Too bad I didn't have more room in my luggage.

This place lives up to the scores. If you west of the Rockies, find a way to make this stop.

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 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 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 SeanChouffe
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Bottleworks is the best beer monger in the US I have had the pleasure to patronize. I did my research prior to visit by looking at their website. Even though they did not carry many of the beers listed on their site, I was not disappointed. The selection is great, the beer was well displayed and the staff was friendly and helpful. The availability of singles was great and they even broke up six packs that many other stores would have not. A great experience, although I was unable to keep myself from spending the GDP of a small nation.

Photo of Mages64
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of jreitman
5/5  rDev +12.9%

An absolutely incredible beer store. They stocked almost everything I wanted and were willing to order anything they didn't have that was available.. Fairly large international brew section and the staff was very knowledgeable. The owners and staff are constantly ordering new beers so this is one of those places you want to visit often. Vintage beers is also available, though at a hefty price, but it's still nice to treat yourself to some 1996 Stille Nacht every once in a while. If you live in Seattle, this place is a must visit.

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 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 erikm25
5/5  rDev +12.9%

If you are coming to Washington (and more specifically Seattle) for a visit or to move then Bottleworks should be on the top of your list of first places to visit.

This place gets right down to brass tacks. While it is very unassuming on the outside you can be rest assured that once you walk in you'll know why this place gets such rave reviews. It has a dark, dimly lit, and cool atmosphere. I have only been on days and at times that were not peak but I can only imagine what a great vibe it has when they have a crowd and a tasting.

I have had very little interaction with the staff but they seem very amicable. They clearly expect that people will come in and spend a lot of time looking so they just go about their business and let you be (unless you have a question or need some help).

While the actual size of the store is not very large there is an extensive choice of beer throughout their large coolers. One could easily spend an enormous amount of time browsing the selection and debating on what to purchase (micros to Belgians are all well represented). Either way, once you make a trip here you'll be looking for any excuse to get back. The prices seem relatively comparable to other places I have been to in the Seattle area, but it is clearly the selection that separates Bottleworks from the others.

In my opinion they seem to do pretty good justice to this region of the country and they also have an amazing variety from throughout the world. As a recent transplant to the state, I do not know the specifics, but there are some of restrictions the state of Washington imposes on the sale of alcohol which makes the distributing of beers to retailers a red tape fiasco.

To anyone in the PNW area it will be well worth the time to check this place out and spend some hard earned cash.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I hit Bottleworks 2-3 a week. Shaughn and Trevor are great guys who chat me up when I'm in the mood to chat and leave me alone when I'm in the mood to be left alone.

They nearly always have in stock what I want (when it's available from the brewery and/or distributor) and will get me whatever I want (when they can get it). And because the place is so small, the things they have in stock are gone through rapidly; hence, almost everything is fresh.

The taps in the back make an great place even better. And they know how to fill growlers, which is not always a given.

And for a specialty beer store, the prices are spot on. They can't beat Safeway or QFC on sale prices, but everything else is more than reasonable.

Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tiodan
5/5  rDev +12.9%

beer shopping just doesn't get any better than this. a modest, darkish (presumably to minimize light damage to the brews) little joint staffed by friendly people and packed to the gills with fantastic beer. the selection is top-notch, and EVERYTHING IN A 12OZ BOTTLE IS MIX & MATCH. i can't even begin to imagine how many times i've wished i could just buy one or two of many different brews and been cockblocked, so this was a bit of a dream come true, especially as i stopped here on vacation and wanted to sample the greatest range of local fare as possible during my short stay.

they carry a wide variety of regional brews, a good number of micros from other parts of the country, and a great selection of imports, including belgians. the beers are segregated by type into coolers of differing coolness depending on the particular needs of the style. many barleywines stand side by side with previous vintages dating back as far as '01 (i think), which i've never seen anywhere else. hell, they even carry a bunch of glassware, including fancy belgian glasses...

Photo of Tupperwolf
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I'll concur with the general assessment of this place: Good lord. My heart literally started to pitter-pat when I went inside.

Who knew that such a small-looking store could house beer paradise? Almost everything in the store is refrigerated, and it's separated by style first, then brand, which makes it all the more difficult to stop from buying out the store - just try looking at an entire cooler full of the best IPAs and not wanting to pick out ten different ones. The selection of Barleywines is most impressive, with vintages going back to the mid 90's in some cases - Bigfoot and Old Crustacean were well represented.

As mentioned, a horseshoe of coolers rings the store, with an island of unrefrigerated stuff in the middle - but that's more a place to store unopened cases. I passed over pretty much everything in the middle. It's dimly lit, which is great, because one can assume the intent is to minimize UV radiation. There was one guy working, who I think was the manager, and he was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He made rounds about every five minutes to straighten up the coolers, sliding beers to the front and into good position to read the labels.

I live out in the beer boonies, so I made a trip to Seattle specifically to go to this place - I ended up picking up two and a half basketfuls and spending $160, and the manager offered me two pint glasses of my choice for free (over $10 free) and all the empty six-pack cases I wanted to add to my wallpaper collection (I was humble and only took about ten.)

I'll definitely be back- probably in about a month, to restock.

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I visit beer stores all over the country whenever I can and I've hit some really great places. Bottleworks? Hands down top 5. I've seen only a very few that equal Bottleworks and only then with very different regional beers from the home state. Nothing fancy here. A couple of really nice sales people (Trevor helped two days in a row and he was great; knowledgable more than most and very helpful when he saw what I liked. Great suggestions.) The selection is go big, with lots of vintage stuff, that trying to list anything minimizes the place.

Suffice it to say that if you're "into" beer and/or a collector, this is a must visit...period.

A few nice taps stuck in a corner. Again, nothing fancy but nice beers on tap.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Has a dark gothic almost feeling that you would expect out of a place in Seattle. Had very good selection, and the Bottleworks Cascade release was available. For top shelf hard to find items this seemed to be the place to visit. Spend a few hundred dollars in a matter of minutes. What more needs to be said that hasn't been said already.... well they did give me a free shirt and stickers that I didn't know about until I got back to Nebraska.

Photo of Bleu
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

I've never felt the desire to review Bottleworks, as the reviews here have covered it fully, until I went last week after they finished their remodeling. Now, not only do they have the best selection in Seattle, they also have a small bar with five fantastic taps, the option to drink any beer in the place (with a small corking fee), and two long bars to lean and discuss and drink at. I already like to spend as much time as possible at Bottleworks and now it is comfortable to stay and socialize and drink for hours while browsing. Which is exactly what I did.

On tap was Firestone Walker's IPA, Russian River's Consecration (!!!), and Russian River's Pliny the Younger. There were two more but I didn't hear anything after that. PLINY THE YOUNGER! And the last keg in the state! This may not be entirely impressive as Bottleworks is owned by Brouwers and they do amazing things that blow your mind and liver on a regular basis, but it was the part after that made me write this review: we took our Youngers and stood around for two hours talking about growing hops and brewing beer and styles and suggestions and yeast and everything beer related with all sorts of strangers who were as dedicated and interested in beer as we were. Bottleworks is a serious beer market and that bar turned it into a forum for beer knowledge. I left giddy with excitement and a nice pile of unique beers I never would have tried if they hadn't installed that bar. I also convinced 6 people to buy Pliny the Elder which was sitting in a giant stack in the front. Yes, a stack of Pliny. Wipe the drool.

This may have been a unique experience, and I don't think it will ever happen so perfectly again, but only at Bottleworks could something like this POSSIBLY happen. And that is what makes it the best beer store in Seattle without question.

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