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5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
Addendum - visited again - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Picked up a JW Lees 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Need I say any more?
07-21-2003 05:47:44 | More by weefisheads
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
01-25-2005 03:31:46 | More by zacharius
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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 thats a great idea.
The selection was fabulous. Im accustomed to shopping in the better beer stores in Portland, but was quite impressed with the selection of Washington state beers that dont 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 couldnt ask for more.
04-26-2005 07:28:31 | More by RedDiamond
5/5 rDev +13.1%
Quality This place has the good stuff. The store is kind of cramped, but mainly thats 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. Theyve 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 thats 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 dont 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.
09-20-2003 21:50:35 | More by RoyalT
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
08-23-2005 17:46:43 | More by Knuckles
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
09-20-2005 23:24:29 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
5/5 rDev +13.1%
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
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.