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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Sammy, May 08, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

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...

John_M, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

TurdFurgison, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of sholland119
3.1/5  rDev -30%

Wow, what a disappointment this place was. After a killer stop at Full Throttle Bottles, I was expecting to find some great, possibly rarer stuff to supplement my haul. No such luck.

Bottleworks is a decent sized store, pretty much all craft beer. The coolers are unlit, apparently by design, though it makes it very difficult to see what's for sale. This was not much of a problem on my visit since most of the slots in the cases were empty anyway. Nothing particularly special for the out of town shopper. Good size Belgian and German selection in particular, but nothing that is unavailable locally.

There is a growler fill station in the back with about 9 taps. I believe you can have a pint on premises also. I was not greeted, offered assistance, given the raspberry or otherwise given an indication that the staff realized a customer was present so I can not say for sure. They were happier carrying on conversations with each other.

This is not the first beer store or bar or pub I have been to with douchey staff that appears to be coasting on its reputation. But it certainly is one of them.

sholland119, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

I've made a couple of trips to Bottleworks while in Seattle in business. Unfortunately I never seem to hit them when they have any Pliny.

They have a very good selection and while I've seen a few better, I can't think of one that keeps as much of its stock refrigerated. They have a huge selection of Belgian and European beer. If they have a weakness, it's in the number of Northwest beers. I didn't think there were enough IPAs or DIPAs; certainly not as many as I've seen in stores down in Portland.

I don't think it's quite the A+ it's rated at but Bottleworks should definitely be commended for the quality and the way they treat their beer.

GJ40, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%

A: A pretty cool vibe. Sordove a place to just hang out free from clowns. Dimly lit which some do not like but I do. It's relaxing and chill.

Q: Top notch. Every beer I have ever picked up was quality. The beers I took home were properly stored and tasted great. The beers I had draft were good as well. No issues.

S: Service is usually average to good(sometimes good). After numerous stops in I am always able to strike convo on beer with the staff and never had terrible service. Somedays are not the best and I have experienced douchiness here from the staff as have many other BA's I. My initial two trips I was let down on service but it was not badI have seen improvements since my first few visits but the inconsistency of service makes me wanna drive cross town or down the road.

S: Not the biggest in Seattle but close. They always have some vintage bwines and I have pulled some mighty bog beers out of here. 2002 Fish BA Leviathan, Vertical Epic 03 ect on top of West Coast staples

F: No try

V: Some beers were well priced and some were a tad expensive. Comparable to anywhere else in the Sound.

barleywinefiend, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

christ, this is one of those places

You read all the reviews, soak in the hype, and prepare expectations. You enter the store and immediately think "gee, this is pretty small". You begin to browse and quickly realize you could spend your life savings in about 5 minutes.

There were tons of bombers from the northwest and beyond with a decent belgian selection (though not quite what i can find in chicago). Most of the beer was quite unknown to me as the best of the NW stays in the NW. My girlfriend impulse bought the Lazy Boy Belgian Ale because she liked the label. I scooped a Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Ninkasi Tricerahops, and 2004 Elysian Cyclops. There were maybe 5 Lost Abbey 750's, some port (hop 15, double red, sharkbite, old viscosity, maybe another), a variety of Full Sail and all the Washington breweries. Russian River Damnation and Pliny the Elder were available

All prices were fair and the staff was very cool and friendly. Beer is treated with great respect here so there is no quality control issue to worry about.

dirtylou, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Oct 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Wow, I've never disagreed with a beerfly grade so much. This place is extremely dark. Yeah, I don't want 150W light bulbs right over the beer, but damn, if there ever was a 'goth' beer shop, this has to be the place. Really dark, everyone seems to be sad and kept to themselves inside, some horrible shitty metal music like those kids would listen to in 8th grade was playing as well. Yeah dude, Rage Against The Three Tier Distribution Machine or something. . .

Selection, well, I made the trip up, stopping in Bend, Portland, Olympia and Federal Way. I spent tons of $ everywhere else. Here, about $15. They just didn't have much that was unique. Sure, the kegs were neat, but I wasn't really eager to listen to someone argue how awesome King Diamond or Stryper is/was. Nobody was a jerk or anything, they just all seemed like someone humped their GF or kicked their dog. And it was a sunny day, in Seattle no less!

Prices were about 10-15% higher than the rest of the PacNW it seemed as well. This place just doesn't deserve an A+. Its worthy and all, but not that worthy. Shitty parking too.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 22, 2010
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.

RedDiamond, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of jera1350
4.21/5  rDev -5%

On a recent visit to Seattle, I stopped in here based upon the reviews on this site. It held up to the reputation. Roughly eight beers on tap with a table to sit and enjoy in the middle of the coolers of beer.

Large selection separated by styles for the most part. Some high quality regionals, locals and imports. I was looking for local brews only and was guided in selecting these by the gentleman working. He made some very solid beer suggestions with a nice variety of styles. I enjoyed all of them thus far. Prices seemed very fair. Both guys working were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this shop when in Seattle.

jera1350, Jun 11, 2013
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.

GRG1313, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Globetrotter
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to RoyalT for taking me to this beer Mecca. A small storefront on a fairly minor street somewhere outside the center of Seattle masks an awesome collection of beers available for purchase. The inside, not much bigger than a 20 foot container, really, is dark and packed full. All of the walls are lined with coolers with beers perched above, while more beers are stacked on shelves in the middle. It's hard to move in the narrow aisles, and sometimes hard to see the labels in the dark, but, man, they've got a lot of good stuff. They even had several brews from Russia's Baltika line, as well as many other imports. The strength of this place, however, is in brews from the Pacific Northwest, sorted by style rather than brewery. Hundreds of choices to make, but nary a bad one in the lot. Only down side? No Westvertieren products (but plenty of other Belgians). U.S. beers from east of the Mississippi were also rare, although I did spot a Dogfish Head product. The staff was friendly and helpful. If I lived in Seattle, I'd be here regularly. Moscow needs a place like this..

Globetrotter, Jun 25, 2004
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!

Georgiabeer, Jul 23, 2006
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.

flexabull, Jul 29, 2006
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.

benito, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

I have to say I was a little disappointed on first walking in. The coolers seemed relatively empty and the staff seemed way to0 busy and aloof to deal with me.

Making my way back to the growler station and finding out that they could serve on-premise changed all that ... as did a pint of PtE. With that in my hand, the staff seemed to open up a bit more. That also gave me more time to examine the entire store.

The coolers were actually a bit of a mess and it took me a bit to locate several things I was looking for. There was a good bit of open stock in the middle of the floor to go through as well.

Several nice local finds, but lots of imports here. Lots. Huge Belgian and German sections. For an out-of-towner, that was not too appealing but for a local I can see the draw.

The growler bar was very impressive, with PtE headlining nine taps.

Wish I had this place in NC. Can't wait til we change our laws to allow growler stations.

beer2day, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of drewbage
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

Ok.. so Bottleworks.. been there a few times now. Always make it a point to go there when the business takes me to Seattle. (And yeah.. I totally forgot to review this joint after my first few visits.)

All I can say is wow.

You walk up to the store and it doesn't really look like much.. looks kinda small actually.. And then you open the doors and find a world of good beer waiting for you.

Beer is organized and kept clean and protected from the light. Verticals live next to each other and it becomes apparent that it's feasible to live a world of beer within the cooler walls of this store.

Staff is friendly, hip and massively knowledgable about beer. The selection is immense. The thought behind the list is evident and heck even the prices are pretty good.

I defy the dedicated beer hunter to venture into this store and leave saying "eh".

drewbage, Apr 13, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

markgugs, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Wowza. Bottleworks is a must-visit if you're in Seattle. I figured that before I even got on the plane for parts northwest, but actually being there is a beer-geek's dream.

I found it remarkably dark, or dim, inside. Perhaps they're being green, trying to save money and/or trying to avoid light-stricken product? Everything is in coolers, and I mean everything, so perhaps the dim lighting is a way to offset what it must cost to refrigerate the stock.

The selection is fantastic. If you look at the limited beers they have themselves brewed under the Bottleworks moniker, you'll understand why the predominant goods on offer are big, high-alcohol, cellar-friendly, uber-tasty, and, um, pretty expensive beers. Of course they have the good session stuff, but ultimately this is a haven for lovers of big-ass beer. And for an easterner like me, the concentration of west coast beers was a treat--Lost Abbey, Russian River, Pike, Hair Of the Dog, etc. Plenty of other crafts from around the country, and lots of Belgian, English, German, Scandinavian and Other stuff as well. Cool staff who I didn't find overly friendly but I felt like they'd be more than willing to help if I needed something or wanted to ask a question.

Their prices are pretty high, especially for rare, aged, vintage stuff, which is not unreasonable, but beware and look at the price tags carefully (all of which are, thankfully, clearly placed in front of the beer you're looking at--amazing how many places overlook this aspect...).

I went twice. The first time I had paid a $1 parking fee when I apparently didn't have to. (I found the Seattle parking game a frustrating one...I'm a hick, I guess.) An employee happened to be standing outside the building as I went in, and told me I didn't have to pay. He asked the other gentleman working to give me a small discount because I lost a dollar in the parking game. Too cool.

An utterly mandatory destination for locals and visitors alike. No wonder Alan of Hair Of The Dog brewed a beer in their honor!

Metalmonk, May 15, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Gobzilla, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

Stopped in here on 12 Sep 2009 during a business trip to Seattle. Had a Bruery Autumn Maple as I perused the store. Not the largest variety I have seen but a very good selection of many beers I have not had the chance to buy before, including many Belgians, Midnight Sun and Black Albert. They also had a number of vintage beers available, took home a 2003 Gales Old Ale. Spoke with the bartender once or twice for recommendations, he was helpful and not pushy. Prices seemed pretty reasonable for the most part. Upon checkout the cashier threw in a glass of my choice from above the coolers. Would definitely recommend stopping in if you are in Seattle.

htomsirveaux, Sep 23, 2009
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.

woemad, Oct 02, 2007
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Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
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