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3.6/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Your typical upscale WA market. The beer is tucked away at the rear of the store and has an ample amount of floor space. My second trip here, the first being nearly five years ago. Today was sordove cold and sleepy.
Q: I have purchased several beers here in the past and had zero quality issues. While the majority of the beers that I purchased or would buy are on the floor exposed to light I have yet to have quality issues. My 2011 Old Schoolhouse barleywine tasted just fine
S: Typical market service. I have yet to find a dedicated beer person here in the my only two visits. You're on your own.
S: Vast. They have some great vintages at times and can score some local gems as well.
01-18-2008 01:46:43 | More by barleywinefiend
4.05/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I skeptically went to QFC based on its BA reviews after a visit to Bottleworks (NOTE: This isn't the QFC right next door). I was looking for some Pliny to take home with me but Bottleworks was out. I didn't think QFC would have it (being a supermarket) but I figured I had to see what the buzz was about.
I was immediately impressed with the selection. One refrigerated area had larger bottles and the other had six packs. It included beers from some very good breweries like Ninkasi, Lagunitas, DFH and Stone. I was very surprised with the quality of the selection and the percentage that was kept cold. I was pleased I made the trip and just as I was about to head out, I saw a display of Russian River just off to the side (Damnation and Pliny). I grabbed a basket full of Pliny at $4.99 a bottle (the cheapest I've seen in Seattle). When I got back, I noticed they even gave me a $0.50 per bottle discount. What a deal!
If they have a weakness, I'd say it's in Belgians. They had some but not nearly as many as Bottleworks.
So based on the selection, prices and that it's not as heavily picked over, I highly recommend a stop at QFC if you're heading to Bottleworks. It sure worked for me.
04-29-2009 00:47:32 | More by GJ40
4/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Another worthy stop on my Seattle beer shopping excursion.
This was my last stop after Full Throttle, Bottleworks and Whole Foods. The beer section is located on the second floor. A good amount of cooler space devoted to craft singles, plus Belgians and German selections. I had seen most of the choices elsewhere but did manage to pick up a four pack of Maui Coconut Porter, one of my wife's favorites. Also, a good selection of six packs along the wall, and some bombers near the adjoining wine section.
You should check date codes carefully though. I was very excited to see Boulevard's Smokestack Double Wit on the shelves, thinking they had made a new batch. I thought that was a one time release, 18 months before my visit. A check of the bottle date confirmed that this was, in fact, from the 2009 release.
Service was pleasant. Prices were reasonable.
12-27-2010 17:20:40 | More by sholland119
4/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
If the family needs groceries, then tell the wife you'd love to tag along - as long as she's going to QFC.
Very impressive display of beer. One huge cooler section of micro bombers and imports. Nice array of sixers along the back wall. I thought the prices were very good compared to the local bottle shops. Surprised to see Angel Share and some RR bottles there.
Service was a non-issue as in most places like this. None offered, none needed.
Parking is a surprising issue here. Very crowded shopping center.
For a large grocery store, this is a very beer-friendly establishment.
11-05-2010 01:58:02 | More by beer2day
4.05/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This QFC is located between a major university and an affluent residential area, and its beer selection reflects this. The selection is really very good for a supermarket and rivals some smaller specialty beer stores; they have plenty of American mega-lager but also a respectable selection of micros and imports. The selection is clearly divided between canned lagers, micros, main-stream European imports (think Smithwick's and Guinness), Mexican brews and more obscure imports/craft brews, and each section is sizable.
Being a supermarket, however, means that the staff are not necessarily beer-centric: I've never actually seen a member of the beer/wine staff in the beer area.
07-21-2009 03:54:39 | More by flagmantho
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place saved my ass several times when I couldn't go far but wanted good beer at U-Dub.
On a recent visit I went again, and despite my greater beer knowledge was nearly as impressed with the selection here. I think this beats some of the Top Foods selections, which short of Bottleworks have generally been my best experiences selection-wise in the state of Washington.
I picked up several bottles of Son of Spot, Elysian's exceptional Dragonstooth stout, some Allagash reserve bottles, and a few other more widely distributed but no less excellent offerings like Obsidian, 90 Minute IPA, etc.
The number of beers in the coolers is impressive and appreciated. I don't ask for, no do I receive much in the way of personal service in here, but as long as the corner grocery store has a selection like this, I think it'd be hard for any BA to have much complaint. Prices weren't the cheapest I've seen but to beat the price/selection a University Village resident would probably spend much more than the difference in gas. I'll be back, probably right before the next UW tailgate/home game.
08-14-2007 01:46:37 | More by udubdawg
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow. This is the best beer selection I have ever seen at a supermarket. Clean, brightly lit, and well organized. The selection is superior to many specialty beer stores, even to the BevMo's I have been to in California. Lots of very good beer and some I have not seen anywhere else. They had some from The Lost Abbey and had North Coast's Old Rasputin XII.
I was greeted by a young man from the store's beer/wine staff. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. I asked about PtE and he went to check if they had any in back. Unfortunately, there was none to be had, but I was impressed an employee of a supermarket knew about this beer. He even suggested other similar DIPAs.
Really wow. I was at the store at about 4:00 pm on Saturday to get tailgating supplies for the UW game that evening. Just wanted a good cold six pack and was delighted to buy Racer 5. I have never seen so many people in a grocery supermarket at the same time. Nor have I ever seen so much beer leaving a store. It was great fun and exciting.
10-12-2009 19:41:46 | More by velosuds
3.96/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For a grocery store, they had quite a supply. I truly took my time wondering through their beer selection and walked out with quite a selection.. Some russian river, some cascade, some oakshire... and, to be honest, I may go back before i leave..there just seems to be so much! and, to be honest, the prices are pretty reasonable... wish they had a pliny shipment though while i was there, but alas we cannot always get what we want [is that what the stones said?]. Wide selection of locals [nw region] as well as other craft beers from the us on top of a fairly decent import section... as far as grocery stores, probably one of the better selections i've scene..
09-03-2011 06:56:38 | More by vande
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $
Love this place. Won’t find any of the super rare beers here, and it’s often hard to find anyone stocking to chat with or help you, but this is hands down the best value anywhere in Seattle. Tremens at 4.99, Howe Sound Liter swing tops for 9.99, and most major brewery bottles from out of state (Dogfish head, Southern Tier, Avery) at about $1.00 less than any other bottle shop in the area. Plus it’s always fun to scoff at the frat boys hauling off their 24 packs of Miller Lite and Corona, right?
05-30-2013 18:06:39 | More by Smurf2055
4.31/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
During my week-long stay in Seattle, I visited a number of grocery stores listed on Beeradvocate. QFC in University Village had by far the best selection. I don't know if it was by chance or if they keep their beer-guy on hand, but I had a very helpful employee work with me to select some excellent Northwest IPA's, West Coast IPA's, and other quality local offerings. He was able to tell me the type of bottle rotation for some IPA's that did not have born-on dates. He also offered me a couple of beers that were not on the shelves in limited quantities, such as Pliny the Elder and FW Parabola. I like stores that do this because it keeps people from hoarding the good stuff. One complaint I have is that the pricing was not consistent, sometimes a beer rang up at the register as "Oregon Beer X dollars" and then the same beer would ring up as "Y dollar beer" at 50 cents more. That being said, all beers are priced fairly and have stickers, so just make sure you are paying the right price when you check out. My other complaint is that while they had Supplication, Sanctification, and Redemption, they did not have the full Russian River lineup. Whole Foods in Ravenna Park had these plus Consecration, Temptation, and Salvation.
07-14-2011 14:32:36 | More by dnrobert24
QFC in Seattle, WA
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