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99 Bottles

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.03%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

35002 Pacific Hwy S
Ste A102
Federal Way, Washington, 98003-8322
United States
phone: (253) 838-2558

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @99bottlesbeer

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jdense

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Visited 3.16.11.

Located in a fairly busy mall, this is certainly one of the better bottle shops I've been in. Obvious care has been put into taking care of product re UV lighting. Really nice selection, especially hard to find Washington breweries and their one-off products. Good selection of Lost Abbey products (sadly not available in OR) they had a pretty big stack of Red Poppy, right next to the full range of bottled RR sours. A small wine selection. They had a $1 taster special, the day I visited they were doing stouts, really small pours (2 oz.) though. Very knowledgeable and caring staff. Given relative proximity Sea-Tac, this is a very worthy stop for the traveling BA. Reasonable prices with a Facebook check-in discount of 10% on 6 bottles of same product, though the bastardly 9+% sales tax cuts into any value priced bottles. Highly recommended.

03-18-2011 18:16:26 | More by jdense
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leedorham

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Been here a couple times while visiting family on the west side.

Quality - Exceptional is a good word. This store makes sure to have all the best beers they can get a hold of.

Service - Decent staff who were friendly enough. Seemed to be caught up in other tasks while I was there both times but that's ok if they're working on getting more beer.

Selection - Too much for me to wrap my tiny head around. Hopefully I'll get to visit here a few more times and buy more beer.

Value - comparable to grocery store prices for comparable offerings.

01-22-2011 16:26:07 | More by leedorham
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psiweaver

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

I went here for the 99 Bottle's cellar sale expecting it to be somewhat of a mad house. Instead it was calm and ordered and the employee was super helpful. The shop was well lit and all of the items that should be stored cold were. They had a great selection and were super helpful whenever I asked any questions. I will definitely be returning. They had a great selection of beers from around the world and also had a very nice selection of glassware. They were easily accessible from the freeway. Completely polar opposite of my experiences at bottleworks in terms of the vibe and the helpfulness of the employees.

01-12-2011 19:01:55 | More by psiweaver
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Great shop...I picked up some excellent bottles on a trip from the east coast, and I was stoked to check this place out. It definitely did not disappoint. They were super helpful and friendly, had the store organized, were willing to chat beer, and offered some good recs for locals that I was unfamiliar with (though the Dick's IPA was not the best). Great selection of PNW beers, smaller foreign section, and a nice collection of barleywines. I will definitely be back next time I visit my sister...check it out, the hype is warranted!

12-22-2010 04:37:36 | More by JebediahScooter
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youradhere

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I go to this place quite often, they always have something new and something old I've always wanted to try. Beware, you will leave there and spend more than you anticipated, but only because you end up loading up on more than what you came for. Enormous selection of locals, nationals and internationals. Great heavy beer section as well as lighter ones. They always seem to get limited releases and enough so as I get to try the last of them as I find out about them. Great glassware section too. The place is roomy, spacious and inviting; newer craftsmanship of the place doesnt make it feel dingy like other bottleshops. This place is something I drive up from Tacoma for on a regular basis.

10-28-2010 02:36:59 | More by youradhere
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dragonWhale

New York

4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Good people in a weird place. the fed..

Plenty of local micro stuff, it seems, as much as they can get. A dozen cooler doors, at least, all packed with good stuff, pretty good selection of Germans, other imports. Not the largest belgian selection from what i remember, but definitely some cool stuff.

Seem to always have some of the good stuff: Russian River, Deschutes, etc available around here and are usually quite helpful.

Without fail, on purchases of over $100 (umm, nearly every time i've been there, what?) a few free glasses. Classy discount.

Haven't made it to one of their Wednesday $1 tastings, but they do that too.

10-25-2010 07:51:37 | More by dragonWhale
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Carnage0070

Colorado

5/5  rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

So I need to apologize that I forgot to write this review earlier after I visited in June of this year (2010).

This place was amazing! Beers from all over the country although specializing in west coast beers. The selection is outstanding as well as the the employee that was working there, can't remember his name. He was showing me all around their small store giving me recommendations. When he heard me say my love for Older Viscosity he went into the cooler and came out with a dusty bottle of '08 Older Viscosity. AMAZING!

Wish we had a store dedicated to beer in Colorado that was like this one. This is a must stop beer store whenever you are in Washington.

09-14-2010 01:04:37 | More by Carnage0070
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Was really blown away by this place. As I recall, about 95% of their stuff are in coolers. I think anything can be purchased in singles, although I still would like to see more 6 pack selection, this seems to be a downward trend in availability.

Totally inconspicuous location. Wide open floor plan inside. They had all kinds of gems of selection. I mean, I got my first Southern Tier stuff here (3000 miles away), and it was still delicious. Anyways, after spending almost an hour going through the store and spending way more than $100, the dude at the register allowed me to pick out some pint glasses for free. Wish I was in the area more often. This is a world class bottle shop.

I mean, 99 bottles, Hollingshead, Discount Liquors . . . its in that elite grouping of retailers.

EDIT: On my second trip, they didn't give me anything free, and they get even stingier with the cardboard you wanna take. Still, I'm gonna keep shopping there, but its not quite as elite as my first impression, at least service wise.

08-13-2010 19:01:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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erkaneva

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We (Eva and I) swung by this store because we were in the area.

I was not expecting much being in Federal Way and being accustomed to Bottleworks located close to my home.

I was surprised by the great selection and presentation. I could not help myself grabbing bottle after bottle and stacking them at the check out counter. There were some nice surprises that we ended up buying. I finally walked out of there with a 132$ deduction from my credit card.

The place is set up very nicely with coolers to the left as you walk in and the special stuff in the back of the room on shelves.
That is where I did most my shopping.

If I lived in this area, I would be a regular.

08-12-2010 18:50:46 | More by erkaneva
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kunstdrache

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Even though I lived in the south sound area for about a year I was blessed to live so close to such an exceptional beer store.

Their selection is just absolutely awesome, they have almost everything you want and if you don't find it ask Craig or Tiffany and I'm sure they will find it for you. They also get a lot of the good rare stuff.

Price is reasonable if not fair, my only qualm is the fact I always overspend when I'm there!

Service/appearance is what really sets 99 apart from other beer stores and believe me, I've my share of beer stores. It is a very well upkept store with nice wood floors and lights dimmed enough that it isn't like walking into wal-mart but not so dark that you feel like you're in a cave. The beer itself is all stocked very nicely in a wall to wall cooler on one side and another wall of non-cooled beer in the far back (out of sunlight).
Another positive thing- they update their facebook feed religiously so if you follow them you will know exactly what they get in, especially with rare beers. This is how I got the bal aged yeti.

In all, Craig and Tiffany have created what I'd call quite possibility the best beer store and they are wonderful owners who will not hesitate to provide help if you ask.

07-22-2010 00:40:54 | More by kunstdrache
99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA
100 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.