99 Bottles

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BA SCORE
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world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: n/a
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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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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2007)
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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A: I'd probably own stock in this place by now if they went public with an IPO. Walking in it's usually busy, all hours unless you catch them as soon as doors open. So do not be alarmed if they don't immediately greet you. The place is cozy and casual, plenty of light, good vibe, lots of local support and smaller weekly events make this a great beer destination. Overall, the atmosphere is good and the amiance is nice.

Q: I have consumed hundreds of beers from this place none have been less than stellar on quilaity. Half of the beer is properly stored in coolers with the rest on shelves but at room temp

S: Good, never had bad service, not even on the busiest day but they do become quickly overwhelmed which speaks volumes for the establishment. If you don't know, ask, they will answer. Just don't ask a dumb arse question about vintage Tequiza or a growler of Dos Equis to go.

S: Very good, they usually fget everything you want and more. Cases of Sucaba, Parabola sit on the floor begging to be hauled out. It is a beer destination!

No food here but some buts and those types of things. Glassware, beer schwag and kegs to go plus the counter pressure growlers are a nice bonus!

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

With a stout tasting coming up with some East Coast friends, I wanted to try to find something unusual I could bring back from the NW. After a less than satisfactory experience at the Metro and Tacoma Boys, we made the short drive over to Federal Way and 99 Bottles. I am very glad we did.

99 Bottles is located in a small shopping center, and from the outside looks like any other liquor store you'd find next to the barbershop and grocery store. However, once you walk in, you realize you've walked into something pretty special. The store is completely devoted to beer; craft beer and imports in particular. The left side and back walls consist of cold boxes loaded with craft beer and imports from all over, but then with stacks of 6 packs and bombers in large display areas in the middle back area of the store. The selection here is truly amazing, and I suspect represents pretty much everything that is brought into the area by local distributors. They had an excellent selection of RR sours, and their selection of DFH beers I saw on display would rival most stores on the East Coast. This is also a great place to find limited release beers from local NW breweries; my impression is that if a brewery makes something that is released into normal distribution, then you will find it here. Add to that a nice selection of glassware and various beer schwag, plus 5 or 6 beers on tap for growler fills, and you know you are in one high quality store.

Prices seemed reasonable (about the norm for the area), with growler prices in the $10 to $12 range. As for service, it's really difficult to gauge. There were just two people working on the Saturday afternoon I stopped by, with one employee manning the cash register and the other stocking beer. I assume they could probably answer most questions if you had any, but this is not the sort of store where you can expect to have employees coming up to you and asking if you need any help. At least that's the impression I had based on my one Saturday afternoon visit (hence my "average" service score).

No matter, the selection here is outstanding, and there's no doubt I'll be back again soon. On the day I was here there had to be at least 20 customers wandering around the store, most of them with looks on their faces that suggested they had somehow fallen asleep and woken up in beer heaven. I suspect the same look was on my face as well. This place is great.

Photo of mfavoino
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is hands down the best place in the South Sound to buy your beer. The selection is huge, always changing, and they are always quick to update their Facebook page to update customers on what's in stock. Beyond the great selection, the employees are always helpful and you can tell that these people love beer. The impression that they give is that they enjoy seeing people try great beer, and their Wednesday night beer tastings are a great example of that. Although I don't usually get growler fills, they have 10 drafts to choose from on a regular basis.

This place is worth a drive.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have to be honest... I liked place way more than any place I went to buy beer in Portland. The people there not only interested in beer, but the satisfaction of their customers in a good experience. There were beers on the floor and an wall of coolers efficiently packed with bombers on the east side of this rather thin mall store. If you want something obscure, they try to get it here, as I picked up beers from breweries I never heard of and were relatively new. Not sure on their ability to get hard sought after beers but I did pick up a few releases by Midnight Sun.

Photo of Flightoficarus
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ah, how have I not yet left a review for the place that largely helped me become the beer enthusiast that I've become? better late than never!

Atmosphere - Walk in, and instantly find yourself surrounded by beer galore, as well as greeted by the staff. Has a very cool small store vibe to it, despite the massive array of brews available.

Quality - Nothing short of excellent. They always have a vast selection of A-class beers in stock at any given time. They're now even offering growler pours on select rotating brews! They also sell glassware and other cool beer-related items.

Service - Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always able to answer questions and help you pick out a beer based on your tastes.

Selection - Where do I begin? Quite possibly the best in the entire state, and according to some other BA posters here, one of the best they've come across period. Tons of options from both the US and all over the world are available at any given time. So many seasonal/rotating/limited availability beers come in and go as well, that it's pretty much impossible to keep up on all of it. Luckily there are plenty of great beers they regularly keep in stock year round too.

Overall, any beer fanatic in the area who hasn't checked this place out yet isn't doing themselves a favor by holding out. It's quite nice living close to this place! :)

Photo of misterhops
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Let me start off this review by saying that I used to live in Chicago, currently live in Cleveland, and have been to some of the best bottle shops the midwest has to offer. I grew up in Federal Way, and my parents still live there. I try to get back a few times a year, so needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found out that 99 bottles was opening.

And man oh man, this store does not dissappoint!!! Everytime I have visited, I have been blown away by the customer service and selection. Tons of singles of every style, including some very limited releases. Top that off with a knowledgable, friendly staff and youve got a true gem here folks. The store is clean, and well organized... something that i feel like a lot of stores miss the boat on. Not only that, but most of the beer is stored in beverage coolers to ensure freshness.

The owner, Craig, is a true BA, and will do whatever he can to make sure you get to experience some of the fine brews that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by... you will not be disappointed. Cheers!

Photo of beerdedpunk
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was up in Washington over the weekend and made the stop by 99 Bottles on the way home, was a good decision. I was very happy with the selection and was able to pick up a few bottles that I can't get in Oregon, hell if I had some more cash could've scored quite a bit more. I thought the prices were reasonable and the lady behind the counter was able to answer any question I had and was very helpful. Additionally I found the selection of glasswear and apparel pretty cool. Overall I really liked this store, it is very clean and organized. They have a selection of probably around 1000 beers in all sizes. Wish I lived closer to this place or at least drove by it more, highly recomend it.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I finally decided to make the drive up to Federal Way to buy some beer here and I am glad I did.

The selection is huge with beers from breweries all over the NW, the US and the world. There was also a large selection of glassware as well.

The staff was friendly asked me if I wanted help when I came in the door then let me browse in peace which I prefer.

The prices seemed reasonable for most things.

Overall this was the best bottle shop I've ever been too. The selection was awesome, the staff was friendly and the prices reasonable. I will be going here more in the future I'm sure.

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

It appears I have found the upside to being on a client assignment in Tacoma - it would be near impossible to imagine venturing down here from Seattle on a regular basis due to the proximity of other options.

99 bottles is very much in a mall - the air smells of grill from a nearby restaurant and there is lots of hustle and bustle in the after-work hours. What's inside the doors of 99 bottles is pretty special though.

Much like most of the best beer stores I've been to in the world, this place aint big. A wall of coolers has a heavy focus on singles and bombers spanning anything you can find in Washington. Schooner growlers, boundary bay bottles, Harmon bottles and lots of things I have yet to even discover. The import selection is decent - the belgian stash cant compete with other parts of the country but there is competitive with other Seattle spots.

The dry storage area had lots of good stuff - boulevard brett saison, strange Epic beers not logged on this site yet, stone collaborations, things from dogfish head i havent heard of, russian river wild ales, and so forth.

I'm not on the Bottleworks hate-wagon like some are but it doesnt appear to be the only game in town anymore with the emergence of 99 Bottles, Chucks, and other places I have yet to make it to.

The service was overwhelmed with a tasting that was going on at the time, but I preferred to just browse anyway.

Photo of atowle25
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What else is there to say that hasn't already been said about this place? Probably the best overall bottle shop in Washington State. There are plenty of good shops here, but 99 bottles is hard to beat when it comes to selection, price and service. They also update their facebook page consistently which is nice. The only complaint I have is that the online beer database on their site is not updated. The staff is generally friendly when you have questions, but not overbearing. So if you're looking for beer conversation, you can certainly find it, or if you just want to grab your beers and go, that's okay too.

Photo of jdense
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.

Photo of leedorham
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of psiweaver
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of JebediahScooter
4.85/5  rDev +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!

Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Photo of Carnage0070
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Photo of erkaneva
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Photo of kunstdrache
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

This place has almost everything available in Washington state, including some rarities and plenty of seasonals. I go here at least once a week to see what's new and it always takes me awhile to look over everything and decide what to buy. The only problem is that I always end up spending more than I planned due to the wonderful selection... The staff are helpful, if not a bit cold at times. I love that they do mix-n-match 6 packs, I love to try new things so buying singles is always a plus. They have occasional tastings though I have never been to one.

Photo of flagmantho
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited 99 bottles for the first time today and was blown away. The place is clean and well-organized with an excellent selection and with exceptional service.

The bulk of the beers are stored in refrigerator cases, though many are stored just on the shelves; these tend to be the styles which aren't harmed by a little room-temperature storage. Each beer had a small shelf label which indicated the beer's name, country/state of origin, style, and a few ancillary notes, as well as the price.

The woman working the store today was very knowledgeable and made some recommendations based on the kinds of things I was looking for. In addition, when I checked out, she offered me a free glass from their selection of brewery glasses (I went with the Kasteel goblet). Now *that* is service.

Photo of snaotheus
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Really an exceptional place -- we happened in there on a day when the master brewer from Rochefort was there, so we had a one dollar tasting that covered Rochefort 6, 8, and 10.

Everyone was friendly, and seemed very knowledgeable. Selection was quite genuinely exceptional. I saw several beers there that I have never seen anywhere else. Prices there are typically a little higher than other places, which is pretty typical for a specialty shop, but they can get away with it because they have such a difficult to beat selection.

It's a long way out of my way, so I won't be going back often, but I'll probably be back at some point.

Photo of odiedog52
5/5  rDev +7.8%

99 Bottles is great. An attractive and clean store with knowledgeable and friendly staff and a great selection. If anything amazing and limited comes into the area, they WILL have it.

Prices are fair and they take great pride in selling you the best beer and keeping it in the best possible condition until it gets to you. Craig and Tiffany won't steer you wrong.

Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@99bottlesbeer) and on facebook to see in real time what they have going on and what may have just walked in the door and limited to only a few bottles available! If you say something like "sourpuss" at JUST the right time, you might just find yourself with some 08 Dissident!

If you are in the area and have never been here, stop by. It's only a few miles off of I-5.

Craig is AWESOME. Very outgoing, totally friendly. If you see him, be sure to flag him down and ask him some off the wall questions and I'm sure he'll be able to help you out just fine!

Love this place, so much in fact, that tonight I literally fought a blizzard that shut down the entire greater Seattle area to get up there and back. What takes 30 minutes, took nearly two hours. Seriously.

Thanks, 99 Bottles! Best bottle shop in Western Washington!

Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%

99 Bottles is an outstanding craft beer store. The location is a bit surprising in a very commercial shopping area where everything is a franchise. But this beer-only establishment is anything but corporate.

The selection is extensive and extremely well displayed. It's neat, organized and well presented. Every beer has a tag with some basic info including a description, price and abv. And more than half is refrigerated. I picked up a RR Temptation to haul back to NC. Unfortunately they were out of Pliny.

99 Bottles is a fantastic store and well worth a trip from just about anywhere.

99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.