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99 Bottles

Not Rated.
99 Bottles99 Bottles

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 62
Avg: 4.59
pDev: n/a
[ 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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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 62
Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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Photo of Carnage0070
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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Photo of misterhops
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of odiedog52
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

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Photo of livingregret
5/5  rDev +8.9%

--I made the drive to 99 Bottles w/ a friend of mine while we both decided, somewhat spur of the moment, to sing 99 Bottles as we drove. Due to where we lived we got to -79 Bottles of Beer on the Walls after getting to Zero. This friend of mine had just decided to try to start drinking some different beers than the typical mass produced/marketed beers out there and we were both amazed by what this store had to offer.

Having just yesterday gone to Bottleworks I wasn't sure if 99 Bottles would live up to my expectations. All I can say is...WOW! The manager was very friendly and gladly answered any of our questions while making some great recommendations. The store it's self was very clean and well kept, door upon door of beer heaven. A very nice large variety and the store gets new types in weekly making it a place you can always check out to find new drinks.

Having gone here and being so thrilled w/ the place my friend and I decided to embark upon a mission. 1 Beer a day until we try all of the bottles. Only time will tell if we can keep true to this mission but just doing basic math it will take us over 3 years...so we may just try and sample our way as we go :) One thing is for sure....We will be making stops at least 2 a month to this great store

Edit: I'm updating my review after making another stop at 99 Bottles. This place is simply amazing. I can't stress this enough, if your in Washington OR just passing through....stop by 99 Bottles. They are always getting new stock in and just have great friendly staff who really care about what they do. There's no other place to buy beer for me...this is it. I've now taken a great long time friend and my fiancee here and they both are amazed at the place and will be repeat customers. Keep up the damn good work

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Photo of Flightoficarus
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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! :)

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Photo of kunstdrache
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of beerdedpunk
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I don't live in Washington, but my son goes to college in Seattle. When picking him up from school, we had dinner with family in Federal and happened to see 99 Bottles. Nirvana! I had only ten minutes before closing, but they provided great recommendations on local beers. Wonderful selection. Clean. Well laid out. Just wish they had one in Bay Area!

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Photo of JebediahScooter
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

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Photo of dirt55
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

I live on the opposite side of the sound...the one WITHOUT all the nice beer places...so if I ever go to Tacoma or past Tacoma I make a point to stop here to expand my beer memories. Great selection of beers with half domestic, half imports, nice moderate selection of glassware. The staff help is hit and miss. They are always friendly, but some are more useful then others, some are beer experts..and some work in a beer store. I put prices at $$$ because I never seem to be able to spend less then $40 for 6-10 beers...but that is most likely my fault!

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Recently moved to the Tacoma area and this is obviously THE place for outstanding craft beer. The rating is well deserved.

I haven't lived in the area that long but I'm guessing if it's bottled 99 bottles gets it.

The selection is outstanding, the layout is fantastic and the service friendly and knowledgeable. It actually reminds me a lot of West Lake View Liquors in Chicago with the wood shelving, hand written tags, and beers that you don't expect to see peering out at you around every corner.

What's extra cool is that they do growler fills and seemingly always have something from Boneyard on tap (though truth be told, I'm not really a fan). Still, this is easily my go to bottle shop.

Well done 99 bottles.

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Photo of atowle25
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of noremorse1
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

I love this place. It takes me about 30 minutes to get there, but I often pass it en route to other destinations and make sure I stop in. Selection is about as good as it could get out here. Yes a lot of the beer is expensive, but I know other places in the area where it is more expensive. Good beer comes at a price. Service is top-notch here as the staff loves to talk about beer and are extremely knowledgeable. Also, they seem to do 1-2 tastings per week with different breweries, distributors, and experts. I have even seen the head brewer at some of the best breweries on the chalk board as the tasting guest. If Michael Jackson were still around, I am pretty sure he would have already hosted a Belgian tasting here!

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Photo of velosuds
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

99 Bottles is cleanest, best organized, and upscale beer store I have visited. Single bottle pricing makes trying new beers more affordable. Very large selection. Over 1000 different beers? I don't know, and I wasn't about to try to count. Seems the imports and Belgians in particular were better represented. I was hoping to find a good selection of Midwest and East Coast beers, IPAs in particular, but was disappointed. This is probably not the store's fault as much as it is a craft brew distribution limitation. Some beers readily available at good grocery stores were priced higher, which doesn't make sense to me.

A beautiful store. I suspect they have high overhead and I hope they make a successful go of it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

I took a short drive from Fort Lewis to Tacoma with a friend after learning about 99 bottles. Upon entry the line of beer coolers immediately gets your attention. The place is set up very nicely and is appealing to the eye. The wooden shelves with singles and six packs are well stocked. The experience was a little overwhelming with such a great selection. I found myself in a state of vertigo after I returned to the place I entered a few times to review the options.

The service was friendly and I couldn't find anything out of line as far as pricing goes. I chose a Caracole and an old chub stick lip moisturizer to go along with my liquid purchases. I was highly impressed and will most certainly be returning the next time I am in the Tacoma area.

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Photo of leedorham
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

After moving from Rochester NY (home of Beers of The World) 16 years ago -- I was soooo happy to finally have a real beer store only 10 min away from my home. We used to have to drive to Seattle for any decent beer store and then we paid too much for the beers in my opinion. 99 Bottles has better prices, a huge selection that is constantly changing and fantastic service. No need to travel up the I-5 corridor any more. Finally! 99 Bottle fills a large beer gap here in South King County. They're open 6 days a week and closed on Mondays so plan ahead!

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Photo of freeeekyyy
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

99 Bottles is a great place to find virtually any bottled beer you can think of. They have both great prices and knowledgable employees who are willing to help. If I can't find the beer I want at top foods, chances are these guys will have it. Quality is top-line, not a hole in the wall like some beer stores. Service is excellent, staff is willing to help in any way they can. And they have the best beer selection south of seattle washington and north of portland oregon. I would recommend this place to anybody living in pierce county or south king county.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.