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99 Bottles

Not Rated.
99 Bottles99 Bottles
BA SCORE
100
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 5.81%
[ 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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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

John_M, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

GJ40, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

barleywinefiend, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

dirtylou, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

tobelerone, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of jdense
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

jdense, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev 0%

I was not sure I had time to stop at this beer store on my trip from Seattle to Portland. I am quite excited that I made the decision to get off the highway. This is a fantastic beer store and among top store's I've ever visited.

First it starts with the selection.. The entire left wall of the store is a cooler with rows and rows of single bottles of beer. (Note the name) All of it stored at refrigerated temperatures. There were also displays of specialty beers and imports.. Additionally, they had a very nice glassware selection.

I was interested specifically in options from the Northwest that I could take back east with me. Boy the decisions were very difficult. So difficult that I had to make another detour to the UPS store to send myself a package... (Does this qualify as a Trade with myself?)

But in reality, there was something even better about this store. It was both Craig & Tiffany. (The owners) These were great folks and could not have been more friendly and attentive. A special thanks to Craig for that last bottle you found for me!! Just an hour before I had visited Bottleworks in Seattle and the difference in the level of service was really unreal. If I could have pulled up a stool and opened one of the beers, I would have stayed for the day. When I visit Seattle this will be a mandatory stop.

The atmosphere was fantastic and it was clear that Craig's passion and vision is to cater to total beer geeks like myself.

Kudos to Craig and Tiffany for creating this beer wonderland.

Reagan1984, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

flagmantho, May 24, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

snaotheus, May 19, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

dragonWhale, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

velosuds, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

I visited based on the recommendation of imacoug (a beer buddy). Fortunately I was spending the weekend on the south end of the Seattle metro area so the store was conveniently located. If I had been focused elsewhere (like downtown) it would have been a trek to frequent the store.

There was a decent quantity to select from. However, much of the inventory was in coolers. This works out well for the locals but I live 200 miles away so I prefer to buy bottles off the shelf.

The shopping mall the store is located in is at a very busy intersection and the mall is very busy. I had a hard time parking close to the store. However, the staff helped carry out my order...good service.

The store is very clean and well organized. The staff take great pride in the store and their mission.

I'll definitely be back.

dnichols, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of sharpski
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

sharpski, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of leedorham
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

leedorham, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Smurf2055
4.07/5  rDev -12.5%

Warmed up to the place since my initial review. Was irked by the service I received from one of the employees and left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (looking at some of the other reviews, this appears to have happened to others as well). They keep a very good stock, but be prepared to wait in line before the store opens for rare releases. Tiffany does do a good job keeping the website updated, posting pictures, answering questions, and putting out info in the craft beer world. They do an annual cellar sale which has some vintage rarities as well. Overall, not my thing. I can’t justify the trip down personally, but I can understand the hype, and have stopped in when I am in the area.

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

youradhere, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

beerandcycling88, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of kmahe
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

kmahe, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of jkdrummer
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

jkdrummer, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of froghop
4.65/5  rDev 0%

what an excellent place!!!

right off I-5 in federal way, easy to get to.

i live 46 miles away and there is not much to choose from on the kitsap pennisula.

I've been there at least 12 times and each time is enjoyable.

the prices are very reasonable, and the staff and owners are always helpful.

this is definitely my store of choice. there are about 14 coolers, and about 7 shelves full of beer. there is well over 800 beers to choose from.

they are always bringing in new brews and have newsletters and tastings frequently.

froghop, Nov 30, 2008
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99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA
100 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.