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Malt & Vine

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 6.83%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 900
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

16851 Redmond Way
Redmond, Washington, 98052-4449
United States
phone: (425) 881-6461

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maltandvine

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(Place added by: MaltandVine on 09-03-2007)
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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%

I went to Malt & Vine again today and, as usual, I was highly satisfied with my options and purchases.

As its name suggests, Malt & Vine has a wide selection of beers and wines. Two walls are devoted to beer, plus they have about a dozen or so tap options which you can drink right there or have a growler filled. In total, they must have easily a thousand varieties of beer available.

I was impressed by their selection; indeed, there were a lot of brews which I have not seen in any other local bottle shops. The place is clean and well-organized, and I had no trouble browsing and finding what I wanted.

Service was pretty average. There were three employees present and they all seemed pretty busy. I was acknowledged when I came in the store, but after that the staff were distracted and gave me the impression that I was bothering them when I was ready to check-out.

Still, I will definitely return to Malt & Vine. Their selection is great and perhaps my service experience was a rare off-day for them.

flagmantho, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kevwcamp
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%

I go to M&V probably 2-3 times a month so I know this place well.

Atmosphere:
Good spot to bring friends for a beer or two, and you can bring in food from the teriyaki or greek spots next door. Seating in the front for maybe 16-20 people, with a flat screen tv. Bonus outdoor seating on the back patio accomodates 30+ when the weather cooperates. Friday evenings during tastings are usually standing room only when I've been there.

Quality:
Beers are always served in appropriate glassware at an appropriate temperature. They always have something really good on tap. I don't know how many times I've gone in there just to pick up a few bottles and end up drinking a beer while I browse because I can't pass it up. They appear to have a good keg cellar from the older vintages they tap once in a while. They offer growler fills for all but the rarest of beers they tap, including Pliny.

Service:
Doug and his staff really know their stuff, and you can tell they are all beer aficionados too. Their good suggestions helped me branch out when I was a fledgling BA.

Selection:
I think they are up to 18 taps now? They always have a wide variety of styles and localities on tap. They get bottles of basically everything distributed in the greater Seattle area, although just like any other well known shop you can't wait too long if you want to get the rare stuff. I am able to buy good seasonals like Doggie Claws and Stone IRS months after their release.

Value:
Bottle prices are mid-range compared to other places in the area. They have decent tap and growler fill prices.

kevwcamp, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

Dropped by here simply to buy bottles, not to drink on premises.

Great layout. Two walls of coolers, with the bottles arranged regionally. I was only interested in local Washington beers and found them in the first cooler which slowly faded into Oregon beers in the next. Guy working the counter asked if I was looking for anything in particular and was really helpful in giving me the lay of the land. He also pointed out some of the rarer stuff they had and made some recommendations.

To top it all off they had just gotten a few more cases of Parabola and I was able to add a few bottles to my cellar. Excellent!

brotherloco, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of josephbrewha
5/5  rDev +10.1%

I've been coming to this place since it first opened it's doors and the service has always been exceptional. I have learned so much about beer from Doug and the other knowledgeable staff. The selection is the best on the east side and it is a fun place to sit down and have a beer. You can bring food from the outside in and some of the good eateries nearby will gladly deliver it to your table. There is also a patio for those who crave more serenity and sunshine. Beer tastings weekly and you can pick up kegs for cookouts or parties. This is a much welcomed addition to the Redmond area.

josephbrewha, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of dbhall
4.36/5  rDev -4%

This store was a a minute from where i was staying, and i had no idea until the second to last day. this is a cool little store in a strip mall that has all the beers in coolers (good idea). a guy immediately helped me out and pointed out stuff that i cant get where im from. he was super helpful. the selection was good. there was a ton of north west stuff, and a big export selection. everything was well marked. you could drink in the store or outside on the back porch for a small fee. overall this store was pretty ballin. i would say that it was loud, but that's just because it's popular around that time of day. no complaints here, an all around awesome beer store.

dbhall, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Great bottleshop in the middle of Redmond.

Pros:

-Good selection of reasonably priced, well organized bottles from around the world, around 15 rotating taps, always something tasty to be had, they will do growler fills.

-Really friendly and helpful staff!

-Outdoor area in back with tables and chairs.

-Awesome gyros next door, they will bring your food to you so you can eat in Malt & Vine.

-Wine and ciders too if you are into that.

Cons:

-Inside can get pretty crowded at times and difficult to find a place to sit, especially if there are a lot of yuppies and Microsoft employees on lunch break or just getting off work.

-Crackage fees can be steep, especially for expensive bottles, if you want to drink a bottle there.

-Sometimes they don't update their tap list on their website for weeks, which isn't really an issue if you follow their twitter.

Azurescens, May 14, 2011
Photo of hopburster
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

This is my local go-to spot when I have some $ burning a hole in my pocket and I want something special.

Pros:

1. Great selection of almost anything available in Washington.
2. Outstanding tap list and they'll fill your growler(s).
3. They'll open any bottle for a small corkage fee and you can drink it on premises.
4. Knowledgeable staff who will take the time to answer questions, give you info on upcoming releases, or just shoot the &%$#@ while you're quaffing your brew.

Cons: A bit of a drive for me...wish I had one down the street...but then the kids might be going to school barefoot.

Great place to go for all your needs.

hopburster, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of dmeadows
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

I've had a number of successful online orders with Malt & Vine, so I figured it was about time to give them a review. They have a nice and reasonably priced selection of Pacific Northwest beers, great for those (like me) who need a Midnight Sun or Alaskan Brewing fix from time to time. Price and shipping appear to be reasonable, such that I have made repeated purchases. All purchases have been well-packed and delivered in a reasonable time frame. With the much lamented dimse of LIquid Solutions, Malt & Vine has become one of my go to sites for Northwest goodness.

dmeadows, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

I love going to Malt & Vine. Most of the staff are friendly and know their beer. The selection is excellent and the prices are pretty spot on.. maybe a bit on the inflated side, but they gotta turn a profit too.

The have $1 beer tastings most Wednesdays and Fridays which is awesome because you can try several different beers for just $1 and most the time the brewer of that beer is there to talk about the beer. Very cool.

They have a small selection of wine and sake for those who are looking for that.

Keep an eye on their twitter or facebook page for updates!

SirChugsAlot, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%

I've only used the online version o' this place, but it has been very kind to me over the past year. They've got a great selection of brews from all over. On occasion, a rarity or two will pop up (FW 14 recently), but mostly it's just the usual stuff from the usual places. The prices seem very reasonable, with shipping nearing some of the lowest prices I've yet encountered. I have hit a snag with certain listed beers coming up out-of-stock (I think they have some issues with updating the site regularly), but their customer service folks have always been forthcoming and easy to work with to get the order back on track. Overall, I keep this place as one of my few go-to online beer shops and I have yet to be disappointed with that decision.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.