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BA SCORE
99
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.8%
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: MaltandVine on 09-03-2007)
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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I live in Bellevue so this is the bottle shop I frequent the most! Great selection of beer and everyone that works there is helpful. The wine selection is great for those in search of boutique wines and the patio is ALWAYS a plus for beer drinkers. Check out their collab. with Black Raven when its available!

Photo of Smurf2055
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Bit of a hike, but worth the trip. Very inviting place in general. Quite a few taps with a really good selection. Someone does a good job keeping up. The bottles selection is pretty big. Staff was very friendly when I stopped in. Prices were pretty standard. I look forward to making it out there again

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

finally got out to malt & vine after a stop at black raven. while black raven was a little underwhelming, Malt & Vine was really fantastic.

Maybe it was just that was a gorgeous sunny day, but the sun was spilling in this place and the huge courtyard area in the back was bustling with people enjoying beverages

the store is located in a pretty suburban strip mall - no worries though, its worth it.

The interior is spacious with a fair amount of tables and lots of room to peruse two long walls of coolers. The wine section in the back was relatively small, with probably too broad of a focus (geographically) - nothing too unique back there.

I scooped a few Cascade The Vine's (they also had kriek, apricot) and a 4th anniversary imperial rye stout from black raven. Most of the selection is consistent with what you'll find elsewhere - there is a cooler dedicated to craft cans, including singles.

There are 15-ish taps, including a few from black raven, 5 from cascade (leftover from an event, not typical i would presume) and other NW treasures with some belgian fare mixed in.

no food, but it appeared you can bring in whatever you want

Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of kevwcamp
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

Photo of brotherloco
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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!

Photo of josephbrewha
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of dbhall
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

Photo of Azurescens
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of hopburster
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Photo of dmeadows
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -9%

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.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Good people, good beer, good layout, c'mon, what else do you want?
Recently expanded (eh, like in the last year) to around 15 taps from 8 or so, always have awesome shit on tap. Local, Belgian, other American, sometimes even some Commie shit on draft! They have a great relationship with the Black Ravens peeps right down the way, who are also delightful (and make their anniversary beers for them).
Bottle selection is high quality, they get everything they can. Passionate about what they're doing, they've always been nothing but spectacular to me.

Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Being new in town from Las Vegas. I found this dream on the BA.
Me and my wife went in on a Fri. night. What A great decision. We actually grabbed some food next door at the teriyaki place and brought it over. On Fri. they have a guest brewery come in and do a taster night. Its Like $1 for 5 beer taster's they are very generous with the beer though. The owner has a well oiled team of employee's . There all hard working and very helpful. I'm not sure how many beers. But I would guess over 500 bottles in the coolers. I know I picked up 7 Sea's Ballz Deep Ipa, Maui Coconut Porter, RR Consecaration, and Pizza ports Hop15. They all have $1 -$5 corkage fee. If you drink them there, never been a fan of that Concept. They had around 15 taps and there all over the place. Enough to make everybody HAPPY.

They also do have great selection of small batch wines. I think u can find something special in here.

Very nice owner , Will be going back often.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A: I have been here on a few occassions. Not bad, it is usually busy during lunch hours, afternoon and weekends can be laid back. Just never really feels homey or warm to me. Maybe its the location, who knows. Inside you might be able to snag a seat at the tables by the doorway , if not you better go outside or leave with your beer.

Q: I have purchased numerous beers both bottle and draft with good experiences. The beer is quality

S: Service is friendly and helpful, knows the beer.

S: They had a very good selection of almost everything and the prices prices are on target. Bottle selection was very good and every once in a while you can find some vintage stout and bwines

Photo of Bfarr
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Located in a strip mall in between several restaurants, Malt & Vine is a place any beer geek can lose themselves in for awhile. Have a pint or two of beer while you peruse the cases or bring in some outside food to enjoy with it at one of the few tables. The beer in one of the 15 taps is often unique and frequently one-offs from what I've seen.

The proprieter is very friendly, knowledgeable, and excited about his products and is more than willing to talk about beer although don't expect him to come around to your table if you finished and ask if you want another.

The prices are a bit high probably owing to the location but if you're like me and haven't seen half the stuff he has in their before, you won't mind too much.

Photo of alfrantzell
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Great name. As you may have inferred, they also sell wine. They are not, however, located at the intersection of Malt Lane and Vine Boulevard. They're on a street called Redmond Way, in a strip mall of all places.

But that's how they trap you. You wouldn't expect a store in a strip mall to have wall-to-wall deli cases stocked with such bounty. From Washington to Belgium, they have the beer thing pretty well covered.

And not just in bottles. Fifteen beers on tap is nothing to sneeze at, not when they get kegs of Ommegang Rouge, Black Butte XX, and Cantillon Vigneronne. And they serve full pours, not just puny tasters in comically undersized glassware. Growlers too.

You can find some of the bottles here for a buck or two cheaper at the Redmond Whole Foods down the road. But will you get to sample them in the store? Well.. you could. But at Malt & Vine you can do so legally.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Visited while in Seattle on business. Malt & Wine is an unassuming store in a downtown strip mall but it's got a smart approach to beer presentation. The space isn't large but it's open and the beer is displayed on only on the walls creating a nice open space in the middle. Everything's refrigerated and they also offer ten or so on tap so you can enjoy a fresh pint while browsing the shelves. They've even got some tables and a TV.

The selection includes a solid collection of WA beers, other west coast beers and plenty of Europeans. If it's light on anything, it might be east coast beers. They don't have a huge selection but what they have is pretty solid. The tap selection is small but good. I went with a Russian River Temptation. The guy behind the counter was helpful, outgoing and new his beer.

Malt & Vine is well worth a visit if you're in the Seattle area. And if you've got the time, plan to enjoy a couple of pints while checking out their stock.

Photo of seahops
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Owners had a good idea to begin with and continue to improve it. A great place on the Eastside to find and sample a good selection of US craft beers, Belgians, British and others. Staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help you match a beer to your tastes.

A good selection is always on tap, including some great IPAs. You can enjoy a pint while you stroll around and check out the store's selections. Or you can pay a reasonable "crackage" fee and try almost, if not any, bottle in the store.

Friday night beer tastings are fun and very reasonable and a great way to try a brewer's lineup. And now, they have an open air patio out back that added a good bit more seating.

Wine selection is reasonably good with mostly decent prices.

I highly recommend it and think it is a good value. Sign up for their newsletter and they will keep you posted on what's on tap and special events.

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

When you walk into Malt & Vine, it looks like a beer store. It feels like a beer store. There are a multitude of coolers carrying differing styles of beer, there is glassware out, waiting to be purchased.

But it's not a beer store in the traditional sense. Because they have a tavern license, which allows them to serve by the glass. This is what makes Malt & Vine unique in the world of specialty beer stores.

With several types of beer on tap, one can literally drink a pint whilst looking over their large collection of Belgian Ales. Or one can simply sit at a table, and casually enjoy a beer of their choosing.

The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to go an extra step or two if you can't find what you are looking for.

There is one criticism. There is a limited number of seats here, about 24 if memory serves. When nights are busy here (and Fridays can get quite so), this just isn't enough.

But this criticism is more of a testament to their popularity. On the Eastside, this is one of the better places one can look for the odd brew for the beer fan,

Photo of snaotheus
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

If there was a two-and-a-half dollar sign selection for value, that's probably where I'd have gone with it. As far as specialty beer shops go, prices are good.

This is a really nice place. They have a few taps, and you can drink anything they have bottled for a moderate corkage fee. The selection is very good, the staff is knowledgeable and interested. It wasn't loud, it wasn't crowded, and there's a reasonable amount of parking (which is free).

Although they don't serve food, they'll let you bring it in (for instance, from the Greek restaurant next door).

I'll definitely go back.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Doug and company are doing things right in Redmond. Extremely knowledgeable about the beers, non pushy, with sound advice when asked for.

I went in there over a year ago for the first time. Doug was manning the front of the store. As mentioned, he was a pleasure to talk to. A beer lovers beer store owner.

While their location leaves something to be desired (damn one way streets in Redmond) - they are worth the drive. Good people doing their best to provide a good product in Washington. Check 'em out!

Edit: I've been back several times since my initial review - the whole crew is awesome! Consecration on tap - mmm.

Hi Doug! - Mark

Photo of kosmoraios
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Malt and Vine is hands-down the best beer store in the Seattle area. Their selection is amazing, the owners are awesome, and all the people that work there know everything there is to know about the ales. You can bring your own food in (Teriyaki place next door) and you can sit and drink any of the fine ales in the proper glass (for a small crackage fee). They have wonderful ales on tap and cool tastings and events. Often M&V gets the only cask of specialty ales to be delivered in the state of WA. Go there. Support these guys.

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Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA
99 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.