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Malt & Vine

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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 900
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
99
world-class

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.58%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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AccidentalKate

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

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,

02-24-2009 16:12:39 | More by AccidentalKate
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snaotheus

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

02-20-2009 04:55:33 | More by snaotheus
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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

12-31-2008 03:50:39 | More by ScreamForMe
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kosmoraios

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

11-23-2008 21:51:13 | More by kosmoraios
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cbros

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here after reading about it on BA. Was in town to visit my buddy who happens to work literally a block away and glad I did. Being from the NC we are now just starting to get good beers not from the area. I was amazed at the selection. It ranged from Belgium, West Coast stuff and European slections. Everything was in refridgerators and for a small corkage fee you could drink it right there. They also had 6 taps with the Dissident being one. I got to the point where I had to put things back because I was getting more stuff then I could drink. I ended up having a Damnation and Dissident in the store amd taking a few other goodies home. Doug was the one there and he was a pleasure to talk to. I asked him about several local beer bars and he gave me sound advice. Very knowledgable about the products.
My only regret is that I can't get to him here in NC.

09-23-2008 20:01:37 | More by cbros
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thethrone

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This is my bottle shop of choice when I'm looking for a wide selection. Doug and Lizzie are very knowledgeable and take great care of maintaining the quality and selection of brew available. They also do a lot to advocate good beer by engaging with customers and hosting regular tastings. The tap selection is great, with regular offerings of exceptional or rare beers. Prices are a bit higher than shops with more volume, but still pretty reasonable.

A must visit for advocates who find themselves in the Redmond area.

09-09-2008 18:19:04 | More by thethrone
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RoryGilmore

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

You gotta love a beer store that has taps and lets you drink while you shop. The draft prices are very reasonable and they have about 6 taps. Nice.

Selection is pretty damn good, not out of this world, but pretty damn good. The selection is slightly different from the other bottle stores in Seattle which is nice to be able to find something you can't get anywhere else.

Everything is kept in brightly lit coolers, so temperature is controlled. I think a bit less light hitting the beer would put my mind at ease.

Service is awesome: friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and willing to converse all without being overbearing.

Overall, a really great place that is highly recommended.

06-23-2008 05:32:23 | More by RoryGilmore
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julian

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in today after work. The place was pretty empty, just me and another guy and Doug the owner manning the till and taps. Yes, this place has 9 beers on tap to savor while you do your shopping for yet more beers! This place is a mix of wine and beer, all of the beer being in the fridges. There is a very wide assortment of beers here almost rivaling Bottleworks, if not equal or dare I say more? I stopped in for about 10mins and will need to go back for a more thorough inspection next time. The cleanliness and arrangement of the beer here is definitely noteworthy and something the owner obviously takes great pride in. This is a top notch outlet and for anyone on the Eastside it is a hidden beer oasis. Also to note, the guy bought up the space next door and turned it into a cellar, where you can lease space. It's climate controlled and stays at a constant 55F.

As for the bottles, while I was there I picked up an Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock as well as a Rochefort 8. Other items of interest were Old Viscosity, The Abyss, Fantome Saison, Fantome Chocolat, alot of Cantillon, some Vintage JW Lees Harvest Ale, Peche Mortel, lots more!

06-17-2008 04:59:34 | More by julian
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I drove by this store quite a few times before I realized it was BEER!!! I was super happy! The service there is amazing, always helpful, friendly, and willing to chat about the brew. The tastings there are a great way to get to know the many types of beer out there. Plus it is a good way to get to know more beer lovers. The prices are pretty good, you may find a beer a bit cheaper else where in the area, but not the knowledge. Plus now they have some beers on tap so you can drink while you buy. They also have it set up so you can buy a brew and then drink it there, usually in the correct glass it would go best in. There is a small fee for that however. That would be the same if you went to a wine store and could drink what you bought, a corking fee of sorts. I go there my fair share amount. Great place and owners!

04-27-2008 01:25:52 | More by Wetpaperbag
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mnapier

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A few chairs greet you at the entrance to this bottle shop located right off of Redmond Way, down the street from Whole Foods in Redmond.

Spoke with the Owner and he strives to maintain the quality of what he carries with less than 3 percent UV lights for his fridged displays. Contacted him recently and he had several bottles of Older Viscosity as well as La Folie.

Definitely a welcome addition when compared to Redmond Fine Wine & Cigars a couple of blocks away, or the nearby grocery stores.

Cheers

02-18-2008 06:28:58 | More by mnapier
Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA
99 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.