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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 dragonWhale
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

dragonWhale, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

KNORDSTROM, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%

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

barleywinefiend, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Bfarr, May 26, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

alfrantzell, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

GJ40, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of seahops
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

seahops, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of AccidentalKate
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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,

AccidentalKate, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

snaotheus, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

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

ScreamForMe, Dec 31, 2008
Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.