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Malt & Vine

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
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

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(Place added by: MaltandVine on 09-03-2007)
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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,

AccidentalKate, Feb 24, 2009
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.

snaotheus, Feb 20, 2009
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

ScreamForMe, Dec 31, 2008
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.

kosmoraios, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

cbros, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

thethrone, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of RoryGilmore
4.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

RoryGilmore, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of julian
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

julian, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

Wetpaperbag, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of mnapier
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%

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

mnapier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of GimmeAles
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

This place would rate very highly except for the dramatic Eastside markup.

Very clean, well-tended shop, with a good selection. Friendly, knowledgeable guy manning the till was homebrewer sympathetic (asked about getting empty case boxes to which he kindly obliged).

Prices are outrageously high though. In many cases $2 more per bomber than the same beer at Whole Foods less than a mile away. A whopping $17.99 for Rogue XS beers (and I thought $14-15 a pop was alot!).

So, except for a place to pick up boxes for homebrew or an occasion rarity that I may not be able to find elsewhere, will definitely not be shopping here regularly.

GimmeAles, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Dropped by while driving through Redmond, it's hard to find amid the tangle web of one way streets -- tucked away in a plaza. Spacious place, all the beer coolers are on wheels, strange, made for a noisy atmosphere. Had all the usual imports you would expect to find but overall I didn't see anything out of the ordinary ('cept maybe all the expensive beers from Japan). It's about 1/3 wine and 2/3 beer. Some beer glassware and mead too. I know if you live out there it's about the only place like it, but it's nothing too special.

jkdrummer, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of travisd13
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

One of the better beer stores I’ve had the chance to visit. Almost all the beers are in coolers with low UV light. This is a big plus for me because some of the beers purchased will find a new home in my cellar. Lizzie was very friendly and helpful in helping me find what I wanted while also pointing out some of her favorites. I like it when someone’s not afraid to share their opinion. Who knows you may find your new favorite beer? Anyways speaking of beer they had a very good selection, Port, Lost Abbey, Stone, Flying Dog, Hair of the Dog, Allagash, Avery, DFH, to name a few of the top of my head. From what I could tell they also had a decent wine selection. I’m not big into the wines but they had a tasting the Saturday I was there and it seemed to bring in the people. So it must be good. Anyways all said and done I will go back to this store anytime I’m in the area.

travisd13, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of blenz
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Doug and Lizzie have a fantastic store that is much needed on the eastside. 750+ beers--I'm a Saison fan and always walk away satisfied. I've recently moved to Kennewick and have to resort to stopping in once a month or so to stock up (Kennewick is woefully lacking decent brew). This store easily gives the Seattle stores a run for their money--no need to deal with downtown traffic--that's worth everything to me. In short, great store, super selection and you can always get great advice on new beers. Definitely try the weekly "tasting" events.

blenz, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of calinative68
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I didn't know Disneyland exsisted on the Eastside! No really, Doug and Lizzie have put together a really nice specialty beer and wine store. Being a beer lover, I haven't focused on the wine, and the selection is right up there on par with Bottleworks. My wife and I visit often and Doug and Lizzie are more than willing to make suggestions. Examples we have picked up: Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Stone, Speakeasy, and Hood Canal brewing, as well as alot of big bottle singles from Belgium, England, and Germany. On a recent visit, I saw a 3 litre of Samiclause on display; he went out of his way to explain to me what this lager was and then proceeded to bring up some small bottles brewed in 2005 for me to purchase from his cellar! The have a pretty good selection of glassware too. It's nice to have a really great store close to the house, I no longer have to go to Seattle to get something I'm jonesing for!

calinative68, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Ruddiger
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a nice new beer and wine store in the downtown Redmond area.
Very nice selection of beer and mead, and I assume they have good wines, but not knowing anything about wine I can't really comment on it.
The owners are very friendly and the service is always good. This is now the place to buy beer on the east side and a nice alternative to giving money to whole foods. I wish they had a few more Belgians and more bear republic beers, but that is a small complaint. For a new store they are doing a great job.

Ruddiger, Sep 05, 2007
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Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA
99 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.