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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

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

Photo of MrStormKing
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DaveRinn
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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!

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 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!

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!

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 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 HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of efsulliv
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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