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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 jkdrummer
3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

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 rab53
4/5  rDev -11.9%

rab53, Sep 09, 2014
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 flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

flagmantho, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

cherche, May 10, 2014
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Azurescens
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Azurescens, May 14, 2011
Photo of Smurf2055
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
Photo of mnapier
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%

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 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 LumpkinBrews
4.36/5  rDev -4%

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!

LumpkinBrews, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of dbhall
4.36/5  rDev -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.

dbhall, Jun 01, 2011
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 cbros
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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 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 dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

dirtylou, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of dmeadows
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

dmeadows, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of GimmeAles
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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 BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
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 sharpski
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

sharpski, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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!

SirChugsAlot, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

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!

brotherloco, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of RoryGilmore
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

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