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38 Reviews
Reviews: 38
Visits: 51
Avg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 900
Cask: Y
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16851 Redmond Way
Redmond, Washington, 98052-4449
United States
phone: (425) 881-6461

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maltandvine

Place added by: MaltandVine on 09-03-2007

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

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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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Great selection, lots of imports and hard to find craft beers as well as a local offerings. They don't have food, but the gyro and teriyaki places next door both have an arrangement where you order from them and they deliver your food to your table at Malt & Vine. They usually have a good selection of beers on tap with a lot of variety.

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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.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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Photo of kosmoraios
5/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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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.

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection of beer on tap as well as bottles for sale. The store has a real relaxed vibe and everyone who works there are really friendly and helpful. Best beer store in the Seattle area in my opinion

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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.

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Photo of dbhall
4.36/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
5/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

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Photo of hopburster
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

This is my local go-to spot when I have some $ burning a hole in my pocket and I want something special.


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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of julian
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

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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.

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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

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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.


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Photo of Ruddiger
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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