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Reviews by woemad:
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The tiny Spokane Valley suburb of Millwood (pop: 1,649 - essentially a suburb of a suburb) now has a bottle store that's the equal of anything else in the area.
Open for a little more than a month, Bottles is the brainchild of four people who work for the Rocket Bakery chain of local coffeehouses (and the Rocket Market on Spokane's South Hill - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9449), one of which is the owner of the chain. Encouraged by the continuing success of the Rocket Market, when the space adjacent to the original Rocket Bakery in Millwood became available, the owners decided to open a bottleshop so that the Spokane Valley's estimated population of 88,280 doesn't have to drive so far for good beer and wine.
If you are coming from I-90, head north on Argonne Road. Bottles is located at the intersection of Argonne and Liberty (just before you reach the small paper mill for which the town is named), across Liberty from a 7-11. For now, since they've yet to put up a sign you can see as you drive by, the 7-11 is your best bet as a landmark. The parking lot is small, and is difficult to get to if Argonne is clogged with commuting yuppies, as is often the case.
When you enter, the beer is off to the left. Not a lot of atmosphere yet - the beer sits on some pretty basic looking shelves or in a couple of coolers. There's approximately 100 choices. Like the Rocket Market, it's mainly micros, with imports in the minority. Prices are in line with other area beer stores. I grabbed two beers from Caldera, a brewery I've never seen around here before, plus a Lang offering I'd never seen and some Mad River and Anderson Valley offerings. No domestic macros are present. Most of the selection is in singles for 6-pk construction, with a few already-existing 6pks on their own shelves. The other two-thirds of Bottles is devoted to wine, but the owners seem to be enthusiastic about both beverages, and plan to hold regular tastings of both beer and wine.
I didn't need anything from the help (which right now consists entirely of the four owners, who take it in turns), so I don't have much to go on for purposes of scoring service, but the owner tha I talked to wasn't condescending towards me for only buying beer, answered questions thoughtfully and courteously, and knocked 10% off my bill for buying a 6-pk's worth.
If I lived in the Valley, I'd probably be a regular, but for now, I'll be limiting my visits to when I'm nearby. If you are staying in the Valley, this will probably be as good a place to pick up beers as Huckleberry's or the Rocket Market are in Spokane-proper. Now if they'd just put up a freakin' sign...
06-30-2008 00:59:21 | More by woemad
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4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Over the last year and a half this place has improved each and every time I visit Spokane.
Originally a wine shop with a corner for a cooler of beer, the beer section now takes up a third or so of the store.
New coolers (without lights), these guys are figuring it out.
Not sure how much interest the owners have in drinking beer, but they are doing a great job of getting better and better beer in their shop!
Plenty of this years Abyss & Dissident along with the only HOTD in town.
As previously mentioned, they offer 10% off a mixed six and up.
Tag prices are already some of the best in town.
Between JB's and Bottles, some great beer is finally making it's way to Spokane!
Now all we need is an owner that is passionate about beer themselves!
01-07-2011 16:10:35 | More by pixieskid
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Bottles is a hard to spot hole in the wall in the Spokane valley. When you walk in, it looks like all wine but there is a section to the side with a nice, large selection of bottled beer. You can do mixed sixers which is nice.
They also have an email list you can sign up for and they will update you on tastings. The tastings ore more often for wine than beer but they will occasionally have a brewer come in and do one.
Overall it's worth driving a few miles out of my way for a nice selection. If you're a wine drinker it's a can't miss.
08-13-2010 19:29:10 | More by leedorham
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a small little bottle shop in the Spokane Valley like has been said in all the reviews before and is more wine then beer but the more I go in there the more beer seems to be appearing. The standard shelves that were there before have been replaced by cooler one for 22oz and a couple for 12oz bottles.
The staff seems more knowledgeable about wine then beer but have always been very good about taking information from me about beer when I or other people talk about it, and always ask me if there is something I am particularly looking for when I come in.
And on a final note I got my first ever bottle of Midnight Sun Brewing beer there today, a belgian tripel called panty peeler, never seen Midnight Sun Brewing in Spokane before may be a first or it could just be me, but I'm really happy about it.
All in all a good bottle shop that keeps getting better.
04-29-2009 00:33:03 | More by alphanon
4/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in there on a recomendation from TKDayton. It is almost like a smaller version of Enoteca over the border into Idaho.
Wine meets you, and dominates the store. However, off in the corner is a good selection of beers. And the great thing is that they are not all 22oz, so if you want to experiment there is great options in 12oz bottles too
Staff were very nice and friendly. Offered a 6 pack holder, but never mentioned any discount if I'd take 6. had they said that, I probably would have picked up 6 rather than 3. So they are friendly, but missed out there which dropped the score a little
Nice offering for Spokane
04-25-2009 16:23:40 | More by Chelsea1905
Bottles in Millwood, WA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.