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Full Throttle Bottles

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
[ Store ]

5909 Airport Way S
Seattle, Washington, 98108-2714
United States
phone: (206) 763-2079

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(Place added by: mjtedin on 08-02-2008)
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Photo of jdgesus
5/5  rDev +17.4%

one of my routes around town took me by here, and i had yet to stop in, even tho, beer is one of my favorite things in the world.

so, finally dropped in, and the owner immediately said i should just bring my bike inside, instead of locking it up outside.
LOVE THAT. and i was on my "sports car" bike this day, so that made it more the better.

once in, the selection was really good... especially full of local seattle and PNW brews, which i whole heartedly stand behind -- i support local as much as i can.

i've been coming in daily ever since my first visit.

intelligent staff (much better then friendly, trust me.)

Photo of megahurts4
4.94/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After reading the reviews on here, I decided this needed to be the place to stop. It also happened to be closer to get to from my hotel. I arrived right at opening on a saturday. I was a little curious on my first step in. The place is rather dark for a store, but not dark enough to hinder movement. There were two employees and myself. I was greeted as soon as the door was opened. After doing a quick walk around, I was offered assistance. I immediately asked about Pliny the Elder. That has been my top sought after brew for a while. It isn't' available near me. I was then told there is a limit 1 per customer. That was fine, as I can understand due to limited quantities.

I was asked where I'm from, and I explained why I was looking for certain brews. They immediately showed me everything rare and unavailable to me normally. If you happen to know me, I have a weakness for beer as such and I think I bought every brew shown to me. The brews I had purchased made me ecstatic. They have a great selection of great brews. They went out of their way to make sure I knew everything they had.

It was an exhilarating experience, and I may return if possible before my trip is over.

Photo of spankdog42
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

In Seattle on business. Found 'Full Throttle Bottles' on BA as what appeared to be a good place to pick up some beer.

Walk in and the place is a little smaller than I expected. However, almost of all their beer is refrigerated. BIG plus. Browsed the selection, found a couple of locals that I was looking for. Nice selection of some good bottles. Most of the beers could be sold as singles. Happy with the trip.

As I am at the register, I asked the woman working if they have any PtE by chance that I might have missed. Another woman who appeared to enter the store after me (either a friend of the cashier or an employee I would guess) says that I can have her bottle that is in back. It is the last bottle they have. She tells me not to worry as they get it regularly and since I was just in town for a few days for business, it would be cool. Just awesome! I completely recommend stopping by here as the selection is good and the service is great.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

The location of a few beer and wine specialty stores has kept me from checking them out. I've known about two of them for quite some time - just never got off my ass to get down to either of them. Until today...

The Georgetown located Full Throttle Bottles is one of the two stores. The space is quite large compared to some of the other shops around town.

Wine is to the left with beer to the right as you walk in. Selection was good - with a few in demand beers still available which was a pleasant surprise.

The staff (Erika was there today) was beyond friendly and very approachable. They also have a stamp program which is a nice touch.

I'll be heading back soon!

Edit: I've been back since my initial review and I will continue to support them. Quality shop!

Photo of jpbebeau
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been able to stop at Full Throttle a few times, as it wasn't that out of the way on my commute home from work in the past.

One recent stop was to pick up my first bottle of Pliny the Elder, which they'd tweeted about that day. I'm not sure if it was the same stop, but I snagged two Duvel tulips for $5 each, as all their glassware is $5.

A very nice selection of beer (and wine). They have a stamp program where $100 spent gets you 11% off your next purchase.

I haven't had the opportunity to hit all the bottle shops in the area, but I do really like FTB's service, selection, and atmosphere. Copious tantalizing updates via Twitter and Facebook don't hurt, either.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Full Throttle Bottles is located in the historical area of Georgetown in South Seattle near the Boeing airfields. It is a cozy beer store that also offers wines.

They offer a number of hard to fine beers such as Parabola and Pliny the Elder (from time to time). Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and offer advice on how Canadian travelers such as myself can maximize their limit of alcohol to take back home.

I always visit this place whenever I make a trip to Seattle, and have yet to be disappointed. It is better than the vast majority of stores in British Columbia.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here this afternoon and I was impressed.

The selection was excellent with a large amount of NW beers including a few hard to find ones like Parabola. They also had a large selection of wines, ciders and meads.

The staff was friendly and they seemed knowledgeable.

The prices seemed about average, nothing seemed really pricy or really cheap.

Overall I really liked this place, they had an excellent selection, friendly knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices. Next time I'm in the area I am going to stop in.

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

My first stop on a beer run during a business trip to Seattle, this was also my best one.

Full Throttle is located very close to Sea-Tac airport in an industrial area. My GPS sent me a block the wrong way but I was able to recover without too much trouble. The store has a hispterish feel to it. Hardwood floors, very open and a good size retail area. Most of the stuff is in one of the many coolers around the right hand side of the store. Overflow stock is actually located in boxes which are stacked and scattered all over the floor. No idea how they find stuff...

Great selection of local and regional favorites. I was able to grab a couple of cases of Washington and Oregon locals to ship home, along with some Midnight Sun selections. They had a nice selectin of Cali stuff as well but nothing I can not get locally.

Service was very friendly and helpful. I was glad I stopped, glad I got as much as I did on this first stop, as I had some disappointments on the way. Great stop.

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Full Throttle Bottles is in the gentrifying strip of Georgetown. The main negative is parking sucks. Street plus a lot. but they share the lot with a popular bar and a lot of the local workers park there during the day. If you go during commute when the street is no parking you will probably have a tough time.

But it's worth it.

The have both beer and wine and some mead selections plus a few ecclectic sodas.

I'm pretty impressed with their beer selection. I saw pretty much no super-market beers (even the good locals that are in supermarkets aren't here.) But there is lots of craft and smaller imported brews. I managed to pick up some locals that I haven't had yet.

The staff (owners) are super friendly and they have a customer loyalty stamp card.

Check it out!

Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I have been to Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown on numerous occasions and have been pleased with each visit. Their selection is quite good, though on par with other specialty beer stores in the area. The staff there have been helpful in pointing out interesting beers; they are quite knowledgeable and usually have some kind of backstory or anecdote about the beer in question when making recommendations.

Full Throttle Bottles also has an interesting incentive program whereby if you buy $100 in beer (you get a stamp card with $10 increments), you get 11% off your next purchase. Quite the deal!

Photo of vince4953529
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Stopped here during my spring break road trip from So Cal. to Vancouver, BC. This store is located at the south side of an industrial yet hipster-felt area of Seattle.

Selection is impeccable, with just about everything that's distributed in Washington. Diamond Knot, Boundary Bay, Roslyn, Iron Horse, Dick's... all the ones that you can only dream of outside of the state of WA.

Service is great, the lady at the counter chatted with me a bit since I'm from out of state. Very friendly the helpful.

This is a great shop in a very beautiful city and I'll go back next time if I'm in the Emerald City again (which probably will be a long time from now).

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kemoarps
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I've been to this place a couple of times now, when I've been in the city. Somewhat out of the way, in what strikes me as a recently reclaimed industrial area in the south city. It's not that large, but the atmosphere is what I like in a bottle shop: beer, beer related things and beer (along with some wine/cider/other alcohol stuff) all with a... lived in? kind of feel? That's not the exact words Im looking for, but you can probably get the idea. Not some sprawling soulless STORE (heaven forbid!!), but a smaller space, lots of wood, beer taking up almost all of the space, with character and shit. Found a number of really good stuff that I hadn't come across elsewhere (wasn't SCOURING the city, but have looked at other stuff as well), the owner I believe (who has been there both times I've been in), offered us help if we needed it, but was not overly pushy. We looked by ourselves and picked some stuff out, then asked her advice/opinions on a couple of things, and she clearly was a beer person who had a store, not just a business person who just happened to sell beer. A little more expensive for some of the items, but I've found that to be true at most of the bottle shops I've been to in the city, and besides: i'd rather pay a little more for something I want than not have access to it at all.

Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

On the way into Seattle from SeaTac, right off I-5 just north of Boeing Field. Just up the street from 9-lb Hammer.

Lots of parking in the back. Street parking definitely limited.

For an out-of-towner, the selection was very nice and inviting. Most of the beers I was looking for were here, including many from California. Prices did seem a little on the high side, but not totally out of line for other stores I visited.

Service was pretty good, considering. Only one person was working and the store was relatively crowded. She made a good effort in checking with everyone and did seem to know her stuff.

Lots of cider, if that's your thing. It's not mine.

Not much warm beer, if that's an issue. Way more bombers and singles than sixers as well.

Overall, I'll stop in on my next visit.

Photo of crpSeattle
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

The items they carry are veryGood -high quality, don't come looking for Keystone Light.

The service is very good, my only complaint is that the 2 people whom I have service me have had a bit of "I know what I am talking about, you the customer do not". Not enough to keep me away but enough for me to notice.

Selection is quite wide yet at the same time they don't carry certain brands , like RedHook.

Very few bottles under $2, so be prepared to spend money. But IMHO, it will be worth it.

Photo of LilMatrix
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A newish beer store located in Georgetown south of the city. Very nice selection and a super attentive and helpful staff. Their prices are about $0.50 -> $1 more than others in town but I like the fact that they are a small business and that I can help support them and the new upcoming neighborhood.

Their frequent buyer card program is very nice: a stamp for every $10; for 10 stamps u get %11 off your next purchase.

Beer Haul:

Pliny the Elder
Damnation
Oaked Yeti
Hair of the Dog - Fred & Adam
08.08.08 Vertical Epic
Dissident
Theobroma
Gulden Draak

Photo of nkersten
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A good addition to bottle stores in Seattle. They have a great selection of current seasonal and regular beers, wine, mead and cider. It would be nice to see a cooler dedicated to aged or rare beers in the future.

Mostly American beers, with a cooler or two dedicated to Belgians and another couple to Europe. Lots of good glassware for sale too. Beers are labeled, as "pick of the month", or if they are awarded anything at a festival or magazine, which is helpful in trying something new, but the best way to find a good new beer is to ask whoever is working. On the multiple visits I have made, the staff has been very chatty and helpful. I don't think I have ever taken a beer home from this store and regretted it.

For me customer service is always more important then saving a couple dollars. A lot of what they have can be found at other stores, sometimes for a little less $$, but I like giving beer money to knowledgeable, friendly beer stores, and these folks will definitley get my business in the future.

Photo of bb8189
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I made it out to Seattle about 3 months ago and just now thought to review this location.
I scouted it out due to it proximity to the airport so that I could pick up a few bottles to pack away in my suitcase.

As a midwesterner, I was blown away by the amount of west coast beers - obviously FTB would not be unique in this regard - but I was nonetheless impressed with their selection.

I loaded up as much RR and Lost Abbey as I could squeeze into my suitcase.

The thing that stands out in my mind from this visit was how the lady who was working there tore the store apart looking for the last bottle of LA BA Angel's Share. Her PC said she had one left and damnit, she was going to find it for me. I certainly appreciated her effort.

I have nothing to compare it to in the area, but if I find myself back out that way, I will definitely stop back in.

Photo of kmahe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mfavoino
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Been here a few times and think I can give a fair assessment.

Atmosphere: Has a gritty feel to it that I appreciate. Never have felt rushed or uncomfortable. Good beer talk with the staff on a couple of occasions.

Quality: Tend to have a very solid local and more generally West Coast beers. Always new stuff to take a look at. Some rarities from time to time that they send emails about to let people on their distribution list know about.

Service: In general, friendly staff that is helpful for recommendations and knowledgable about their products. Had one experience where an employee told information about a bottle limit that conflicted with their email blast.

Selection: Very good compared to most stores in the area. There is almost always some new stuff in the store.

Value: A wee bit more pricey than some of the other shops in the area, but usually fair.

Photo of BillHilly
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Decent selection, a bit limited on total variety, but they definitely have a full spectrum of beers overall. They have the high end Trappistes, local beers, excellent selection of organic.

Service is outstanding, very nice lady was working there when I was there...she really knows her stuff. They have a mailing list for beer tasting and industry news - optional of course. And they will even track the beers you have bought for you.

A little bit pricey on some beers and reasonable on others. Really depends on the beer.

The store is right by Boeing field in a cool part of South Downtown. Parking is a pain out front, so go in back.

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Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle, WA
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