Full Throttle Bottles

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37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.26
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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 cherche
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.17/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Stopped by while in the area visiting the oldest pub in Seattle, was not impressed by the staff, their knowledge, their selection or much of anything. It is a bottle shop where there are no other bottle shops, that is what allows this place to thrive. Perhaps I am spoiled by The Beer Junction but I do not consider myself a beer snob or particularly particular when it comes to what I want or expect from a bottle shop but there is little to be desired from this joint, skip it unless you have nowhere else to pick up craft beer in S. Seattle.

Photo of woemad
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Checked this place out after grabbing lunch at Jules Mae last fall.

Bottles, bottles, everywhere! In coolers, in boxes, on top of boxes. One gets the impression there's not a lot of storage space in the back, so it all goes on the salesroom floor!

Selection is good, not great for the area. There were a number of beers I can't get in Spokane, but would not be out of place at Bottleworks. Still, if I lived in the neighborhood it'd be my go-to place.

One employee on duty, was friendly and looked up things I couldn't find (none of which they had at the moment).

A nice bottleshop that would draw rave reviews where I live, but is simply good without being great in Seattle.

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Q: Quality is good. Did not find any out dated stuff as I checked out the selection. No bad beer here, mostly craft and some wine as well.

S: Good, I was helped as I walked in and and around and the guy at the register was nice and helpful too

S: I did not find anything out of the ordinary. Really hard to find anything that had a wow factor. A very common selection. No big beers like Abyss, BBXII. I really think the list on the website is outdated is misleading. Lot of WA crafy, same Avery stuff, Left Hand, plenty of Oregon stuff and a share of Victory, ST, spotted a Lost Abbey and some Older Viscosity at nearly $19!!! Some belgians and euro brews too.

P: Pricey on almost everything

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.09/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

My Seattle friend recommended this place for all of my bottled beer needs. It sure delivered! It is small and terribly full of beer. Bottles everywhere! Finding so many Northwest beers was like paradise for this East Coaster: Justice Brewing, Burnside, Hub, Alaskan, Fremont, Airways, Harvester, Crux Fermentation, Diamond Knot, Silver City, Fish Brewing, Pelican, Black Diamond, Gigantic Brewing… and so on.

This is not your typical Stone-and-Sierra bottle shop! I found some good stuff, like Pelican Mother of All Storms. Several barrel-aged brews around, including Lost Abbey Deliverance, Black Xantus and North Coast 20th Anniversary. Prices are high- 20 dollars for Deliverance?? But the variety and customer service (the guy working there during my visit knew his stuff and was ready to recommend good beers) make up for it. Will return, no doubt.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.09/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

A bit pricey and inconvenient to get to, but the owner is nice, and the facebook site does a good job keeping updated. You can get the rare beers here. Overall though, it’s nothing you can’t find at one of the other Seattle bottleshops, and it’s usually a bit more pricey. I still shop here on occasion.

Photo of BVukelich
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by for the first time today. It was about 1pm on a Friday and parking was kind of a pain. The store comes across a little cluttered...half wine, half beer. The sales lady (owner) was super helpful but not annoying in anyway. I was looking for something different and found a "just in" brown ale from Baranof Island Brewing in AK. $10 for a 22oz. She said her husband went to high school with the founder or something and they were the ONLY store in the state with the new brew. Score! I drink and review immediately. Overall the store serves its neighborhood well. Worth the stop if you are half way between Seattle and Federal Way. They don't fill growlers.

Photo of dirtylou
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

stopped through after a recent visit to nearby schooner exact...

located on a beaten up stretch of road that seemed to have some other interesting spots - damned construction. dark cozy interior, lots of cooler space.

service was friendly - stamp cards, discounts, etc.

seattle is blessed with a lot of really impressive bottleshops, and while this spot is certainly included, its hard for me to hold in the same class as bottleworks, 99 bottles, chucks, special brews, etc.

selection was solid but at times a bit spendy - all the russian river releases, stone, boulevard, your standard smorgasbord of washington locals.

if in the area, knock this place out, but for those in the city, likely not worth the journey

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.

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

I've stopped by several times while in Seattle on business. Full Throttle is in an old industrial area on the north side of Boeing Field. They sell beer, wine and related products such as beer glasses.

They have a decent selection of Northwest and west coast beers as well as some Belgians and other Europeans. Most of it is refrigerated. They have space to carry a lot more but maybe they need to develop a bigger customer base to support that. Erika, the owner, is very helpful and really cares about her customers.

Full Throttle is a good store and worth a stop if you're in the area.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle, WA
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