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The Beer Authority

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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.95%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Store ]

12716 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, Washington, 98125-4427
United States
phone: (206) 417-9629

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(Place added by: beerauthority on 03-28-2009)
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Reviews by jpbebeau:
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

"Relax," I'd been told by a friend while lamenting my move away from Super Deli Mart, "you'll have The Beer Authority nearby!"

I took a look at their website and saw that they had 8 beers on tap, including Ten Fidy at the time, so I was heartened and looked forward to visiting. Unfortunately, unlike several other shops in the area, they aren't prodigious tweeters, so I had little else to go on.

After the release of Abyss, I checked their website on the day after Thanksgiving and saw that they had it on tap. Oblivious to the reality that not everyone has $10 growlers (a la Super Deli Mart), I walked in and found every beer on tap had a different price. At $26 for a growler of Abyss, I decided to pass.

The shop has a nice bar area, and taps line the walls.

Three or four medium coolers have a smallish selection—a few things I hadn't seen, but nothing too exciting and not a diverse enough spread to keep me browsing for too long.

Prices on bottles seemed similar to what I've seen elsewhere. There is some stuff on shelves as well.

I'll probably stop back in for a pint from time to time, but I'll probably hit up the Shoreline Central Market (or another as-yet-unvisited place) 98% of the time.

12-01-2011 19:39:02 | More by jpbebeau
More User Reviews:
Photo of Kurmaraja


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-10-2014 21:21:01 | More by Kurmaraja
Photo of Mages64


5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-07-2014 09:30:50 | More by Mages64
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

01-04-2014 05:17:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of seasondek


4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Burc and staff are awesome. The tap list always has a beer I'm interested in trying and the bottle selection is very good. I always find beers I'm looking for here when I can't find them elsewhere in Seattle. Crowd are friendly and beer knowledgeable folks. A great place that I always look forward to visiting.

11-12-2013 07:58:08 | More by seasondek
Photo of BabyTree


4.82/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

A great place to hang out and drink beer. I've been to hundreds of bars and have yet to find one quite like this. Burc knows his beers and though he may not be trying to get you to buy the biggest name, highest price bottle, its guaranteed to be a killer beer. They usually get in quite an allotment of the rare/special beers and Burc is always on the lookout for the next new thing.

All in all... Great company. Great service. Great beer.... Ooh yeah, and if you want food, bring your own!

10-17-2013 05:12:32 | More by BabyTree
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4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

Great place. Good selection on tap, pretty good selection of bottles, really friendly staff. Draft prices are reasonable, but the bottles can be a bit pricey. Seems like a place I could really get in to. If you are local, it’s a nice place to grab a beer and watch the game. I will be stopping in again from time to time.

I haven't stopped in since they changed locations, will need to do that soon and update the review.

05-30-2013 17:45:56 | More by Smurf2055
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is a small bottle shop that also has a few tables and some beers on tap. They have free Wifi. They don't serve food but they keep a menu of the restaurant next door (I think it's a sushi place?) on hand, they will walk your order over next door and the waitress will bring it through a hallway that connects the two establishments.

This place is small, so they don't have a huge selection, but whoever does the buying knows what he's doing because what they do keep on stock is awesome. A beer over $7 they will let you crack and drink right there, under that they charge just a couple bucks.

Place has a homie feel and is definately a locals spot.

It's a nice jump off location. There's Elliot Bay Brewery across the street (not my favorite, but worth checking out), Coopers about half a mile down the street (decent selection on tap and darts/pool), or if you don't mind driving a couple miles there's Uber on Aurora (they serve some hard to come by beers just like Beer Authority).

01-23-2013 07:35:44 | More by letom8
Photo of Jordan3394


5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

My wife and I drove from Spokane to Seattle in search of the elusive Pliny the Elder. Beer Authority was the first place we stopped. Sadly we were told that Russian River is no longer distributing in Washington. The owner went above and beyond and called 12 other bars and stores to find it for us. We stayed for a couple beers and then went through is awesome beer selection. Great store.

01-07-2013 21:39:16 | More by Jordan3394
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Great bottle shop. They have a good selection of great northwest beers, imports and top domestic microbrews. The owner is very knowledgeable, always has good recommendations. He totally hooked me up with some great barrel aged ales. They get a lot of rare bottles and they are always ready to help you out if you are trying to find something. Prices are on par with other bottle shops in the area. They also have great beers on tap and its a great place to meet people who love beer. I am just sorry I didn't find this place sooner. This will be a regular place I will be visiting from now on.

12-15-2012 19:10:50 | More by mchen
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The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.