The Beer Authority
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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a small bottle shop that also has a few tables and some beers on tap. They have free Wifi. They don't serve food but they keep a menu of the restaurant next door (I think it's a sushi place?) on hand, they will walk your order over next door and the waitress will bring it through a hallway that connects the two establishments.
This place is small, so they don't have a huge selection, but whoever does the buying knows what he's doing because what they do keep on stock is awesome. A beer over $7 they will let you crack and drink right there, under that they charge just a couple bucks.
Place has a homie feel and is definately a locals spot.
It's a nice jump off location. There's Elliot Bay Brewery across the street (not my favorite, but worth checking out), Coopers about half a mile down the street (decent selection on tap and darts/pool), or if you don't mind driving a couple miles there's Uber on Aurora (they serve some hard to come by beers just like Beer Authority).
01-23-2013 07:35:44 | More by letom8
5/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great bottle shop. They have a good selection of great northwest beers, imports and top domestic microbrews. The owner is very knowledgeable, always has good recommendations. He totally hooked me up with some great barrel aged ales. They get a lot of rare bottles and they are always ready to help you out if you are trying to find something. Prices are on par with other bottle shops in the area. They also have great beers on tap and its a great place to meet people who love beer. I am just sorry I didn't find this place sooner. This will be a regular place I will be visiting from now on.
12-15-2012 19:10:50 | More by mchen
4/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
"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
4.01/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally made it out here after work today!!!
Coming from Seattle and taking Lake City, seemed like it was taking awhile to get to my destination for my much needed beer on date night with my boyfriend! At last! We made it!!! If you aren't familiar with the area, the signage is really small, so pay attention!
Walked in and there was a small bar calling my name but I had to check out the bottle list and prices to see if they are comparable to what I am used to at other establishments. Ok, nothing really out of the norm or "special" compared to Malt and Vine or 99 Bottles but it is nice to have a really good selection in this area.
Ok, time to see what's on tap! Looks like there are about 8 beers on tap and it is a decent selection for my palette. I like to see at least 2 IPAs on tap at a place and they did! But then I was drawn to Jack and Ken's Barleywine and here I sit, ignoring my boyfriend while I write this review...
Service has been great and now I can't wait to finish this and get an IPA!
Cliffs: If you are in North Seattle or around the Bothell area, come out and get a good beer! They also do kegs to go! :-)
04-14-2011 00:57:57 | More by jojobee
3.5/5 rDev -20.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
After quite a few visits to Seattle, I finally made it to The Beer Authority. Based on the name and BA rating, I was very optimistic.
The location is in a nice area of North Seattle on a busy street. It's part of a really cool set of buildings that houses some modern industrial condos / apartments.
The shop is fairly small but it has a good, open space. They have eight beers on tap and they were all pretty solid. As for the bottles, they have a lot of locals and west coast beers with a smaller selection from the rest of the country and Europe. The stock is limited, poorly organized and a bit inconsistent. In general, the place was in disarray. I went hoping to find something unique to bring home with me but I couldn't.
The woman behind the counter was very nice and outgoing but admitted her husband was the one to talk to with respect to what's coming in.
As mentioned above, I was very optimistic on this visit but it ended with disappointment. Maybe I caught them on a bad day but I didn't find it anywhere near the level of the top Seattle beer stores.
02-16-2010 00:45:20 | More by GJ40
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in 12/2009 when i was back visiting the family for the break.
They had a reasonably good selection. It looked like they might have been hit somewhat hard in the week or two before i went there (there were a fair number of gaps in the stock) but they had a pretty good selection and the prices were reasonable. Everything was sold as singles, which was nice for someone looking to try something new or pick up a bottle or two of a bunch of different beers (I was looking to get a good sampling of the local beers since i moved away before turning 21 but i didn't want to buy six packs of everything). The woman working (didn't catch her name) was very friendly.
Overall i was very impressed. There are places with better selections (the imports were a bit thin) and there are places with better prices (but maybe not for single 12 oz bottles) but the beer authority is definitely worth a visit.
02-03-2010 06:11:25 | More by DaveJanssen
4.5/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Beer Authority is the newest beer store in the greater Seattle area. Located in Lake City - across Lake City Way from the QFC, the shop has been open just about 2 weeks according to Barry, the owner.
The size of the shop is adequate. It looks very new and clean. Beer stock is local, regional, national, and then international. 300 beers as of right now - with an increase to 400/500 in another few months.
Barry was very talkative and helpful. A free tasting of Allagash Dubbel was going on while I was there as well. To me - the owners/personnel of beer shops make or break them (in addition to their business practices). Barry was up front and honest which I always appreciate.
WABL members automatically receive a 5% discount on their purchases.
The grand opening is in a few weeks - with tastings, food pairings, and discounts on inventory.
It's great to have a beer shop north of Seattle. I'm looking forward to the development of The Beer Authority. They're off to a good start.
Check them out!
04-02-2009 17:27:36 | More by ScreamForMe
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in yesterday to check out Seattle's newest bottle shop and was very impressed. The owner was real down to earth guy and helped to a sample of Allagash dubbel. Right now there is around 300 different bottles but he said there will be more and eventually some beer on tap. There is a good selection of mostly American beers with a decent good selection of Belgian and German beers and there is also a little wine. It's right across the street from QFC with on street parking right in front of it, so it isn't hard to find.
04-02-2009 10:18:40 | More by jklinck
The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.