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The Beer Authority

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14 Reviews
Reviews: 14
Visits: 25
Avg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Store ]

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

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Reviews: 14 | Visits: 25
Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.15/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

First impressions:

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!

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Photo of jklinck
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.