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The Beer Authority

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19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Taps: 13
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of Jordan3394


5/5  rDev +13.4%

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
Photo of Mages64


5/5  rDev +13.4%

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


4.82/5  rDev +9.3%

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
Photo of letom8

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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 seasondek


4.79/5  rDev +8.6%

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 jklinck


4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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
Photo of mchen


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

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
Photo of ScreamForMe


4.5/5  rDev +2%

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!

04-02-2009 17:27:36 | More by ScreamForMe
Photo of 510a


4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-28-2014 20:21:06 | More by 510a
Photo of Kurmaraja


4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 21:21:01 | More by Kurmaraja
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The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.