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The Beer Authority

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
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 GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

GJ40, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev -8.9%

"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.

jpbebeau, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -8.9%

HoppySeb, Today at 04:52 AM
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -8.9%

HuskyinPDX, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -8.9%

strongaf, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jojobee
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%

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! :-)

jojobee, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%

I often forget that Beer Authority is there, even though they're relatively close to my house. But they always have something good in stock and the staff is pretty friendly and helpful, even though I'm not really a regular. One gripe I have is that the beers aren't always priced so you might not know what something costs until you've already paid for it, but I think their prices are generally pretty reasonable. Just another great option in a town that has a lot of them.

draheim, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

DaveJanssen, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Smurf2055
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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!

ScreamForMe, Apr 02, 2009
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The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.