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The Beer Authority

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

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
$$ - 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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North Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2014 23:54:15 | More by strongaf
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 21:21:01 | More by Kurmaraja
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-26-2014 03:25:48 | More by sharpski
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4.32/5  rDev -2%
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-04-2014 05:17:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-28-2014 20:21:06 | More by 510a
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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.

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
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-07-2014 09:30:50 | More by Mages64
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The Beer Authority in Seattle, WA
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