Super Deli Mart
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Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this place while attending a conference in April 2011. As others have noted, this is a converted 7-11 (or similar) that now includes delicious deli sandwiches and a fine array of choice beers.
I spoke with the store owner and told him my budget, what I liked, and what I didn't have access to back in Indiana. He enthusiastically walked me through the better part of their selection with comments on availability, quality of particular vintages, and cellarability. This type of customer service is what gets folks to come back time after time.
The selection included some fun limited releases from Full Sail, Big Sky, Lost Abbey, RR, and many other quality "standards." After a half an hour of looking, I was hungry, and they fixed me a delicious veggie sandwich from the deli. After I ate, I continued putting together my purchase with constant input from the incredibly knowledgeable owner.
The service and selection makes this store a must visit.
06-30-2011 20:53:14 | More by eyeenjoybeer
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Like many others, I'd often been past the Super Deli Mart and never had a reason to stop in. Until one day on the way to the park, I ran in to see if they had sour cream.
They didn't have sour cream. But I walked in to see a few people milling about drinking pints, a full wall of intriguing beer to one side, and displays of "featured" stuff surrounding the checkout counter.
"Why are people drinking beer here?" I wondered. I thought it might've been a gathering of some sort.
I soon found out that Super Deli Mart had rapidly rotating taps of fine beer: pints for $3 and growler fills for $10.
On a less dairy-focused day, I stopped back in and bought Avery and Great Divide and Boulevard and Lost Abbey...at random! I wouldn't consider this the first time I'd had some damn fine beer, but it certainly took things to another level.
Very friendly. A bit of a mess at times, but they'll help you find what you're looking for.
And, they tweet.
Sadly, I've moved out of the neighborhood, but make it a point to stop in if I'm nearby.
12-01-2011 19:25:54 | More by jpbebeau
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Ran across this place during Seattle Beer Week. Very unassuming, and has the aforementioned 7-11 feel. That said, this place still rocks. Very good sandwiches, and great bottle selection. But the aspect that gets my juices flowing are the $10 growler fills, no matter what is on tap. Picked up Avery Maharajah on Sunday, look forward to a return trip as soon as I can. They had Pliny the Elder on tap as well, and a few other gems. If there are any other places like this up north, I'd sure like to hear about them.
On a few return visits since the original review, had an excellent sandwich, more great growlers, also very nice and knowledgeable owner. Great place!
05-24-2011 12:32:40 | More by bweinst
4.34/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is quite odd. On the outside it looks like a standard mini mart in a seedy area. Pretty much the kind of place you go into and hope that no one robs you while you are there.
However inside they have a selection that rivals some bottle shops and incredibly cheap growler fills.
The selection includes stuff like the Boulevard Smokestack series stuff, pretty much all the Russian River sours, stuff like Kentucky Dark Star by local breweries, reserve series stuff by Deschutes ect.
Overall while its not as good as places like Bottleworks and 99 bottles it is a close second, and well worth seeking out.
08-13-2012 02:17:23 | More by beerandcycling88
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have a friend who lives close to Super Deli Mart, so in the last six years I'm sure I've driven by it 20 to 30 times without giving it a thought. Finally went in there earlier this year and found out what I've been missing.
What appears to be an unassuming corner stop and rob quickie mart, Super Deli specializes in craft beer. Sure, you'll see an old guy picking up a case of High Life while some kids get a bag of chips, but you'll also see beer nerds fawning over the cheap growler fills and pints from one of their four taps. Did I say cheap pints and growler fills? Yes, I mean cheap pints and growler fills. Pliny the Elder for $10. Maharaja for $10. Everything is $10 a growler and $3 for a pint. Check their Twitter feed to see what they've got and what's on the way.
In addition to that, Super Deli carries a great selection of bottled beer. They've got all the PNW staples along with a nice selection of Russian River, Dogfish Head and other Beer Nerd icons. Nice selection of stuff from British Columbia as well, along with some Belgians.
Along with the beer, Super Deli makes great sandwiches that you can enjoy while sitting at one of their indoor picnic tables while drinking a pint.
People joke about this being "Seattle's best kept secret that everyone knows about." I'd say they're spot on.
07-29-2011 20:27:00 | More by distantmantra
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: Easily the best convenience store I have ever set foot in, its like a mini bottleshop hybridized with a convenience store. The owner is really friendly and obviously really cares about his store, making his customers happy and providing them with a good experience while at Super Deli Mart.
Q: Good quality craft beer, but also they have a good selection of BMC, four loco, malt liquor type beers, probably to keep the local white center folk happy : )
S: Great service, the staff are quite friendly and the owner is much more knowledgeable, informative, and helpful than your average convenience store guy. He really knows quite a bit about the products he is selling.
S: For a convenience store the selection would be a 6/5, for a bottleshop, maybe a 3/5. Great selection of regular off the shelf stuff and they also get a good amount of more limited stuff too like Pliny, Abacus, Parabola, Ivan etc... They also have a few taps, four or five I believe, they do growler fills and have good, affordable tastings every couple weeks or so. If beer isn't your thing they also have cigars, wine, deli sandwiches and all the regular stuff a convenience store should have.
F: I got a California club sandwich from there on a french roll that came with turkey, avocado, bacon, and swiss that was quite good. Haven't tried any other sandwiches yet but I imagine they are good as well.
V: Their beer is pretty average priced. I have noticed their limited beers do cost a few bucks more than your average bottleshop, but they more than make up for it with their everyday $3 pints, $10 growlers and $5 growlers during tastings. I missed it but they had $3 pints of angels share during the lost abbey tasting, if thats not the deal of a lifetime I'm not sure what is.
Overall, this is one of my favorite places to buy beer, I think the owner is doing a hell of a job with the place and wish him the best of luck. I would go there way more often if it wasn't so far out of the way for me.
06-10-2011 03:46:21 | More by Azurescens
4.15/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Not sure why no one has reviewed this cool place. Quick info:
-10$ growler fills including Pliny-the-overhyped-but-awesome-at-this-price.
-5$ growlers during tastings, like 90 min, pike DIPA
-the usual suspects but other cool stuff like abacus.
-everything a 7-11 has plus awesome beer(there is a 7-11 across the street!)
-friendly rapid service
-not a place for nerds cuz the locals and staff dont know a ton about beer but friendliness is great!
Don't miss this diamond in the rough!
04-06-2011 01:44:51 | More by Mages64
4.15/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
My friend just moved half a block from Super Deli Mart. This place is pretty awesome. They have a great bottle selection and the prices are great. Min the owner knows his stuff about beer. They even managed to get 15 cases of Abyss after everyone ran out in Seattle. How awesome is that.
They also have beers on tap. A pint is about 3.50-4 dollars depending on rarity. They have cheap and great sandwiches as well. The best part about Super Deli Mart is the people that you meet there. The locals are great people and they have the best stories. I was pretty happy to just have a few beers and hang out there one afternoon. Will be going back.
12-15-2012 19:19:12 | More by mchen
4/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Minimum of 5 beers on tap and always rotating (never have seen the same beer twice), cheap growler fills, great sandwiches that are quite affordable and filling...much more to say but others chimed in similar sentiments to my own. The owner Minh (sp.) is super knowledgeable concerning beer, especially the rarities and oddballs. I brought him a few beers from out-of-state and he almost gave me the title to his home, point being, he will not forget what I did and I will not forget how happy he was, good for both of us. Friendly customers, no doubt, especially considering that IT IS A CORNER GROCERY STORE .
I purchased a beer that poured totally flat (and it was not supposed to), it must have been mishandled during transport, I called Minh 3 days after purchase and he assured me that he would let me pick out another beer for the same price or another of the same kind. Even though he was not there when I stopped by, the staff called him to confirm what I was telling them, which I not only understand but respect. The boss assured the chap who was calling him that my words were true and the rest is history, no questions. Honest folks who love beer, what else can you ask for? Other things but all answers are positive in regards to SDM.
Also, great beer selection, rare and odd, ciders, barleywine, etc...all at a reasonable price and turnover is big so pick up what you want when you see it or it might be gone. I do not Tweet or FB so I wish they had a email list like Beer Junction but I am still happy to be a customer of this joint. Cheers!
UPDATE 2.13.13...after visiting multiple times before and after this review, I had to lower my ratings after the last visit. I witnessed the owner completely berate an employee while talking about what was important for the business. His attitude will keep me from going back unless something super rare is there...I understand that things get hairy sometimes but Minh's behavior was simply unacceptable.
01-29-2013 05:10:51 | More by Hopmodium
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Walking in and it is much like a 7-11. Sordove odd and unexpected.
Q: The quality of beer here is good. I boght a 202 Old Guardian and 2x 2009 Scuttlebutt Old No 1 bwines plus a 2011 Stone IRS. All good.
S: It was average. I shopped myself and had no help. There was the cashier who was female and really knew nothing about beer other than what they had on draft. Not bad, not great either.
S: Selection was good: Older Vis, FW14, Old Guardian, Old Ruffian, Old Stock, plenty of locals and RR stuff. The place was sordove odd in the way it was displayed and laid out. Up near the register is some RR stuff and FW14 and the draft handles. Then random beer is sordve scattered out throughout the floor space and coolers.
F: No food unless you want a bag o chip and Snickers bar.
06-13-2011 01:22:58 | More by barleywinefiend
Super Deli Mart in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.