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The Beer Junction

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.68%
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

4511 California Ave SW
Seattle, Washington, 98116-4110
United States
phone: (206) 938-2337

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(Place added by: JC67 on 07-17-2010)
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Reviews by Aleforme:
Photo of Aleforme
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%

Great place with huge selection of local, national and international beer. I would say it's Seattle's largest and most diverse selection. I've been to Bottleworks, 99 Bottles and Full Throtttle and prefer The Beer Junction.

The owner Morgan knows his beer and is always there to help out with any questions you have and seems to always be spot on with his recommendations. The place has a great laid back and inviting feel to it. You never feel unwelcomed. Some other places aorund the Seattle area have a certain "attitude" feel to them and are not that welcoming. Morgan and his staff go out of their way to help everyone out.

The new store has been open a few months now and it's a huge improvement over the first location. Not that the original location was bad but the new location is outstanding. More coolers full of beer, 18 constantly rotating taps and great service. About the only negative is that you have to be quick when something you want comes up on tap. Everything tends to go fast! Guess that's the price of running a great business.

Overall it's the best beer store in the Seattle area!

Aleforme, Sep 14, 2012
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510a, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.29/5  rDev -7.5%

This was my only stop in Seattle so I can't compare it to other places in the city, but I picked because it is rated so high on BA. The room in front is small with a bar and a few tables but it is very comfortable. I like how the chalkboard is organized by lighter beers, stouts, odds beers, but it was a bit hard to read some of them and I would have liked a bit more of a description.

The long space past the bar is all coolers and a nice little wall of glassware and growlers of many sizes. You will get to visit many times if you stay for a while as the bathrooms is out the backdoor and down the hallway.

They have a great and diverse selection on tap but you can also grab a bottle from the cooler to drink aswell. I like to drink ice water during a beer session and their water was a little self-serve pitcher in the corner.

They don't have a kitchen but they will give you menus to local places. They now have a deal that you can order from the taco place next door, through the bartender, pay the bartender and the taco cook will walk the food over to you. It was really handy and very tasty.

This is a great place and even on a Monday night it was pretty full of people but it has a good energy in the space.

rhoadsrage, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%

Beer Junction would be my go-to store if it was closer to where I live. Friendly, helpful, enthusiastic staff; a clean, well-lit space; regular beer events; reasonable pricing; well-organized, large inventory; weekly emails listing new arrivals. You can shoot them an email about a particular beer you're interested in, and usually get a response within the hour.

draheim, Jun 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

duceswild, May 03, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

The Beer Junction is one of the newer establishments to be completely dedicated to craft beer. While they are new, they are staffed with very knowledable people who are always happy to help with both NW specialty beers as well as US distributed beers and imports. Their selection is impressive and rivals the rest of the bottle shops out here - they do not, however, have cellared offerings for sale like other places (or at least I've never seen them).

They have a great variety of beers and ciders on tap and the place is cozy with a few TV's playing whatever games are on (Premier League, La Liga, NFL, MLB, NHL, you name it). Beer Junction is amongst the few places in WA to have Boneyard beers continuously flowing through their taps, and that alone should be a cause worthy for a visit!

I recommend you join their mailing list as they do a pretty good job of sending updates from time to time of what new beer they've received or events they're hosting. If you do venture out to Beer Junction, be sure to ask the staff if they have any limited beers on hand as they typically have them behind the counter with strict pp. limits.

Be warned - there are no minors allowed in the store or "bar" area, no matter the age of the child.

HoppySeb, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Mages64
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Mages64, Jan 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

aullrich, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of BVukelich
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%

Love this place! So glad when they made the move and started serving drafts. The Thursday night tastings are great, the staff is awesome. The only reason I don't give 5's all around is due to the limited (lack of) seating in the drinking area. The bottle selection is top-notch, wish they offered a few more on tap. I'm sure you can only do so much with the space available. New show Brewdogs on Esquire gave them #1 craft beer bar in Seattle...#1 bottle shop in my opinion.

BVukelich, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Fluffheady
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%

This place has a great selection in the cooler, a great selection on the taps, they have cool beer events, and the staff is fun. They even brew, and their anniversary ale was delicious. Visit here. They’re a relatively new player in Seattle, and I tend to like a place like this more than Bottleworks. Their vibe is are a little more young and almost hipster, whereas Bottleworks has the typical beards-and-beer-bellies vibe. When we visited, they were setting up for a tasting that night. They served the same IPA on regular draft, nitro, cask, and randall.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.64/5  rDev 0%

I believe this was the fourth bottle shop I ever went to. It was really early on in my craft beer journey, but I could still understand that this was special.

I’ll start by saying that the owner, Morgan, is a stand out guy. He loves beer, is very knowledgeable, and wants to help you just as much as he wants to make money.

Selection is as good or better than any in the area, and prices are right around where they should be. I like the arrangement, it’s organized by style of beer instead of brewer or region.

My only problem with this store is that it isn’t closer to me. It’s just a place that feels comfortable.

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
Photo of maltyb
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

I checked out The Beer Junction as my main stop for bottles in Seattle, it did not disappoint. Fantastic selection of Washington, Oregon and California and good representation from Colorado as well from what I saw. They had many more beers all organized by style, you could easily spend a couple hours examining all the bottles.

Most of the 4 or 6 pack selections were available by the single can/bottle, however I did find them to be pricey even for the luxury of getting a single beer. Many larger bottles seemed pretty reasonable, and the selection of new beers was great. I was able to snag a Parabola among many other interesting finds, so I left happy.

The biggest plus here was the attentive and informative customer service, along with the fact that you can grab a beer or sampler for while you shop. I haven't experienced this before, and it was fantastic to get to try some beers from breweries I haven't had or couldn't afford to grab many (or any) bottles of.

Great selection of glassware and some apparel, and they do growler fills. Check out this store if you're in the Seattle area and don't be afraid to ask what they have kicking around not on the shelves!

maltyb, May 24, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%

Smart staff, friendly, not snobby (unless you want them to be!)...this is my place to go for new beers that I have not tried. There are always in-store events. Morgan (the owner) is a great guy and is always willing to suggest gems that you may not know about. Parking behind the store as well as on California usually available unless you go when everybody else goes places...pick up your beer before the weekend, it is much better that way. One of the last places in WA that tapped Pliny before Russian River left the state (or the state left them), hopefully temporarily only. Of the 3 places somewhat near my place that I love (Bottleworks & Super Deli Mart), the Beer Junction is the best overall. Prices are cheaper than most places despite how nice and clean the store is kept. Great glassware and beer merch keeps me short of extra money, which is fine. This is the best bottle shop I have ever been to in all of my years of searching for quality brews.

Hopmodium, Jan 29, 2013
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The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
100 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.