The Beer Junction

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of KazzakusPrime
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I walked into Beer Junction on a whim, and got some of the best luck/universal karma of my life.

I was already pretty impressed with the remaining seasonals, stouts, and barleywines (my go-tos at any bottle shop), when I picked up a bottle of Pelican's Stormwatcher's Winterfest. I exclaimed over it happily when an employee walked over to share in my enthusiasm. He then confessed that they had a single case of Pelican's Mother of All Storms in the back, and asked if I would like a bottle. I nearly proposed to him in my joy of finding a bottle of MoAS in a bottle shop in Seattle, when I had more or less made plans to drive to Bend, OR next year in order to get a bottle. I didn't even think that Pelican shipped out cases of MoAS to Seattle when, lo and behold, the bottle was in my hand.

In addition to this stellar catch, I also snared a couple of other unexpected and coveted beers on my list (DFH'S World Wide Stout being another) and found out about an upcoming barrel aged fest with some BA's that I am dying to have on tap. This bottle shop is the best random encounter of my life.

Photo of Aleforme
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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!

Photo of snaotheus
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is an excellent beer place. I spent a fair amount of time talking with the owner, he pulled Older Viscosity from the back for me, he was clearly knowledgeable about beer and about his stock. Other staff was helpful and friendly. Selection is world class. They are the only place I've seen carrying Rodenbach Grand Cru in like six months.

Everything about this place is good. Prices are pretty much exactly what you would expect (slightly above grocery store prices on items they both carry).

I will definitely go back if I'm ever in the area.

Photo of TheTot
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I walked into this place while on a trip around seattle looking for breweries and bottle shops. As soon as I walked in I was greeted and asked if there was anything I needed help finding. After explaining to the clerk that I was from indiana and was looking for things that I could not get back home he pointed out some local beers and some other ones that would likely not be found in indiana. Being only a craft beer store helps in the organization which they did light-dark which was very helpful and easy to navigate. Their selection was very large and well kept. I would recommend this location for anyone in the west seattle area. I was very pleased with my visit and will return again on my next visit.

Photo of jpbebeau
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: Enter right into the midst of a small but well-laid out space. Generally, lighter to darker beers in a clockwise rotation. Coolers at left, nice shelves at right. Organized and clean.

Q: All good product.

S: Greeted immediately; let them know it was my first time there, they gave me a rundown of the layout. Asked what I liked to drink. Offered to pull out a 2010 Boulevard BBQ to go with the 2011 I was eyeing. Very friendly and genuine.

S: Didn't have time to peruse it all, but did see a few things I hadn't seen elsewhere, and did leave with the 2011 BBQ and another bottle or two. Would like to go back for a closer look.

No beer on tap, but it sounds like they do tastings/events from time to time.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit and would definitely make it a point to stop in again when in the neighborhood. Family friendly.

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

west seattle.

really liked the store upon entrance - fair amount of people exploring shortly after opening on a Saturday morning. Dimly lit, with coolers and shelves galore.

There are so many fantastic Seattle beer stores, and its hard to say this joint really provides anything that the others dont, but if you live in west seattle, you probably feel better about living so damn far away from bottleworks.

No taps/growlers here - just bottles.

Great selection - everything you would expect in seattle with a fair amount of belgian stuff as well. Some winter seasonals seemed to last longer here - doggie claws, 4 calling birds, etc.

Some glassware and holiday gift packs to go as well.

nice service, with a rewards program.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: Very good. Walk in and its dimly lit with beer fridges to the left and beer shelves in front of you and some space off to the left. Pretty relaxed and chill.

Q:All was good. picked up a few beers and all were good.

S: Service was exceptional. The guy who was working the place was very enthusiastic and helpful. He took time to explain the selection and what his sbusiness had to offer. Pleasant and the girl working the counter was equally as nice and helpful.

S: Very good. Not sure, quite unsure if they had much as 99 Bottles but sure they had more than Bottleworks and other places. Very good selection overall.

F: N/A

Photo of hopburster
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in yesterday during a trip to West Seattle.

Not the biggest bottle shop, but well laid-out for the available space and had a nice friendly feel to it...no beer diva vibe here.

They have a pretty darn nice selection of domestic craft (didn't pay much attention to the foreign selection) beers across the spectrum of styles. I liked the way the inventory was arranged and bottles clearly labeled and priced.

Also had nice selection of some semi-rare bottles.

The guy working there (Morgan?) was extremely friendly. He took the time to point out where things were and asked some questions about what I like and then pointed out things I might be interested in. Even went in the back to bring out something I was looking for.

Overall I was very impressed by this shop and could see it being my go-to place if I lived closer. Well worth stopping at if you're in the area.

Photo of Chyren
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorite bottle shops. The owner is incredibly friendly and down to earth and you can tell he loves the brew. The place is cozy and comfortable. The selection is great for the size of the store, close to 1000 selections. Aside from beers, it's got a decent variety of mead, cider, wine, and unique soda pop. Every week there are beer tastings which always pack the house. Also provides a decent selection of glassware, some cool Seattle themed shirts, neat bike chain bottle openers, and kits for converting old fridges to kegerators. If you're in the area, and like brew of any kind, you gotta stop in.

Photo of Kaokung2
4.15/5  rDev -10.8%

BA from PA in Seattle for the holidays.

I had actually missed this place the day before. The location is small, but very well stocked. Most of the midwest/western breweries were represented, although significantly weak on the english / new england breweries, and surprisingly strong representation of meads. (Sadly nothing from Magpie).

As for the prices, mainstream brews were inflated about $2-$4 per bottle, while more niche beers were about average price range for an upscale bottle shop.

The service was knowledgeable, and affable.

Other notes: apparently this place runs tastings every week on Thursday nights.

Photo of DousedInStout
4.65/5  rDev 0%

A nice, new beer store for the West Seattle crowd. A comparable selection to all the other elite bottle shops in Seattle. Beer is organized via style, in coolers that line the shop. There is also a nice recommended/reserve section. All bottles are bought as singles, so you can easily mix your own six pack to whatever your heart desires.

The two things that make this shop stand out are the service and their email list. Morgan, the proprietor, is there all the time. He is quick to greet you, and great for helping you out with suggestions and/or finding the beer you seek. He's also incredibly down to earth - the Beer Junction is the least pretentious craft beer shop I've been to in the area.

Also, their mailing list is top notch. If you're on it, you receive emails every other week, featuring upcoming events, new beers they have put into inventory, and when they receive a couple cases of Pliny.

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The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
100 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.