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The Beer Junction

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Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1,250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 4.89%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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hopburster

Washington

4.58/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

04-19-2011 03:52:40 | More by hopburster
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.58/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

12-21-2011 03:35:06 | More by jpbebeau
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

07-05-2014 08:10:45 | More by tobelerone
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aullrich

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

12-11-2013 05:44:47 | More by aullrich
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

12-20-2011 18:09:28 | More by dirtylou
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.41/5  rDev -6.2%
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

06-13-2011 01:31:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

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.

06-23-2014 21:25:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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Fluffheady

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

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.

08-05-2013 04:41:44 | More by Fluffheady
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Kaokung2

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -11.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

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.

12-24-2010 23:20:48 | More by Kaokung2
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The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
100 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.