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The Beer Junction

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99
world-class

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 49
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Store ]

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

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 49
Photo of DousedInStout
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

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. (907 characters)

Photo of hopburster
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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. (363 characters)

Photo of jpbebeau
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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. (474 characters)

Photo of Aleforme
4.94/5  rDev +6%
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! (1,110 characters)

Photo of Chyren
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Kaokung2
4.15/5  rDev -10.9%

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. (621 characters)

Photo of TheTot
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of KazzakusPrime
4.94/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of maltyb
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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! (1,177 characters)

The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
99 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.