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Chuck's 85th St. Market

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Store ]

656 NW 85th St
Seattle, Washington, 98117-3143
United States
phone: (206) 297-6212

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @chucks85th

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(Place added by: chuckshin on 11-20-2010)
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seasondek

Washington

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I love Chucks. Great selection, helpful and genuine staff, and what beats having a great new beer whilst perusing the 1000+ refrigerated bottles? Glad this is a few blocks from my house.

My kids love this place. They have Full Tilt ice cream and good food trucks. Sure it's crowded most evenings but that's part of the neighborhood charm that makes this place such a great new add to the area.

Cheers to you Chuck!

11-12-2013 08:17:28 | More by seasondek
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Easily my favorite bottle shop in Seattle. Every time I stop by, I spend about 20 minutes trying to pick out a handful of new beers, but it can be very difficult due to the fact that they have approximately 1000 bottles for sale. Plus, all this beer is stored in coolers, which is how I'd prefer the beer to be stored, versus room temperature at other similar locations. If you also feel like having a drink while you explore, they have about 38 rotating guest taps available to drink in house or fill up a growler/half growler to take home. My only real issue when I visit is the lack of physical space available to move in. But this is a minor inconvenience to accommodate the large amount of beer available.

The staff is very friendly and do their best to keep up with the large amount of people that are often stopping by after work and on the weekends. They do have a small grill behind the counter for some basic food options, but they also invite a different local food truck to park in their lot every day to provide some favorites if you're looking to get a meal while you're there.

10-06-2013 16:43:46 | More by Zach122
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$

Probably my favorite bottle shop in the Seattle area. Prices are pretty standard, the selection is as good as any you will find, plus he’s got a bunch of rotating taps with local stuff and other goodies. Chuck and his staff always seem very knowledgeable and helpful. They are nice guys to just have a conversation with. You can tell he loves his job. Makes a damn fine IPA brat too. It could pass as a corner convenience store, but make no mistake, this is a great place to hit up.

Edit*

It has certainly changed a lot since my first review. There are now 38 taps, great selection, over 1000 bottles of beer, but now it is a full blown bar. Crazy busy at night, but the staff is still very friendly and helpful once they get to you. Prices are a bit more expensive for bottles, but great deals for tap beer.

05-30-2013 18:18:02 | More by Smurf2055
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BoFoSho

Washington

4.47/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Before Chuck's Hop Shop came into existence, there used to be a mini mart in that building. You know, those marts that sold beer to anyone who could see above the counter. Now that I'm 21 I feel that Chuck's is a blessing for the entire neighborhood. Whenever I walk in the doors I feel like an adolescent teenager walking into a porn convention, getting a beer boner on the spot. Hefeweizens. Brown Ales. IPAs. Reds. Double Reds. Pale Ales. Pullman-water. Kegs. Imports. Exports. Beer accessories for days. You name it, Chuck's has it! They rotate around 50 kegs, and the friendly service always lets you taste as many as you like (before you get tipsy). I recommend Chuck's Hop Shop to anybody who is having trouble finding their perfect beer or just wants to hang out with some friends (dogs are good to go inside as well). By far and away the most impressive beer store in Seattle, Chuck's Hop Shop!

02-26-2013 18:58:25 | More by BoFoSho
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

A: Misleading. Do not judge a book by its cover. The place is your would be market but once you enter and walk to the back you're in for a treat. Nearly 1,000 beers; rare stuff, vintage stuff and solid standards. They have some tables and chairs at the back by the coolers. Drink beer and shop. Plus they have a few stools and a makseshift bar. A good vibe here. but it quickly becomes cramped, overcrowded and borderline uncomfortable

Q: Only quality beer, 99% of the beer was properly stored in coolers.

S: All of the guys were extremely helpful, knew the beer and enjoyed what they were doing. They had no problems entertaining questions and providing recommendations

S: Everything from Midnight Sun, Cascade, HoTD and beyond bottlewise. They have 30+ solid handles for growlers to go or to drink while you shop. I mean solid taps! Fremont Sister IIPA and Sound Humulo Nimbus for example.

F: No food but it is a market so grab something off the shelf.

Perhaps the best kept secret in Seattle. Something about this place intrigued me. This is exactly what I desire in a beer store.

02-24-2013 12:56:23 | More by barleywinefiend
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danieltweten

Washington

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Chuck's is the best beer store in Seattle. Bottleworks is over priced and the employees are the epitome of beer snobs (rude). 99 Bottles is the same.

32 taps that always change? You just don't see that at any other beer store. It's awesome. The parking isnt great, but there is some in the street behind the store. Rotating food truck is an awesome idea. Other than the disconnected back room in the store, I felt it had good atmosphere. I went on a Tuesday night and it was pretty crowded. Regardless, I asked an employee some help finding something and he promptly walked back and helped me.
It is pretty reasonable and they had my girlfriend's favorite Ace Pear Cider! We haven't been able to find a store in Seattle that had it.
Great experience and I will be making this my local beer shop!

02-24-2013 02:13:59 | More by danieltweten
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flagmantho

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I stopped in at Chuck's Hop Shop for the first time today to see what all the fuss is about. It was a damn fine little bottle shop; perhaps not the best in Seattle but quite good.

The selection is largely similar to other good bottle shops in the area, and very nearly everything was properly displayed in refrigerator cases. I was surprised and happy to see a lot of offerings from Cascade as well as from Alesmith, the latter of which I don't think I've seen before in Washington.

Atmosphere is great, with seating in the middle for drinking and socialization. There's a small corking fee, which I think is pretty acceptable. Prices in general are a little bit high, but not out-of-order.

Chuck happened to be there and offered his help. Seems like a nice enough guy, and it's great to see the owner mingling with the customers. Chuck's has an ice cream counter and a selection of Kwik-E-Mart type snacks, if you want to call that food. But hey, this is a bottle shop, not a pub.

I will absolutely be back to Chuck's, and probably soon. A great little place.

08-25-2012 21:09:58 | More by flagmantho
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dirtylou

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Chuck's has come a long way in the last year...

Location is pretty key for me - 85th and 8th, very easy uphill drive from Ballard. For tourists and those not residing in the area, fairly easy to access from I-5 (85th street exit).

It doesn't look like much from the street - theres only a few parking spots and they can be tricky to get in and out of, especially with traffic. Parking on the next street up (assume this is 86th) is usually very easy.

There are a few outside tables, some tables right on the window as you enter and then more in the back.

Everything outside of the beer area is a little questionable - some decent wines, but mostly low-budget gas station food and drink selections otherwise.

They have 30 freaking taps - all served in mason jars. They are the most aggressive establishment when it comes to sampling that you'll find. This is a good thing - you can probably grab a nice buzz just partaking in free samples if thats your thing. The taplist is always quality, with a heavy west coast focus.

The bottle selection is very solid - yes it tends to be more expensive than rival shops, but things also tend to hang around here a lot longer than at other places. For example, cascade releases that sold out at bottleworks in a day are STILL on the shelf here. They get just about everything that comes through town, though their allotments of some of the rarer stuff is often tough to figure out. You're almost always guaranteed to be surprised by something you find here.

A year ago, there were bottles of very questionable quality (really old IPA's, etc) - this seems to have improved significantly. They have lots of old beers, but less "expired" beers.

A great local business - don't judge by the exterior appearance

07-16-2012 22:35:12 | More by dirtylou
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kemoarps

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Found this place while doing my cna training in seattle. Found some great brews id looked for unsuccesfully elsewhere. Great selection high quality brews and a neat almost community deli or coffee shopish atmosphere. The staff was friendly and seemed ready to help. My only complaint was that it was a little more expensive than i was anticipating. The few brews that are also available in west texas were actually cheaper there than here. Timately though id rather support a good local business and slightly overpay for what i want rather than be stuck with limited selection to save a few bucks.

07-11-2012 18:49:34 | More by kemoarps
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kennypojke


5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Chuck is awesome, awesome, awesome. Without using names, I have stopped going to an old player in the beer store market here in Seattle because the great staff that got it started moved on and the new guys are rude, unhelpful and act like they have been made the oracles of beer, despite being in diapers when some of us got a start. A second joint that has a huge selection just west of Northgate also became intolerable when the woman would not take my gift card from a friend, claiming it had "expired". After explaining that was against the law in Washington state, she kept to her guns, making things up left and right. I took my business elsewhere and my friends agreed and stopped going there as well. Then came the fateful day my good friend in Greenwood told me about Chuck's. "Chuck's is awesome" I believe is what I was told. Well, good, because I had a wedding coming up and needed to get epic beer. Chuck was a complete rock-star, hooking me up with some of my favorites I couldn't get anywhere else (Bourbon Barrel Quad, Collab No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, etc), as well as an AMAZING keg of Chuckanut Vienna lager. The beers were all hits, but the level of customer service was just awesome.

Okay, so about the store, I can't imagine anything better. It's unassuming, approachable, and feels like part of the community. People go there to try new things, not to get drunk or pretend they know things they don't, because those people aren't there. It's normal people enjoying awesome beer. Chuck has a number of taps, which are very well-selected and always interesting (had 120min IPA last night!). He also allows you to grab a bottle and pay a very small corkage. There are some simple tables scattered about in the back of the store to sit at. The best place about this venue is that it's still sort of a secret gem, but I can't help put a plug for the business in, even if it means losing some of the secrecy of it.

Of all the Seattle area stores, this is #1 for me know, followed by Full Throttle Bottles and the others. The Wallingford folks are off my list forever and so are the folks on Aurora. Long live Chuck and a good business model where the customer is treated with respect and gratitude. Also, having a new beer in a market is just fun.

02-25-2012 07:42:10 | More by kennypojke
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Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle, WA
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