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Chuck's 85th St. Market

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36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
[ Store ]

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

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(Place added by: chuckshin on 11-20-2010)
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Reviews by barleywinefiend:
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3.96/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

rab53, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Great selection, layout is a bit cumbersome especially with everyone in line for beer on tap.

crowellbw, Aug 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Stellar staff. I went in expecting to find one or two gems, but once I started talking up the staff, I left with a case full. Great selection, and a staff who listened to what I was looking for, and then they were more than happy to help. The dingy outside makes it especially charming.

Goatdavemac, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

This was by far my favorite beer stop during the entire San Francisco to Seattle road trip. Now being from the Mid-Atlantic where the concept of a liquor store/tap house is a lot more rare, maybe I was just easily amused and impressed, but this place is awesome.

If I lived in Seattle, this would be my go to spot regularly. It's a combination of a mini-mart, beer store and bar. They have electronic tap system that looks great and highlights specific beers. The night I was there they had a Midnight Sun Sampler special ($8 for four 4-oz pours). You had to choose from categories, but I still got Son of Beserker and Bar Fly, which was a great deal. Good service, fast moving line.

The bottle coolers surround the seating area and are divided by style. They have everything from local staples to the big boys and even a few expensive rare vintage bottles that if you are from out of town, are worth the time. I bought a Fremont Bourbon Abominable, Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec and a few almanacs. Pricing seemed normal.

The only negative I could ever highlight is it is a bit cramped when busy. The seating area is right next to the bar and then it is boxed in by the bottle coolers, so if it is busy, there is a lot of foot traffic.

I wish I had place like this in the DC area and can't wait to go back. Go here, enjoy, thank me later.

nmann08, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Hatzilla, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerisUber, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

510a, Jun 28, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -7.7%

I've been going to Chuck's since they first opened, after converting from a little corner convenience store. They've grown and expanded and I'd say their now a community hub for the Crown Hill/Greenwood neighborhood. Great beer selection (among the best in the city), huge tap list, good focus on Northwest beers, great food trucks on the regular, nice little beer garden where their tiny parking lot used to be. Beer prices tend to be on the high side (5% to 10% above other spots). It's not fancy, but the space is welcoming. Families congregate and relax here, staff is really friendly. Chuck's is an asset to the city.

draheim, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Gotti311, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

SeaBeer240d, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

thewarmachine, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

dipso123, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

HoppySeb, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

meflyntz, Feb 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

bbtuna, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

aullrich, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bumchilly25, Nov 12, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

seasondek, Nov 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

bram325, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

Zach122, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
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Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.