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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by flagmantho:
4.64/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went into Special Brews today because a friend of mine who lives nearby spotted it, and I wanted to see if this would prove a good, relatively nearby beer destination. I was not disappointed.
The place looks relatively new inside and seems a little disorganized, but the selection is excellent for a shop its size. The have several taps available at a bar, although I didn't afford myself the opportunity to try them.
The folks working the shop were helpful and friendly. I picked up a mixed 12 and I'm definitely going to be returning. Their prices seemed quite reasonable for a specialty brew store.
I returned a few weeks after writing this review and got a chance to talk to Annie, the owner. She was extremely helpful and even helped me locate a beer I was looking for at a completely different brew shop. I can't recommend the place highly enough!
Further comments: as of January 2014, I have become a regular here and a huge booster. They've expanded to 15 taps, often including a cider or two. The space has expanded to be a real tavern with a dozen tables, plus TVs for football games and other entertainment. I really enjoy coming here!
08-04-2011 23:09:55 | More by flagmantho
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4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Special Brews is a great little bottle shop. I've gotten great personal service from Annie when I was looking for a few particular beers and didn't want to make a trip in vain. The space is inviting and comfortable and they have a huge selection of beers. Prices seem about right. I'd be there more often if it were closer to where I live.
06-20-2014 23:56:07 | More by draheim
1.99/5 rDev -54%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Long story short...
Been going there for about exactly a year. My business mainly consist of buying expensive bottles for my cellar. I usually buy something anytime I'm in and most of them know me by name.
About a month ago, me and a friend stop in for our weekly visit to see about any new releases. The owner, Annie, stops us as soon as we walk in and ask us if we need any help. Her approach was mildly awkward, but it was busy for a weekday, so we figured they were having a private party. We do our thing, look around, make friendly small talk with the owner, but ultimately don't see anything we want.
On our way out, Annie, opens the door behind us, calls me by name and says to never come back. As i said before, I'm a regular there and spend what I consider to be a lot of money, so me and my friend thought she was joking. I laughed and said, "I can't tell if you're serious or not." She replies, you don't buy anything when you're in, and have a reputation for being a thief! It was the weirdest, and most random accusation I have ever personally encountered, it made absolutely no sense.
Special Brews is the only place that knows me by name. So when she says "reputation", I'm assuming these are rumors brewed between her staff members. To make matters worse, I have personally encountered individuals who have had similar experiences with them. Safe to say, I'll never be going back. And with all the wonderful bottle shops and grocery stores around, there's no need to. Everything I said here is factual, and I have a witness, as well as email conversations to prove it. I'm not telling anybody to not go there, I'm just saying what needs to be said.
01-28-2014 22:06:11 | More by BourbonBarrelBeerBelly
4.66/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere is a tough one here. I went high because anywhere I can drink a pint (in this case Brown Suggah) and shop for bottles is immediately bumped up a few notches. But, it could be improved and make filling empty sixers or boxes easier.
Quality??? I liked it. A lot.
Service was good. Not nagging and not aloof. Though they knew the answers to all my questions.
Great selection. Just about perfect. Well for here, it was perfect. Thanks to the little distance from Seattle I guess, certain beers were on the shelf that were long gone at other places.
I picked up Lagunitas Sucks for less than 2$ a pop (12 oz) so I think that is very reasonable!
12-10-2013 01:12:56 | More by sergeantstogie
4.59/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Annie is amazing! Ask her for recommendations. Samples are easy to come by on tap or you can make up your own 6 pack. A great selection but a little hard to figure out how the selections are laid out in the store. Don't wander, ask for help - they are great! But DO NOT pick up Buddy the mascot.
09-03-2013 02:53:49 | More by Aitkend
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Seattle metro area has many great bottle shops. Special Brews stands out among them because it scores so well in every category important to a tavern/bottle shop. Great atmosphere, great service, great selection.
The atmosphere of the shop is amazing. Not only are the staff awesome and friendly, but the crowd that tends to congregate there is eclectic and fun, too.
Beyond being great people, the staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help customers with everything from answering questions to pouring a draft to selecting a bottle from the shelf.
With around 1000 beers (and ciders, meads, wines) on the shelf, the selection is certainly not lacking. They do have limited space, so decisions are made about what is stocked and what isn't, but if there is a specific beer you can't find, ask Annie about it. They also have 6 taps that rotate very regularly, and you'll sometimes find a cask of something tasty hanging out behind the bar, too.
While Special Brews has no kitchen, pub snacks are always on hand for patrons to have a snack with their beverage. If you're after something more substantial, you can bring in food from elsewhere to enjoy with your beer, but I would recommend checking how busy Special Brews is first. It regularly becomes standing-room only.
Check Special-Brews.com for tasting events (quite frequent and usually on Wednesdays), recent deliveries, what's on tap, etc. The page is kept updated. Most of all, stop reading reviews and just stop in already! :-D
12-06-2012 20:51:00 | More by ZedMikey
Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.