Bottleworks

BA SCORE
98
world-class

169 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

1710 N 45th St
Ste 3
Seattle, Washington, 98103-6855
United States

(206) 633-2437 | map
bottleworks.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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Photo of unHipHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

This place is pretty chill which I appreciate, they let you browse and if you want something specific just ask for it!

If you go early or on a weeknight you will get great individual service and the staff is always pretty knowledgeable depending on who you talk to.

They have 5 rotating beers on tap in the back of the store with a small standing bar so you can enjoy a pint while browsing. I think this is a nice touch! (note: you can also order half pints if you are looking to taste).

If you go on a Friday or Saturday night after 7 you will most likely run into a crowd and sometimes a party atmosphere which can be a lot of fun but can also appear off putting until you just talk to someone because ultimately this is a really friendly and joyous place. In other words, if you go on a Friday or Saturday night don't be in a hurry.

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Photo of boogyman
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

A friend first recommended Bottleworks to me and I went ahead and checked it out. Boy was I in for a surprise.

Quality- The quality of their beer is very good. This place cares more about how their beer is stored then any other place I know. They even go so far as to take lights out of their fridges to lessen the lights affect on the beer that their customers will be buying. They also have their own cellar in the back that they age beer in and sell it when it comes of age. I will see beers from 2003-2008 on occasion.

Service- This would be a tough one for some people but I think their service is good. When you first go in and up to a few minutes into it, you kinda feel intimidated as you may get greeted on your way in or you may not but you wont likely get more then that unless you approach any of the employees. Not many times do you have someone coming up and asking if you need help finding anything. But.. at the same time if you do have a question and ask them, they are really very knowledgeable guys. They know their beer, and they know their stock. They can make good recommendations as well. Overall I would initially want to say their customer service is only mediocre but considering their knowledge and ability of answering pretty much any question you have, they make up for it there.

Selection- Their selection is one of the best in the Seattle metro area. The only thing I guess you could say was bad about it is that they get a lot of beer but they can sometimes have trouble keeping it in stock because they get so much business. One minute they will have more beer then they know what to do with and will have boxes of beer sitting on the floor, the next they are kinda thin on their selection since they are awaiting their next shipment. So if you go their on the right day right after their shipment, you will be presented with quite a great bounty and even some rare stuff you might only see once a year.

Value- There has been some things I have found to be cheaper then any other store and their has been things where it was more expensive. But usually its a reasonable price and if it is high it it isn't much higher and it makes up for when it is low. Plus I am pretty sure if you buy a whole case, you get a 10% discount.

Overall I love bottleworks and go there very often and make sure I stay up to date on their stock since the rare beers they get can be gone in less then 24 hours after they receive it.

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Photo of berley31
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%

I have to mostly agree with the recent review by cbros of Bottleworks. I, too, came here expecting so much after all I've read about the place; I guess it's inevitable that I was to be disappointed.

Lots of great beers, but lots of empty spaces. I had no problem finding stuff to buy to take to the hotel room to drink over the next few days, but there were several good beers they didn't have that I was easily able to find at other beer stores. And the staff was quite dismissive... they blared their music while we shopped, but never offered to help, other than getting us a beer on tap when we approached the bar.

My other real complaint is concerning the prices. I checked my receipt after we left the store (unfortunately); there were many beers that didn't match up with the prices advertised on the coolers... some were cheaper, some more expensive. Not a big deal as I'm sure it evened out, but I would expect a little more consistency at a place that seems to pride itself on its service and selection.

Don't get me wrong, still an awesome beer store. But I think I preferred 99 Bottles in Federal Way.

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Photo of cbros
3.3/5  rDev -25.8%

This is from notes taken on 10/23.

I was eager to hit thos place up because I had heard so much about it. Coming from the East Coast and having a limited amount of spce in my luggage to take bottles home I knew that I had to make wise selections.
As you walk in the register is to your right, past that are rows of coolers that end at the back of the shop. On the left hand side in the back is a 'bar' where they had 5 taps on. On average the plce is a good size and I could tell that they only catered to quality beer, however there were alot of missing and empty spaces. I chalked that up to it being a Friday and maybe them having a run during the week. What they did however was pretty solid. Stuff from Cali, Oregon and Washington took up a lot of the coolers up front, all in signels which was a definate plus. The imports were closer to the back alongside a really awesome cooler that housed vintage stuff. This place had some good points and not so good points. The good stuff was the apparent selection of both craft and vintage stuff, and the taps that looked like they could fill growlers as well. I ended up buying 2 bottles of Midnight Sun Bersker and 2 SN Bigfoot 02's. I was really psyched about finding those as I am trying to fill in some Bigfoot years.
The bad stuff however left a more lasting impression. First off the staff hardly even bothered to look up as I walked in, looked arouind or even paid. Maybe it was my lack of 'cool' dress but they gave the impression that they were too cool for school. I was hoping to ask some questions but decided against it after checking out the attitudes on display. Secondly was the above mentioned lack of selection. Like I said I went on a Fri so I can see why they might be a little low however it was UW homecoming and this is Seattle so in my opinion that trumps the day of the week.
Because Seattle is such a big beer town and I can only make it up there once a year I probably will not be frequenting this place again and will either try some place else or go back to stores that I have been to and know what to expect from them.

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Photo of velosuds
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Visited the store on Saturday afternoon. Dark, dingy and dirty were my first impressions. May be good for the beer, but doesn't make shopping easy or comfortable. The store is very narrow. They had an expansive selection but not well organized. Pricing was confusing since it appeared 12oz. bottles and cans were priced as six packs, but many of these were broken. I really like the per bottle pricing at specialty stores, like 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA and John's Market Place in Portland, OR use.

I rated service as average because I was not greeted or asked if I wanted any help. Consequently, I didn't stay long since I didn't see what I was looking for: Hop Trip and PtE.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Stopped in here on 12 Sep 2009 during a business trip to Seattle. Had a Bruery Autumn Maple as I perused the store. Not the largest variety I have seen but a very good selection of many beers I have not had the chance to buy before, including many Belgians, Midnight Sun and Black Albert. They also had a number of vintage beers available, took home a 2003 Gales Old Ale. Spoke with the bartender once or twice for recommendations, he was helpful and not pushy. Prices seemed pretty reasonable for the most part. Upon checkout the cashier threw in a glass of my choice from above the coolers. Would definitely recommend stopping in if you are in Seattle.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +12.4%

I visit beer stores all over the country whenever I can and I've hit some really great places. Bottleworks? Hands down top 5. I've seen only a very few that equal Bottleworks and only then with very different regional beers from the home state. Nothing fancy here. A couple of really nice sales people (Trevor helped two days in a row and he was great; knowledgable more than most and very helpful when he saw what I liked. Great suggestions.) The selection is go big, with lots of vintage stuff, that trying to list anything minimizes the place.

Suffice it to say that if you're "into" beer and/or a collector, this is a must visit...period.

A few nice taps stuck in a corner. Again, nothing fancy but nice beers on tap.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Went to Bottleworks again today so I thought I'd review them. I went in with the idea of getting a few Belgians and I had quite a lot from which to choose. They have a good selection of imported beers and their stock represents a hefty number of local and regional craft breweries. Some of these local breweries have pretty wide distribution in the area, but only for two or three of their really popular brews, whereas Bottleworks seemed to have a lot more depth in each brewery's lineup, which I appreciated.

One thing I noticed is that in their section for "bigger" beers, including barleywines, imperial stouts and others, they'll have selections of a given brew from across several years. They had a Full Sail Old Boardhead from 2004 still in stock ... impressive!

Somewhat recently, they added a tasting bar where you can sample from about half a dozen taps or get growlers to go. I haven't yet tried this service, but I appreciate that it's available.

Bottleworks is possibly the best beer store in Seattle and certainly one of my favorites.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

I stopped in here while wandering around looking for food and tourist spots on 45th street, not sure what to expect from the outside. Inside, the view was wonderful!
There are many cooler cases and racks with mostly single bottles and a good selection of western breweries (which were all new to me). There is a small selection of beers on tap and a pair of tables to drink at in the middle of the store.
Because I'm coming from the US East coast, I can't judge the prices well, but they all seemed to be what I would expect or even a little lower.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.85/5  rDev +9%

I visited the shop on July 11, 2009 along with my sister in law and her boyfriend who live in Seattle. Very nice selection of beer, nicely organized. Some nive vintages as well. After drinking a Dicks IPA, we selected a Monks Cafe Sour Ale. We ended up meeting with the owner, Matt who was a very cool cat, and he showed us their new bar design and coolers. He has a nice collection back there. We plan on hitting up Brouwers on Tuesday night. Definately worth locating this shop when you are in town.

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Photo of astout
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Awesome selection of beers here, and very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff. Visited before heading home to Canada and wanted to stock up on a case to take back, stuff I can't get up here. I got a few great suggestions as well as happened to catch Pliny the Elder, and Damnation just as the shipment was getting in, sweet score for me as when I arrived I was choked to hear they were out of it. Anyways, they also have 5 beers on tap that seem to be on a frequent rotation, makes for a great experience and you really have a hard time leaving, I meant to spend maybe 15 minutes and I was there for over an hour, much to my friends' frustration. I don't have much basis of comparison for Seattle but they seemed to have an awesome selection of American Crafts, Belgians, and Germans. Only disappointing part for me is what seemed like slightly high prices on the Belgian stuff, but that could just be me not being familiar with American prices for that stuff (on par for some with BC and more expensive on others), American Craft is much cheaper than it is in Canada so I was surprised to not see much difference there (we have 117% taax in BC so I assumed that the price for Belgians would also go down as well as the Americans).

Will definitely be visiting again and allocating more time to really enjoy browsing their selection and having a few pints, chatting about beer.

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Photo of Bleu
4.85/5  rDev +9%

I've never felt the desire to review Bottleworks, as the reviews here have covered it fully, until I went last week after they finished their remodeling. Now, not only do they have the best selection in Seattle, they also have a small bar with five fantastic taps, the option to drink any beer in the place (with a small corking fee), and two long bars to lean and discuss and drink at. I already like to spend as much time as possible at Bottleworks and now it is comfortable to stay and socialize and drink for hours while browsing. Which is exactly what I did.

On tap was Firestone Walker's IPA, Russian River's Consecration (!!!), and Russian River's Pliny the Younger. There were two more but I didn't hear anything after that. PLINY THE YOUNGER! And the last keg in the state! This may not be entirely impressive as Bottleworks is owned by Brouwers and they do amazing things that blow your mind and liver on a regular basis, but it was the part after that made me write this review: we took our Youngers and stood around for two hours talking about growing hops and brewing beer and styles and suggestions and yeast and everything beer related with all sorts of strangers who were as dedicated and interested in beer as we were. Bottleworks is a serious beer market and that bar turned it into a forum for beer knowledge. I left giddy with excitement and a nice pile of unique beers I never would have tried if they hadn't installed that bar. I also convinced 6 people to buy Pliny the Elder which was sitting in a giant stack in the front. Yes, a stack of Pliny. Wipe the drool.

This may have been a unique experience, and I don't think it will ever happen so perfectly again, but only at Bottleworks could something like this POSSIBLY happen. And that is what makes it the best beer store in Seattle without question.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Wowza. Bottleworks is a must-visit if you're in Seattle. I figured that before I even got on the plane for parts northwest, but actually being there is a beer-geek's dream.

I found it remarkably dark, or dim, inside. Perhaps they're being green, trying to save money and/or trying to avoid light-stricken product? Everything is in coolers, and I mean everything, so perhaps the dim lighting is a way to offset what it must cost to refrigerate the stock.

The selection is fantastic. If you look at the limited beers they have themselves brewed under the Bottleworks moniker, you'll understand why the predominant goods on offer are big, high-alcohol, cellar-friendly, uber-tasty, and, um, pretty expensive beers. Of course they have the good session stuff, but ultimately this is a haven for lovers of big-ass beer. And for an easterner like me, the concentration of west coast beers was a treat--Lost Abbey, Russian River, Pike, Hair Of the Dog, etc. Plenty of other crafts from around the country, and lots of Belgian, English, German, Scandinavian and Other stuff as well. Cool staff who I didn't find overly friendly but I felt like they'd be more than willing to help if I needed something or wanted to ask a question.

Their prices are pretty high, especially for rare, aged, vintage stuff, which is not unreasonable, but beware and look at the price tags carefully (all of which are, thankfully, clearly placed in front of the beer you're looking at--amazing how many places overlook this aspect...).

I went twice. The first time I had paid a $1 parking fee when I apparently didn't have to. (I found the Seattle parking game a frustrating one...I'm a hick, I guess.) An employee happened to be standing outside the building as I went in, and told me I didn't have to pay. He asked the other gentleman working to give me a small discount because I lost a dollar in the parking game. Too cool.

An utterly mandatory destination for locals and visitors alike. No wonder Alan of Hair Of The Dog brewed a beer in their honor!

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Photo of aevarela
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

I always imagined this place would be a lot bigger for some reason. Not as extensive a selection as I had imagined though some vintage Belgian bottles were cool to see. Boulevard Brewing Saison (Kansas), a brewery I recognized from my times at the Great Taste, was nice to see. Wanted to get the De Dolle Special Reserve which I had at Brouwers a while back but was $15 for 11.2 oz so I passed.
Lights were off in the place (overkill?, maybe just saving money...) and most items were kept in the coolers. They had just installed some taps in a small bar area toward the back (the day I was there was the first day they were serving beer there). Unfortunately was heading back to Portland right after so couldn't really partake.
Overall, a little underwhelming. Makes me appreciate Belmont Station in Portland that much more.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I've made a couple of trips to Bottleworks while in Seattle in business. Unfortunately I never seem to hit them when they have any Pliny.

They have a very good selection and while I've seen a few better, I can't think of one that keeps as much of its stock refrigerated. They have a huge selection of Belgian and European beer. If they have a weakness, it's in the number of Northwest beers. I didn't think there were enough IPAs or DIPAs; certainly not as many as I've seen in stores down in Portland.

I don't think it's quite the A+ it's rated at but Bottleworks should definitely be commended for the quality and the way they treat their beer.

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Photo of cdViking
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Place has become my bottle shop, and is absolutely spectacular. Good selection of Belgians and Germans, and an even finer selection of rare and limited distribution domestic crafts. If a quality brewery has a distribution contract in Washington, odds are their beer will go through Bottleworks at some point. They receive new beer every week, which is unfortunate for my poor pocket.

I've purchased many bottles from here, and unlike a couple of sketchy experiences at Big Star, I haven't had any issues. They treat their beer well, chilling it, but not too cold, and have eliminated unreasonably bright light.

I've had mostly positive experiences with the guys in the store, and while I have received a couple of mediocre recommendations before, most of their help has been spot on, and it is incredibly clear that they know a lot about beer. They don't go out of their way to help, but are than willing to if you request it.

As for value, due to the nature of high end craft brew, its going to be expensive no matter what. And while the stuff here is a little more expensive than what you might find in the grocery store craft section, its no more than any other specialty store.

Bottleworks is amazing, and visiting Seattle means you must visit it.

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Photo of bbothen
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

Stopped in a few times in my travels to Seattle.

Nice, clean, well organized selection of brews. Walls lined with coolers and a large selection of room temp singles, bombers, sixers, and cases.

Plenty of west coast micros, Belgians, and other rarities to be had. Not going to name beers off from memory, but a fantastic selection.

Staff seemed to be knowledgeable. Nobody went out of their way to ask me if I needed help or greet me either.

If you're in town and looking for a bottle shop, this is the obvious place to go.

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Photo of FatCaster
4.85/5  rDev +9%

I wanted a pack of Duvel, and I got that pack of Duvel. But that's just the beginning.

The selection here is extensive. All of the beers that my Beerventure buddy and me have been ogling and wanting to try are to be found here, and more. In addition, when I asked a stupid question, I did not, in fact, get a stupid answer. I got a patient, well informed and friendly response. And they let us browse for as long as we wanted.

Only two negatives I can think of:
1. Prices are not exactly value or bulk style. But hey, you get premium beer with a selection to get you to go all the way to Wallingford.

2. The website had a big wall of glassware selections. This did not in fact exist. Oh well.

Most definitely awesome. Patronize the little guy.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.85/5  rDev +9%

christ, this is one of those places

You read all the reviews, soak in the hype, and prepare expectations. You enter the store and immediately think "gee, this is pretty small". You begin to browse and quickly realize you could spend your life savings in about 5 minutes.

There were tons of bombers from the northwest and beyond with a decent belgian selection (though not quite what i can find in chicago). Most of the beer was quite unknown to me as the best of the NW stays in the NW. My girlfriend impulse bought the Lazy Boy Belgian Ale because she liked the label. I scooped a Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Ninkasi Tricerahops, and 2004 Elysian Cyclops. There were maybe 5 Lost Abbey 750's, some port (hop 15, double red, sharkbite, old viscosity, maybe another), a variety of Full Sail and all the Washington breweries. Russian River Damnation and Pliny the Elder were available

All prices were fair and the staff was very cool and friendly. Beer is treated with great respect here so there is no quality control issue to worry about.

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Photo of waltonc
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

I made sure to stop here on a recent work trip to Seattle. Upon walking into Bottleworks, I was immediatly impressed by the walls covered in beer. The store is a simple rectangle shape, and every wall is lined with coolers. There is also an island of beer in the middle of this rectangle.

There are tons of beers to choose from, and if I lived here, I could see Bottleworks as being my "go to" beer shop. On this particular visit, I did not see anything that jumped out at me as crazy hard to find, compared to what we're able to get in San Francisco. (for example, no Russian River Deviation, although it's still available at Brouwers) But I understand that there aren't always rare treats to put on shelves. Still lots of good stuff. For example, there was an ample selection of Port and Lost Abbey products (including Ne Goien and Old Viscosity). I think I recall seeing Pliny the Elder in the cooler too.

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Photo of erikm25
5/5  rDev +12.4%

If you are coming to Washington (and more specifically Seattle) for a visit or to move then Bottleworks should be on the top of your list of first places to visit.

This place gets right down to brass tacks. While it is very unassuming on the outside you can be rest assured that once you walk in you'll know why this place gets such rave reviews. It has a dark, dimly lit, and cool atmosphere. I have only been on days and at times that were not peak but I can only imagine what a great vibe it has when they have a crowd and a tasting.

I have had very little interaction with the staff but they seem very amicable. They clearly expect that people will come in and spend a lot of time looking so they just go about their business and let you be (unless you have a question or need some help).

While the actual size of the store is not very large there is an extensive choice of beer throughout their large coolers. One could easily spend an enormous amount of time browsing the selection and debating on what to purchase (micros to Belgians are all well represented). Either way, once you make a trip here you'll be looking for any excuse to get back. The prices seem relatively comparable to other places I have been to in the Seattle area, but it is clearly the selection that separates Bottleworks from the others.

In my opinion they seem to do pretty good justice to this region of the country and they also have an amazing variety from throughout the world. As a recent transplant to the state, I do not know the specifics, but there are some of restrictions the state of Washington imposes on the sale of alcohol which makes the distributing of beers to retailers a red tape fiasco.

To anyone in the PNW area it will be well worth the time to check this place out and spend some hard earned cash.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Stopped by BottleWorks on vacation to Seattle. Had to limit myself since I was flying back, but man was this place awesome. Deep building is dimly-lit (I assume to protect the beer), and is jam-packed with excellent brews. The selection was phenomenal, I walked out with some Stone, Port Brewing, Bear Republic, Pike, Boulder Beer Co., Elysian, Hair of the Dog, Full Sail, Speakeasy, and a few other gems, including an '03 SN Bigfoot. The quality was exceptional, and all beers were properly stored and dated.

Service was friendly and courteous, although the first guy I talked to didn't quite understand when I asked him how widespread the availability of Stone 12th Anniversary was. Granted, that's a bit of a nitpick... Also, I was a bit disappointed they had run out of Hair of the Dog Adam, and didn't carry their Blue Dot. Other than that, a fantastic store that I hope to return to one day.

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Photo of RoryGilmore
4.85/5  rDev +9%

Bottleworks is awesome. I like the vibe of this place; it's in an old brick building with creaky wood floors and music blaring.

You can tell that the location was picked with the idea that sunlight is the enemy, and that it's not welcomed here. Almost everything is in coolers that are very dimly lit.

The selection is dominated by West Coast micros and Belgians but plenty of other stuff is to be found too. Overall, they have the best selection of the high end bottle shops in town. What I really love about this place, is that they have a small but exciting collection of vintage brews.

Service is usually outstanding, but it depends on who's working and how busy they are.

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Photo of zdk9
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

A small shop with a big selection. I stopped in here while on an extended trip to Seattle, hoping to find some of the west coast top 100 offerings, and in that endevour I was somewhat disspapointed. But bottleworks does do beer justice. The place is arranged by style, rather than brewery which is a little wierd, but probably suits some people's purchese style (if you're trying to find a beer that fits your mood). Most of the beer is refridgerated and the place is barely lit to prevent skunks. My favorite part of all is that everything is available by single bottle! I ended up w/ a Rasputin RIS, HOTD Fred, Ten FIDY, and a couple Deschutes bottles.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.85/5  rDev +9%

Bottleworks is a great store. They have a relatively small space in Wallingford that is packed with beers, both chilled and warm. Local (Seattle and Pacific NW) and Belgian beers seems to dominate, but they definitely have some excellent options from other regions as well. Their staff is very helpful, friendly, and knowledgable with chosing beers based on whatever criteria you can think of. I got the feeling that they have tried them all and can somehow keep it straight. I would highly recommend paying them a visit and stocking up.

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Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
4.45 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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