99 Bottles

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Type: Store

35002 Pacific Hwy S
Ste A102
Federal Way, Washington, 98003-8322
United States

(253) 838-2558 | map
99bottles.net

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2007

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
5.03%
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Stopped by as I was working my way back to Spokane after a visit with family in Olympia. I'd tried to go here last time I was in the area, and at thta time they didn't open until 4PM, I believe. Nowadays they open at 11AM, which is much nicer for those coming into or leaving town earlier than that.

Located literally at the west end of Highway 18, 99 Bottles is located in the near-corner of a strip mall filled with various uninspiring corporate entities - truly a diamond in the rough!

Lots of coolers of beer on the left side of the store. Shelves with un-chilled beer are at the rear. The lighting is sufficiently muted to cancel any worries about beer being light-struck. By the cashier station is a growler station. I was going to be driving about 300 miles, plus there was nothing I just had to have on-tap that day, so I declined getting a growler fill, but I could very well make use of it next time I come over if there's something my brother, his wife and I all could live with.

I strictly limited myself to what I could not get at home...and walked out with 8 bottles of beer, mostly IPAs (I'm a bit of a hop head and had spent 3 1/2 days with people who are not) that were locally brewed , plus an imported porter from Israel because I'd never seen a beer from there and was curious. Prices were very reasonable - I'd picked up a bottle of Fat at a grocery store in Olympia that morning and saw it at 99 Bottles for nearly a dollar cheaper.

I will hit this place whenever I can in the future.

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Photo of shuffman291
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Zaximus
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Recently moved to the Tacoma area and this is obviously THE place for outstanding craft beer. The rating is well deserved.

I haven't lived in the area that long but I'm guessing if it's bottled 99 bottles gets it.

The selection is outstanding, the layout is fantastic and the service friendly and knowledgeable. It actually reminds me a lot of West Lake View Liquors in Chicago with the wood shelving, hand written tags, and beers that you don't expect to see peering out at you around every corner.

What's extra cool is that they do growler fills and seemingly always have something from Boneyard on tap (though truth be told, I'm not really a fan). Still, this is easily my go to bottle shop.

Well done 99 bottles.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I don't live in Washington, but my son goes to college in Seattle. When picking him up from school, we had dinner with family in Federal and happened to see 99 Bottles. Nirvana! I had only ten minutes before closing, but they provided great recommendations on local beers. Wonderful selection. Clean. Well laid out. Just wish they had one in Bay Area!

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Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I've been down to 99 Bottles two or three times and they are a great little bottle shop. Huge selection, clean space, helpful staff, reasonable prices. I think some beers hang around there longer than other spots. Overall a must-visit if you're anywhere near Federal Way.

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Photo of kmahe
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of irshprncsk
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BVukelich
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome selection at 99 Bottles! As other commented, staff isn't the most welcoming. You shop at your own pace but they are nice. Wish they offered more growler fill options. They offer tastings but I've never attended. This is your best option for finding craft beer south of Seattle.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Smurf2055
4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Warmed up to the place since my initial review. Was irked by the service I received from one of the employees and left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (looking at some of the other reviews, this appears to have happened to others as well). They keep a very good stock, but be prepared to wait in line before the store opens for rare releases. Tiffany does do a good job keeping the website updated, posting pictures, answering questions, and putting out info in the craft beer world. They do an annual cellar sale which has some vintage rarities as well. Overall, not my thing. I can’t justify the trip down personally, but I can understand the hype, and have stopped in when I am in the area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A: I'd probably own stock in this place by now if they went public with an IPO. Walking in it's usually busy, all hours unless you catch them as soon as doors open. So do not be alarmed if they don't immediately greet you. The place is cozy and casual, plenty of light, good vibe, lots of local support and smaller weekly events make this a great beer destination. Overall, the atmosphere is good and the amiance is nice.

Q: I have consumed hundreds of beers from this place none have been less than stellar on quilaity. Half of the beer is properly stored in coolers with the rest on shelves but at room temp

S: Good, never had bad service, not even on the busiest day but they do become quickly overwhelmed which speaks volumes for the establishment. If you don't know, ask, they will answer. Just don't ask a dumb arse question about vintage Tequiza or a growler of Dos Equis to go.

S: Very good, they usually fget everything you want and more. Cases of Sucaba, Parabola sit on the floor begging to be hauled out. It is a beer destination!

No food here but some buts and those types of things. Glassware, beer schwag and kegs to go plus the counter pressure growlers are a nice bonus!

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

With a stout tasting coming up with some East Coast friends, I wanted to try to find something unusual I could bring back from the NW. After a less than satisfactory experience at the Metro and Tacoma Boys, we made the short drive over to Federal Way and 99 Bottles. I am very glad we did.

99 Bottles is located in a small shopping center, and from the outside looks like any other liquor store you'd find next to the barbershop and grocery store. However, once you walk in, you realize you've walked into something pretty special. The store is completely devoted to beer; craft beer and imports in particular. The left side and back walls consist of cold boxes loaded with craft beer and imports from all over, but then with stacks of 6 packs and bombers in large display areas in the middle back area of the store. The selection here is truly amazing, and I suspect represents pretty much everything that is brought into the area by local distributors. They had an excellent selection of RR sours, and their selection of DFH beers I saw on display would rival most stores on the East Coast. This is also a great place to find limited release beers from local NW breweries; my impression is that if a brewery makes something that is released into normal distribution, then you will find it here. Add to that a nice selection of glassware and various beer schwag, plus 5 or 6 beers on tap for growler fills, and you know you are in one high quality store.

Prices seemed reasonable (about the norm for the area), with growler prices in the $10 to $12 range. As for service, it's really difficult to gauge. There were just two people working on the Saturday afternoon I stopped by, with one employee manning the cash register and the other stocking beer. I assume they could probably answer most questions if you had any, but this is not the sort of store where you can expect to have employees coming up to you and asking if you need any help. At least that's the impression I had based on my one Saturday afternoon visit (hence my "average" service score).

No matter, the selection here is outstanding, and there's no doubt I'll be back again soon. On the day I was here there had to be at least 20 customers wandering around the store, most of them with looks on their faces that suggested they had somehow fallen asleep and woken up in beer heaven. I suspect the same look was on my face as well. This place is great.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is hands down the best place in the South Sound to buy your beer. The selection is huge, always changing, and they are always quick to update their Facebook page to update customers on what's in stock. Beyond the great selection, the employees are always helpful and you can tell that these people love beer. The impression that they give is that they enjoy seeing people try great beer, and their Wednesday night beer tastings are a great example of that. Although I don't usually get growler fills, they have 10 drafts to choose from on a regular basis.

This place is worth a drive.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have to be honest... I liked place way more than any place I went to buy beer in Portland. The people there not only interested in beer, but the satisfaction of their customers in a good experience. There were beers on the floor and an wall of coolers efficiently packed with bombers on the east side of this rather thin mall store. If you want something obscure, they try to get it here, as I picked up beers from breweries I never heard of and were relatively new. Not sure on their ability to get hard sought after beers but I did pick up a few releases by Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ah, how have I not yet left a review for the place that largely helped me become the beer enthusiast that I've become? better late than never!

Atmosphere - Walk in, and instantly find yourself surrounded by beer galore, as well as greeted by the staff. Has a very cool small store vibe to it, despite the massive array of brews available.

Quality - Nothing short of excellent. They always have a vast selection of A-class beers in stock at any given time. They're now even offering growler pours on select rotating brews! They also sell glassware and other cool beer-related items.

Service - Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always able to answer questions and help you pick out a beer based on your tastes.

Selection - Where do I begin? Quite possibly the best in the entire state, and according to some other BA posters here, one of the best they've come across period. Tons of options from both the US and all over the world are available at any given time. So many seasonal/rotating/limited availability beers come in and go as well, that it's pretty much impossible to keep up on all of it. Luckily there are plenty of great beers they regularly keep in stock year round too.

Overall, any beer fanatic in the area who hasn't checked this place out yet isn't doing themselves a favor by holding out. It's quite nice living close to this place! :)

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Photo of misterhops
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Let me start off this review by saying that I used to live in Chicago, currently live in Cleveland, and have been to some of the best bottle shops the midwest has to offer. I grew up in Federal Way, and my parents still live there. I try to get back a few times a year, so needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found out that 99 bottles was opening.

And man oh man, this store does not dissappoint!!! Everytime I have visited, I have been blown away by the customer service and selection. Tons of singles of every style, including some very limited releases. Top that off with a knowledgable, friendly staff and youve got a true gem here folks. The store is clean, and well organized... something that i feel like a lot of stores miss the boat on. Not only that, but most of the beer is stored in beverage coolers to ensure freshness.

The owner, Craig, is a true BA, and will do whatever he can to make sure you get to experience some of the fine brews that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by... you will not be disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of beerdedpunk
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was up in Washington over the weekend and made the stop by 99 Bottles on the way home, was a good decision. I was very happy with the selection and was able to pick up a few bottles that I can't get in Oregon, hell if I had some more cash could've scored quite a bit more. I thought the prices were reasonable and the lady behind the counter was able to answer any question I had and was very helpful. Additionally I found the selection of glasswear and apparel pretty cool. Overall I really liked this store, it is very clean and organized. They have a selection of probably around 1000 beers in all sizes. Wish I lived closer to this place or at least drove by it more, highly recomend it.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.66/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I finally decided to make the drive up to Federal Way to buy some beer here and I am glad I did.

The selection is huge with beers from breweries all over the NW, the US and the world. There was also a large selection of glassware as well.

The staff was friendly asked me if I wanted help when I came in the door then let me browse in peace which I prefer.

The prices seemed reasonable for most things.

Overall this was the best bottle shop I've ever been too. The selection was awesome, the staff was friendly and the prices reasonable. I will be going here more in the future I'm sure.

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99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA
4.57 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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