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The Beer Shoppe

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17 Ratings

Type: Store

302 W Yakima Ave Ste 107
Yakima, Washington, 98902
United States

(509) 453-5706 | map

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Added by thebeershoppe on 03-11-2007

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of devilmakesthree
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice bottle shop/taproom/growler stop in downtown Yakima. At this point you have probably been in someplace very much like this in any city with a decent craft scene (I found an almost identical place in Macon GA of all places earlier this summer). We didn't stay for an on site consumption, but the bottle selection was reasonably good, especially in terms of local stuff, which was what I was there for. Service was in that sweet spot of helpful but unobtrusive and it seemed like the guy behind the counter cared about the beer. Definitely a good stop for bottles or a pint if you are nearby.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a solid little tap room and bottle shop in downtown Yakima. I had a pint of a local brew while I pursued the bottle selection. They had a small refrigerator of beer, most of the beer was out on the three shelves. They had a limited selection of exports and national brews, but had lots of local brews and PacNW in general. You can get growlers filled from one of ten taps and they also do kegs to order.

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Photo of munimula
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DKRowden
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited multiple times weekend of May 18-20.

Located in downtown Yakima, The Beer Shoppe is certainly the best beer store east of the Cascades in Washington. Features 10 rotating taps, when I visited they had Georgetown Lucille, Snipes Mountain Little Chief, Great Divide Yeti (!), the ever-present Mac and Jacks, Elysian's current Apocalypse version and several others. They had about 500 different bottles, several hard to get brews from Harmon, Hood Canal and several new Washington breweries. Prices were reasonable.

The staff was quite helpful and I met several local beerheads and the building itself was quite nice, hardwood floors, antique ceiling. The prices were reasonable, normally $5 pints but during Craft Beer Week they were $4, score. Small 6 seat bar with several tables located near the bar at back end of main room and a few small tables near the front of building. However, there were a few things about the atmosphere that needed to be addressed. In particular, there was very little refrigerator beer, most of the beer was at room temperature with the exception of a small three door cooler, and half of that refrigerated space was taken up by ciders and sodas. More troubling was the apparent lack of care taken with regard to storage of kegs. When I visited the bathroom at the rear of building they were stacked up in the hallway at room temperature. Not sure if there was a coldbox in the downstairs storage area, but given the quality of the beer in the kegs I saw in the hallway I can't imagine brewery reps would be very happy.

While the lack of food offerings (Pop Chips, popcorn, pretzels) impacted overall atmosphere, this is the place to drink while in Yakima, and I did enjoy my visit, though I would heartily advise purchase of more refrigeration to take care of the very good beer selection, though not on the level of Belmont Station, 99 Bottles, etc. However, definitely worth a stop for the traveling BA.

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Photo of jeffrauch
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love the beer shoppe. They always have something worth buying. Pricing is fair, but alittle above what you pay in the grocery mart for the bigger brewery beers. We usually end up shopping at the beer shoppe for special occasions or trying something new. There is now seating available to buy a pint and relax, and you can always fill a growler for $11. Their selection is better than anywhere in Yakima with a good selection of local breweries (Iron Horse and Yakima Craft) as well as small breweries from all over the country (Dogfish Head). The regulars are friendly and truly enjoy beer, making the atmosphere very pleasant. I'd rather enjoy a beer here than any of the bars/pubs in downtown.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What I really liked about this place is that they had some obscure breweries that I didn't see on the coast, as I am always about trying new beers. Prices were slightly higher than other places, and they did have a few highly sought after gems although not many. The store also was noticably not over saturated with light, which is good for the beers on the floor.

Service was super and I also liked that they also had an assortment of locally made sodas for a tourist like me to also try. I would really recommend this place if you want to try a few beers from breweries under the radar.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in while there on business and glad I did. Also, it should be noted that they are moving more into the center of town in the new year, so maybe more selection to come?

Very well represented for teh PNW, and west coast, but didn't see too much from Seattle or Portland. There were a few belgians, but nothing major. And then a lot of German lagers.

Overall it was good. I had my empty growler in the car and got a fill fo "li'l sumpin wild" for $11. So that was really nice.

Will be cool to see what it's like in it's new abode.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Always will remember this place for finding Southern Tier there, and then finding it at other places in WA and wondering, wtf, why do they get this stuff out here? Anyways, located in a plain building, unattached to anything, pretty close to the middle of Yakima. Not too much in terms of organization of the beer, questionable display shelving units, the beer didn't seem to stable.

Good selection of beers, plenty from Pacnw, and like the ST, from around the country. Prices were noticeably higher than most other places. Cost you an arm and a leg for a 6pack of something, since they individually price everything, regardless of whether it is $4 a 6er cheaper down the road in a 6pack and is sold that way everywhere, they just break it up.

Service seemed fine, although nobody mentioned to me they had anything on tap.

Solid selection, can't imagine outside of Seattle or 99 bottles that you can find a better selection in WA.

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Photo of tbeck
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

This place does not look like much from the outside, but as soon as you walk inside it is heaven. There is a great selection of beers with a good majority being from the Northwest. They do have a number of imports, especially Belgiums. It has been difficult here lately to get Rochefort 10's but they had an ample supple. They have postings of local beer events. The cashier was very knowledgeable about beer and providing some good selections to try. The prices are fair, but given the price of gas I can't make it up there as much as I would like. I recommend going to this place.

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Photo of peck95
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

The beer shoppe has a large variety of quality beers. They have a section of NW beers, u.s./canadian, and import beers (mostly but not all european). They usually have three beers on tap to sample one of them is always mac-n-jacks (one of my favorite ambers)which isn't sold in bottles. The service is very helpfull. The beers are priced and sold by the bottle and most 12 oz american brews are cheaper than a bottle of (bud/mgd/coors) in a bar. While the imports are cheaper than corona/heine in a bar.

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Photo of dnichols
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I have been traveling to Portland or Seattle to buy hard to find domestic and import beers. Yakima is only 90 miles away and now offers a fine alternative to the longer commutes I have been experiencing. The selection was somewhat limited but sufficiently varied to attest that they have the best selection of micro and import beers on the east side of the Cascades. The staff was helpful (even if they were somewhat hop biased). Prices were very reasonable. I paid 7-10% less for my favorite beer than I had in Portland or Seattle. The establishment is relatively young (about a year old) and still working to gain its identity. It is well on its way to becoming a must stop by place for me when traveling to or through Yakima, Washington.

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Photo of Raist7521
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

For the money they offer a huge selection and variety and if they don't have it they can get it. Also they have a great variety of beer on tap that can be reaonble purcahsed on growlers. This store is the only one of this type in the area.The customer service is great for the store, customers and area. For Yakima I would recommend this store above anywhere else. Oh and for me the convience is a real addition since it is right down the road within walking distance. I would very highly recommend this store to anyone visiting or livingin the area.

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Photo of tozerm
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Jeff and Jason have put together a very nice shop for Eastern Washington. I think there are about 300 items all priced and sold by the bottle! They have a great representation of the Northwest favorites as well as a good selection of "other US" breweries, as well as a rapidly expanding import portfolio. They even have a couple of taps for samples of the featured beers! They have glassware and t-shirts as well. They try their best to get any special requests taken care of and have made their best effort to sample all the stuff they sell so they can share the goodness.

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The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA
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