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Pike Steet Beer And Wine

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518 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States

(206) 328-1700

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Added by RoryGilmore on 06-29-2008

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Photo of RoryGilmore
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%

Pike Street has a great location in the Capitol Hill, walking distance to Elysian and The Stumbling monk. Plus, It's a short walk from most Downtown hotels which makes it worth checking out if you're visiting.

They have a ton of brews with a huge Belgian, German, and Eastern European selection. The US selection is decent, but maybe not quite as good as the other premium beer stores in the Seattle area. They usually don't sell out of the limited releases as fast as the other bottle shops, so this is a good place to check if you're having a hard time tracking down something. Oh yeah, they have some wine there too, but why would you drink wine when you have beer? Prices seem to be a touch on the higher side, maybe $.50 to $1 more than their competitors, but not outrageously high.

Service is very friendly and attentive, but quite honestly the employees aren't very knowledgeable. On my recent visit, I heard another customer asking about St. Bernardus 12, and the Pike Street employee responded as if he had never heard of it. The owner, who used to operate the store before moving overseas , seemed reasonably knowledgeable, but the current staff does not. I would imagine that their sales would skyrocket if the people running the shop were more passionate about beer.

While I can deal with the service not being up to par, Pike Street's other flaw is a deal breaker: they don't protect beer from sunlight.

Since they've moved to the smaller space, a significant portion of their stock is right next to windows... windows that are untreated with any sort of UV protection. On my last visit, I was considering making a large purchase (several bottles of Supplication) only to see that the bottles were basking in direct sunlight. Since I'd rather not buy skunky beer, I took my business elsewhere.

I sure hope Pike Street get the sunlight issues fixed. The store is really convenient for me and the owner seems to be a really nice guy, but I'm not going to spend any of my beer budget on light struck beer.

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Photo of NWer
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%

I really want to like this place. Wife shops, I get to get a little exercise trekking up the hill and checking out their beer selection.
The problem is, they don't keep their posted hours and often don't open on time which can be a nuisance.
They are consistently 10 - 20 percent more expensive than other places in outlying areas so being a destination store like Bottleworks is out of the question.
Also, the place is very hot for some reason. Even in the winter. What's with that? Since most of the beer is kept on open shelves, not refrigerated, this is very troublesome.
It has been mentioned by others that the staff is unknowledgeable. That is an understatement. He's nice enough, he just doesn't know anything.
If you live on Capitol Hill, it will meet your needs but it is not worth the trouble to seek out.

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Photo of Tortoisedr
2.3/5  rDev -42.2%

I am visiting from far away. Found a decent selection, but... Many selections on the shelf are out of date, several months to even over 6 months past labeled expiration dates. Asked clerk (who was busy hitting on a customer) if they perhaps had any fresh samples of the expired bottles I found. No, too busy hitting on the cute girl, no help.

I live in a semi rural area (ie, not in a big city), yet my local beer shop has a better selection and fresher beer than does Pike Street. Hey, I am 3000 miles from home, looking for some fresh local beers. Dogfish and Sierra are widely available. Why don't they have some local beers that are not months out of date? Ughhh...

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Photo of johnyeast
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Walked by the place and jut had to go in... I was really impressed with the selection. They had a lot of Belgian and highly sought after- west coast beers. The thing of note was the amount of bombers that they had. A lot of their shop was single bottles in larger bottles. What I would have liked to see, as I was from out of town, was a lot more emphasis on the local brews. I did pick up 4 local bombers, but it would have been nice to grab smaller bottles- thus more beers. Still, it was a great place. A candy store for adults.

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Photo of mrunseen
5/5  rDev +25.6%

The selection of beers that Pike Street Beer (and Wine .. I say this because it really is more of a beer shop) offers is exceptional.

The owner is also very friendly and knowledgeable about the goods he sells. If you're on the fence between beers, his opinion has yet to steer me wrong.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the Capitol Hill area that is on the hunt for specialty beers. The selection of Belgian Ales alone is quite impressive.

Also, there are beer tastings every Friday between 5 and 7.

I was last here in December of 2009.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

A short walk from downtown, on a recommendation from a great BA, RoryGilmore, I found this gem!
Great service from a knowledgeable guy that knows how to be around while not suffocating you.
It has a great selection, amazingly not only from west coast goodies, but tons of belgians from the common to the uncommon, east coast easy to find and some hard to finds, and some midwest beers as well.
Reasonable prices, and quite well organized in sections that are easy to navigate; if I lived around would go there all the time. A great place!

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Photo of SeattleAdam
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%

I really enjoy shopping at Pike St. B&W. It's like a candy store for good beer drinkers. The selection is vast and the store is kept very clean. It's organized in an easy to find to way, too.


Constant stock of La Folie
Great glassware selection at stupid low prices
New arrivals section is constantly rotating
Beer has always been fresh


Main guy will push very expensive bottles on you
Most beer is not kept in fridges
A tad bit more expensive than other Seattle shops
Street parking can be difficult at times

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Photo of klevelandrocks
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Great location and within walking distance to downtown hotels and convention center. One of the largest selections of Belgians I've seen with several from the top 100, along with rows of bombers and 12 oz, etc. from all over the world. Had everything from Bourbon County Stout to Angel's Share available. Also had a set of shelves with 'rare beers' that honestly I'd never heard of. Person working was very friendly, knowledgable, and not afraid to make a recommendation when asked. Worth a trip to check out even if you're not staying downtown.

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

I stopped in by chance while on a business trip to Seattle after while back from the Elysian Brew Pub.

This place is very neat, orderly and well presented. It's close to 90% beer and 10% wine. They have a great selection of beer from the US, Belgium, Germany, England and other parts of the world. Most of it is presented on stainless steel racks. There are also a couple of small refrigerated sections. They have a nice selection of Washington and west coast beers but their Belgian and German selections are surprisingly extensive for a west coast store. I picked up a Bridgeport Hop Czar, a Deschutes Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale and two Russian River Pliny the Elders to take home with me. I may go back again before I fly home.

Again, I stopped into Pike Street by chance and was very, very impressed. Elysian and Pike Street Beer & Wine make a great combined trip if you're visiting Seattle.

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Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Pike Street Beer and Wine is right in the Capitol Hill area and within walking distance of central downtown. For anyone coming to Seattle I would recommend tacking it on your list of places to swing by. It is very accessible and has a great selection.

Their website: http://pikestreetbeer.com/

I have had the opportunity to meet both the owner and his son. Both are very cool, personable, and eager to speak about anything and everything. With a decent size and two levels you can spend a lot of time browsing their impressive selection. It is fairly new with less then 2 years under the belt.

Pike Street does have wine but from what I can tell they are much stronger on the beer side. With a wide selection of Belgians as well as many other imports. A lot of different countries are represented from Bolivia to Wales. Helps remind me I still need to try a lot of beers from this huge planet.

The layout of the store is well done. They highlight rarities and new releases with shelves of their own. This helps make a quick reference point if you are looking for something in particular, especially something new. There are not a lot of coolers and most of the beers are precisely and meticulously organized on racks over 6 feet high.

The US selection of crafts is very good and (in my opinion) comparable to other great stores in Seattle. They have a great selection of all the local and PNW micros which are still keeping me busy. What caught my eye in particular was an impressive amount of DFH that I had not previously seen in WA. My recent purchases included the St. Bernardus Abt 12, Hopsickle, Pliny the Elder, Southern Tier Big Red, and Abita Purple Haze. I thought the prices were pretty fair. Either way I would recommend anyone in the area to stop by and take a look.

Overall, Pike Street Beer and Wine has a varied selection and an excellent location. There are tastings Friday evenings. I hope to see this place grow in name and become another great staple for locals and those planning to visit a great city.

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Pike Steet Beer And Wine in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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